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Fun Fillers


Fun Fillers
Hi Guys,

I īve got a lot of five minute fillers but as the year goes on I don īt want to repeat them too much. Does anyone have any great ideas, even some average ones would be appreciated. 
I īve posted most of mine on here. It īs a just a document with ideas on it. I īve also been adding them to my blog. 

I īd love it if you could give me some ideas and with your permission maybe repost them, with a shout out of course. 

For regular updates you can follow me on twitter: @sirhofthebomb 

Thanks very much.


3 Dec 2013      


I usually teach advanced adult students, who really get a kick out of English jokes, riddles and puzzles. 

Tell students that riddles/jokes usually play the pronunciation or double meaning of a word.

"Why is six afraid of seven?  Because seven eight nine!"
"What īs a ghost īs favourite food?  I SCREAM!"
"Why did the egg go to the jungle?  Because he īs an EGGSplorer!"

For puzzles, tell students the idiom to "think outside the box"

"There was one farmer who had seven sisters and each had a brother.  How many children did the farmer have?"  (8)

"One hockey fan claimed to know the score before any game.  How did he do it?"

(The score before any game should be 0-0, shouldn īt it?)

After a while, students look forward to joke/puzzle time and may even come up with their own.  Look on the web for more.

3 Dec 2013     


Thanks very much. I īm going with a riddle with my classes today.

4 Dec 2013     


This one:Acting on an anonymous phone call, the police raid a house to arrest a suspected murderer. They don īt know what he looks like but they know his name is John and that he is inside the house. The police bust in on a carpenter, a lorry driver, a mechanic and a fireman all playing poker. Without hesitation or communication of any kind, they immediately arrest the fireman. How do they know they īve got the criminal?

4 Dec 2013