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BRIEFOUTLINE: Get students predicting and practicing "you have" in this rhythmical one-on-one game.

MATERIALS NEEDED:

One good arm with hand and at least fingers attached. ;)

DETAILED EXPLANATION:

Find an opponent.

Play Janken, but rather than revealing rock/paper/scissors, extend a random number of fingers. And rather than shouting "jan - ken - pon", shout "you have - you have - (number)". (number) corresponds to how many fingers YOUR OPPONENT extends.

If you guess the number of fingers, you win. For example: Student X and Y do janken. X shouts, "You have, you have, 4!" while simultaneously sticking out 2 fingers. Y shouts, "You have, you have, 5!" while simultaneously sticking out 4 fingers. X is the winner because X shouted the number of fingers Y stuck out.

VARIATIONS:

Naturally sticking out no fingers can be 0. Expand the dialogue. Example: "I think, you have, (number)" or anything that can follow the janken rhythm. Have the number of fingers equal bigger numbers, or vocabulary. Make a competition out of it and have a ladder tournament, etc.

TEACHING SUGGESTIONS:

Don't practice this too much yourself once you have the idea down, and try beating your students. It's easy to get all mixed up, even for the all-knowing, all-seeing teacher!

TIPS/CAUTIONS:

It's easy to get confused and call out the number of fingers on your own hand. That's also the fun part, but some kids might think that's the actual point. Make sure they're trying to call out their opponent's number of fingers.

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