Have got / Has got - ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Emma's School Timetable

ESL Has got Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 30 minutes

In this fun 'has got' activity, students race to complete missing subjects in a school timetable by asking and answering questions with 'has got'. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding part of the worksheet. Students take it in turns to ask and answer questions with 'has got' using the missing subjects shown on their worksheet, e.g. 'Has Emma got a chemistry lesson at 9:30 on Monday?' When a student receives a 'Yes, she has' response from their partner, they write the school subject in the timetable. Students are only allowed to ask one question each turn. If a student receives a 'No, she hasn't' response, they must wait until their next turn to ask another question. The first student to complete Emma's timetable is the winner. When both students have finished, they check their answers by comparing timetables. As an extension, students write sentences about Emma's school timetable using 'has got', e.g. 'Emma has got English on Monday and Friday'. Students then read out their sentences to the class.
 

Find Out

ESL Have got Activity - Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 30 minutes

In this insightful 'have got' activity, students find out what people in the class have got by asking and answering questions. Each student is given a card. The students' task is to find out how many people in the class or group have got the things marked on their card. Students begin by preparing the questions they need to ask for the activity. Students then go around the class asking and answering their 'Have you got...?' questions, e.g. 'Have you got a mountain bike?' Each time someone answers 'Yes, I have' to a question, students put a tick on the back of their card. When the students have finished, they take it in turns to report back to the class on the information they found out using 'have got' and 'has got'. As an extension, students work together in groups and write the information they found out on a poster to be displayed in the classroom.
 

Find someone who's got...

ESL Have got / Has got Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 35 minutes

Here is a rewarding activity to help teach students how to ask and answer questions with 'have got' and write sentences with 'has got'. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by going through the items on the worksheet and forming a 'Have you got...?' question for each one. Students then write three more questions of their own at the bottom of the worksheet to make the questionnaire more personal. When the students have finished, they go around the classroom asking the questions to one another, e.g. 'Have you got an older sister?' When a student finds someone who answers 'Yes, I have', they write down that person's name next to the item. The student then asks a follow-up question (e.g. 'What's her name?') and writes the answer in the last column of the worksheet. When everyone has finished, the students write sentences about what they found out using 'has got', e.g. 'Emily has got an older sister. Her name is Abbey'. Students then report back to the class by reading their sentences aloud.
 

Have Got Battleships

ESL Have got Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

Here is a fun battleships game to help students practice 'have/has got' questions and short answers. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by marking five ships horizontally or vertically on their battleships grid. When the students have finished, they pair up with a partner and sit back to back. Next, each student is given a blank battleships grid to mark where their partner's ships are located. The students then take it in turns to ask a 'Have/Has got' question from the grid in order to try to 'hit' one of their partner's ships, e.g. 'Has she got long hair?' If the answer is yes, e.g. 'Yes, she has', it means hit, so the student marks the location on the blank grid with a tick. If the reply is no, e.g. 'No, she hasn't', it's a miss, so the student marks the square with a cross. The students continue to take it in turns to ask and answer questions until one student has found and destroyed all five of their partner's ships. That student wins the game.
 

Monster Mash

ESL Has got Activity - Listening, Speaking, Matching and Drawing Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this enjoyable teaching activity, students describe monsters to a partner using 'has got'. This activity is useful for practicing 'has got' for appearance. After reviewing the target vocabulary and language, the students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Student A begins by describing monster number 1 to their partner who listens and numbers the monster being described on their worksheet, e.g. 'It has got a long body with no legs. It's got three arms and a big head. It hasn't got any hair, but it has got..., etc'. Student A then moves on to describe the other monsters in turn until all four monsters have been identified by Student B. The students then swap roles with Student B describing monsters 1 to 4 for their partner to identify. Following that, Student A describes the monster shown at the bottom of the worksheet for their partner to draw. When Student B has finished the drawing, the two students swap roles. Afterwards, the two students compare worksheets to check their answers and compare monsters.
 

Pack your Bags

ESL Have got Activity - Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 20 minutes

In this engaging 'have got' activity, students use 'Have you got...?' questions to ask for things they need for a holiday. The students are divided into groups of six. Each student is given a picture card and a corresponding item card. The item card shows the things the students need to pack and the picture card shows things they've got but don't need. In order to get the items they need, students ask and answer 'Have you got...?' questions with the other people in their group. If a student is asked for an item that they have on their picture card, they reply 'Yes, I've got...' and cross the item off their picture card. The student asking for the item then crosses it off their item card. Each item on a picture card can only be given away once. Students are allowed to obtain one item at a time from each group member. When a student has obtained an item, they move on and speak to someone else. The first student to find all the items they need for their holiday is the winner.
 

What do we look like?

ESL Have got Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this entertaining 'have got' activity, students play a game where they make true sentences, describing physical appearance with have, have got, haven't got, has, has got and hasn't got. The aim of the game is to make as many true sentences as possible. The students are divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a set of word cards. The students shuffle the cards and deal out ten each, leaving the rest in a pile face down on the table. The students take it in turns to look at their cards and make a true sentence, describing themselves or other people in the class. The sentence may be affirmative or negative, according to the cards they have in their hand. If a student can make a true sentence that is at least four words long, they lay the cards down on the table and read the sentence, e.g. 'I have got blue eyes'. Students may make one word plural if they have a suitable pronoun, e.g. 'They have small noses'. If a student cannot make a sentence, they exchange as many cards as they like with the cards from the pile. The student can then use the cards on their next turn. Each student should always have ten cards until there are no more cards left in the pile. The student with the most sentences on the table at the end of the game wins.
 
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