This PDF file includes six pages from ABC - I Have/Who Has ESL Activity
“I Have, Who Has” activities are great for large or small groups and are very easy to play. Simply deal the cards out to however many children are playing and have them arrange them face up on the table in front of them. The children must be able to see all of their cards.
These cards have designated “Begin” and “End” cards. The player with the “Begin” card reads her card first. Whoever has the next card reads that one and so forth. After reading a card aloud, the card is finished and turned over.
Now, here are some ways to make the game walk across the room!
*For additional language practice, and to get the kids familiar with their cards before playing, take the opportunity to do a Q&A with each student. For example, if the game set is using verbs, ask the students questions like, "What are you doing?" or "What did you do yesterday?" As each card has two verbs, students can work in small groups or do a round-robin type Q&A.
*Up the ante on the game by setting a timer and having kids try to 'beat the clock.' Post a chart on the wall with group names and challenge classes against each other.
*In a usual game, a player directs their question to the whole class. This keeps everyone on their toes and listening. Try having students move amongst each other asking individually, "Do you have..." When they find their card partner, they stick together by linking arms or holding hands. Eventually, the entire class becomes one connected line reflecting the order of the game.
*Have students sit in a circle. The player with the "Begin" card asks the person next to them, "Do you have..." If not, the player answers, "No, I don't." and asks the same question to the person sitting next to them in a Q&A chain until the person with that card says, "Yes, I do." and starts a new question cycle. Once a person reads their card, they drop out of the circle until only one player is left. I recommend holding the "End" card so students don't know when the game will end.
*Have students arrange the cards in a dominoes fashion on a desktop. This will work with any set of the I Have - Who Has cards.
*Set the cards up like a 'Concentration' or 'Pairs' activity with the cards facing down and the Begin card facing up. The next card has to be the "Who Has..." aspect from the Begin card. Leave the matched cards face up on the table or lined up outside of the playing area. You can also play by finding random pairs. This really gets the kids thinking forward and backward as they try to find the matching cards.
*Before sending your kids home, distribute the cards and have the kids line up in the order of the game. Though they are simply playing the game to negotiate their place in line, this is so much more productive and entertaining than fifteen kids rushing the door to be first in line! Once lined up, collect the cards and send the kids home!
If you are interested in more “I Have, Who Has” type games, check out the links below!
CVCe - I Have, Who Has
CVC - I Have, Who Has
Names - I am, Who is
for more games from Donald’s English Classroom!
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