Parts of the Body - ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

Match and Snap

ESL Reading and Matching Activity - Beginner - 25 minutes

This engaging teaching activity consists of a pelmanism game and game of snap to practice parts of the body. The students begin by playing a pelmanism game. The students are divided into pairs. Each pair is given a set of word cards and a set of picture cards, which they shuffle and spread out face down on the table in two sets. Students then take it in turns to turn over one word card and one picture card. The student reads the body part on the word card. If the word matches with the picture, the student keeps the two cards and has another turn. If the cards don't match, the student turns them back over, keeping them in the same place. The game continues until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game wins. The students then move on to play a game of snap with the cards. One student takes all the word cards and the other student takes the picture cards. The students shuffle their cards and place them face down in a pile in front of them. Both students turn over a card from their pile at the same time. If the word card and picture card match, the first student to say 'Snap' scores a point. Students then pick up their own cards, shuffle them and play again. Students do not pick up their partner's cards. If the word and picture don't match, the students continue turning over cards until a matching pair comes up and someone says 'Snap'. If a student says 'Snap' when the cards don't match, the other student scores a point and the game continues. The first student to get ten points wins the game.
 

Body Bingo

ESL Reading, Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this rewarding teaching activity, students play games of bingo to practice parts of the body. Each student is given a bingo card. The teacher calls out different parts of the body from the caller's sheet in a random order.  If the students have a matching picture on their card, they cross it off. When a student has crossed off all nine parts of the body, they shout 'Bingo'. When a student shouts 'Bingo', the student reads out the nine body parts. If the body parts are correct, the student wins the round. If the student has made a mistake, the game continues. Several rounds are played with students receiving a different bingo card each time. As an alternative or extension, the students are divided into groups of five. The students then play the game in their groups with students taking it in turns to be the bingo caller. This continues until all the bingo cards have been used.
 

Label it, Draw it

ESL Reading, Matching, Writing and Drawing Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

Here are two useful worksheets to help students practice parts of the body. The two worksheets can be used together or separately. Each student is given a copy of the 'Label it' worksheet. Working alone, the students use words in a box at the bottom of the worksheet to label parts of the body in a picture. When the students have finished labeling the picture, the correct answers are elicited from the students. For each correctly labeled item, students score a point. The student with the most points wins. Next, each student is given a copy of the 'Draw it' worksheet. Students then read a description of a monster at the bottom of the worksheet and draw it in a picture frame. When the students have finished drawing, they compare their pictures with each other. Finally, the description is reviewed with the class by drawing the monster on the board.
 

Parts of the Body Board Game

ESL Reading, Matching and Writing Activity - Elementary - 30 minutes

In this fun teaching activity, students play a board game where they race against each other to land on word squares in order to be the first student to complete a worksheet indicating 20 parts of the body. The students are divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. Each player is also given a copy of the worksheet. The students then play a board game where they label parts of the body on their worksheet by landing on word squares. The aim of the game is to be the first player to label all 20 parts of the body on their worksheet correctly. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board in any direction. When a player lands on a word square (e.g. arm), the student looks at their worksheet and labels the appropriate part of the body with that word. If a player lands on a word square they have already used, play passes to the next student. When a player thinks they have completed the worksheet, their answers are checked. If the player's answers are correct, they win the game. If the player has mislabeled their worksheet, they must wait until their next turn before correcting their mistakes.
 

Parts of the Body Crossword

ESL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 minutes

In this enjoyable activity, students complete a crossword by describing and guessing parts of the body. The students are divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Both groups have the same crossword, but Group A has the words down and Group B has the words across. Working together, the students invent and write down clues for the parts of the body written on their crossword. Students can write clues about the location of the body part, what it looks like or what it's used for. When the students have finished writing, they pair up with someone from the other group. The students then take it in turns to ask their partner for a clue to one of their missing words, e.g. 'What's 1 down?' Their partner reads out the clue for that word and the other student tries to guess the part of the body. If the student guesses the word successfully, they write it on their crossword. If not, their partner continues to give more clues until the student is able to guess the word. When the students have finished, they check their spelling by comparing crosswords.
 

Parts of the Body Quiz

ESL Reading, Writing and Spelling Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

In this engaging worksheet activity, students answer quiz questions about parts of the body. The students are divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. The students then read quiz questions (clues) on the worksheet and write their answers in the spaces provided. When the pairs have finished, they swap worksheets with another pair for marking. Each clue is then read in turn and the correct answer and spelling is elicited from the students. Pairs score one point for the correct answer and one point for the correct spelling. The pair with the most points at the end of the game wins.
 
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