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Go: JHS GrammarReading Race


SUBMITTED BY: Ben Roche / Eric McEachron



GRAMMAR: Present Tense Verbs - plural

EXAMPLE: Does she live in Hawaii? Yes, she does.

DATE ADDED: Jan 26, 2011


    Large Classes (16-39 Students)Ó


20-25 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: Groups race to answer questions about Lilo (of Lilo and Stitch fame) from a text. Once the activity is underway, you can relax and enjoy watching the activity you've set in motion!



  • ReadingRace attachments: Lilo / Santa / Harry Potter
  • 20 envelopes: Each with one numbered question inside and a corresponding number written on the outside. (That's 10 questions x 2)
  • Answer sheet: Sorry, you'll have to make your own.



  1. First, introduce and practice the target language however you like. (I used pictures of Mickey Mouse and Godzilla, asking if each had a girlfriend, eliciting and drilling responses, then eliciting and drilling the question, then eliciting the Q&A again and writing it on the board. I did it agian with two more pictures. The whole thing took about 15 minutes.)
  2. Show the class the "Lilo" handout and ask "Who is this?" Get an answer. Say, "Let's read about Lilo!" (I like to cheer and clap when I introduce an activity. If I get a meager response from the class, I say, "One more time. Let's read about Lilo!" and cheer and clap. This usually gets a more enthuastic response and chuckles.)
  3. Point to the numbered lines on the handout and count out loud 1-10. Hold up a numbered envelope and read the number out loud. Look back and forth between the sheet and envelope a few times, then act as if you understand. Holding the envelope, say, "Number 4." Holding and pointing to the sheet say "Number 4. Match!" Repeat this with 2-3 more envelopes.
  4. Direct the class to move their desks to sit in their lunch groups. As they do, arrange all the envelopes on a desk or two at the front of the class.
  5. (Modelling is everything!) Take a Lilo sheet and sit with a group. Gesture and say, "My group." Stand and say, "Stand up." Run to the front of the class, pick up an envelope, show them the envelope and read the number "Number 8." Run with the envelope back to your group. Take the question out of the envelope (clearly showing this action to the class) and say, "READ." Then, read the question to your group. Pick up your Lilo sheet, act as if you are scanning it quickly, then point to the sheet as if you've found the answer. Clearly gesture to the class that you are writing the answer, and say the answer as you write, "Yes, she does." Put the question back into the envelope, take it to the front of class, put it on the desk at the front of the class and pick up a new envelope. Repeat all the gestures and directions again 1-2 times, then look at the class and say ,"Ok? Ok?" They should all be nodding, and if you've done it well, looking eager to start. (You can do all these actions and directions fairly quickly. I throw in a simple sound effect "Huh!" with each action. Stand up "Huh!" get an envelope "Huh"! and so on.)
  6. Give one Lilo sheet to each student and have one student in each group stand up. When each group has one member standing, say, "3, 2, 1, go!"
  7. Walk around a bit as the activity is going on to make sure they are writing the answers in the correct place (sometimes they'll have a number 6 envelope and write the answer on line 1!)
  8. Stop the activity when most of the groups have finished. Check answers. Read each question and get an answer from the students (I usually gesture to a student to answer)
  9. Ask if anyone got all the answers right and praise them for doing a good job!


  • Make sure you model it well because they've probably never done this kind of activity before.



  • This is one of those activities that once you get it started, it just goes on its own. You can basically take it easy for about 15-20 minutes.
  • I just recently started doing reading races like this. I've used it in JHS grades 1-3 and they all enjoy it and have a lot of fun with this activity. I've had great success with it, and that's why I'm posting it. Enjoy!

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