Sunday, July 11, 2010

WS: Mr Bean's Sequence Sandwich (Third Grade)

This week I'll talk you through an activity for, but not limited to, chapter 1 of New Crown (Juniour High) for third graders. It's ultimately a recipe (involving first, then, next and finally) which uses a video of one of Mr Bean's escapades.

Despite Mr Bean being a bit of a douche, this activity went down very well in some usually less-than-well-behaved classes.

This is a modified worksheet from the site It's a good site and I recommend you check it out, although most sheets need at least a little editing to be usable.

There are three parts to it, and it should take something like 35 minutes.

First, show them the video. It's available for free on YouTube. If that doesn't work or you can't access the internet in class, then you can also download the video here. It's possible to save videos from YouTube with a website such as Alternatively, if you have a little more time to fill then there is a longer version (with Japanese subtitles).

Next, divide the class into groups (4-6 students) and give each one a set of the steps for making Mr Bean's sandwich. Cut them up and randomise each set first. If you want to make it more difficult (it's pretty easy) then you can cut up the sentences themselves, removing the "first", "next" etc.

Get them to rearrange them in the right order. When everyone has done that correctly, take the steps back in and get them to write them from memory using the keywords on the worksheet (which you now hand out). Click here to open the worksheet in Google Docs. As always remember that the Google preview will look terrible, but if you save it and open in Word the formatting should display correctly.

After that I ask them to turn over their papers and write me instructions on how to make their favourite type of sandwich.

Take them in, mark them, job done. Someone has made a sencond sheet to go with this on esl-printables. I haven't used it but it has some good reviews, so you might want to check it out.

I was surprised that my students enjoyed this as much as they did. They thought Mr Bean was great. I enjoyed it too, but for quite different reasons. Believe it or not I got this kinky-sounding answer twice:

As always, if you have any other suggestions for this grammar topic then please post them in the comments.

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