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GRAMMAR: Auxiliary/Helping verb 'Can'

EXAMPLE: Can you help me with tomorrow's math homework?

DATE ADDED: Dec 10, 2015

Small Classes (1-15 Students)ÒLarge Classes (16-39 Students)ÓHuge Classes (40+ Students)Ô


20 min.

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 In teams, students choose and read aloud a sentence on the board.
If it has "Sure" on the back, they get 1 point. If it says "I'm sorry. I can't/I'm busy" They get no points.
The winner is the team with the most points. 



  • Target Sentences
  • Pencil to write "Sure" or "I'm sorry, etc." on the back of the target sentence print outs. 
  • Magnets to stick them up on the board
  • Chalk to tally scores



  1. Split class into groups. Name them team 1, 2, 3 etc. Put scoreboard on the board. 
  2. Go over the sentences with the students repeating after you. (Could be done at the very beginning) 
  3. Put the sentences on the board.
  4. Ask team 1 to choose and read aloud a sentence. Once they have done that correctly, take it down and read what is written on the back. (Answer the question.)
  • Sure = 1 point.
  • I'm sorry/I can't/I'm busy = 0 points.
  1. Next teams turn.
  2. Continue until all the sentences have been removed from the board.
  3. I give my students stickers if they win.


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  • My classes are small with only about 20 students in each, so I had only 3 teams. Each team read aloud 5 sentences.

  • If using with smaller or bigger classes, you may want to change the number of sentences you use depending on how long you want the activity to take. 

  • Make sure to write the answers on the back in pencil (or whiteboard pen if laminated) so that you can erase them and write new ones if you wanted to play this again with the same class.


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