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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 363 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.

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ESL Activity Sheet For Children - Farm Animals & Prepositions of Place

ESL Activity Sheet For Children - Farm Animals & Prepositions of Place

Ellie @ Osito ESL
This ESL Activity Sheet for children can be used in numerous ways to cover basic vocabulary and grammar points. The key objectives are: teaching/revising farm animal vocabulary and teaching/lear ...
1 Views 1,339 BegElem
ESL Vocabulary Card Game - Farm & Wild Animals

ESL Vocabulary Card Game - Farm & Wild Animals

Ellie @ Osito ESL
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This 3-page PDF contains 27 game cards to be used as an engaging ESL/EFL game. Best played in groups of eight. The game helps children recall and revise animal vocabulary. It includes farm animal ...
1 Views 989 BegElem
Why do we say OK?

Why do we say OK?

Have you ever wondered where OK came from? Watch the youTube video "Why do we say OK" to find out. And while you're watching it, try to answer very easy questions from the worksheet, OK? The wor ...
1 Views 3,246 Pre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: Halloween-The Addams Family

Song Worksheet: Halloween-The Addams Family

First, students have to guess/look up the meaning of some words connected to Halloween or scary things. Then they have to complete the lyrics of the theme song of The Addams Family with those wor ...
1 Views 8,840 All

SONG: I Can See Clearly Now

Guilherme G Tidon
This is a very simple song and activity which contains vocabulary about weather, as well as some use of 'can' and 'going to' (informally contracted as 'gonna'). There are also some adjectives and ...
1 Views 22,520 BegElemPre-IntIntAdv
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Frozen by Madonna Song Worksheet

Frozen by Madonna Song Worksheet

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This is a song worksheet for elem. level students which can be used as a warmer or end of lesson activity. Students will listen to the song and fill in the blanks. After the fill in the blanks p ...
1 Views 6,662 Elem
Role Plays For ESL Classes

Role Plays For ESL Classes

Isaac Bueso Borràs
This sample worksheet contains six role playing situations from the book “ESL role plays for English teachers: 40 great role plays for ESL classes.” Each role plays presents some usef ...
1 Views 94,572 IntAdvExam
Find Someone Who Movies/Films

Find Someone Who Movies/Films

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Cut the handout out to use as a warmer or one of activities on topic of movies/film genres, etc. Each student gets a card and starts asking other students questions to find a person who does somet ...
2 Views 21,155 Pre-IntIntAdv
ESL Conversation Questions

ESL Conversation Questions

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50 sets of conversation questions on 50 different topics. Each topic contains six questions. This resource is suitable for ESL teachers who have classes of pre-intermediate or intermediate level w ...
1 Views 28,677 Pre-IntInt
Guess the Movie Based on the Plot

Guess the Movie Based on the Plot

If you are talking about movies and it seems that you've done everything, let your students do this task. They have to guess what the movie is by reading a summary about it. The keys are included ...
4 Views 51,374 IntAdvExam
Cat Idioms

Cat Idioms

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A worksheet for this video about cat idioms in the English language. Idioms included: cat got your tongue?, a fat cat, to purr like a cat, when the cat's away, to be the cat's whiskers, the cat is ...
8 Views 45,840 Pre-IntIntAdv
Movie Worksheet - Star Wars - The Last Jedi

Movie Worksheet - Star Wars - The Last Jedi

Yulia Zueva
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This worksheet is based around the teaser trailer of one of the films of the Star Wars trilogy - "Episode VIII: The Last Jedi". The first task refreshes in the students' memory the names of the ma ...
2 Views 27,097 ElemPre-Int


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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 ...
369 Views 169,338 All

Dead or Alive

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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 ...
97 Views 147,107

The Alphabet Game

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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 ...
57 Views 141,043 Elem

Directions Warmer

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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 ...
40 Views 71,793 ElemPre-IntIntAdvExam

Heal Me

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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 ...
35 Views 65,279 ElemPre-IntIntAdvExam


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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 ...
42 Views 72,672 All

Telephone [Grammar Introductions]

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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 ...
41 Views 121,323 All

How Much?

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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 ...
15 Views 50,922 All

Contractions: Listen Carefully!

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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 ...
20 Views 50,696

I Spy Alternative

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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 ...
20 Views 58,893

Do You Like Sushi?

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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 ...
11 Views 55,244

Color Me Red

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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 ...
15 Views 55,482 All

This Morning, I...

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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 ...
17 Views 63,610 All

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