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SUBMITTED BY: Stephanie Hufford / Anonymous



GRAMMAR: Polite Language 'May I"

EXAMPLE: May I have some salad?

DATE ADDED: Jul 03, 2013

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


15+ min.

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OUTLINE: Students practice asking politely for food and food-related items using "May I have...?" in a game of Go Fish.



    MayIGoFish cards (Copy enough for a traditional set of playing cards containing 52 cards per group of 4-5 students).


Regular deck of playing cards (One deck per group.)



  1. Divide students into groups of 4-5. Each member receives 5 food/eating cards, and the remaining cards are put in a pile in the center.
  2. Students take turns asking any person in their group, "May I have (what's written on card)?"
  3. If Student A asks Student B, "May I have *some pizza*?" and Student B has a pizza card, Student B gives Student A the card, Student A puts down the pair s/he just made, and the next student goes. If Student B does not have a pizza card, then Student A draws a card from the pile in the center and the next student goes.
  4. The first person to make pairs of all their cards (lose all their cards) wins.



  • Have the student who makes the most pairs in their group win. When they run out of cards, they can draw one new card from the pile.
  • I made a "special" card and maru(o)/batsu(x) cards just in case, but haven't used them yet. You could make a rule that students who get the batsu card have to draw another card, or the students who get the maru card get to hand off a card they don't want to someone else, or change the question-asking order with the special card like a game of Uno.
  • This game can also be played with a regular deck of playing cards. Simply teach the kids the names of the cards Ace, King, Queen, Jack etc... and have them ask "(Student's name), may I have a (card) please?"



  • You could laminate all the cards or color them, but I just copied them onto regular paper and cut them out to save time. Students don't want their cards to be seen anyway, so it worked out fine.


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