What Could You Do With It?

Purpose:  To practice simple sentences with might or could
Preparation Time:  None 
Materials: White board and markers 
Preparation: Select a set of vocabulary words that the students already know, such as items found in the classroom, the kitchen, etc.

Procedure:

I do it:

  1. Review the vocabulary you’ll be working with.  It’s helpful if you have the actual items or pictures of them.  Write the list on the board as you review the words.
  2. Working with one or two vocabulary words, give examples of your own, then elicit examples from the class.  What could you do or might you do with those items?  Continue until everyone understands the meaning and form they’ll be practicing.

We do it:

  1. Now model the activity. The tutor/teacher stands with back to the board and asks a student to select one of the words and write it on the board.
  2. The class must now help the tutor guess the word by suggesting what they could or might do with it. For example, if the object is a pencil, they could say things like:

                        I could pick it up.

                        I could use it in class.

                        I might take it home with me.

                        I might point at something with it.

                        I could scratch my head with it.

You do it:

  1. One or two students stand with their backs to the board; now they are the guessers.
  2. One student goes to the board to select a word, then the class provides clues using could and might.  Encourage students to use their imaginations and not give away the answer immediately by suggesting the obvious use.
  3. Students rotate roles so that everyone takes a turn guessing and providing clues.
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