ESL Possessive Pronouns: Games & Activities

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  • 0:00 Learning Possessive Pronouns
  • 0:41 Whose Is Whose?
  • 1:19 Drawing Fun
  • 2:07 Family Prized Possessions Book
  • 2:47 No Names
  • 3:33 Lesson Summary
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Instructor: Elizabeth Hemmons

Beth has taught early childhood education, including students with special needs, for the past 11 years. She has a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.

Using possessive pronouns correctly can be tricky in English. With these fun and easy games and activities, you can help your ESL students use possessive pronouns correctly in everyday conversation.

Learning Possessive Pronouns

'The dog is yours, the cat is mine, but the goldfish is ours.' Using possessive pronouns can be confusing for your English as a Second Language (ESL) students. Some examples of possessive pronouns are:

  • Mine
  • Ours
  • Yours
  • Theirs
  • Its
  • His
  • Hers

Finding fun and engaging ways to learn to use possessive pronouns correctly will help your students communicate better. This lesson presents several games and activities that you can use to help your students practice using possessive pronouns.

Whose Is Whose?

A great way to work on possessive pronouns is to create a game using your students' own personal items.

Start by having three students collect two personal items from either their desk or locker. Mix all the items up without the other students seeing them and set them in front of the students. The students should select a personal item and match it with the correct owner by saying, 'Is this yours?' and students respond with, 'This is not mine. It's his/hers.' Continue play until all items are given back to their owners. This game encourages language use and provides opportunity to use possessive pronouns correctly.

Drawing Fun

Kids love to draw and create pictures. Here's a game to reinforce possessive pronouns.

Create three piles of cards: pronouns, adjectives, and nouns. Students draw one card from each pile and create a phrase using the possessive form of the pronoun. Students should write the phrase on their paper and illustrate it as best they can.

For example, a student selects 'she' from the pronoun pile, 'purple' from the adjective pile, and 'car' from the noun pile. The student could then write the phase, 'Her purple car' or 'The purple car is hers' and illustrate a picture of her purple car using fun details.

This activity is especially fun for artistic students and an easy way to reinforce correct usage.

Family Prized Possessions Book

Creating a book to tell all about students' families is a great way for students to get to know each other and practice using possessive nouns.

Each page of the book should be devoted to one person in the student's family and some of that person's prized possessions. For example, the first page will be about the student, show some pictures, and share some possessions that the student has. For example, 'My name is Joe. I love my bike. The blue bike is mine.' The next page will tell about another family member. For example, 'These are my brothers, John and Mike. These bunk beds are theirs.' The book continues with other family members and pets.

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