One-Sided Phone Call


Tip: One-Sided Phone Call

How do I do it?
Use a fake phone or your mobile phone and pretend someone is calling you. Students will have to guess who it is by listening to your one-sided conversation.  You can choose someone who you have been studying.  You can list 5 people on the board (or list key vocabulary words or concepts who can be calling you) and the students have to guess who.  You can offer a clue or category.

Variations & Extensions:
For math, you can say: "Hello?  Oh!  It's you.  I know your best friend is pi.  You like to be squared?  Well, that's good, because that happens to you all of the time..." The answer, in this case is "r" for radius as in the equation Circumference=pi times radius squared.  Similarly, for science, the caller could be the concept of hydrophobic (substances that repel or don't bond well with water) and say, "Hi! Oh!  Don't worry, I'm not wet - I dried off well after I showered..." etc.  For an adult ESL class one of a set of vocabulary words listed on the board could be calling, say, house: "Hello!  How's your temperature?  Cold? Oh, your owners didn't turn on the heat before they left?..." etc.

Common Core ELA Language Standard 4
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases by using context clues, analyzing meaningful word parts, and consulting general and specialized reference materials, as appropriate.
Common Core ELA Speaking and Listening Standard 2
Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen
Tricia Gallagher-Geurtsen


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