Planning an ESL Summer Picnic Activity
Whether students experience a real or virtual classroom picnic activity, a number of picnic-themed activities can be planned for successful food-related language learning lesson plans.
Have students (alone or in groups) discuss or write about how they would plan and organize a picnic. For example, what food, appetizers, and drinks should be included in the picnic? Where should the picnic be held—outdoor picnic areas, a cafeteria, classroom, snack bars, and a restaurant are all possibilities.
Students can prepare several easy picnic foods, like tuna fish salad and green or fruit salads for an indoor picnic, thereby helping students to learn American cooking vocabulary. They will also be learning to work as a group, assemble materials, measure and prepare for a single classroom activity that crosses a number of curriculum lesson plans.
Having students design and write invitations or posters for a class picnic is a fun way to incorporate additional language and cultural learning opportunities into a picnic theme lesson plan.
Students can learn about planning nutritious meals by discussing healthy foods to take on a picnic.
If the picnic is to be held outdoors, students can discuss how to design a green, eco-friendly picnic.
In addition, for some great ideas for planning outdoor games that can be played at the class picnic, visit healthy-picnics.com to view a great collection of ideas for outdoor picnic activities and games that are suitable for a wide variety of student ages and learning levels form toddlers to adults.