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GRAMMAR: Present Tense Verb/'Must' Helping Verb

EXAMPLE: Lisa plays soccer./You must help your mother.

DATE ADDED: Sept 18, 2008


    Small Classes (1-15 Students)ÒLarge Classes (16-39 Students)ÓHuge Classes (40+ Students)ÔBad/Misbehaved ClassesÕ


15-30 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE:   In this strategy game, students draw lines to try and complete a square.   





  1. Have the class make pairs and give a game board to each pair. Review the people and things on the worksheet to ensure the students know who and what every picture is. 
  2. Split the class into pairs, the pair plays Janken and the winner goes first.
  3. The name of the game is Squares. The object of the game is to draw lines to complete a square. The student who draws the final line to complete the square, signs their name inside the square they just completed.
  4. How to Draw a Line: The winner of Janken must say two sentences. The sentences indicate a starting and ending point for the line. Say for example, a student wants to draw a horizontal line from Bob Sapp's orange juice to Bob Sapp's computer, the two sentences the student would say are: "Bob Sapp likes orange juice. Bob Sapp likes computers." If the student successfully says both sentences, they draw the line and it becomes their partner's turn. If a student can't successfully navigate both sentences, play is stopped and it's the next person's turn. Also, lines don't have to connect. Students can draw a line anywhere on the board. Let's say the first student uses the Bob Sapp example from above, and then the next student says "Ai-chan likes video games. Ai-chan likes baseball", that is okay. The only requirement is that the two sentences spoken have to be adjacent dots.
  5. The game is over when the all squares have been completed on the grid. The champion is the person with the most signatures.



          • Once the students get a hang of the game, try inserting a more strict rule. At any point that a student makes a mistake AND their opponent catches the mistake, the round ends and it's the next person's turn.
          • You can play with more than two people, just keep the paper one student ahead of the student forming the sentences.
          • Also, if you are looking for a longer game, instead of squares, play 'triangles'.
          • Instead of forming Present Tense Plural sentences, you can use this activity to form Bare Infinitive sentences: "Bob Sappy must drink orange juice. Bob Sapp must use a computer."


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