Collaborative idea generation for ELT

A lunch box

A lunch box

What would you do with a lunch box in your classroom? You can make any assumptions you like about the context it is used in. Post your ideas in the comments below. All ideas are welcome (there are no wrong answers!)

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Comments on: "A lunch box" (7)

  1. I would use it to create a time capsule (as an alternative to the traditional bottle or jar). It could also be used as an aquarium with floating objects to teach kids sea or animal voc. Lunch boxes are essential when cooking in class, so students could use them as their “ingredients list” for class recipes. Maybe, as a way to brainstorm idioms that relate to the word “box” too.

  2. Use it for “guessing- objects” game. Cover students’ eyes and have them open the box and feel the object! this can be fun!

  3. Perhaps I would try to put vocabulary which emerges from the lesson in the lunch box and then use various games to recycle it later in the week. You could get students to write vocabulary on slips of paper at the end of each lesson, then review this.

    Another idea is to put dices, counters, or cuisenaire rods in the box and then have easy access to this material rather than losing them in your bag, jacket, etc. In fact I have put in conversation cards in a similar lock-and-lock plastic box and students take one out at a time and then have to speak about a subject on the conversation card. Students monitor their performance and then offer feedback.

  4. I’d use it in a storytelling class with YLs. Something along the lines of ‘You might think that this is actually an ordinary lunch box but you’d be soooooo wrong! Whenever Fred was feeling a bit fed up, his lunch box would appear out of nowhere at the top of his school bag. When I say appear, I mean that it would rattle so much that he knew his lunch box was trying to tell him something. Last Monday Fred had been told off by his mum for being mean to his little brother and he was rather upset.

    He was sitting on the ground outside in the playground when he saw something moving in his school bag. He opened it up and of course it was his lunch box. He took it out and slowly opened it. You’ll never guess what he found there! Let’s have a look!’

    You could always have a hidden object inside the box and continue the story when you have some time left over at the end of the lesson. Kids would love the unpredictability and never knowing what’s in Fred’s lunch box – sometimes a letter, a small toy or even something unusual to eat.

  5. Helen Legge said:

    Ask them to work in groups to make a list of 10 things they could do with a lunchbox apart from carrying lunch (Lots of suggesting, ranking, agreeing and disagreeing language). Then gradually merge groups to integrate and re-evaluate ideas to end up with a whole-class, student generated “10 things to do with a lunchbox (apart from carrying your lunch)” 🙂

    You could also get them to make ‘kits’ depending on topic (First aid, desert survival, moon trip, Jungle trip etc) following the same kind of procedure.

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