Number one for English language teachers

Teenagers: Warmers 6: Sherlock Holmes

Type: Extra

A great way to get all students moving and involved in a success-oriented task.


  • To practise reading simple questions, here ‘how many?’
  • To encourage a dynamic pace.
  • You can ensure that quick students get more challenging questions as you hand them out, to give everyone a chance to play the game.


  • Hand out strips of paper with directions like these:

    How many students are wearing black shoes today?
    How many chairs are there in the classroom?
    How many students are holding pencils?
    How many posters are there on the classroom walls?
  • Students wander around the classroom finding the answer to their question.
  • As soon as they have their answer, they run to the board, write the question and answer and their name.
  • If there are a lot of students and access to the board confined, students who have finished can sit down in their seats when they are finished and then read out their questions and answers in the order they finished at the end of the activity.

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Readers' comments (3)

  • Hi there,

    The questions in this article are there as examples, for you to tailor for your own classroom and for the language level of your students.

    For extra questions for this example, however, you could ask more questions about student clothing (how many students are wearing specific items) or appearance (how many have brown hair, are wearing glasses, etc), or questions about the classroom (how many windows / desks / bookshelves / red books, and so on).

    Hope that helps; please leave another comment if you were looking for something else and we'll try to help further.


    The onestopenglish team

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  • More questions please

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  • Y'know, this actually is a great and subtle way to practice "there are..." statements:)

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