"Who has what?": Teacher’s Guide

  • Activity:
** "Who has what?": Memory Game
  • Goals:
** Review agreement and placement of direct object pronouns
  • Organization:
    • Each student receives a photo of a particular food item which he or she must identify and use DO pronouns to describe
  • Time:
    • 30 minutes
  • Materials Needed:
    • Set of photos (can be real or not...I use actual photos that I took at a grocery store)
    • List of photos for the professor
  • Procedure:
    • 1. Pass the photos out randomly to the students. Once they are passed out, have each student tell the others aloud (preferably in a complete sentence) what is in their photo.
    • 2. The professor will then use her list to call out questions trying to identify the person who has each item. Once the question is presented, the student who holds the item called must respond using the direct object pronoun that corresponds to that object. Examples (in English, Spanish and French):
      • English:
        • Professor: "Who has the apples?"
        • Student: "I have them"
      • Español:
        • Profesor: "¿Quién tiene las manzanas?"
        • Estudiante: "Yo las tengo"
      • Français:
        • Professeur: "Qui a les pommes?"
        • Etudiante: "Moi, je les ai."
    • 3. Once every student has a chance to use the direct object pronouns in reference to their pictures, the professor will then recirculate the class asking each student who has which object. The student, from memory, must try to identify the person who has it, using the direct object to explain. This change allows the students to use the pronouns with a new person of the verb, facilitating comprehension even further. Examples (again, in English, Spanish and French):
      • English:
        • Professor: "StudentA, who has the apples?"
        • StudentA: "John has them."
      • Español:
        • Profesor: "¿EstudianteA, quién tiene las manzanas?"
        • EstudianteA: "John las tiene."
      • Français:
        • Professeur: "EtudianteA, qui a les pommes?"
        • EtudianteA: "John les a."
  • Variations:
** In this particular example, I used photos of food, mainly because food was the subject of the chapter, and it reflected the vocabulary of the section. The activity works quite well with review vocabulary from previous chapters or other pertinent material. For example, as well as using DO pronouns, it would be interesting to use the photos to ask basic questions: how many are there? do you like it? are they big? or whatever else.

Created by: M. Acosta-Heyman

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