10 COVID19 lessons
There’s a joke about English teacher’s waiting to ask their learners to write a paper on what they did during covid19.
Many teachers are looking for ideas on what to do with students once real classes restart, an activity to address the pandemic when everyone gets back to school.
Here are 10 activities related to COVID 19 for students once they get back to school.
- Make a poster promoting good hygiene and safety procedures for Corona
How can we slow the spread of the virus. Information on how it spreads. What to do if you feel sick. What symptoms there are for the disease. Place the learners in groups and ask them to pick a topic to make an informative poster on.
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 the play a game. The winning group picks their topic first. Even doing something like rock-paper-scissors. One person from each groups plays rps then chooses their topic.
- Explore consequences – Play the consequence game – “And then” – Impromptu game.
Write 10 words on the board. Students have to tell a story 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 fun a student can act it out.
- Stay at home bingo. Write down everything your students did, then ask them to write 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. First one to make 2 lines wins.
- Virus game – Winking instead of shaking hands
2 Variants of the game.
First one, 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 20 you can give it to perhaps 2. 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 5. If they can ask all 5 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.
If you have a class of twenty four students you should “give” the virus to 4 or 5. After you give the virus to the students, you tell the class 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 they show as an example of how viruses may be transmitted.
- What I did at home collage – Draw or collect photos of your experience at home. Use those to create a collage of what they did during their time these last few months Share those experiences with your group. This is a good outlet for learners to talk about what happened to them,
- At the doctor role play – Practice asking for advice – Instruct learners to write down what medical problems you 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 3 questions.
Once they do that you let some of them present their dialogue then switch them with other groups.
- How life has changed – Do a before and after presentation
- Questions – https://breakingnewsenglish.com/2003/200304-covid-19-q.htm
- Worksheets – https://en.islcollective.com/english-esl-worksheets/search/coronavirus
- Zombie apocalypse – Put students into small groups. Ask them what 8 things would they keep with them? Explain why
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