I hope this explanation is clear! If anyone needs any clarification please leave a comment!
This activity was made to specifically practice open-ended past tense questions (Question word + did …?)
Where did you go?
How did you go there?
Who did you see/meet?
What did you eat?
What did you do?
Each student needs: A worksheet and an information card.
To set up, I tell the students that everyone went on a very strange and weird trip recently! And we are going to talk about our weird holidays.
I usually give out the worksheet first and drill the questions to practice pronunciation and meaning. Once the students are okay, give out the cards and tell the students to keep their information a secret. I give them a minute or so to read the cards and ask the meaning of any vocab they aren't sure of.
Once everyone is ready, have the students fill in the box at the bottom of the worksheet with their answers. It's important to stress here that they only write the vocab and not full sentences.
After that, I give them 2-3 minutes to write full sentences on the first half of the worksheet, and they spend some time quietly practicing the questions and answers (This usually helps some of the students who have trouble with writing catch up to the quicker ones)
When everyone is finished writing, demonstrate with the JTE. (Feel free to do this however you like, but this is my usual set-up.)
- Find a partner 2.Play janken
- Winner can ask 1 QUESTION ONLY from the worksheet
- Partner must answer in a full sentence
- If the answers match, then both partners can write each other's name down next to that question in the "Your match" box. If not, then too bad.
- Loser can ask 1 QUESTION ONLY from the sheet. Same rules apply.
- Find a new partner and repeat.
I usually make it a race to see who can find 5 matches the fastest, and they get bonus points if they have a different person for each one.
My students are very easily amused, so even the thought of eating fish and chips in Tokyo or seeing Doraemon in Italy was hilarious, but feel free to change things to make it even more wacky~!