Finish the Sentence

Students will be given a prompt, such as "If I were rich," and must decide in groups how to finish the sentence before writing on their whiteboard. Least popular answers get more points!

This game was inspired by AsakawaSune's "If I were X I would Y" Card game. I wanted students to practice making sentences, but I didn't have the time to print and prepare so many cards, and I also wanted to make it easier for my low-level students. I made it this morning and just used it this afternoon for the first time, and it went over well!

Materials needed: PPT file, TV or projector, enough whiteboards and markers for each group

How to play:
- Divide students into groups (for me I did 6 groups of 4 students, but adjust according to your class size and needs) and give each group a whiteboard and marker.
- Have students repeat the prompt and each of the three available sentence endings. Make sure they understand the meanings! I included pictures, but you might need the JTE to translate some.
- Set a timer for 1 minute, and let them discuss in their group and write down the completed sentence. (prompt + sentence ending)
- After time is up, make sure everyone is finished writing before getting all teams to raise their whiteboards.
- Count how many times each sentence ending was used and give points (see Scoring System below!)
- Have the writers pass the whiteboard to the team member on their left, to ensure everyone gets a turn to write, and then start the next question!

Scoring System:
- If only 1 group used an ending, they get 5 points.
- If 2 groups used it, they each get 3 points.
- If 3, 4, or 5 groups used the same, they get 1 point.
- If all groups used the same, 0 points will be given.

Feel free to adjust the prompts, sentence endings, and scoring system to work with your classes! :)
Hope it works well for you, and lmk if you have any questions.

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  • Finish the sentence.pptx (9.88 MB)
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    Submitted by emmag December 5, 2023 Estimated time: 20-30 minutes
    1. Mango December 7, 2023

      Looks very fun and great to use for all levels! Thank you so much, I'm looking forward to using it! =D

    2. Lena_the_Legend January 24, 2024

      I just did this activity for 3rd Grade JHS and my students loved it! I noticed that when they really grasped the point system, they got quite competitive and were very involved.

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