Frequency of Use: Low (but loaded with meaning)
Caution: This expression can have a negative meaning and could be offensive to some people.
You are taking an English class with a group of international students, and you notice that one of the students is somewhat out of place in the class. The boy isn’t catching on very quickly, and he appears awkward in social situations outside of class. One of your classmates comments that the boy isn’t the sharpest tool in the shed and doesn’t want you to invite him to the pizza party on Friday night. You’re not sure what to do because you want to be one of the popular kids in the class. In this situation, what would you do? What are some possible ways to include people,so they don’t alone? What you ever experienced such a situation? If so, how did you feel, and what did you do?
Sometimes, learners know the meaning of an idiom, but they don’t know how to use it correctly in conversation or writing. Thus, this activity checks your grammatical accuracy with the idiom so you become more confident in using it.