Yes, this is an unusual post for this blog! I have been asked by many teachers to write about the game I created to practice frequency adverbs.
The goal of this game is to practice frequency adverbs (never, sometimes, usually, always) with everyday chores. You need one dice and a set of “chore” flashcards. The chores in Everybody Up (published by Oxford University Press) include the following: wash the car, take out the garbage, water the plants, vacuum the carpet, sweep the floor, clean the bathroom. If you don’t have chore flashcards, you can certainly make up your own list.
This game works well in groups of three to four students.
My students decided that the numbers on the dice would represent the following words or choices.
|6||my classmate’s or teacher’s choice|
Place a set of flashcards for chores (from Everybody Up, Level 3, Unit 6) in the center of the group. The first student rolls the dice, then picks a “chore card.”
If the student rolls the number 2 (sometimes) and picks the chore card “wash the car,” the student says “I sometimes wash the car.”
If the student rolls the number 5, he/she can choose which frequency adverb to use.
If the student rolls the number 6, he/she can ask a classmate or teacher to choose which frequency adverb to use.
After each person’s turn, other students might ask if the statement is true or false. When a student says, I always make my bed, the others ask, Is it true?
To expand the practice, change the pronoun from “I” to “he“or “she.” Using these pronouns requires the use of the third person “s.” If a student rolls the number 4 (always) and picks the chore card “waters the plants,” he/she says, “She always waters the plants.”
Here’s a link to a short video of my students playing this game. I hope that you enjoy it!