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Number + Colour(adjective) + Noun

I wanted to come up with a few activities to review numbers and food, but introduce colours at the same time.

This game is for beginners, 1st to 4th grade elementary.

I have made some cards which you can find in the title below for use in the following game. The cards are fully customisable

COLOUR + Food GAME CARDS

  • AppleBlue, Red, Yellow, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Black, White
  • TeaBlueRedYellowGreenOrangePinkPurple, Black, White
  • BananaBlue, Red, Yellow, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Black, White
  • PepperBlue, Red, Yellow, Green, Orange, Pink, Purple, Black, White

First of all I made 3 copies of the cards 1 set each for 3 teams.  I laminated them then stuck magnets to the back of each card.

After all the necessary drilling of new vocabulary, I followed with a TPR (total physical response) card game.

The first activity I tried out was a listening and speaking race.

Directions:

  1. Split the class into 3 teams and line them up in their teams at the back of the class with a good distance between the first student in each row and the board.
  2. Stick all teams cards to the board.
  3. give a coloured balloon to the student at the front of each team.  Have those students put the balloon between their knees.
  4. Call out  “one + COLOUR + food” (working with higher numbers = making more cards)
  5. The students with the balloons have to make their way to the board trying not to drop the balloon.  If a s drops it he/she has to go back to the starting line.
  6. When they reach the board they have to collect the card you asked for then run with the card and balloon back to their team and pass both down the line with each student in turn saying what’s on the card until it reaches the student at the front of the line.
  7. The quickest team with the correct card gains a point.  Put that card in an allocated points section for that team.
  8. Return the slower teams cards  to the center of the board.

This game practices Listening and Speaking, with pretty much the entire class being engaged at the same time.

If you would like to use the the flash cards I used as apart of the lesson drill please click on the (4 Food Flash Cards) title below.

4 Food Flash Cards

The next activity is to put into practice what the students have just learned, but this time using items which are easy to get to around the class room.

Using the same teams, I numbered the students from 1~6 (or however many are in each team)

Number ones stand up.

I call out a  number+COLOUR+item   e.g  “2 yellow hats”

The first student to run and return with the goods, saying what he/she has, “2 yellow hats” gains a point for their team.  (I used Mario Kart characters on a race track to mark their points.  The team to reach the finish line first wins stickers)

Numbers Challenge – How Many Fingers?

This is a great game to practice numbers in any language.  I have used this one from 3rd grade elementary up to 2nd grade Junior high.  It’s another limited resource activity which works great as a warmer/filler or for a part of your practice within your lesson.

Ok so here are the rules:

Ingredients:

  • 2 – 4 students (depending on the difficulty and numbers you want to practice)
  • 1 or 2 hands per student (again depends on the numbers you want to practice)
  • 1 small score sheet for each student.

Directions:

  1. split the class into teams for 2~4 students
  2. each student holds up 1 or 2 hands made into fists (1 hand each for lower levels)
  3. In a team, all students together say, “3,2,1 – GO!” as if they are about to play ROCK SCISSORS PAPER.
  4. At the same time all students in the team display their fingers of choice from 0~10 (or 0~5 for lower levels)
  5. The first student to count and call out the correct number the fastest gains a point.
  6. This game precedes until the allocated time you have set for the game is over.
  7. Ask the students how many points they have, then reward the overall winners in the class.

My kids love this game.  Even the quiet kids really get into it.  I hope it works for you too.

Cards with Activites

Making sentence pairs SNAP


This is a sentence building activity where students in a team of 2,3 or 4 race to make as many sentence pairs as they can.  When there are no more combinations they check how many pairs of cards they found.  1 point for every correct pair.

  1. Give 1 set of cards to each team
  2. Teams spread the cards out, face up on their table
  3. When the teacher shouts START or READY? GO! the students race to collect as many pairs of cards as they can find make a correct sentence.
  4. When there are no more combinations, students count how many pairs they managed to collect. 1 point for 1 correct sentence.

Another use for these cards is to play the very well-known SNAP game.

  1. After shuffling the cards, divide them equally between the students, face down.
  2. Starting from the left of the dealer, put the top card face up on the desk. Continue in the same way around the group of students, clockwise.
  3. When the cards make a pair, all students must race to slap all the cards saying “SNAP!” (this means pair)
  4. Only when the student says “SNAP”, he or she can take the cards, if the student doesn’t say “SNAP” when slapping the cards, the other students can steal the cards by slapping that students hand (which is on the cards) saying “SNAP”.
  5. If the sentence is wrong, then all cards go to the student on the right of the s who slapped on an incorrect pair.

My third use for these cards; (this is a variation on the ‘Whispers’ game)

  1. divide the students into teams of up to 8 students
  2. give a set of cards to each team
  3. spread them face down a desk at the front of the class (one desk per team)
  4. tell the students at the back of each team a sentence (from the cards)
  5. ss whisper their sentence down the line as quickly and clearly as they can.
  6. When the whisper comes to the ss at the front of the line that student must run to the front of the class and try to find the correct sentence combinations.
  7. Take note of the teams who finish in places 1st, 2nd, 3rd, etc…
  8. When all teams have found 2 cards tell them the correct sentence pair, then give points to the first 3 teams who finish correctly.

Card game. My name is ~ and I’m ~

These set of cards were inspiration from the students interest in the very popular, well-known Mario Kart computer game.

I have used them in all grades in elementary school, simply changing the level of English in each grade.

Cards are perfect as you can use them for the entire lesson, but just changing the game.

For these cards, here is my first use;

  1. split the class into teams of 8 students each.
  2. Have them make a circle
  3. give one card to one student in each team
  4. Using the key phrases “My name is ~.  I’m ~” ss pass the card around the circle, with every s saying the same thing.
  5. When the card has reached the end the students in that team quickly sit down.
  6. The fastest team gains points.
  7. Play 2 or 3 times changing the card each time.

Game 2:

  1. In the same teams students stand in a line
  2. spread all cards out on a table set at the front of the class
  3. give the 1st student in each  team a balloon, which they have to hold between their knees.
  4. You then say the key sentences “my name is ~. I’m ~”
  5. Then the students with balloons have to race to get that card from the table at the front.  When a s has found the card, he/she has to race to the back of the line, still holding the balloon.
  6. If the balloon falls, that s has to return to where he/she started.
  7. If the s makes it to the finishing place, all team members sit down as quick as possible to gain a point.

3rd use:

Interview activity:

  1. Students walk around the class
  2. ss make pairs
  3. ss play Rock, Paper, Scissors to see who starts talking
  4. the winner says what is on the card
  5. the loser then says what’s on his/her card
  6. ss play RPS again.
  7. The loser gives the winner his/her card, then comes to collect a new card from the teacher.