Whatcha Makin'?

1 student describes a recipe. 1 student acts out the instructions. What’s the recipe?

Learner Level: Intermediate
Theme: Food
Language focus: Describing sequences (first, second, next), using imperative form for instructions.
Skills: Listening and Speaking
Time: 10 minutes
Materials: None
Preparation: Teach students how to pronounce the reduced form of “What are you making?” (Whatcha makin’?) and “What are you doing?” (Whatcha doin’?)

Teacher Instructions:

1. Decide if this warm up will be a group or pair activity.
2. Tell Student A (or all of the students except B if a group activity) to imagine he is walking into a kitchen where Student B is cooking, baking, or preparing a meal. Student A should ask the question: What are you making? (“Whatcha makin’?“)
3. Tell Student B to think of a meal, or snack in his head. (He will not tell Student A the name of the recipe.) Student B should then describe the steps required for Student A to make this food.
4. Student A will pretend to do the actions as Student B provides the instructions.
5. If this is a group activity, students should take turns guessing what was prepared. If it’s a paired activity, Student A will guess.

For Example:

Create your own example, or use this one. Ask one student to be Student A (with actions) while you demonstrate Student B’s job.
Student A: Whatcha Makingʼ?
Student B: Oh it’s easy! First, grab a mug (Student A pretends to pull down a cup from a shelf). Then pour a few drops of milk in (actions). Next add a large scoop of cocoa powder (actions). Add a few drops of water and stir the mixture into a paste. (actions) Then add another cup of milk (actions). Microwave the mixture on high for one minute. (actions) Lastly add whipped cream or marshmallows and a few flakes of chocolate. (actions)
Student A: Did I make chocolate pudding?
Student B: No.
Student A: Did I make hot chocolate?
Student B: Yes! You made homemade hot chocolate!

Teacher 2 Teacher:

If you use this example, teach students that microwave can be a verb and a noun.


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