This will take 1-2 lessons, depending on how much time your students need writing and if you want them to share their creations at the end.
(p.22) LET’S TALK 2 - If it’s clear, let’s play baseball
Laminate each picture with the nine word cards on the back. (They should print out correctly aligned for the game.) Put each set of cards into an envelope and label the envelope with the sentence’s number. Making two sets of each sentence is sufficient because the students can complete the sentences in any order.
Divide the students into groups of 4. Each student gets an individual worksheet.
1. Each group takes one envelope and assmbles the puzzle.
The lesson uses the Rube Goldberg idea of an extremely complicated machine which does something really simple (for a great example, which you could even show your kids, see the music video for “This Too Shall Pass” by OK Go). You can also read up on Rube Goldberg machines on wikipedia.
The lesson time is divided into an introduction, a creative brainstorming process, a presentation prep time, and presentation time.