360 FREE Warmers, Ice-Breakers and Fillers For The ESL Classroom
BusyTeacher Home » » Warmers and Fillers
About Our Warmers and Fillers Worksheets

Planning a lesson is no easy task, especially if you're about to introduce a difficult topic. Sometimes, you need a little bit of something extra to really make your lesson flow. For this reason, ESL teachers usually use warmers and fillers. Warmers are used in lessons to ease the students into the topic you're going to present. Along the same lines, fillers are used to reinforce topics or follow up with extra practice for students. BusyTeacher.org has 360 warmer and filler worksheets to make your lesson run smoothly without skipping a beat.

The beauty of using warmers and fillers is that very little planning goes into using them. That’s great because it cuts your planning time by a lot, and also cuts out any awkward downtime in the classroom. These worksheets are helpful when it comes to grammar, vocabulary, writing, or even listening and speaking practice.

These warmer and filler worksheets can be used in several ways. Some can be used as discussion topics to get your students speaking. Some can be used to review grammar topics you have covered in the past. Another great warmer is a writing practice worksheet, which gives students sentences like “This morning I…” and students write down what they did that morning. There are endless possibilities to what you can do in your classroom with these worksheets.

Another great feature of these warmer/filler worksheets is that most can be used for all levels. However, if you need a worksheet for a specific level, the descriptions of all worksheets on BusyTeacher.org show the levels for which they're appropriate . You can even reuse them for your other classes of different levels. Not sure if a certain worksheet is right for your lesson? No problem! Just click on the thumbnail to preview the worksheet and see if it’s right for your class.

Don’t worry about registering or subscribing, since all worksheets on BusyTeacher.org are free to download, and there's no limit to how many you can download! You can use one or two of our worksheets for your lessons every day. All worksheets on BusyTeacher.org were created and submitted by fellow ESL teachers from all over the world. They've been used in classrooms, too - so rest assured that these worksheets are tried and true.

If you have some worksheets of your own that you've found useful in your lessons, why not share them with other ESL teachers to use in their lessons as well? Upload your worksheets to BusyTeacher.org by clicking the link at the bottom of this page titled “Submit a worksheet,” and join the hundreds of thousands of ESL teachers who already use BusyTeacher.org for their lesson planning needs.

Make BusyTeacher.org your number one online resource for worksheets by bookmarking us today. With 360 warmers and fillers, lesson planning will be a breeze. Get started by checking out our most popular warmers and fillers below.

Get the Entire BusyTeacher Library for Only $99.99!

Make A Word Search:

Create awesome-looking custom word searches in seconds!

Make A Word Scramble:

Instantly create custom word/sentence scrambles for your class!

Make A Double Puzzle:

Generate double puzzles your students will love - hours of fun!

ESL Essentials for Busy Teachers
Rate this Category
2.7 out of 5, rated by 54 teachers

360 FREE Warmers and Fillers

Sort by: Date | Rating | Views | Comments | ABC

Bankrupt

» Warmers and Fillers
This a great warmer you can use to recycle any vocabulary or grammar structures I once read while diving on the Internet for ideas. The game is called Bankrupt. Collect the vocabulary flashcards y ...
318 All levels

Dead or Alive

» Warmers and Fillers
Write "WANTED DEAD OR ALIVE" on the blackboard. Explain to the students that you are looking for two very strange twins. On a piece of paper hand draw two funny looking brothers very different one ...
85

The Alphabet Game

» Warmers and Fillers
I have recently given this activity to my students who are in my conversation class. They work in pairs with a set of cut out alphabets folded where student A will have to pick an alphabet fo ...
47 Elementary

Directions Warmer

» Warmers and Fillers
Write your street address on the board; you can leave out the house or apartment number. Then give directions from the school to your street, writing key phrases (turn left, go two blocks, take Ex ...
35 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level

Heal Me

» Warmers and Fillers
Giving advice is always fun. Pretend to cough and ask students what you should do. Elicit answers such as, “Drink a glass of water,” or “Use a cough drop.” Write various ai ...
28 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level

Corrections

» Warmers and Fillers
Spotting and correcting writing errors is always a challenge for students. Here’s an engaging game for practicing this important skill. Divide the class into three groups, and then writing a ...
36 All levels

Telephone [Grammar Introductions]

» Warmers and Fillers
Everyone knows grammar charts are dull. But you can liven them up with the old game of telephone. To introduce a new grammatical structure, whisper a sample sentence in a student’s ear. Have ...
29 All levels

How Much?

» Warmers and Fillers
Asking how much something costs—and understanding the answer—can be a challenge for second language learners. In pairs, have students decide on a business, such as a restaurant, shoe s ...
12 All levels

Contractions: Listen Carefully!

» Warmers and Fillers
Practice contractions through dictation: You’ll say the following sentences out loud with contractions, and the students will write them down in a notebook. Then ask individual students to c ...
17

I Spy Alternative

» Warmers and Fillers
This update to the classic is a great way to work on descriptions. Start by saying, “I see something …” and describe the color, shape, and location of an object in the room. The ...
14

Do You Like Sushi?

» Warmers and Fillers
In groups of three or four, students ask each other about their food likes and dislikes. Students should keep asking until they find a food that no one in the group likes. Have a representative fr ...
8

Color Me Red

» Warmers and Fillers
Write the color of a student’s shirt, jeans, backpack, shoes, or purse on board and ask the class to guess who is wearing the color. Whoever gets the correct answer can write the next color ...
11 All levels

This Morning, I...

» Warmers and Fillers
Students can practice the simple past by saying what time they got up, what they ate for breakfast, and how they got to school or work. On the board, write down what time you got up, what you ate ...
15 All levels

Paper Airplane Facts

» Warmers and Fillers
Get your students to write 5 or more facts about themselves, fold their piece of paper into a paper airplane then fly the plane across the room. Who ever it lands nearest to, picks up the airplane ...
37 All levels

Would You Like to Move in with Me?

» Warmers and Fillers
Getting to know each other - 'Would you like to move in with me? Time: 20 min Preparation: Revise how to form questions with the students before you start the activity. Let students imagine they ...
13 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level

Got a great worksheet on Warmers and Fillers? Tell us about it and become a BusyTeacher contributor!

Submit a Worksheet
 
find worksheets