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Memory or Concentration game : - ESL Fun Games for Kids

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 Tips: Great game for many language skills practice.Also easy to prepare.
Skills: Ideal for teaching words that have a close relationship. For example: Bank = get money.
 For grammar, you may want to practice past vs present tenses.
       How to play
In this example you will learn how to play a memory game. We will practice vocabulary and phrases related to  places around nouns and activities we do in these places.
Prepare ten nouns and ten verbs that have a relationship. In this case our topic is places around vs. activities we do in these places.
The students will practice the words & phrases: First write them on the board and practice using the following question structure:
Step 1
“ What do we do in a ….? 

  1. Bank =  get money
  2. post office = send letters
  3. library = read books
  4. bakery = buy cakes
  5. hospital = see a doctor
  6. pharmacy = buy medicines
  7. Cinema = watch a film
  8. toy shop = buy toys
  9. restaurant = have meals
  10. park =  go for walk

 After teaching and practicing, proceed to the game. Go to the next step.
Step 2.
- Teacher randomly fills in the word and phrases into different boxes as shown below.

(For teacher only. Should be done before class)

1
  Bank

2
Library

3
 Have meals

4
Go for a walk

5
Send letters

6
Park

7
Buy medicines

8
Watch a film

9
Toy shop

10
pharmacy

11
Restaurant

12
See a doctor

13
  Read a book

14
Cinema

15
hospital

16
Bakery

17
Post office

18
Buy toys

19
Buy cakes

20
   Get money

In class draw grids on the board as shown below and number the boxes without the words inside.

(Draw this on the board for students)

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

9

10

11

12

13

14

15

16

17

18

19

20

Step 3:
Split the class into teams and ask them to take turns guessing two numbers that might have a combination. Every time a student makes a guess, write out the words from your sheet, which corresponds with the numbers s/he guessed. Ask students whether the words or phrases have a relationship. Surely, the relationship will be the ones on your grid.  If the two numbers guessed have a relationship, ask the student to make a sentence with the combination (optional). Then give his or her team a point and leave the correct words on the board. If the combination is wrong and the class agrees it is not suitable, wipe it off quickly. For example if a student says s/he thinks box number 1 and 20 have a connection. Write out the words from your grid into these boxes. That will be BANK and GET MONEY. When the class agrees that this combination is suitable, give the team a point. If the combination does not tie with that on your grid, wipe it out immediately.

The game ends when all the words have been rightly guessed and filled into the numbered spaces. 

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