This Verb I Have/Who Has activity is a great ESL game for reading, listening, and speaking!
The 75 verbs & images in this activity are divided into 3 twenty-five word groups with the last group including phrasal verbs. Each group has two game templates. Just print, cut out, and laminate! Also included are three verb charts perfect for tacking to a classroom board or directly into student notebooks.
Distribute the cards randomly to your students. Instruct students on the language that will be used in the course of the game. This activity can be played with a full class or in small groups where students receive more than one card. This game is also great as a warm up or cool down activity!
These cards have designated “Go” and “Stop” cards. The player with the “Go” 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.
Practice the game once with your students so they understand how the game works, then see if they can ‘beat the timer.’
Verb I Have/Who Has can utilize any number of language options depending on student levels and the language focus in class. Whether you are teaching beginners or more advanced learners, you‘ll quickly discover how flexibly these cards can be used in ESL classes:
I have drive. Who has cook?
I drive. Who sleeps?
I like to win. Who likes to run?
I don’t like studying. Who likes playing?
I am getting up. Who is exercising?
I ate. Who drank?
I was playing. Who was studying?
I am going to run away. Who is going to fight?
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!
Looking for more Verb activities? Check out some of these offerings in Donald’s English Classroom!
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