This is… what?

Using "this is" to explain an object.

The ALT will bring in a mystery item, hidden in a box or a bag (so that the students can’t see). Using “this is” and simple adjectives (preferably described with actions if possible) explain what the object is. When a student finally guesses, that student can receive praise or a reward.

Next, place students into pairs and give the students a dictionary each. They must choose an item that they own and use “this is” + adjectives to give clues to their partner. Their partner must answer and use “it is/it’s a ____”.

You can make it competitive by having the fastest team stand up as soon as they’ve guessed each other’s, and then explain their items to the class to guess. After they present, they can receive a reward.

Junior High
Dictionaries, mystery object