In the Build A Body ESL activity, students have to stick labels of body parts on a classmate or a wall/table.
Students complete this activity in groups of two, three or four. You will need a pair of scissors, sticky tape and some scrap paper for each group.
In class, divide the students into those groups.
- The groups have to write as many body parts as they can down on separate pieces of paper. They make these papers into labels using the sticky tape.
- Depending on what is most suitable for your class, they can either stick these labels on one of their group members or a wall/table. Using a person is often more fun as long as you can find a willing volunteer!
- Give the students ten minutes to label as many body parts as they can.
- At the end of the time, count and review each group’s labels. The group with the most correct labels wins (the competitive element is optional).
The Build A Body ESL activity is a really fun way to review body parts vocabulary with beginner or low intermediate students.
It is also the perfect warmer for a class on body idioms/expressions with higher level students.
For a similar creative project (for low-level students) in which they have to combine pictures of different body parts, see Body Collage.
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