ESL Icebreakers


Subject: Possessive's


This enjoyable game is designed specially for helping you to memorize the names of your new students in first lessons.

Skills: Speaking, Listening

Level: Elementary

Recommended Age: 8-10 y.o.

Number of Participants: 6-12 players

Time: 15-20 minutes

Place: Playground

Equipment: A ball

Materials: Not required

Preliminary Preparation: Not required

Immediate Preparation: (5-7 minutes).

1. Take the ball.

2. Stand with the players in a circle at a distance of about 1 m from each other.  

How to Play. To start the game, you come in the centre of the circle and toss up the ball, saying, e.g.: 'This isn't my ball! This is Aglaya's ball!' Next, you quickly come back to your place. Aglaya must run in the centre of the circle and try to catch the ball. After that, she must toss it up, saying, e.g.: 'This isn't my ball! This is Matvey's ball!' and so on. A player, who has missed the ball, drops out of the game. If there are namesakes in the class, they must try to catch the ball, racing each another, and, in the case of its missing, both of the participants drop out of the game. The competition lasts as long as only two palyers are left. These last remaining children become the winners of the game.