I do therefore, present to you, the epitome of the activity that any level can enjoy...the Egg Drop. I did this lesson for the first time over the last two weeks, with students from Grade 3, 4, 5, and 6. Here's how it works.
Each team gets one raw egg...the rest of the materials are up to you...but here's what I gave my students.
Two one meter long pieces of string.
Five pieces of A4 paper.
One A3 sheet of cardboard.
One and a half meters of masking tape.
I explained to the students that we would drop the egg out of the window (egg window 나가 (naga) was enough for my REAL low level students). We start on the second floor, and go all the way up to the 5th floor. The kids got it pretty quickly, and set about designing their capsule. I was reasonably relaxed with how much Korean they spoke (I mean...they're little kids...so I didn't expect them to know how to discuss the creation of a capsule), and allowed them a very reasonable amount of time. In fact...there was no time limit! If a team finished early, we just played simple games while the other teams finished. As it was, the teams all finished at roughly the same time.
Once the teams had built their capsules...we went to the second floor. The 'droppers' stayed in the room (one per team) and the 'spotters' stayed downstairs. The 'droppers' drop the egg (pretty obvious huh?) and the 'spotters' check to see if the egg survived.
It went really well! The kids had a blast dropping the eggs and checking if they'd broken, cheering their egg home, oohing and ahing at every turn, it was clear that they invested a lot in the game.
After the activity (only one team managed to survive the drop from the 5th floor, but most survived the 4th floor) we went back to the English Zone and I had the kids write about what they had done. Writing about it at the end allowed the kids the chance to enjoy the egg drop without being too encumbered with 'new terms', but we were then able to discuss new words and review the activity.
At the end of it all...I made a really short movie in iMovie...and they were really amped to see the movie afterwards.
Below I've added some photos, so you can get an idea of what the kids came up with. I was really impressed by the variety of different designs and ideas my students had, and it was great to see some of the boys who are a little shy with their English, be able to enjoy their time in the sun.
If you want to try this activity, feel free to email me email@example.com or leave a comment on here, if you need any advice.