Show and Tell in the English Classroom

Students are invited to bring a favorite object in from home to show their friends. This could be a teddy bear, watch, book, game, pictures of a holiday or a toy. The students should try and speak about their favorite object for about a minute and at the end invite their friends to ask questions. It is best not to keep them to a strict time limit but make sure they finish their talk with: “Any questions?” and “Any more questions?”. Try and make sure that at least 3 or 4 questions are asked. If no-one puts their hand up, just pick someone to ask the question.

“Good morning my teachers and friends. Today I want to show and tell you about this teddy bear. This is my teddy bear. Everything is pink so its name is Pink Postpet. I like it the most because it is pretty and lovely. It has pink hair, a pink nose, pink ribbon and brown eyes. My mother gave it to me on my birthday. That was two years ago. I keep it in my bedroom. When everything bores me, I hug and play with Pink Postpet. It makes me feel better. Before I finish I want to tell you Pink Postpet is very important to me.”

– Phetroi, aged 12.

QUESTION TIME: The following are some ideas for questions that can be asked at the end of this Show and Tell session.

Q. Who bought it for you?
A. My parents bought it for me for my birthday.

Q. How much did it cost?
A. It cost 300 baht.

Q. What is its name?
A. Its name is Pinky.

Q. How many dolls do you have at home?
A. I have many dolls.

Q. How long have you had it?
A. I have had it for two years.

“Hello! My name is Chananard. Today I want to show and tell for you about my stamp album. I collect stamps because I like stamps very much and find them beautiful and interesting to look at. My father bought it for me. My father bought it at Central Department Store. Stamps come from envelopes. Every month I get new stamps. Stamp collecting is important for me.”

– Chananard, aged 12.

QUESTION TIME: The following are some ideas for questions that can be asked at the end of this Show and Tell session.

Q. How many stamps do you have?
A. I have about three hundred stamps.

Q. Which is your favorite stamp?
A. I like the flower stamps best.

Q. Are all your stamps from Thailand?
A. No, I have stamps from many different countries.

Q. How much is your most expensive stamp?
A. The gold stamp cost 300 baht.

“Hello everybody. Today I want to show and tell for you. These are the Harry Potter books. My mother bought them for me for my birthday at Se-Ed Book Center in Central City Bangna. I like them very much because they are expensive and they are very, very fun. They were about one thousand Baht. I read them every Sunday and Saturday.”

– Ittiwat, aged 12.

QUESTION TIME: The following are some ideas for questions that can be asked at the end of this Show and Tell session.

Q. How many Harry Potter books do you have?
A. I have four books.

Q. Which is your favorite?
A. I like the first book best.

Q. When did your mother buy the books?
A. She bought them last year.

Q. Who is the author of the book?
A. The author is J.K. Rowling.