The Price Is Right!

To get students familiar with the concept of asking how much something is.

This game is based on the bidding game from The Price Is Right TV show. It is quite fun as students are quite shocked at the difference in prices between counties.

Before class you will need to edit the printout to suit your countries products and prices. Print it out and cut up the price tags. Hide the price tags in a box or an envelope.

Split the class in to  teams based on their seating columns and draw a scoreboard on the bored. Tell the students they are guessing the price of objects in your home country, and tell them how much a dollar (pound/euro/rupee) equals in yen. With the OTE , explain the game and demonstrate guessing the price of a standard object, like an apple. Get the students to repeat “How much is an apple?” and “It’s one dollar”.

Start the game.

Get the back row to stand up. Show them the first object – eg. 1 liter of milk. Get the students to repeat “How much is 1 liter of milk?”. Then ask the first student directly “How much is 1 liter of milk?” They guess – “It’s one dollar”. Write this on the board. Ask the next student. Keep asking everyone in the row and writing down the price on the board. Each price can only be guessed once.

Now reveal the real price in a dramatic way. The team with the closest price wins some money – $5. If the student gets the price correct, give their team more money – $10.  I found that giving them a significantly larger amount of money – $20 – kinda wreaked the game, as that team won without a fight. I stuck the money directly on the scoreboard which worked well.

Get the next row to stand up and show the next object.  Get all students to repeat “How much is ~ ?” Try asking from the opposite side of the room this time. Keep cycling through the class and towards the end of the game raise the amount of money to win.

At the end, get the students to help you count up the money and declare a winner. Give them stickers or fake money.

  • If you are tech-savvy, it would be great to be able to show the TV show in your home country. This would probably help with explaining the rules.
  • It's OK if the students don't really get the game at the start. It will be clear after the first round.
Junior High
handout, fake money, stickers