It is part and parcel of the TEFL experience to take part in a school camp. Sometimes over a weekend, usually involving some sort of overnight aspect and almost always never actually involving any actual camping, the school camp is a great opportunity to get to know your students outside of the classroom and have some fun.
The school camp will often involve bringing together different groups of students who wouldn’t normally study or socialise together. We’ve all been in those situations where we are thrust into unnatural groups and forced to take part in activities and the beginning stages of shyness and awkwardness are magnified when those being thrown together are Thai teenagers.
Cue a not-too-challenging, on topic ice breaker!
I made this activity to open a school camp for Matthayom 1 students who I knew already had the basic vocabulary knowledge needed to complete the activity.
Students are required to match pictures and words of a range of items and then sort the items into ‘pack’ and ‘not pack’ . The activity can be introduced by saying that we are all getting ready to go on a school camp but firstly we need to pack our bags.
Students can work in small groups or against the clock, with the teacher reviewing the answers at the end and awarding a winner.
Click here to download the picture and word cards. Simply print and laminate if you can – now you have your very own go-to camp warm up activity!
It’s just something nice and simple to get students talking and thinking. You could also use this activity in the classroom if you were studying topics such as going on vacation, clothing or as a general activity for more advanced students.
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