There are at least four reasons to use lesson warmers. Click on the heading to take you straight to the section with activity ideas.

Onion mingle activityAt the start of term or with a new class, we want to create a good atmosphere and establish a good rapport. Here are some getting-to-know-you activities to help with this.

Reviewing language from previous lessons is a good idea (spaced repetition being a buzzword in memory and learning). Here are some ways to review yesterday's vocabulary or grammar at the start of the lesson. 

Imagine you are about to embark on a new topic or language area with your class and you want to get your students interested. Some topics like crime or animals can be really engaging. But imagine the topic / lesson is dependent prepositions. Not very thrilling, eh? Well, with the right warmer, almost any topic can be transformed into something awesome (or at least made a little more exciting to help motivate your learners).

Sometimes you just need to do something active to give students energy and wake them up (or warm them up, in my freezing classroom in winter). Here are some warmer activities that are both warming and active!