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I bet ... (vs. maybe ... vs. I think ...) 
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Post I bet ... (vs. maybe ... vs. I think ...)
"I bet ..." is a little hard for my students to grasp. recently I found a fun way to get them to practice it in a semi-natural way.

* this activity can be used to practice any yes or no question as well, and I'll explain that at the end

I use:
- one of the free printable board games
- one deck from the Eigomon cards

How to play:

- each member of the group (4-5 people max/group) choose a marker

- they place their marker at "Start" and the goal is to advance to the "Finish"

- place one deck of Eigomon cards face down on the table

- turn over one Eigomon card so that everyone can see the card

- One student rolls a die and advances. However, to stay in that position, they must correctly guess whether the character on the next card is faster, stronger, taller, etc. So they say something like:
    "I bet this one is faster."


- the student turns over the next card and compares. If the student guessed correctly, they stay. If they were wrong, they go back to where they were.

- Then play moves to the next student


I actually start the game letting them saying "I think this one is ..." and once the game is underway, I stop the game and explain that we don't really have a lot of information. We have a little information and we can make a pretty good guess, but the outcome is still uncertain. In that case we use "bet". There are 2 possibilities, but I'm siding with this one.

Afterward, I give a few different examples of when we might use "Maybe ...", "I bet ..." or "I think ..." to differentiate. I also then ask them to try to give me some examples like mine.





**** variation - for yes/no question and answer games ****

You need:
- one of the printable board games
- any one of the vocabulary game cards from MES English



How to play:

- each member of the group (4-5 people max/group) choose a marker

- they place their marker at "Start" and the goal is to advance to the "Finish"

- place one deck cards face down on the table

- One S1 rolls a die and advances. However, to stay in that position, they must correctly answer a question using the game cards on the table

- the student to their right (S2) takes a card from the game card deck and asks a question. If it was verbs and they are practicing the past tense, the S2 might ask, "Did he watch TV yesterday?"

- S1 will guess at the answer, "Yes. he did." or "No, he didn't." If S1 is correct, S1 stays where he is. If he is wrong, he has to go back to where he was.

- Then play moves to the next student

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Sounds fun. You might be losing time by letting everyone roll when 50% of the time they are going to go back. Why not have the students make their declaration, and only if they are right, pick up the die to roll?

Alternatively, one student turns over a card, he makes a statement.

"I bet this one is faster."

Before the next card is revealed, everyone gives their opinion.

"Me too"
"Not me"
"I agree"
"I disagree"
"probably so
"probably not"
etc.

If the student who made the bet statement was correct he rolls the die and moves forward.

All who were correct, either agreeing or disagreeing move forward one space.

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