Here are some of my EAL lesson activities with Post-it Notes which I hope you will find useful.
The Topic Post-it!
Give students three post-it notes each. Set the timer for 3-5 mins depending on the level. Tell the students to write one topic word on each post-it note, that they would like to talk about. When the students are done give them a letter from the Alphabet. Then tell student A to write numbers 1, 2, 3 for each post-it note and then student B writes 4,5,6 etc.
Place the post-it notes face down with the numbers facing upwards. Students then take it in turns to roll the dice and take one of the post-it notes and discuss the topic. This is an easy and fun activity, plus you can keep a bank of discussion topics after the lesson.
Wonder Wall Post-it!
Create a display board in the classroom called a Wonder Wall use the wall at the start of a topic for students to post questions they may have about the topic, or display any knowledge they have about the topic. Don't worry about these being grammatically correct. You can keep the post-it notes up, throughout the unit of work and use it for your planning. For example, one student posted that they wanted to learn more about the present perfect, so I worked it into the lesson topic and took down the post-it note when the lesson came up saying "Somebody asked me about Present Perfect, today we will review this topic".
Course Book Post-it!
At the start of a new year, you may be using a course book with your students. To engage them with the book, get the students to go through the book and put a post-it note on any page that the student finds interesting or has some knowledge to share. It could be as simple as they see a picture they like if they are beginners. Then as you work through the book throughout the year, when you get to that page students can share their knowledge or ideas.
Sentence Chunks Post-it!
When practising sentence structures you can colour code the Subject-Verb- Object agreement (or whatever structure you are practising). This visual colour code really helps the students to move the words around to play with the sentence. You can even make silly sentences with adjectives as a fun plenary or filler.
Word Wall Post-it!
This is similar to the wonder wall. If students come across a new word when reading a book, they can post the word to the wall to build a bank of new words to learn during the week.
If you want your students to write a short story, you can begin with a story board, using post-it notes to plan each part of the story. You can create a scaffold with:
You don't necessarily have to use post-it notes for this task, but my students love it. When they finish a piece of work I get them to stick a small post-it to tell me how they found the task eg. Green - Easy, Yellow - I need more work Red - Hard. These post-it notes are great for this:
When learning new vocabulary you can prepare your lesson by writing the names of the objects in the room on a post-it note. Students have to go round and collect all the Post-it notes saying the words correctly. Alternatively, students can write the names of objects and post as many post-it notes on objects in the room in 3 mins. Split the class into teams and give them a different colour pack each. The group with the most objects, which are correctly spelt wins.