Household Chores

by Natalia Shokot

Warming up

Guess what is in the other half ofthe picture. (Teacher hides a half of the picture and students asking yes/no questions have to guess what is depicted there).

Discussion in group

  1. Do you like doing housework? What chores do you usually do? What are your mother’s / father’s responsibilities?
  2. Should children do the chores? Why? What chores can they do?
  3. Are there some chores that you hate doing? How often do you do it? How many hours a week do you spend on house chores?
  4. Do you do some chores outside?
  5. Have you ever had an empty fridge for a long time only because you were too lazy to shop?
  6. If you could have a robot to do all your chores, what would you choose for it to do?
  7. How housework can be made more interesting?
  8. Which do you think is better for doing housework, a machine or a person?
  9. Will machines replace people for doing housework?
  10. If you could have only one, which one would you choose: a dishwasher, a washing machine or a TV?
  11. Which one do you prefer: ironing the clothes or vacuuming the house? Why?

Discuss in groups

A teenager doesn’t want to do any chores. Come up with ideas how to make her do at least something.

Paying kids for doing household chores. Pros and cons.

Make up dialogues

  1. Your friends are going to pay you a visit but the house is in a mess. Decide who will do what to tidy your house.
  2. Your flatmate doesn’t do anything about the house. You do all the chores yourself. Talk to him/her and try to solve this problem.

Cards to explain

The group is divided into two teams. Teacher sets the timer for 3 minutes and shows a card with a written word to one student who has to explain this word to his team. When he does it the next student comes up quickly to the teacher and starts doing the same. The team which guesses more words wins.

  • do the washing-up
  • clean a cooker
  • do the laundry
  • hang out the laundry
  • iron the clothes
  • polish the shoes
  • make thebed
  • dust
  • polish the furniture
  • vacuum carpets
  • sweep
  • mop the floor
  • clean the windows
  • cook
  • do the shopping
  • manage the family budget
  • take out the garbage
  • take pets for a walk
  • beat carpets
  • fix taps
  • change light bulbs
  • mow the lawn
  • pick ripe fruit
  • rake fallen leaves
  • glue the wallpaper
  • water the plants
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