5-MINUTE WARM-UP ACTIVITY: GUESS THE SENTENCE

“Think, think, think.” – Winnie the Pooh

Winnie the Pooh turns 95 years young this October, so I thought it would be a good idea to play one of ONE-SENTENCE GAMES to celebrate Winnie the Pooh’s anniversary.

Here’s a 5-minute warm-up activity to learn some important life lessons from Winnie the Pooh (including some good grammar and vocabulary) .

Wild Honey: Feed the Bear Game

Digital version

The aim of the game is to guess a mystery quote (represented by blank lines) by guessing all the words in the sentence. For each correctly guessed word, the player or players get a jar of honey to feed the bear. Nom nom!

(Click on the image to try the game;

  • Students can play the game individually or in pairs;
  • They can pick any blank line – click on it and type in their guess (Important: if your students play the game on their phones, they should close the keyboard before they submit their word (‘OK’);
  • If the guess is correct, the bear gets a jar of honey, and the word is revealed;
  • If the guess is incorrect, the bear gets no honey;
  • With 1 incorrect guess, the hint button ‘1 letter’ appears – click on the button to reveal one letter in each word;
  • With 3 incorrect guesses, the hint button ‘2 letters’ appears – click on the button to reveal two letters in each word;
  • The game continues until the players have guessed all the words in the quote.

Low-tech version:

All you need is a blackboard and chalk, or a whiteboard and a marker.

Draw a blank line for each word in the sentence, and ask your students to guess it by suggesting words. If you see that they find the task too challenging, give the number of letters in each word and reveal a few letters in some words to simplify the task a bit.

For each correct guess, draw a happy bear.

Answer: ‘It never hurts to keep looking for sunshine.’

Follow-up activities:

  1. Divide the students into small groups to discuss the meaning of the quote.
  2. Discuss the meaning of the idiom ‘it doesn’t hurt/never hurts to do something’. Have the students come up with their examples: ‘It doesn’t hurt to _____________________.’

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If you’d like your favourite quote to be added to the digital version of the game, or if you have any suggestions about the game, please leave a comment!

Hip-hip-Pooh-ray!

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