This is another post in the series of 30 minute activities for moody teenagers. It’s based around a betting game to review make/do collocations.
Tell students that this week we are in the casino. What do people do in a casino?
Try to Elicit some vocabulary: bet, gamble, win, lose etc.
Split the class into groups of 2-3. Tell each group to think of a team name and put them on the board.
Tell each group they have €100 (dollars/pounds etc.) to spend in the casino and that they should spend it carefully. The winning team is the one that finished the class with the most money.
On the board draw pictures of poker chips representing €10 €20 and €50. Tell students that they can bet their money in these three quantities.
Start with a simple example:
I always _____ my homework.
Tell students to discuss whether it is make/do in their groups. They then place their bets using the structure:
We bet €10/€20/€50 on “I always do my homework” – Ensure that they repeat the whole sentences when they place their bets so that the collocation is repeated.
Once everyone has placed their bets you reveal the correct answer. Any team who selected the correct answer doubles their money: a €50 bet wins €100 so that team would now have €150.
Then drill the correct collocation with the whole class.
Note: it’s important that you rotate the team that places their bet first and ensure that the teams bet in order because they will copy each other.
Continue the game using the following sentences:
1. This company _____ business with big corporations. (Answer: does)
2. The young children ______ a lot of noise in class. (make)
3. I need to _____ my make-up before I go out. (do)
4. You need to ______ an effort, if you’re going to pass the exam. (make)
5. John _____ well in his exams. (did)
6. I need to _____ an appointment to see the dentist. (make)
7. My best friend _____ me a favour by helping me move house. (did)
8. I had to ______ a speech in front of the whole school. (make)
9. My Mum always ______ the ironing. (does)
10. You need to ______ a decision about your holidays. (make)
11. I have _____ plans for the weekend. (made)
12. The fresh air will _____ you good. (do)
13. He _____ a promise to help his Mum with the housework. (made)
14. He’s always _____ excuses to avoid doing his homework. (making)
Test the student memory of the collocations with a quiz.