Hatching an egg hunt06-Apr-2012
In the run-up to Easter, Central London has been festooned with over 200 giant, decorative eggs as part of The Big Egg Hunt. Participants are invited to hunt for the eggs using maps and clues for the chance of winning a prize. Introduce your students to the hunt by showing them the video at the bottom of the hompage.
Get your students to join in the fun, without jetting to London, and hunt for the eggs themselves. The hunt is happening in twelve zones, including some of London’s most famous spots such as Covent Garden, Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly. From the twelve options get students to pick a zone and then open the zone map and print two copies. If you don’t have access to computers in class, then select the zones and print the maps, two per pair of students, before class.
At the bottom of each map you’ll find which eggs appear in that zone. Get students to look up the eggs, chose their favourite five and plan out a route on the map that takes in all the eggs. Once they have their route picked, pit them against their partner to see if they can describe their route, saying when they have reached an egg, to see if their partner can correctly identify the five.
You can extend the challenge by also testing their descriptive skills. Set them the same challenge of picking five eggs and having their partners guess which five, but this time they have to describe the egg to their partner.
For young learners, for a fun finish why not print out some of the eggs and hide them around the classroom or school and then let them loose tracking them down. Happy hunting!
To continue the directions and descriptions practice, complement the activities above with the following on Macmillan English Campus:
How do I get there? This vocabulary activity practises giving directions in a town. You put sentences in the correct order to complete the directions.
Finding your way This language exercise practises giving directions using the imperative. You read directions and choose the correct place.
Describing objects In this listening activity you listen to descriptions of objects. You key in the picture letter of the object described in each audio clip.
Describing places In this listening activity you listen to a description of a city and click on the places you hear mentioned.