Snap! (present tense to be)

20120315_snap__logoThis is a matching exercise to practise short answers (e.g. yes, we are) as well as the different forms of the verb  be. This exercise is adapted from a much used printable at the back of my Cutting Edge Elementary Teacher’s book.

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How to play

Print and cut out this deck of snap cards and give a set to each pair of students. Get the students to shuffle them and then arrange them in two lines and match up the answers. This can be tricky as some of the cards can have more than one matching pair and the duel meaning of you can cause difficulties.

Once the students have all managed to match up their cards, get them to separate the cards into two piles questions and answers and shuffle the individual decks. They are now ready to play snap.

  • Each of the pair takes a deck and places it face down on the table.
  • At the same time students take a card from the top of their deck and place it face up on the table.
  • If the cards match e.g. Are you a student? – No, I’m not then the first of the pair to shout Snap! gets to keep those two cards.
  • If the cards don’t match then leave them on the table and student turn over the next two cards and place them on top of their previous cards.
  • When students reach the end of their piles, they can shuffle their decks and continue playing.
  • When there are no more cards left or no more possible combinations or it hasn’t descended into inevitable total chaos then the student with the most pairs of cards is the winner.

This game could of course be adapted to cover other tenses and auxiliary verbs.


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