This activity is good to practice parts of speech. The class is divided in two groups (three or four if you have a large group) and the teacher draws on the board numbered lines (according to the number of words in the sentence).
Ex: I have a book. The teacher will draw 5 lines (punctuation is included!). The first group asks for number 2, for instance. The teacher will read a clue (it's a verb). Students are allowed one guess. If they get it right, they get one point.
If they don't, group two can ask for a second clue (or choose another number). If they ask for number two again, the teacher may say, "It's in the simple present tense," or "it's the same as possess." There should be at least three clues for each word.
Once they get the sentence right, the teacher may go on to focus on the grammar point of the lesson (adverb clauses, compound and complex sentences, etc.). This activity is fun and makes students think. Have fun!
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