This is a fun activity for a conversation class and usually takes about an hour. The task is for students to work in teams to create the best possible zoo.
- Use animal vocabulary in context
- Communicate in speaking
- Negotiate and choose
- 1 hour
- Brian storm a list of all animals in zoos.
- Split students into 2-4 groups.
- Companies must create the best zoo with the animals they have.
1. Each team ranks animals in order of importance for a zoo.
2. Teams draft animals from the list.
3. After the animals are all chosen, teams discuss and create a plan for a zoo. They should consider layout, attractions, and any features of a zoo they can imagine.
4. Teams create a visual representation of their zoo (Paper, computer, etc.)
5. Teams present their zoo to the class.
- Teams are only allowed to use the animals they have chosen.
- Groups vote on one zoo (other than their own) as the best.
Feedback and Reflection
- Teacher provides language feedback from discussions and presentations.
- Students find a partner from a different group and discuss the task.
- What criteria did you use to rank the animals?
- What animals did we forget to add to the list?
- Why were some animals not important?
- What was the goal for your zoo (e.g. fun, animal knowledge, etc.)
- What was the best idea you had for the zoo?
- What challenges did your group face trying to agree on a plan for the zoo?
- How could you have presented your zoo better?
- What did the other groups do that your group had not considered?
- The number of animals can be varied, so for example, each team has 1 of one type of animal, 2 of another, 3 of another, etc.
- When students rank the animals, they will use comparatives and superlatives.
- When students discuss the plan with the group, they will use opinion language (e.g. I think we should, What about if we, etc.)