When the pictures are finished explain the rules of the game
-play a little game of traditional tic tac toe with yourself on the board
-explain you're going to play a variation of tic tac toe where one square is worth 5 points and a row of 3 is worth a bonus 10
-explain the grammar rules
1. all sentences in present simple (or target tense)
2. no sentences shorter than 6 words
3. sentences must be perfect
-draw an example picture on the board and elicit a correct sentence using present tense( or target tense) i.e. "He plays pinball
at the game center everyday".
-make sure the students understand the connection between the pictures and the sentences- the best way is by playing a little game with yourself on the board.
Peter Snashall Copyright (1999)
1. Draw an empty grid 4 by 3 on the board and tell the students to copy it.
2. Then tell them to draw a boy and a bike in square 1. If they don't follow draw it yourself so they get the idea you're dictating pictures.
3. Have fun with the picture dictation and keep up a fast pace so they don't linger on details. Keep the descriptions spare ie. square 12 . "a man, a woman and a heart".
P ic Tac Toe
Then divide the students into 2, 3 or 4 teams of 4,5 or 6 students. Start walking around the class in a clockwise or anti-clockwise direction asking for sentences (this is a spoken exercise..no writing...students must orally present a correct sentence)
- if a team gets a correct sentence mark it on the board Tic Tac Toe style
- play until the whole board is filled up- not until sometime
gets "Tic Tac Toe"
- a lesson involving pictures, a game,
creative sentence production & a drill to present or contrast verb tenses
-excellent for present simple or continuous tenses
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Immediately after the game and before the energy recedes....select a good student and say
"You are present simple"
"I (the teacher) am present continuous"
Systematically start to work your way through the pictures
Picture 1 Student : "The boy rides a bike"
Teacher: "The boy is riding a bike"
Picture 2 Student: "He drives his car in the rain"