|"Guess Who" character|
|Taylor teaching the word "tongue" to JumpStart students in La Cruz|
For beginning English students, playing "Guess Who" in English can be challenging. It requires a relatively broad vocabulary; an understanding of when to use "to be" versus "to have," as well as how to conjugate both verbs in the present tense; plus the ability to form not only statements, but questions, too. An idea for assisting students who don't have much practice with the vocabulary and grammar concepts the game covers is to provide visuals during the activity, such as conjugation charts for the two aforementioned verbs. Making "to have" and "to be" columns on the board and placing pictures of different body parts under the correct verb for describing them can also be helpful. To simplify the game, one suggestion from Taylor, the Peace Corps Volunteer leading JumpStart World Connect - La Cruz, is to have each student pick a character and write a few sentences describing him or her, such as "He has blue eyes." Then, students share their sentences with a partner until their partner is able to correctly guess the character being described by asking, for instance, "Is it Carol?" or "Is it Bob?" This modification works well for students who aren't yet ready to concentrate on phrasing questions.
|Verb charts for "to be," "to do," and "to live"|
Check out the links below to download our materials for playing 'Guess Who" in the classroom, as well as the lesson plan and other corresponding materials from week two, day one of JumpStart, when students are introduced to the game.
Lesson Plan - Describing Yourself and Others
Student Workbook - Tasks 14, 15, & 16
Guess Who Characters