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). So maybe you want to revise some of yesterday's vocabulary or grammar at the start of the lesson as a warmer. 

Maybe you need to engage the students with a new topic or language area. But imagine you want them to study 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).

My classroom is freezing in summer (but boiling in winter!). Sometimes you just need to give students energy and warm them / wake them up.