Find the Pronoun Textbook Race

Students race to find sentences which use pronouns in their textbook.

Needed a quick, no prep, no tech activity to practice pronouns and thought this may help others in that situation so I'm sharing. There are a lot of nice activities on here which use powerpoint, but if you're on a time crunch or in some kind of tech pinch, this may be an option for you!

Simple is best as they say, so here is an incredibly simple way to practice pronouns for students who may not have gotten the hang of them yet and need some basic practice. You can limit it to the pronouns which they're more familiar with or use it to gently nudge them into a higher level.
And of course, you could use this for just about any grammar point, although something broad like pronouns may be easier to do it with!

How to play:

1) Review their pronoun chart by writing it on the board or having students look at their own if they have one. If you want, you could prep pronoun cards to put on the board to speed things up. Just make sure it's easily understandable in terms of columns and rows as the students will likely reference it.

2) The ALT picks a column(students may know this as a "line") or row. The students then have to use their textbook to find a sentence which uses a pronoun from that column/row. For example, the ALT says "I column (line)." Students find a sentence which uses any pronoun from that column. So for the "I column," they can find any sentence which uses I, you, he, she, etc.
I have also played it where students need to find sentences for every pronoun in that column/ row. (object, subject, possessive etc). This helps to reinforce which pronoun it is- I was surprised by how many students would get confused about if it was 私は or 私を etc. so this kind of game really helps them to memorize the differences between them all.

3) Students, with their partner, come to the ALT or JTE and read the sentence they found aloud. Have them tell you which word in the sentence is the pronoun they're reporting and then tell you the meaning. For example, they read, "Yes, I can," then say, "I, 私は." If it's correct, they get the ok and can sit down. It's not uncommon for sentences to have multiple pronouns, so be sure they're aware they only need to point out the pronoun they're supposed to be finding.

4) Repeat as time or enthusiasm allows.

If you have a big class, decide in advance which half goes to the ALT and which to the JTE. Then you can give them places like your team is in first place, you're seventh, etc. much more easily. This way students can compete or try to improve their own ranking if they please. You can also give out stickers each time they complete a round or something, too.

Attaching a simple version of the chart with directions for reference.

Submitted by altirasuto October 12, 2022 Estimated time:

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