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BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: Englipedia's Match the Whose and Michael Jackson's pet monkey


GRAMMAR: Possessives

EXAMPLE: Whose Monkey is this? It's Obama's Monkey.

DATE ADDED: Jan 17, 2011


                           Large Classes (16-39 Students)Ó


35-40 min.


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Brief Outline: This is an "information gap" game where paired students question each other about missing information on their worksheets.


Materials Needed:


Detailed Explanation:

  1. After explaining the grammar point with flashcards, put all the "people" flashcards on one side of board and "things" on the other. Connect a "person" and a "thing" with a line. Ask "Whose is this?" and students say "It iss _______'s _______."
  2. Then, hand out worksheets and give Worksheet A to left side of class and Worksheet B to the right side. Explain the worksheets are a secret so don't show them to each other. Ask students to look at the people and things connected with a line on their worksheet. Then, ask students to fill in the information (person, thing) they have in the writing worksheet on the back, for example, "Whose ______ is this? It's _______'s ________."
  3. Now, explain the game. Tell students they must find the missing information from worksheets. Do a demonstration with the JTE, you with Worksheet A and the JTE with Worksheet B.
  4. Have the students walk around and play Janken. The champion then can ask a question for the missing information. The winning student then connects the person and thing with a line on their worksheet.
  5. Students switch partners and continue.
  6. If time, check the answers as a class.


Teaching Suggestions:

  • Ask one of the groups to wear hats, jackets, or something else to distinguish themselves during the game.
  • Finally, give out stickers or some sort of prize to students who are doing a good job of speaking in English rather than getting excited and just saying one word answers.
  • Put a time limit on the game length to ensure maximum exictement and drama during it.



  • Ensure that students don't show each other their worksheets during the game by accident. Ask them to fold their paper or something to hide the information.
  • I changed this from the actual grammar in the book which is: "Whose ________ is this?" "It's ________'s." (no possesive object). Be sure that the students understand the difference between "my ________" and "mine" or just change the writing worksheet to cut out the "possesive object".

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