Lessons on giving reasons are always fun if we choose the right ESL activity to pull out the creativity within our students. Today’s ESL activity is another good way to practice giving reasons in a graphical way for teaching cause and effect to intermediate and advance students by asking questions and giving answers such as:
Preparation (optional): teachers can print out some pictures and bring them to the class. These pictures could include different cause or effect such as a broken window (effect), a high temperature (effect), or a picture of an apple falling from a tree. If there is a projector then we’d suggest not to waste paper and show it through the projector.
For your convenience, we prepared a collection of photos related to giving reasons which you may use in the classroom for this ESL activity
For teachers who may have not prepared printed cause and effect images, they can draw a simple one on the board. It sounds a bit troublesome for those who aren’t good at it. but a simple draw sometimes works better than an actual image otherwise bring the photos to the class and explain what’s going on in the photo
Start by showing a picture of the effect following a why question such as “why the window was broken?”. Now have ESL students to respond by giving some interesting reasons (related to the effect or something non-related but funny)
Next, show a picture of a cause and give a reason (e.g. Newton got a painful bump on his head). After that, ask ESL students to make a question using why.
If you want to focus more on writing rather than speaking, then have ESL students write down one or two reasons. To make it more engaging and fun, ask students next to each other to check their given reasons, and read the best one loudly.
Teachers can do the ESL activity for giving reasons in small and large classes. The game is suitable for the whole class to participate together or separated into different groups. Each group gets a picture and start writing possible reasons. Every student needs to at least give one reason.
The activity is suitable for teenagers and adults. However, older kids (above eight years old) are able to play the game as long as their English level suits the required skills for the game.
Hope you and the students enjoyed the ESL activity for giving reasons. We’d love to hear your thought so leave us a comment down below and share them with us. Also, check out another activity to practice why & because. Have Fun!