EFL - ESL activities and games for using 'some' and 'any'
A collection of activities and games that can be used to teach elementary level students how to use 'some' and 'any'. This lesson plan includes suggested board work, several activities, a game and a collection of specially selected ESL resources from around the web. If you're an iOS or Android user, try this lesson out on our TEFL Handbook app. It gives you offline access to all of our materials, perfect for quick reference in the classroom.
The board work below illustrates one way to introduce the target language of this lesson. Step through each of the three usage rules(affirmative, negative and questions) eliciting as much as possible.
ESL activities using some and any
This ESL speaking activity should get students exchanging the target language in a fun and natural way. First, the students make a list of six kinds of food or drink that they are going to bring on a picnic. When they have finished, divide them into groups of three or four and have them ask each other questions about their lists. They can use their list to make the questions:
Student A: Have you got any water?
Student B: Yes, I’ve got some water?
For this speaking activity, start off by eliciting different types of food from the students and add them to a list on the right-hand side of the board.
Next, draw a table with the columns food/drink, me and John (Name of a student). Inform the students that they are going to ask each other questions about their eating habits. Demo this three times with a student before they start, encourage the use of frequency adverbs and write the questions and answers on the board for the students to copy:
Teacher: Did you eat any chocolate today?
Student: Yes, I ate some chocolate after lunch. I always have chocolate after lunch (Put a tick)
Teacher: Did you have any eggs for breakfast?
Student: No, I didn’t have any eggs. I never eat eggs. (Put a cross)
Then have the students interview each other and record the results with ticks and crosses. 5-8 questions should be enough.
Spill the beans
This ESL activity challenges students to apply the target language while switching tracks to the third person. Students will report back their results from the previous exercise:
Teacher: So what did you learn?
Student: He ate a lot of eggs for breakfast yesterday, he didn’t eat any fruit or vegetables today.
Related ESL games
Stop the bus
Divide the class into multiple teams. Draw a table with the headings meat, fish, fruit, veg, drink and other. Each group creates a copy. In every round, students must find a word to go in each category that begins with a randomly chosen letter. The first team to finish, shouts “Stop the bus!” and the round is over. Count up the scores like so:
20 points: Correctly spelt a word that the other team doesn’t have.
15 points: Correctly spelt a word that the other team also has.
10 points: Incorrectly spelt a word that the other team doesn’t have.
5 points: Incorrectly spelt a word that the other team has.
More A2 level ESL lesson plans
We hope that you've found a few of these ideas useful. Our suggested next lesson is on using 'how much' and 'how many'. Be sure to check out our complete list of elementary level ESL lesson plans, A2 lower and A2 upper, as well as our entire collection of ESL lesson plans. Also, if you are an Android or iOS user, this lesson plan is available for free on the TEFL Handbook app. An ESL lesson planner for English teachers.