Animals- Guessing Game and Discussion

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Beginner
Topic: Animals
Grammar Topic: Vocabulary
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Published: 1st Apr 2020

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Animals- Guessing Game and Discussion

Choose an animal and make a statement about it. Your partner(s) will get one point for 

each accurate statement they can make about what you said, including negative 

statements like “It can’t be…” Continue until they say “It must be...” and what they say is 

indeed the only option (i.e. they have used “must…” correctly). Don’t tell them if they have 

said the animal you thought of in their sentences before that point, just concentrate on 

whether what they have said matches your hints. For example, you should say “Yes, it 

could be a crocodile” if that matches your hints, even if that is not the animal you chose. 

Useful phrases for guessing and reacting to guesses
“It might/ may/ could be…” “Yes, it might/ may/ could be… but…”
“It might/ may/ could be…” “Actually, it can’t be… because I said… Also, it…”
“It might/ may/ could be…” “Actually, I think it must be… because…”
“It can’t be…” “You’re right. It can’t be… Also, it…”
“It can’t be…” “Actually, it could be… because I said…”
“It must be…” “Well, it could be… but it’s not. It also…”
“It must be…” “That’s right. It must be… and is.”

Alligator/ Crocodile

Ant

Bat

Bear

Bee

Beetle (e.g. stag beetle)

Butterfly/ Caterpillar

Cicada

Cricket/ Grasshopper

Camel

Centipede/ Millipede

Chicken

Cockroach

Crab

Crow

Deer

Dolphin

Donkey

Dragonfly

Duck

Eagle

Eel

Flea

Frog

Giraffe

Goat

Goldfish

Heron

Hippo (= Hippopotamus)

Koi

Ladybird (= Ladybug)

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Lion cub

Monkey

Mosquito

Moth

Mouse

Octopus

Pig

Pigeon

Puppy

Rabbit

Rat

Rhino (= Rhinoceros)

Sardine

Seahorse

Seal/ Sea lion

Shark

Sheep

Snail

Sparrow

Squid

Squirrel

Stork

Tadpole

Tortoise/ Turtle

Tuna

Wasp

Whale

Wild boar

Woodlouse

Worm (= Earthworm)

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Useful language for describing animals
Use the language below to help with the activity above:

… alone

… in… groups

 amphibian
 bird
 bug
 can…
 colourful
 common
 (not) cute
 dangerous
 disgusting (= revolting)
 easy to draw
 eat…
 endangered
 exotic
 extinct
 have… 
 help with…
 in Chinese horoscope
 insect
 its eyes/ legs/ feathers/ scales are…
 its head/ body/ tail is…
 large
 lay eggs
 live in…
 make… 
 mammal
 many
 native to…
 near here
 nice noise
 noisy
 pets
 rare
 reptile
 scary
 small/ tiny
 strong
 suitable for…
 wild
 you can eat

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Ask each other about your opinions on the topic of animals.
Suggested topics
 Animal rights
 Animal rights activists
 Aquariums
 Breeding
 Children and animals
 Cost
 Cruelty against animals
 Dangers
 Dogs’ mess
 Dressing up animals (= animals wearing clothes, shoes, ribbons, etc)
 Endangered animals
 Environmental education
 Exotic pets
 Experimentation on animals
 Factory farming
 Farming
 Free range eggs
 Guide dogs
 Hunting
 Invasive species 
 Old people and animals
 Organic meat
 Pests
 Pet shops
 Pets
 Pets in apartments
 Spreading diseases
 Treating animals like children
 Veganism
 Vegetarianism
 Wearing fur (fur coat, fur stole, etc)
 Wearing leather
 Wildlife 
 Zoos/ Safari parks

Suggested kinds of questions
 Advantages of…
 Consequences of…/ Effects of…
 Disadvantages of…
 How important…?
 In your experience…
 Opinion
 Solutions
 Suitability of… for…

 

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