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Tiger information gap - A communicative ESL activity

I generally put As and Bs together to form the necessary questions before pairing them up to fill out the worksheet. This information gap activity is really a warmer for the retelling of a Korean folk story. If you're not in Korea, you should change this activity. Also, I give the homework as optional work for extra credit. You might want to make it mandatory or eliminate it.

A

1. Tigers sleep around ____ hours a day. (How many...?)
2. Tigers never have exactly the same stripes. (Do tigers...?)
3. Tigers (like/dislike) the water and (know/ don't know) how to swim. (Do tigers...?)
4. There are no wild tigers in Africa.
5. There are about _____________ tigers in Asia. (How many...?)
6. In 1800 it is estimated that there used to be 100,000 tigers in Asia.

Group work

Think of a Korean folk tale that involves a tiger. As a group, write the story in the past tense. When you're finished read it to the class.

Learn at home

Extra practice (and extra credit): Post your story on the nature forum (http://eslgo.com/forum/nature/index.cgi). Alternatively, you can write about anything related to nature.

Extra practice (no extra credit): Read about tigers on the web. A good place to start is http://www.tigerfdn.com/

B

1. Tigers sleep around 16 hours a day.
2. Tigers (somtimes/never) have exactly the same stripes. (Do tigers...?)
3. Tigers like the water and know how to swim.
4. There are __________ wild tigers in Africa. (How many...?)
5. There are about 5,000-7,000 wild tigers in Asia.
6. In 1800 there used to be ___________ tigers in Asia. (How many...?)

Group work

Think of a Korean folk tale that involves a tiger. As a group, write the story in the past tense. When you're finished read it to the class.

Learn at home

Extra practice (and extra credit): Post your story on the nature forum (eslgo.com/forum/nature/index.cgi). Alternatively, you can write about anything related to nature.

Extra practice (no extra credit): Read about tigers on the web. A good place to start is http://www.tigerfdn.com/