Last week I was teaching from the latest edition of Let’s Go 4 by OUP. Page 44 introduces the verbs download pictures, practice the violin, watch a baseball game, listen to music, play a board game, and visit my grandparents in conjunction with the question “What did you do (on Sunday)?” Meanwhile on page 45 there’s this awesome table of images meant for pairs to practice asking each other with.
Here’s a pair activity that is really simple to set up and really fun for the kids. You just need two dice and the coursebook.
On the count of three, two children each roll their dice. The student who rolls the higher number asks one of the 27 possible questions to the student with the lower number, who of course has to answer the first student’s question. The student who asked the question then gets the sum of both dice for points, which they can write down on a score card.
Take the case of Tom and Jerry, for example.
Tom and Jerry each roll their dice on the count of three.
Tom and Jerry: Three, two, one!
Tom rolls a five and Jerry rolls a three. Since Tom has the higher number he gets to ask a question to Jerry. Tom looks at the table and for no particular reason chooses the third picture from the left in the second row.
Tom: What did she do on Tuesday?
Jerry: She practiced the violin.
Tom now gets eight points, which he gleefully writes down on his score card and then crosses off the picture of the question he asked. The two of them continue in this fashion until all the boxes have been crossed off. The one with the highest total points is the winner.
I know what you’re thinking! What if they both get the same number when they roll the dice? No problem. Let the points accumulate.
Imagine Tom and Jerry each roll five. They then roll again but this time Jerry gets six and Tom gets one. Jerry of course wins but instead of getting a measly seven points he now gets seventeen points! The excitement involved is nearly unimaginable to grown ups. Give it a try next time you teach this page. You won’t regret it.
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