Modal Masters (I wish I could...)

A fun writing relay to practice modal verb "could" with a festive theme.

I had noticed that activities for "I wish I could..." were hard to come by, and my JTE really wanted some more dedicated practice time for it, so welcome to Modal Masters.

The premise is very simple;

Split your class into groups, ideally of 3 or 4.

Give each group a whiteboard, marker and eraser.

Students read the scenario and either fill in the blanks or write their own sentence that suits the scenario, using the "I wish I could..." structure.

They then race to you with the whiteboard, and act out the scenario by saying the both the prompt and the sentence they have written. (I sometimes give a bonus point for any particularly theatrical performances.)

I then award points in decreasing order for each group depending on when they get to me with the whiteboard.

Each slide has only one correct answer written on it, but I usually accept other answers if I feel they fit the scenario, and I encourage the students to think of original and creative sentences.

As an example, in a rather high level class, for the last scenario of "Superpowers are so cool!" one group wrote "I wish I could be Anya from Spy x Family" and I happily accepted it.

A few of my JHS 3rd Grade classes are at a decent level, so they've gotten through 8 questions in about 20-25 minutes. I usually use this as part of a mixed lesson for this and the 2nd Conditional, but feel free to add or change the PPT as you need for different grammar points or to cover a full class.

Please feel free to leave a comment with any feedback or questions!

Also this PPT is Christmas themed but please feel free to take the questions and put them into another theme.

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  • Modal Masters Christmas Themed.pptx (1.78 MB)
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    Submitted by GaeilgeAmee December 6, 2022 Estimated time: 20 minutes
    1. HeyItsMori December 7, 2022

      Thank you for this! Been looking for more fun games about this topic. Will definitely try this on my next lesson!

    2. GaeilgeAmee December 7, 2022

      Please feel free to let me know how it goes over! It's worked well for my kids but I'm interested to see how it works for other classes! :)

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