Wish You Were Here – Describing Places Activity

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Here is a fun describing places activity, where students must describe the place in their half of a picture, in order to find the classmate with the corresponding half. The two students then write a description of the place together. See the full description below for instructions and more details.

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Description

In this entertaining describing places activity, students must describe the place in their half of a picture, in order to find the classmate with the corresponding half. The two students then write a description of the place together.

Give each student half of one of the pictures. Students must go around the class, describing their picture to classmates until they find someone with a matching description. These two students then need to determine if they have the right person by asking and answering questions about their picture, for example โ€œAre there trees in your picture?โ€

When the students believe they have found a match, they show each other their pictures. If the two halves are a match, the students pair up and move onto the writing task.

The pairs of students must now write a detailed description of the place in their picture. In doing so, students should be as detailed as possible, inventing additional details about the place.

When everyone has finished, give each pair of students a copy of the uncut worksheet. They must then exchange their description with another pair, without saying to which picture it refers. The pairs must read this description, matching it to one of the pictures on the worksheet. Students then check if they correctly matched the description and picture.

When everyone has matched up the pictures and descriptions, review their descriptions as a class and provide feedback.