Happy Birthday to You!
I am excited to introduce a lesson idea I used with my students.
I wanted to do something like a role play to practice language for talking about age, giving a gift, and guessing what’s inside a wrapped package. Besides practicing language from our lesson, I wanted to keep students active.
*Small picture cards
*Students name cards
How to set up the activity:
- Give each student a picture card.
- Students wrap the cards.
- Put them in the box (all of the cards in one box).
- Students make a circle and pass around the box with singing “Happy Birthday to you.”
- The student who has a box when the music stops is the gift giver.
- The gift giver picks a students name card to know who is the birthday student.
- The gift giver passes the box to birthday student
Gift giver: Happy Birthday (Takuya)! How old are you?
Birthday student: I’m (9) years old.
Gift giver: This is for you.
Birthday student: Thank you.
- Then, the birthday student opens the box and picks up the wrapped picture card.
- All students ask What is it?
- The birthday student answers I don’t know or guesses what it is. Is this a bat?
- The birthday student opens the wrapping paper and find what is it. and says It’s (a puzzle).
My students really enjoyed this activity. Since nobody knows who will give the gift giver or the birthday boy or girl, they concentrate on the activity. The students in this class are very energetic, and it worked well to keep them focused and active.
They even enjoyed wrapping the picture cards, and I let them pick what color they wanted to use to wrap the cards. Me: What color do you like? Student: I like (yellow). While we were wrapping the “gifts” I played The Happy Birthday Song (from Let’s Go 4th edition, Student Book 1, Unit 5).
Note: If you are using Let’s Go 4th edition, this activity is based on the language in Student Book 1, Unit 5.