Holding 'Sentence Auctions' is a fun way to help students review key points in grammar and sentence construction while having some good fun. Basically, students in small groups are given some 'money' with which to bid on various sentences. These sentences include correct and incorrect sentences, the group which 'buys' the most correct sentences wins the game.
Aim: Grammar and sentence structure review while having fun
Activity: Sentence auctions
Level: Lower levels
- Divide the class into small groups of 3 or 4 students per group.
- Talk about auctions: Do the students know what they are? Can they describe an auction? Have they every been to an auction?, etc.
- Explain the rules of this auction.
- The aim of the game is to buy as many correct sentences as possible
- Each group will have $3000 to spend
- Bids begin at $200
- Bids increase by $100 each bid
- The sentence will be sold to the highest bidder (remember? "$400 going once, $400 going twice, $400 sold to group X!")
- The winner of the game is the group which has bought the most correct sentences
- You can make the auction more difficult by declaring the winner based on the number of correct sentences minus the number of incorrect sentences (5 correct sentences minus 3 incorrect = two correct sentences)
- Once the game has finished, go through each sentence saying whether it is correct or incorrect.
- Have a fun celebration of the winning team!
- After things have calmed down, go through each sentence explaining any grammar / usage questions that arise.
Decide which sentences (or phrases) you would like to buy! Collect correct masterpieces! Watch out for incorrect fakes!
- I don't have money enough to come with you this afternoon.
- Look at those dark clouds. It's going to rain!
- What will you do after you graduate from school?
- They don't often have dinner in a restaurant.
- He enjoys to go to football games.
- Would you like some coffee?
- Jack has lived in Los Angeles in 1995.
- Unless he hurries up, we will be late for the meeting.
- She has beautiful dark red long hair.
- You don't have to do your homework this weekend. It's optional.
- Could you please to help me with my homework?
- It was raining hard when I arrived home from work.
- She is a really interested woman. I love hearing about here life.
- Did you eat yet?
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