Possessive Adjectives, Pronouns and Nouns - ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

Happy Families

ESL Possessive Nouns Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this fun possessives teaching activity, students play a Happy Families card game to practice possessive nouns. Give each group of four a set of cards, which they shuffle and deal out evenly. Each card contains a picture of an object and the name of the person who the item belongs to. There are also three small pictures at the bottom, which are the other items the student needs to collect to complete the set. Students collect cards by taking it in turns to ask another group member for an item belonging to the set they want to collect, e.g. 'Do you have / Have you got Joshua's tennis racket?' If the group member has the card, they reply 'Yes, here you are' and give it to the student. The student must then give the group member one of their unwanted cards in return, so students always have five cards. If the group member doesn't have the card, they reply 'No, sorry' and play passes to the next student. Students continue in this way until someone has collected a set of four cards. That student wins the round and scores a point. The students then shuffle the cards and deal them out again and so on. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
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It must be true!

ESL Possessive Pronouns Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this free possessives activity, students play a game where they create true sentences about themselves and others by arranging possessive adjective, noun, and predicate cards into sentences. Give each group of three or four a set of cards, which they shuffle and spread out face up on the desk. The groups then have ten minutes to create true sentences about themselves and others by arranging the possessive adjective, noun, and predicate cards into sentences. When the time is up, the groups read out their sentences in turn. Groups score one point for each true or believable sentence. The group with the most points wins the game.
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Match it

ESL Possessive Adjectives Game - Speaking and Matching Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this engaging possessive adjectives activity, students play a guessing game, memory game and matching game where they make sentences with 'his', 'her', and 'their'. Give each group of three a set of picture cards and possessive adjective cards. The picture cards show who owns an object. The students spread the two sets of cards out face down on the table. Students then take it in turns to turn over a picture card and a possessive adjective card. If the cards match, the student makes a sentence with the possessive adjective, e.g. 'It's his bicycle'. The student then keeps the two cards and has another turn. If the cards don't match, they are turned back over and it's the next student's turn to play. The student with the most pairs of cards wins the game. Next, the students separate the cards back into two sets. One student takes the picture cards and the other two students take the possessive adjective cards. The student with the picture cards places them face down in a pile. The two students spread the possessive adjective cards out face up on the table. The student with the picture cards turns over the top card, shows the card to the two students and says 'It's...' The two students then race to find the correct possessive adjective and give it to the student, completing the sentence at the same time, e.g. 'It's their house'. The first student to do this keeps both cards. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game wins. Students then swap roles and play again.
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Possessives Practice

ESL Possessives Game - Listening, Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this entertaining possessives activity, students play a game where they make nouns possessive by adding an apostrophe or apostrophe+s. Give each student an apostrophe card and an apostrophe+s card. The students stand up with their two cards. The students then play a game where they listen to nouns and hold up the correct possessive ending card to make the noun possessive. If any students hold up the wrong card, they sit down and are out of the game. The last student left standing is the winner. After that, divide the class into two teams. Place an apostrophe card and apostrophe+s card on a desk at the front of the class for each team. One player from each team comes to the front of the class and stands in front of their set of cards. Call out a singular or plural noun at random. The first player to grab the correct possessive ending card to make the noun possessive scores a point for their team. The winning player must then try to make a sentence using the possessive noun. If the player does this successfully, their team scores an extra point. Students then take it in turns to come to the front of the class and play for their team. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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What's your favourite...?

ESL Possessive Adjectives Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this intriguing possessive adjectives activity, students play a true or false guessing game about favourites. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Students complete the worksheet with their favourites, making five answers true and five false. When the students have finished writing, they take it in turns to ask and answer questions about their favourites using the possessive adjectives 'my' and 'your', e.g. A: 'What’s your favourite place?' B: 'My favourite place is the beach'. The student who asked the question then decides if their partner is lying or telling the truth. The correct answer is revealed and the student makes a note of the answer on their worksheet. Students score one point for each correct guess. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner. Afterwards, students tell a new partner about their previous partner’s favourites using the possessive adjectives 'his' or 'her', e.g. 'Her favourite place is the beach'. 'Her favourite sport isn't tennis, it's badminton', etc.
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Whose is it?

ESL Possessive Pronouns Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this fun possessives activity, students play a memory game to practice possessive pronouns. Divide the students into pairs. Give each student a picture of an object and each pair a picture to share. The students then play a memory game where they try to remember who owns what object. The students go around the class telling each other the object they have, including the object they share with their partner. When everyone has finished, the students join back up with their partner. Next, give each pair a copy of the worksheet. In pairs, the students try to remember who owns which object by writing the name of the person under the corresponding picture on their worksheet. Students then use the information to make sentences with possessive pronouns, e.g. 'The dictionary is his'. 'The sunglasses are mine'. 'The MP3 player is hers', etc. Each object is then called out in turn. The first pair to make a correct statement with a possessive pronoun scores a point. The pair with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
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Correct it

ESL Possessive Adjectives and Nouns Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this free possessives activity, students correct sentences by changing subject pronouns to possessive adjectives or object pronouns to possessive pronouns. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. The sentences on the worksheet contain errors. There are subject pronouns where the possessive adjectives should be and object pronouns where the possessive pronouns should be. The students' task is to take it in turns to read a sentence to their partner and have them correct the mistake. Their partner listens to the sentence and repeats it back to their classmate, correcting it with either a possessive adjective or possessive pronoun. The student then writes their partner’s answer in the space provided. When the students have finished, they call you to check their answers. The first pair of students to complete all the answers correctly wins. The remaining pairs continue until they have completed their worksheets correctly.
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Interactive Version - In this free possessives breakout room activity, students change object pronouns to possessive pronouns or subject pronouns to possessive adjectives in order to correct sentences.

 

Possessive Nouns and Pronouns

ESL Possessive Nouns and Pronouns Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this possessives worksheet, students practice possessive nouns and possessive pronouns. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students begin by writing the correct possessive noun using 's or s'. Next, students fill in gaps in sentences with the correct possessive pronoun. After that, students complete a text using possessive nouns and pronouns from a box. The students then answer comprehension questions about the text. Finally, students write about where they live in response to the text using possessive nouns and pronouns. When the students have finished, check their answers.
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Interactive Version - In this possessives interactive worksheet, students complete a variety of exercises to learn possessive pronouns and possessive nouns.

 

Possessive Pronoun Race

ESL Possessive Pronouns Activity - Reading, Listening, Matching and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this rewarding possessives teaching activity, students play a card game where they race to complete sentences with possessive pronouns. Give each group of three a set of sentence cards and possessive pronoun cards. The students shuffle the sentence cards and place them face down in a pile on the desk and the possessive pronoun cards are spread out face up. Students take it in turns to pick up a sentence card and read it to the other two students. The two students listen to the sentence and then race to grab the correct possessive pronoun card to finish the sentence. The first student to grab the correct card and say the possessive pronoun wins and keeps the two cards. If neither student gives the right answer, the sentence card is placed at the bottom of the pile and any possessive pronoun cards are put back in place. The next student then picks up a sentence card and so on. This process continues until there are no more sentence cards left. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Who does this belong to?

ESL Possessives Activity - Reading, Writing, Matching, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this possessives teaching activity, students practice language for talking about possessions. Give each group of four a set of object picture cards, which they shuffle and deal out equally. Also, give each student a biography card and a summary card. Students then take it in turns to read the text on their biography card to the group. The group members listen and summarize the important facts on their summary cards. When the students have listened to all the biographies, they take it in turns to give an object to the student with the matching biography card, explaining the reason for their choice, e.g. 'I think this is Richard's laptop because...' or 'This laptop belongs to Richard because...' When the students have placed all the cards, they are told that there should be three objects for each person. The students then review each person's belongings and make any changes as necessary. When the groups have finished, they explain how they divided the possessions and why. Afterwards, review the correct answers with the class. As an extension, in their groups, each student writes down three of their favourite possessions on slips of paper and passes them to another group, who uses the target language to guess who wrote each possession and why.
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