Do you want a new activity to get your class up and talking? Check out this great resource. It’s a new twist on an old game, the ask and switch. You can use it to practice new vocabulary, questions using which, or just to get students talking and learning more about each other. Click to learn more.
The handout consists of 20 pages, each with four pictures of a particular category. On the top is written a question using which. For example, “Which hat do you like best?” or “Which animal do you like best?” Each student takes a page and goes to a partner to ask the question and show him/her the pictures. Then the partner has to tell which one he/she likes best and why. Next, the other person repeats the sequence with his/her page. Once the pair is done with both their pages, they switch papers and go find new partners. It’s a great way to liven up the class, get some movement in, and practice questions, answers, and explanations.
Depending on the level of students, you could add tasks to the exchange. For example, you could write the question “Why do you like that one best?” on the board and ask the person asking to ask for more detail from the responder once he/she selects the one he/she likes best. The responder could then answer with “because….”
It’s true that this is a long document that needs to be printed in color. However, I’ll argue that it’s a great activity to keep in your box of tricks, so get it printed and then laminate it or put it into plastic sleeves, so you can use it over and over again in future classes.
If you use this handout and think of new ways to use it, let us know in the comments box below.