Students’ or teachers’ bags are a great source of ideas/ You can use your own bag/wallet/rucksak or (if people are comfortable enough and happy to do it) you can get the person sitting next to use their bags.
But what’s in it?
Take an item out of the bag and discuss what this item is and why its important. The activity is highly adaptable and I taught it to students from primary uo to adults. It’s a great boost to speaking and could be easily used at public speaking activities.
- Asking quetsions: Simply encourage your students to work in pair and make their partners guess what the other is holding in their hand. You may decide to telll them to use a particular type of questions of course.
- Playing taboo: A student describing a thing from the bag is avoiding the words which would reveal the object too easily.
- Public speaking intro: A student in a pair/ group has to talk about the object for one minute. Their partner’s task is guessing the object but they cannot ask any questions.
I asked my students to take photos of their schoolbags’ content. As I was later on showing the slides one by one we tried to guess whose is the bag and what it tells about the owner.