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10 COVID-19 lesson activities
There’s are some English teachers still waiting for the opportunity to ask their learners to write a paper on what they did during the Corona pandemic. Many teachers are looking for ideas on what to do with students after the restart, an activity or two to address the pandemic when everyone is back to school.
Here are ten activities related to COVID-19 for students who got back to school after lockdown or vacation.
Make a Poster promoting Hygiene and Safety
How can we slow the spread of the virus? Let the poster contain information on how the virus spreads. What to do if you feel sick? What are the symptoms of the disease? Place the learners in groups and ask them to pick a topic to make an informative poster on Hygiene and Safety procedures about the Coronavirus.
I like to have fun so we usually play some games to decide who gets what topic. Write the topics or ideas on the board, then play a game. The winning group picks their topic first. Even doing something like rock-paper-scissors. One person from each group plays rock-paper-scissors, then chooses their topic.
Play the Consequence Game – “And then”
Write ten words on the board. Students have to tell a story impromptu and part by part by crossing out all the words. Start a story – Jimmy goes outside – But he doesn’t take his mask – He gets Corona (From where? The teacher can ask questions to keep them focused and help them think.) – He goes home and infects his parents – They get sick. To make it even more immersive, students can act it out.
Write down everything your students did, then ask them to write it down in a bingo format. You say the words as they cross them out. Another fun way is to ask each student to make a sentence using the word you wrote down. The first one to make two lines wins.
Winking instead of shaking hands!
Two Variants of the Game
First Virus Game:
Give a couple of students the virus randomly. You can write V on a paper slip, hand them out to the students. In a class of twenty, you can give it to perhaps two. Then they walk around and have a conversation. Many students don’t know what to say so you can give them a list of questions. Make it about five. If they can ask all five questions without getting the virus they win. What did you do during the pandemic? How did it affect your family? While they have the conversation the student with the “virus” covertly winks at their conversation partner. Now they also have the virus. They talk for a minute then switch partners.
Second Virus Game:
If you have a class of twenty-four students you should “give” the virus to four or five. After you gave the virus to the students, tell them that they need to walk around and have conversations. The people with the virus have to lie. At the end of the activity, students have to guess who the virus carriers are.
These activities are fun and teach how viruses may be transmitted.
Let students draw or show photos of their experiences at home during the lockdown months. Use those to create a collage of what they did during their time those months Share those experiences with your group. This is a good outlet for learners to talk about what happened to them,
Ask the Doctor Roleplay
Practice asking for medical advice. Instruct learners to write down what medical problems people can have – What symptoms do they have, what went wrong. Ask for advice for Corona. The doctor explains it to them and answers their questions. Let partners create a dialogue between a patient and doctor. They should include at least three questions. Once they do that you let some of them present their dialogue then switch them with other groups.
How life has changed Presentations
Let students do presentations talking about life before and after the pandemic started.
Put students into small groups. Ask them what eight things they would take with them if they had to flee the city during an apocalyptic event like a fictitious Zombie Apocalypse? Explain and give them examples of real events when people had to flee their homes, like natural disasters or war.
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