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May I play Pictionary?
This is a group activity using rules similar to those of the popular Pictionary game. It can be used many for more grammar points other than “May I ~ ?”. See the notes for details.
Before the activity introduce or review “May I ~ ?” using a couple of the verb/illustration flash cards as examples. Follow by drilling the verb flash cards with the students. This should take roughly 10-15mins.
Once the students are up to speed you’re ready to play Pictionary!
- Split the students into 5 groups.
- Each group designates an artist for the first round.
- The ALT will call the artists from each group to the front and show them a card. The card will have a verb and matching illustration on it.
- The artists then return to their groups and try to draw what was on the card. They cannot speak. The picture they draw may be different from the card.
- The groups works together to guess the verb being drawn. They must then write a “May I ~?” sentence using the verb and race to the front to show the teacher.
- The first group to show the teacher a correct sentence earns a point. Rotate the artist for the next round. The game can be continued for as many rounds as desired (depending on the number of flash cards).
- Shower the winning team with adulation and/or fabulous prizes as necessary.
This activity can be used with most grammar points. A few examples include "I can ~", "Will you ~?" and "This is a/an ~". The only requirement is that the "~" portion of the sentence can be expressed as an illustration.