Possessive Adjectives, Pronouns and Nouns - ESL EFL Activities, Games and Worksheets
ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this teaching activity, students play a Happy Families card game to practice possessives. The students are divided into groups of four or five. Each group is given a set of cards which they shuffle and deal out evenly. There is an object on each card and the name of the person who the object belongs to. There are also three small pictures at the bottom which are the other objects they need to collect for that person to complete the set. Students collect a set of cards by taking it in turns to ask another student in the group a question for a card they want, e.g. Do you have / Have you got Joshua's tennis racket? If the chosen 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. 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 one point. The cards are then shuffled and redealt and the game starts again. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
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It must be true!
ESL EFL Matching and Reading Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this rewarding teaching activity, students create true sentences about themselves and others by arranging cards into sentences with possessive adjectives. This activity also covers family members, appearance, characteristics, interests, and possessions. The class is divided into groups of three or four and each group is given a set of cards. The students spread the cards out face up on the table. Each group then has ten minutes to discuss and arrange the cards into true sentences. Each sentence comprises of three cards: possessive adjective, noun, and predicate. When the time is up, the groups read out their sentences in turn. Groups score one point for each correct/believable sentence. The group with the highest number of points at the end of the game is the winner.
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ESL EFL Speaking and Matching Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
This impressive set of activities can be used to teach or practice the possessive adjectives: his, her, their. The activities consist of a guessing game, memory game and matching game where students practice expressing possession. After practicing the language and playing a quick guessing game, the class is divided into groups of three. Each group is then given a set of picture cards and possessive adjective (his/her/their) cards. The picture cards show who owns an object. The students spread the cards out face down on the table, keeping the two sets separate. Students then take it in turns to turn over a picture card and a possessive adjective card. If the cards match, the student keeps them and has another turn. If they do not match, the cards are placed back and it’s the next student’s turn. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game is the winner. 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 (his/her/their) cards. The student with the picture cards places them face down in a pile. The other two students spread the possessive adjective cards out on the table, face up. 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 student who is first keeps both cards. The student with the most pairs of cards at the end of the game wins.
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What's your favourite...?
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this intriguing pairwork activity, students play a true or false guessing game about their favourites using possessive adjectives. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Students then complete the worksheet with their favourites. Five of the answers must be true and five must be false. When they have finished writing, students take it in turns to ask and answer questions about their favourites with their partner using the possessive adjectives: my and your, e.g. A: What’s your favourite place? B: My favourite place is the beach. After a student has answered a question, their partner has to decide if the student is lying or telling the truth. The student then reveals the correct answer, and their partner makes a note of the answer on their worksheet. Students win one point for each correct guess. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner. Afterwards, the students change partner. They then tell their 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 EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
Here is a fun teaching activity to help students practice possessive pronouns. The class is divided into pairs. Each student is given a picture card and each pair is given a picture card to share. The students then play a memory game where they have to 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 pair up again with their partner. Each pair is then given a copy of all the pictures on a worksheet. Working together, the students try to remember who owns which object. They write the name of the person who owns each object under the corresponding picture on their worksheet. Students then use the information to make sentences using possessive pronouns, e.g. The dictionary is his. The sunglasses are mine. The MP3 player is theirs, The newspaper is ours, etc. Afterwards, there is a class feedback session. The teacher calls out each object in turn. The first pair to make a correct statement using a possessive pronoun wins a point. The pair with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
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ESL EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 Minutes
In this pairwork teaching activity, students practice correcting sentences by changing subject/object pronouns to possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives. The class is divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students are told that the words in bold in the sentences on their worksheet are wrong. Their task is to take it in turns to read their sentences to their partner and have them correct the mistakes. Their partner listens to each sentence and repeats it back to their classmate, correcting the subject/object pronoun to a possessive pronoun or possessive adjective. The student then writes their partner’s answer in the space provided. To make it more difficult, no answers are shown on the worksheet. When the students have finished, they call the teacher to check their answers. The first pair of students to finish wins the game. The remaining pairs continue until they have completed their worksheets correctly.
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ESL EFL Listening, Matching and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
Here is an entertaining teaching activity to help students learn when to add an apostrophe and when to add an apostrophe + s to possessive nouns. Students also practice choosing correct possessive endings and making sentences with possessive nouns. The first activity begins by giving each student an apostrophe card and an apostrophe + s card. All the students then stand up with their two cards. The teacher calls out nouns and after the students hear each noun, they have to hold up the correct possessive ending. For example, if the teacher calls out the word ‘countries’, every student holds up their apostrophe card. If the teacher calls out the word ‘owner’, every student holds up their apostrophe + s card. If a student is holding up the wrong card, they must sit down. This process continues until there is one student left standing. That student is the winner. Next, the class is divided into two teams. An apostrophe card and apostrophe + s card is placed 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. The teacher calls out a noun. The first player to grab the correct possessive ending card wins a point for their team. The winning player must then try to make a sentence using the possessive noun, if they do that correctly, they win an extra point for their team. Students then take it in turns to come to the front of the class and play for their team. The team with the highest number of points at the end of the game is the winner.
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Possessive Pronoun Race
ESL EFL Reading, Listening, Matching and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
In this enjoyable teaching activity, students play a card game where they have to race to complete sentences with possessive pronouns. The class is divided into groups of three. Each group is given a set of sentence cards and possessive pronoun cards. The sentence cards are placed face down in a pile on the desk, and the possessive pronoun cards are spread out on the desk face up. Students then take it in turns to pick up a sentence card and read it to the other two students. The other 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 complete the sentence keeps the sentence card and pronoun card as a trick. Then the next student picks up a sentence card and so on. This process continues until all the cards have been used up. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.
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