Find your match

This arrangement works well when you are teaching sentences with a logical break such as when you are combining clauses or working on tag questions.  I used it recently to review different conditionals, and it got students up and smiling before a review session.

Using the target structure, write half as many sentences as you have students.  If you have 20 students, write ten sentences. Try to write sentences that are a bit out of the ordinary.  For example with my conditional sentences, I wrote the following:

If aliens land we will know for sure that there is life in outer space.
If I had lived a thousand years ago I would have cooked over an open fire.
If I were an animal I would be a horse.

 

Cut the sentences down the middle and across so that you have one half sentence for each student.  Then distribute the strips and have the students stand up and find their partner.

 

Line ups

Tell students to stand in a line according to where they belong.  Ask those who like grammar to stand at one end of the room.  Ask those who do not like grammar to stand at the other.  Tell them to stand in the middle if they are neutral.  The only rule is that they must get in a straight line.

Once students have organized themselves, count them off, depending on how many groups or pairs you want.  For example, if you have 18 students and you want nine pairs, count to nine twice for nine pairs or six, three times for six groups of three.  The resulting groups will know, as will you, that there is at least one person who kind of likes grammar and one who doesn’t as well as someone who is neutral.