“I have, who has” is an exciting way to practice essential content and language concepts with the whole class. As students match up the answers on their cards with questions on other students’ cards, they get valuable practice with vocabulary, listening, and speaking skills.
Print the cards. I tape them onto index cards. (Warning! They do get abused by spending time in the students excited, nervous, and sweaty hands.)
Hand out a card to each student. Some students may need to have 2, or share one (one student answers the question- switch- the other student asks the questions), depending upon how many in the set. It is vital to use all the cards in a set because they are linked.
Choose any student to go first, and have him/her read the question on the card aloud. The student who has the card with the answer then reads that answer aloud: “I have __”. This student will then read the question at the bottom of their card – ‘Who has ___?’ Then the student with the card that answers the question responds. Every card in the set is connected to a card before it and a card after it. To keep the game moving at a quick pace, all students need to pay attention to every question that’s asked. The student who started the game with the first question should finish the game with the last answer. In this case, card 36 is linked to card 1.
We use a stopwatch to measure how long it takes for the class to go through the whole set correctly. If a student doesn’t know the answer to a “who has” question, I ask the reader to repeat the question again. If there is still no answer I will ask “who has… and fill in with the correct answer. If I have to intervene with the correct answer, I add 5 seconds to their time. You can always ask for the link number in the top left-hand corner to decide who has the next card. My students are always looking to get faster. I post their best time on the board and they are always trying to improve on their time and/or beat another class.