A few months ago, I posted an entry about using origami fortune tellers as a basis for a speaking exercise. Since then, I have taken the time to create a few printable fortune tellers. I’m putting them on-line here, so that you can use these in your class. But first, a short explanation of how to create a useful speaking exercise for your own class.
The fortune teller works in three main steps, A, B, and C:
A. Speaker 1 asks his partner to choose something (a number, for instance). He then counts up to that number. For older children, they can count up by fives, by tens, or some other variant of the times tables. In that way, you combine times tables practice with an English lesson! Perfect! An alternative to counting is spelling words out (names of animals, for instance).
B. Speaker 1 then asks his partner a question, and speaker 2 answers it.
C. Speaker 1 lifts the flap, and reads the “fortune” inside.
Here are a few examples of ready-made squares you can print and use:
A: Choose a number
B: What color do you like?
C: Aha! You will get ….
A: Choose a number.
B: How’s the weather?
C: Remember to wear …
A: Choose a number (count by tens)
B: What time is it?
C: It’s time to…
I hope you enjoy using these in your classes. Let me know if they are any use to you. And remember: play is fun and fun is good!