Pocket Reminders

Purpose/Goal: to use all five senses to learn idioms

Number of Players: any number

Materials: small blank cards or slips of paper

Procedure:

  • Have each student choose an idiom from this book or another source.
  • Have each student write the idiom on a slip of paper or index card.
  • Ask each student to put the idiom in his or her pocket and keep it there for the whole week. Eacht time they see or touch the slips of paper, they will be reminded of their idioms. They can also try to use the idiom in their English language conversations during the week.

Note to Teacher

This idea is based on the theories of peripheral learning. If students are surrounded by new vocabulary and take it in through all of their senses, they will have a better chance of learning and remembering words or phrases. The pocket reminder uses the sense of touch as a learning tool.