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"Do you have a...... ?" Game!

Target Grade:3-6
Target English: "Do you have a.....?",
"No I'm sorry", "Yes here you are"+ any set of vocab
Preparation: Mini Cards for each piece of vocab.


1. Review the vocab (e.g. "a hamster", "a goldfish" "a plane, a rocket" or "a book, a pencil")

2. Introduce "Do you have a ............?" (e.g. Do you have a hamster?). During the song we use the question "Do you have any pets?" but it's really simply for the kids to pick up "Do you have a ...?" when talking about one specific thing. Just remember to cut out all the grammar explanation and they'll be fine!

3. Introduce the answers "Yes, here you are" and "No, I'm sorry".

The Game !!

1. Split the class into about 6 or 8 groups (using the each row of desks as one group is good).

2. Assign each group a different word (e.g. hamster, horse, etc.. ), this is the thing that that group wants to collect.

3. Give each child a copy of the mini-picture cards , if you hand them out as one sheet, the kids should cut them into individual cards.

4. The students then go round asking as many people as possible "Do you have ......." (for example the "turtle" team asks "Do you have a turtle?"

5. If the student still has the object he/she says "Yes, here you are!" and gives it to the person who asked.

6. If they have already given it away then they say "No, I'm sorry" and walk off.

7. The group that is the first to collect as many of their item as there are students in the class (e.g. 30 items for a class of 30 kids), sits down and they are the winner!!

This game works really well, but make sure the kids know all the words well! E.g. start off with the the song and picture cards then try using the criss cross or last person standing game to practise it.

At the end of the game, try counting how many things they have collected out loud with all the members of the class together.

Then you can put them back in order:

And use this trick to keep the class under control:


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