Finishing The Lesson

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The Tired End of the Class

Finishing the Lesson

One of the problems that teachers encounter is finishing the lesson at exactly the right time. Sometimes you have had a good lesson, and it’s too late to start anything new, but there is still ten minutes to go till the end of class. Occasionally, the teacher can let the class out a few minutes early. If this happens too often, there are sure to be complaints. So, what can you do?We made a file folder that we carried to class each lesson, for just such a situation. It contained short, snappy activities that the class could do in ten minutes, and enjoy the last few minutes of the class.

One of my favorites we called “The Ten Minute Newscast”.

Ahead of time prepare a small sentence or two for each student, and cut them out, so that each student has an unfinished idea. Tell the class that they are to do a short newscast, and that each student must contribute. They do this by finishing the sentences that you started for them. When they have had about five minutes to prepare the teacher should start the newscast, by saying something like: “Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to this evening’s newscast.”

At that point, the first student is to read their contribution, and the reading goes on right around the room, until the last student has participated. At the end, the teacher should finish by saying: “Thank you ladies and gentlemen, that is the end of the news. Good night.”

The fun comes from the crazy sentences the teacher gives the students to finish. These can be anything of topical interest. The students love ones that have world leaders doing something unusual. Another popular theme is accidents that have a funny result. Encourage the students to try to make a funny sentence.

Here are some sample sentences, but you, the teacher, can more likely make better ones:

-Today Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin hurt his foot when he was dancing with…esl curriculum

-A lady bought a blouse that was too small. When she tried to take it back to the store…

-In the city today a truck carrying 50 pigs crashed and all the pigs…

-Today the queen of England phoned the police because she lost her crown. She said that she had looked everywhere. The Prime Minister said…

-A 50 year old man jumped off a bridge, but instead of landing in the water and drowning, he…

-A government spokesperson said that there would be no income tax to pay this year because…

-One of the largest car manufactures announced today that they are now ready to make a car that doesn’t need gasoline, it runs on the juice from cabbages, The big problem is…

-Today a flying saucer came down and hovered over the city. A man was talking to his girlfriend in the park. When the UFO left…

-A man with a big knife walked into City Hall and cut off the head of the mayor. A spokesperson said that everything was alright, because…

-Today an elephant in the zoo had a baby. When the zoo keeper went to look at the baby, he was surprised…

-A lady phoned the studio to tell us that she has a talking dog. When our reporter went to her house and asked the dog how he was feeling, the dog said…esl curriculum

-Superman had a bad fall today. He was flying over the city when…

And now the weather:

There was a hurricane on the coast. When a baker went into his shop after the winds had died down…

-Over a meter of snow fell on our nation’s capital today. The prime Minister said not to worry, because…

-Tomorrow we will see most unusual weather here in the city. Instead of sunshine, we will see…

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