English Games and Activites for ALT's

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Students ask each other about what they have in their fridge at home, right now. A mundane daily recall activity for all us home cooks but in the English class this becomes a fun thing for students to ask each other about. This activity also includes writing the English words.

Basic Info

Time: 10 mins
Level: Elementary, grade 6
Works with: Do you have ~?
Class size: Medium to large

You will need:

  • Hi, friends! 2 textbooks (or a simple worksheet)


Before starting the speaking part of the activity, students open their Hi, friends! 2 textbook to page 4-5 and use one of the Activity areas. There are 8 boxes so as a class think of 8 things we usually have in our fridge. Write them on the blackboard for the students to copy. For example:

  • milk
  • ice cream
  • yoghurt
  • natto
  • butter
  • chocolate
  • coffee
  • etc

Once that is done, the speaking part begins.


  1. Students walk around and find a speaking partner.
  2. A: "Do you have milk?"
    B: "Yes, I do. / No, I don't."
  3. Students then record who they spoke to and what the answer was. See tips for details.


  • After asking and getting an answer, students say "Sign please." and their friends then write their name next to the word milk. When they get the book back, they write O or X for whether their friend liked it or not. Alternatively, you could make it so students only collect signatures if the answer is "Yes, I do."




I have used this activity when teaching Lesson 1 from Hi, friends! 2.

A variation on this activity using "Do you have ~?" that I have tried in the past is to let students talk about things they might have that are cool or of interest to them. Things like computer games, clothing, gaming consoles, etc, are on the list. I avoid this now because it highlights the students who are children of poorer families. I7ve seen it result in teasing but even without, it can leave those children without feeling dejected afterwards (not what I want in my English classroom).

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