Can: "In Salt Lake City You Can ~"

Summary

This is a group activity where students write 6 sentences about what they can and cannot do in a specified location.

Textbooks

  • New Crown Grade 1 - Lesson 8
  • Sunshine Grade 1 - Program 9-1

Materials Needed

  • Seven pictures of different locations (make your own if you like)
  • worksheet

Files

Explanation

1. After explaining the meaning and usage of "can" break the class into lunch groups

2. Give the students an example of what they are supposed to be making. Show the students a large picture of your home town, and give the students 3 example sentences of what you can do in your home town, and 3 examples sentences of what you can't do there. For example:

a. In Salt Lake City, you can see mountains.

b. In Salt Lake City, you can ski.

c. In Salt Lake City, you can go hiking.

e. In Salt Lake City, you can't see the ocean.

f. In Salt Lake City, you can't eat udon.

g. In Salt Lake City, you can't see penguins.

3. Pass out the worksheet, and quickly review how to use "can"

4. Give each group a picture of an exotic place. Pick places that have very distinguishing features. I use Egypt, Hawaii, the South Pole, space, Venice, the woods.

5. Instruct the students to write about what they can and can't do in their chosen place.

6. When students finish, have them report to the class what they can and can't do. Their classmates will try to guess what location they are talking about.

Variations

Reporting at the end is not necessary if you run low on time, but it's a nice way to wrap things up.

I believe I got the idea for this activity from Englipedia, but I can't seem to find it, so perhaps it was from somewhere else.

Tips

-Modify the worksheet to match your home town.

-Make sure students do not show other groups their location.

-Make sure students understand their location.

-Some students will be reluctant to write anything if they do not know the word for it. Bring a dictionary to class, and tell them they can look at the back of their textbooks. Tell the students that they can ask you questions, and look out for children who don't seem to be writing anything.

-Students can sometimes be unimaginative. Help them think of what they can and can't do in their place. Give them hints (e.g. "The south pole is very cold! Can you go swimming there? What animals can you see? Can you go south if you are at the South Pole?")

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