Patrick Cody Patrick Cody

Zafer 2nd Grade Animal Taboo with Popsicle Sticks
2n Grade Elementary level


In this lesson students will practice oral production and presentation skills. Students will help to provide their own vocabulary for a taboo style game.


Abc Youtube Video
Abc Key Vocab Pictures - Animal Body Parts
Abc Popsicle Sticks

Main Aims

  • To provide practice of animal features (horn, tail, shell, fur, feathers, wings) in the context of a taboo game.
  • To provide review of language used for "can" and "cannot" in the context of animal abilities

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice with critical thinking skills necessary to guess an animal's (or object's) identity.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Class will watch a short youtube video titled "What is it?" about guessing animals' identities.

Previous Lesson Revision (3-5 minutes) • To provide continuity and context from the previous lesson.

Similar to the previous lesson the teacher will begin describing an animal using the unit vocabulary and terms. The first student to raise his/her hand and correctly guess the animal will earn a point for his row/team. This can be repeated two-three times.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

Teacher will show pictures of the target vocabulary on the whiteboard / projector. A choral drilling technique can be used to revise animal body parts. (horn, tail, shell, fur, feathers, wings)

Controlled Practice (10-15 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Teacher will tell each student close their eyes and to think of an animal. Teacher will give a popsicle stick to each student. Students should write the name of one animal on the popsicle stick and return it to the teacher. The teacher will model the activity by choosing one popsicle stick at random and working to describe it. The student who correctly guesses the animal first will earn a point for his/her team. (The teacher should have a few popsicle sticks pre-prepared in case multiple students choose to write the same animal. Dog and cat are very popular. You want to make sure there is a variety of animals to describe) After teacher modeling individual students may come forward and choose a popsicle stick to describe. Points are awarded in the same way as previously.

Semi-Controlled Practice (Emphasis on Semi.... They are 2nd graders lets be honest here :) (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

The game can be repeated however this time students cannot use words, they must act out the animals.

End of Class Routine (1-3 minutes) • To cool down and prepare students for their break time and the next lesson.

Teacher defined end of class routine.

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