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If you love it and you know it clap your hands!

author: Chris Carrington
level: Elementary
target_English: I like/I prefer
big_small: Big groups

Preparation: Do a google image search to make some big (A3/B4) pictures of things the kids like. I used Pokemon, Digimon, Masked Riders, Doraemon, Cheeseburgers, McDonalds Vs Mos Burger Vs Dom Dom Burger, amongst others. Make a "Clap 'o' Metre", basically a clock but the numbers go from 1 - 10 from left to right, with one hour hand that you use to gauge the kids preference for a particular picture.

Teach the kids I like/I don't like/I love by asking "do you like...?", showing them a picture and getting them to clap, bang on the desks, scream etc. Get the kids to scream at you "I love Pikkachu" or "I like cheeseburgers". Write the score next to the picture on the board, and show another picture. It's good to pretend the "Clap 'o' Metre" is broken, and will only get to 4 or 5, this gets the kids trying to make EVEN MORE noise!

After you have done several pictures, you will have a ranking of scores, and you can get the kids to shout, "We like Pikkachu best" and with a bit of practice you can even do "We like McDonalds better" (They do, don't ask me why.) The kids love making loads of noise, and you can tell when you've hit on a picture that's "so last year" when the noise dips to the level of a disruptive JHS class! NB. The kids have different likes for different ages, I teach 1st year and 4th year, and there were some very clear cut differences between the classes, so ask a teacher or look at their plastic writing things ( "shitajiki" ) to get some idea of what they like.

Enjoy, I did!

Chris Carrington






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