Articles Interactive Game: 'The old lady swallowed a/ an/ the balloon'
Measurable Learning Outcomes:
This game allows students to:
• Demonstrate how to use indefinite (a, an) and definite (the) articles by forming sentences using the articles.
• Become more confident in communicating in English. (Understanding grammar merely helps introduce clarity to students’ learning experience but they shouldn’t be treated as the end goal!)
• Old lady base card
• Teacher/ student how-to-use and guidance
• Article word cards (a, an and the)
• Description word cards (eg. red, red circle, red heart, etc)
How to use
Two ways to use the product:
• Feed the old lady with the right balloon.
1. Use the word cards to complete the old lady’s sentence. For example, you can use the ‘the’ and ‘red heart’ cards to make the sentence “I want the red heart balloon”.
2. Then, ask your student to feed the old lady the right balloon based on this sentence/ the old lady’s instruction. Your student should feed the old lady the red heart balloon.
Tell your student the grammar meaning of the sentence by referring to p3. For example, the “the red heart balloon” means a specific red heart balloon. The description mentions the color and shape therefore the old lady has made herself very clear. Since there is only one red heart balloon given, we know exactly which specific balloon the old lady wants.
3. Repeat with alternative sentences.
• Help the old lady form her sentence.
1. Put a balloon of your choice on old lady’s tummy. For example, the red heart balloon.
2. Then, ask your student to help the old lady write the right sentence that would correctly instruct others to feed her the right balloon.
3. Tell your student the grammar meaning of the sentence they just created by referring to p3. Depending on which sentence your student forms, you can state the corresponding grammar meaning accordingly. For example, the ideal sentence for the red heart balloon would be the “I want the red heart balloon.” The old lady is referring to a specific balloon so ‘the’ is appropriate. The description includes the color and shape therefore it is very clear. Since there is only one red heart balloon, the person instructed would know exactly which balloon the old lady wants.
4. Repeat with alternative balloons.
Different sentence structures:
• For each balloon, there are various possible sentences that match with it. P3 illustrates the article grammar meaning related to these sentence structures. You can state these to your students. At the bottom of each balloon card, you can find a card listing all its possible matching descriptions. Simply fold it along the line that the arrow is point to, to create a card with one side showing the balloon picture and the other side showing its matching descriptions. The old lady can say either of the sentences listed in order to eat that particular balloon.
• Variations: To create a simpler game, you can also choose to not use certain balloons (eg. not use shapes).
You can refer to the sample for details.
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