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This is a betting-style game for Indirect Questions or turning interrogatives into declaratives.

For this lesson, my JTEs asked that I only do "I know" / "I don't know" instead of "Do you know~?".

My introduction is such that I pair a question with a sentence.

Who is that man?
I don't know who that man is.

The first slide after the title slide is an example I use when I'm giving instructions.

The premise is quite simple, so the challenge might be in giving the instructions to the students. I have done this lesson 12 times this week and have spent about 5 minutes for instructions.

The students have 100 points at the start.

First, show the slide with the question and the sentence. There is a one-minute timer to the tune of Jeopardy's thinking music.
At that time, the students will decide if the sentence is GOOD or NOT GOOD. They will check the respective boxes on their worksheet. If they think the sentence is NOT GOOD, they have to write a good sentence on the blanks.
You will see that the worksheets contain the sentences. (If you wish to change the sentences, make sure to change both in the powerpoint and the worksheet.)

Then, the students have to make a bet from their 100 points.

Once the timer is done, click next and it will reveal whether the answer is GOOD or NOT GOOD.

If the student's answer is correct, they add their bet to the total score. For example, if they bet 50; then their total would be 150.
If the student's answer is wrong, they subtract their bet from the total score. For example, if they bet 50; then their total would be 50.
If the student was correct by checking NOT GOOD but the sentence they wrote to make it right is wrong, they add half their bet to the total score. For example, if they bet 50; then their total would be 75.

They can use their total as basis for their bet on the next round / number. They can bet as much as their total.

In my class, I tell them they can borrow from me if they have no more points. We use the term 借金 /shakkin/ and it always makes my students laugh. I have the phrase "I will borrow" and "I will pay" written on the board in case they want to take a loan.

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    Submitted by dominiquednl January 19, 2023 Estimated time: 15-20 minutes
    1. barronator September 21, 2023

      Hi, thank you for this activity! It is fun. I'm not sure how the borrowing of money works, though. Say you let students borrow 100 points and they bet 100 and get it correct. Do they now have a score of 100? If they only bet 50 would they get 50 points while still having 50 to borrow? If they bet 50 and are wrong, do they have 0 points with still 50 points borrowed? Any tips on how the borrowing system works would be helpful.

    2. AariCynward September 25, 2023

      @barronator, I think it's not really a loan, it's just the ALT giving them more money so the students can keep playing

    3. dominiquednl October 17, 2023

      @barronator exactly what @AariCynward said, it's done so that the students can keep playing. I only let the students borrow of they have nil. When a student borrows, I write their last name on the board next to the amount they owe me. If, as you say, they borrowed 100 points and they get it correct then they have 200 points now, they can return the borrowed amount to me so I can erase their names from the board. They can proceed to use whatever's left to bet in the next number.

      There are students who opt to return what they borrowed only at the end of the game. Perhaps they enjoy seeing their name on the board and surprising their classmates later that they have actually accumulated more points.

      If, at the end of the game, there are students who don't have any points left to pay... that's not really a problem? You can just say "do better next time" or jokingly tell them "you owe me!!" or "this is why we shouldn't go to a pachinko"... It's always been a fun game to play.

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