Something to do for the holidays

Students practice the "something to ______" grammar pattern by giving each other advice.

I start out by demonstrating the general speech pattern with the JTE. For example:

  • I need something to eat for winter vacation. What should I do?
  • You should eat chestnuts.
  • Okay! Also, I need something to study. What should I do?
  • You should study math.

I might write the question and answers up on the black board to make sure the students understand the pattern. Then I pass out the papers and assign the students one of the following times:

  • tonight
  • tomorrow
  • this weekend
  • winter vacation
  • spring vacation
  • summer vacation
  • next year

You could assign each student a number and have them write one based on their number, or allow them to choose one time period. I tell the students that they need to ask for their classmates' advice about what they should do. It's good to review what each of these mean - what does "something to wear" mean? How about "something to read?"

Once the students understand the idea of the activity, I have them stand up and ask the questions to their classmates. Under the advice box they write what their classmate said (like "chestnuts" in the example above).

I found this particular grammar point kind of challenging to practice, but this was the clearest activity I've been able to come up with.

Submitted by Jake W December 3, 2018 Estimated time: 20-30 minutes

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