WHAT PET HAVE I GOT? - guessing game

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WHAT PET HAVE I GOT? - guessing game

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Published by Anna Sawa in Teaching Ideas · 13 January 2021
Tags: animalsspeakingverbsquestionsgrammarice_breakers
If your ESL students know lots of animal names, especially pets, but they need to practice the vocabulary in interesting context, try this guessing game ‘What pet have I got?’. Students feel comfortable to speak English, even those with low self-esteem or shy, when they work in pairs.

Pets/animals - speaking activity for EFL students

Age: 7-10
Language focus:
- vocabulary:
  • pets (in the example: hamster, cat, tortoise, budgie, dog, spider, rabbit, guinea pig, fish),
  • body parts (for example: ears, wings, legs, fins, a tail, etc.),
  • verbs (for example: sing, fly, jump, climb trees, swim, run, etc.)
- structures:
  • Can it …?; Yes, it can. / No, it can’t.
  • Has it got…?; Yes, it has. / No, it hasn’t.
  • Have you got…?; Yes, I have. / No, I haven’t.
Materials: stripes of paper and pens (optionally: a set of word cards with pets for each pair of students)

- Revise vocabulary related to pets, body parts and verbs to describe what animals can do.
- Divide students into pairs.
- Distribute stripes of paper and pens and ask students to write some pets on them. Optionally you can prepare word cards with pet names before the lesson.
- Students put their word cards face down.
- One student takes a word card (his partner cannot see what is on the card) and asks: What pet have I got?
- The other student should guess what animal his partner chooses. He can ask three supplementary questions, using structures: Can it…? or Has it got…?, before he attempts to answer the question.
Student A: Can it fly?
Student B: No, it can’t.
Student A: Has it got four legs?
Student B: No, it hasn’t.
Student A: Can it swim?
Student B: Yes, it can.
Student A: Have you got a fish?
Student B: Yes, I have.
- If he spots the answer, gets a point and can take the word card. If he guesses wrong, the word card goes back on the table.
- Students mix the cards and continue playing in turns.
- Student who racks up more points / word cards is a winner.

This guessing game you can organize as a whole class activity too. In this case, one of the students chooses a word card and the rest of the class try to guess the pet.
I hope you like the activity and find it useful and beneficial for your ESL students. Enjoy teaching with the Teacher's Zone ideas and leave a comment :)

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Tahlia Foster
13 Aug 2022
Can me and my mum play this gussing game please
Teacher's Zone
13 Aug 2022
I am glad you like this guessing game. Enjoy playing it with your mum.
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