Community Places I Have/Who Has
is a great way for ESL and ELL students to practice very practical vocabulary! This file contains 2 game boards with a vocabulary list of 30 places.
“I Have, Who Has” activities are great for large or small groups and are very easy to play. Players are challenged to listen, read, and speak to participate in the games. Simply deal the cards out to however many are playing and have them arrange the cards face up on the table in front of them. Players must be able to see all of their cards.
These cards have designated “Go” and “Stop” cards. The player with the “Go” card reads their 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.
Whether you teach children or adults, beginners or more advanced English speakers, you’ll find these cards to be an enjoyable activity for many classes. Language used for these games can include:
I have _____. Who has _____?
I am at the ______. Who is at the ______?
I am going to the _____. Who is going to the ______?
I went to the _____. Who went to the _____?
I was at the ______. Who was at the ______?
I have to go to the ______. Who has to go to the _____?
I want to go to the ______. Who wants to go to the ______?
These game boards are also bundled together with an ESL Community Places
set that includes flash cards and a folding activity your students will love! Flash Cards
and the Game Boards
are also available as separate downloads!
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!
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