This is an activity to introduce and practise animal idioms. Students describe 10 animals, complete the expressions with the missing adjectives and complete sentences about themselves.

Level: B2

Time: 45 minutes


  1. To increase familiarity and correct use of animal idioms.
  2. To complete the sentences in Exercise 2 with the missing adjectives.
  3. To complete sentences containing animal idioms individually.


  1. MEOW! Worksheet, one per student.


  1. Elicit different animals from students and write them on the board, e.g. tiger, dog, donkey, etc. and in pairs ask them to think of the characteristic traits of these animals, e.g. as fierce as a tiger.
  2. Hand out a copy of MEOW!! Worksheet and ask students to individually complete Exercise 1.
  3. When they have finished, ask them to compare their answers in pairs and justify their choice if it is different from their partner’s.
  4. Students then complete Exercise 2 individually, before comparing their answers with their partner.
  5. Check together as a class.
  6. Students then complete Exercise 3 individually.
  7. When they have finished, students swap their sheets with their partner and read each other’s answers.
  8. When the students have finished, ask them to circle 4 new things they have found out about their classmate from Exercise 3.

Fast finishers:

  1. Ask students to write down the name of professions they associate with the expressions they have learnt, e.g. stubborn as a mule: English teacher, etc.

MEOW! Worksheet

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P.S.  Nakotek. A little birdie told me it was your birthday today. Have an amazing day.

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