Mystery Message

Objective
Students practice asking and answering questions in English to accomplish a task as a group.

Objective

  • This lesson emphasizes critical thinking and cooperation to allow the students to practice communicating in English verbally to solve a puzzle in a fun, low stress activity.

Procedure

(20-25 mins)

  • Class is divided into teams of 3-5 – make sure each team has at least one:
    • Roswell, Area 51, and Jupiter Mission worksheet
  • Each student is given one worksheet. Each worksheet has:
    • 5 clues
    • 5 questions
      • 1st answer is from their own sheet
      • 2-5 are from their partners’ sheets
  • Show short prezi with pictures of the moon landing, aliens, Roswell, Area 51, and Jupiter.
  • Tell students they should:
    • Read and understand their clues.
    • Take turns asking their partners questions.
    • Work together.

 

  • Students can not show each other their sheets. They must ask each other questions verbally to figure out the answers, and help with spelling when needed.
  • When all questions have been successfully answered, the highlighted letters will spell out the aliens’ mystery message.
  • Students should then research the message to find the meaning in Japanese and come tell the teacher.
English
Duration
Junior High
2,
3
High School
1,
2,
3
Special
ICP
Resources
groups of 3