Students roll the dice to find out which question word to use.
Several dice (one per pair / group of three works well)
- Elicit question words from the class (e.g. 'What', 'How long', etc)
- Show the dice to the class to elicit what it is, and how many sides it has. Assign number 1 to 'What', 2 to 'How long', etc, until each question word relates to a number on the dice.
- Demonstrate by rolling the dice and asking a question to the class - the number indicates which question word to use... e.g. a roll of 1, means a 'What' question - e.g. "What's your Mum's name?"
- Do a few more examples to make sure everyone has the idea, then let students continue in their pairs / threes!
This has worked really well with low levels - it seems to give them the little bit of scaffolding and support that they sometimes need to start talking. It also works really well as a picture speculation activity (giving the students a picture to ask questions about, with the dice). Have fun!