ESL jobs puzzle

2 printable jobs puzzle pdfs

3 piece jobs puzzle

This first puzzle is about matching a job with a picture and what they do.

It is a great puzzle to introduce to your class when teaching about jobs. It can be done by students individually, in pairs, or even in groups. Sometimes it is fun to make it a race and see who can finish it first!

Just print out 1 or both of the pdfs and cut along the dotted lines. This will give you either 21 pieces or 42 depending on how difficult you want to make it for your students.

For a discussion activity, have a look at the jobs conversation questions. There are some jobs vocabulary worksheets to help students learn different kinds of occupations.

Warm up for the exercise

Before you hand out the puzzle check to see that students are familiar with the grammar structure.

Write on the board A (job) + verb + s/es + noun. Give an example such as – An artist paints pictures.

Next, add another job and try to elicit answers from the class. Do this for as many jobs as they can think of. You may have to help by providing verbs for lower-level classes.

Once they have cottoned on to this structure it is time to move on and do the puzzles.

Jobs puzzle and Dominoes

This second puzzle is a little easier

All you need to do is print out both the PDF files from the links below and cut the pieces out. Note that you must have both worksheets and cut on the dotted lines only. The result will give you 12 cards.

You can use them to play dominoes or simply get the students to join the pieces back together. The completed result should be a circle so it doesn’t matter which card or domino the learners start with.

For reference, the jobs in this activity are doctor, farmer, policeman, artist, pilot, painter, mailman, chef, scientist, builder, photographer and newsreader. If the class know most of them they can usually work out the new words in the jobs puzzle by themselves.

The end result should be a concentric circle with each picture  joining each word.

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