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I was thinking about questions that I ask my students on a daily basis. I ask them questions during the warmer, almost on every slide, and at the end of class.

 

Why do I ask them so many questions you might be thinking?This helps to relate the material to the ESL students life. It helps to create the bond with each student. It makes them feel like you have a vested interest in them and care. You want to make sure you have a bucket of questions to ask them. 

 

ESL classroom warmers help to build the community for your students. It helps them relax so they can show themselves in the classroom. This resource Soul to Soul – Teacher to Student explains what you could do to build a community and relaxed environment for your students.

 

Another alternative is to use poetry as a warmer. Based on the article, Poetry in EFL Classroom, “Poetry is language used in a particular ways which involves rhyme.” Rhyme should be used in your lessons to give them a nice flow. It makes is so your lessons aren’t boring and flat. 

 

Here is my list of 305 ESL questions to ask kids:

 

About Me

1# How old are you?

2# What is your favorite color?

3# What is your favorite kind of ice cream?

4# When is your birthday?

5# Do you live in a city, town, or village?

 

After School  

1# What do you do after school?

2# What would you like to do after school?

3# How do you get home after school?

4# How long does it take you to get home after school?

5# If you could pick one after school class which one would it be? Why? 

 

Age

1# What is your age?

2# What is your (mom,dad, brother, sisters)s age?

3# How old is your (grandma, grandpa)?

4# Do you have a pet? How old is your pet?

#5 How old is your best friend?

How old

Animals

1# What is your favorite pet?

2# What is your favorite farm animal?

3# What is your favorite wild animal?

4# What is your favorite animal that lives in the sea?

5# What is your favorite animal that lives underground?

 

Bedroom  

1# Do you have your own bedroom?

2# Do you have a big or small bedroom?

3# What do you like about your bedroom?

4# What is your favorite thing that is in your bedroom?

5# If you could change one thing about your bedroom what would it be?

 

Big/Biggest

1# Who is the biggest in your home?

2# What big animal do you like?

3# What big thing do you like?

4# Is your school big or small?

5# Who is bigger you or your friend?

 

Birthday  

1# When is your birthday?

2# Where do you have your birthday party?

3# What kind of birthday cake do you want?

4# How many people do you want to invite to your birthday party?5# What do you want for your birthday?

 

Books

1# Do you like to read?

2# What kinds of books do you like to read?

3# What is your favorite book?

4# How many books do you have?

5# Do you read books every day, week, or month?

 

Class

1# What is your favorite class?

2# What is your least favorite class?

3# Who is your best friend in your class?

4# How many students are in your class?

5# Tell me about your class teacher. 

 

Cleanliness

1# What is clean in your house?

2# What is dirty in your house?

3# Is your bedroom clean or dirty?

4# Who cleans your bedroom?

5# What do you clean in your house?

 

Clothes  

1# What are your favorite clothes?

2# What are your favorite colored clothes?

3# What clothes do you wear in (spring, summer, fall, winter)?

4# What clothes don’t you like?

5# What is your (mom, dad)s favorite clothes?

 

Colors

1# What is your favorite color?

2# What are your parents favorite colors?

3# Show me something that has your favorite color on it?

4# What color don’t you like?

5# What’s your best friends favorite color?

Colors

Cook  

1# Who cooks in your home?

2# What is your favorite cooked food?

3# What is your favorite uncooked food?

4# Do you like to cook?

5# Can you cook?

 

Days of the week  

1# What is your favorite day of the week? Why?

2# What days do you go to school?

3# What days do you play with your friends?

4# What days do your do your hobbies?

5# What days do you stay up late?

 

Desserts

1# What is your favorite dessert?

2# Do you like ice cream or cake?

3# Do you like hot or cold desserts?

4# What is your favorite flavor dessert?

5# Do you like sweet or sour desserts?

 

Exercise  

1# What exercises do you like?

2# What is your favorite exercise?

3# Does your mom or dad like to exercise?

4# What exercises do you do at school?

5# What exercises do you like to do with your friends?

 

Family  

1# Do you have a brother or a sister?

2# What is his or her name?

3# Is your brother or sister younger or older than you?

4# Who is in your family?

5# What do you do with your family?

 

Fast/fastest

1# Who is the fastest at your school?

2# Are you fast or slow?

3# Who is the fastest in your family?

4# Which one of your friends is the fastest?

5# Which fast animal do you like? 

 

Fat/Fattest

1# What animal is the fattest?

2# What animal is not fat?

3# Do you have a fat pet?

4# What can make you fat?

5# What is something that is fat?

 

Favorite Foods

1# What is your favorite food?

2# What is your least favorite food?

3# What is your moms or dads favorite food?

4# What is your favorite food to order at a restaurant?

5# What is your best friends favorite food?

 

Favorite Things  

1# What is your favorite thing?

2# What is your favorite thing to do?

3# What is your favorite thing to hear?

4# What is your favorite thing to see?

5# What is your favorite thing to touch?

 

Fears

1# What land animal are you afraid of?

2# What sea animal are you afraid of?

3# Are you afraid of scary movies?

4# Are you afraid of monsters or aliens?

5# What bug are you afraid of?

 

Feelings  

1# How do you feel most of the time?

2# How do you feel on holidays?

3# When do you feel sad?

4# When do you feel happy?

5# How does your mom or dad feel most of the time? 

 

Few/Many

1# What do you have many of?

2# What do you have a few of?

3# Do you have many or a few relatives?

4# Do you have many or a few friends?

5# Do you have many or a few books?

 

Fly

1# What animals fly?

2# Which animal do you like that flies?

3# Which animal do you not like that flies?

4# If you could fly where would you go?

5# Do you like to fly in an airplane? 

 

Friends

1# Who is your best friend?

2# How many friends do you have?

3# What do you do with your friends?

4# How do you pick a friend?

5# How do you help your friends?  

 

Fruits

1# What is your favorite fruit?

2# What is your least favorite fruit?

3# What color is your favorite fruit?

4# Is your favorite fruit sweet or sour?

5# How many pieces of your favorite fruit can you eat?

Fun   

1# What do you do for fun with your friends?

2# What do you do for fun with your family?

3# What do you do for fun by yourself?

4# What is the most exciting place to have fun?

5# What is a fun toy that you like to play with?

 

Future 

1# What do you want to be in the future?

2# Where do you want to live in the future?

3# What do you want in the future?

4# What will computers look like in the future?

5# What will cars be like in the future?

 

Greetings  

1# How are you?

2# How are you doing today?

3# How’s it going?

4# How are you today?

5# What’s up?

 

Have you ever….  

1# Have you ever climbed a tree?

2# Have you ever jumped a bike?

3# Have you ever let off fireworks?

4# Have you ever watched a scary movie?

5# Have you ever traveled outside your country?

6# Have you ever eaten a bug?

 

Hobbies  

1# What are your favorite hobbies?

2# What is your favorite hobby? Why?

3# What hobby do you like to do in the (spring, summer, fall, winter)?

4# What hobby do you like to do by yourself?

5# What hobby do you like to do with your friends?

 

Holidays  

1# What is your favorite holiday?

2# Which holiday don’t you like?

3# Which holiday do you travel on?

4# What do you like to do on a summer holiday?

5# What do you like to do on a winter holiday?

 

Home

1# Do you like in a house or apartment?

2# What do you like about your home?

3# How many rooms does your home have?

4# How many people live in your home?

5# What do you like to do in your home?

 

If Questions  

1# If you had no homework and classes what would you do?

2# If you had lots of money what would you do?

3# If you had a super big house what would you do?

4# If you could travel somewhere where would you want to travel to?

5# If you could do anything with your friends what would you want to do?

 

Last Weekend/Last Week  

1# What did you do last weekend?

2# What was something fun you did last week?

3# Did you visit anyone last week?

4# Did anything exciting happen last weekend?

5# Did anyone visit you last weekend?

 

Location

1# Where do you live?

2# Where do your grandparents live?

3# Where do you want to live when you get bigger?

4# What place do you want to travel?

5# Where do you like to go to the beach or mountains?

 

Meat

1# Do you like meat?

2# What meat do you like?

3# Do you eat meat for breakfast?

4# What meat don’t you like?

5# What meat do you like to eat at a restaurant?

Meat

Months of the Year

1# What month were you born in?

2# What is your favorite month of the year?

3# What months does it snow?

4# What are the summer months?

5# What month was your mom or dad born in?

 

Money 

1# Do you get money?

2# Do you save or spend your money?

3# What do you want to buy with your money?

4# What cost a lot of money?

5# What does not cost a lot of money?

 

Movies

1# Do you like to watch movies?

2# Do you watch movies at home or in the cinema?

3# What kind of movies do you like to watch?

4# What kind of movies don’t you like to watch?

5# What is your favorite movie to watch?

 

Music  

1# Do you listen to music?

2# What is your favorite music?

3# What is your least favorite music?

4# What music does your grandma or grandpa listen to?

5# Do you listen to music during the holidays?

 

My City  

1# Do you live in a city?

2# Is your city or town big or small?

3# What do you like about your city?

4# What don’t you like about your city?

5# What do you do in your city?

 

Numbers  

1# What is your favorite number?

2# What is your least favorite number? Why?

3# What is your mom or dads favorite number?

4# What do you have a number of?

5# What is a unlucky or lucky number?

 

Pets  

1# Do you have a pet?

2#Do you want a pet?

3# Do you want a small, medium-sized or big pet?

4# What color pet do you want?

5# Why don’t you want a pet?

 

Seasons  

1# What is your favorite season?

2# Why do you like (spring, summer, fall, or winter)?

3# What do you do in (spring, summer, fall, or winter)?

4# What do you eat in (spring, summer, fall, or winter)?

5# What season don’t you like?

Summer

School

1# Where do you go to school?

2# Do you go to a big or small school?

3# How do you go to school?

4# Do you like school?

5# How many classmates do you have?

 

Shapes & Sizes  

1# What is your favorite shape?

2# What is your least favorite shape? Why?

3# What shape is your bedroom?

4# What size is your bedroom?

5# What size is your classroom?

 

Shopping

1# Do you like shopping?

2# What do you like to go shopping for?

3# What don’t you like to go shopping for?

4# Where do you like to go shopping?

5# Who do you go shopping with?  

 

Sleep  

1# What time do you go to bed?

2# How many hours do you sleep each night?

3# Do you take a nap on weekends?

4# What time do you wake up in the morning?

5# Do you sleep in a big or small bed?

 

Slow/slowest

1# Are you slow or fast?

2# Who is the slowest at your school?

3# What is the slowest animal?

4# Who is the slowest in your family?

5# Who is your slowest friend?

 

Small/Smallest

1# Who is the smallest in your family?

2# What is the smallest animal you like?

3# What small thing do you like?

4# Is your home big or small?

5# Who is smaller you or your friend?

small

Sports

1# Do you like playing sports?

2# Do you like watch sports?

3# What is your favorite sport?

4# What is your least favorite sport?

5# Who do you play sports with?

 

Superpower

1# Do you want a superpower?

2# What superpower do you want?

3# What superpower would you give to your best friend?

4# What superpower don’t you want?

5# If you could give a superpower to someone who would you give it to?

 

Thin/Thinnest

1# What animal is the thinnest?

2# What animal is not thin?

3# Do you have a thin or thick pencil?

4# What can help you to stay thin?

5# What is something that is thin?

 

Time

1# What time do you go to school?

2# What time do you come home from school?

3# What is your favorite time of the day?

4# What is your least favorite time of the day?

5# What time do you eat (breakfast, lunch, dinner, a snack)?  

 

Transportation

1# How do you go to school?

2# How do you go to the park?

3# How do you travel during the holidays?

4# What is your favorite type of transportation?

5# What is your least favorite type of transportation?  

 

Travel

1# Do you like to travel?

2# Where do you want to travel to?

3# What is your favorite place to travel to?

4# What is your least favorite place to travel to?

5# Who do you like to travel with?  

 

TV 

1# Do you watch cartoons on TV?

2# Which cartoon is your favorite?

3# Do you watch movies on TV?

4# Do you like action, funny, scary, sad, or fantasy movies? 

5# What is your favorite show on TV?

 

Vegetables

1# What is your favorite vegetable?

2# What color is your favorite vegetable?

3# What shape is your favorite vegetable?

4# What is your least favorite vegetable?

5# What vegetables do your mom and dad like to eat?

 

Weather

1# What is the weather like today?

2# What is your favorite weather?

3# What is your least favorite weather?

4# What is your grandma or grandpas favorite weather?

5# What do you like to do during your favorite weather?

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