Picture This is part of the Activate: Games for Learning American English collection. Picture This cards are a set of cards that can be used for a variety of conversation and word games in English classes.
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Picture This cards are a set of cards that can be used for a variety of conversation and word games in English classes. These cards form the foundation for conversational games that give students the opportunity to practice speaking with each other about a variety of topics. Picture This cards stimulate conversation through a series of thematically related questions and interesting images that engage students, activate background knowledge, and help match vocabulary words with concrete objects.
ABCs provides students with vocabulary practice by asking them to think of vocabulary words that are related to many different topics. Students use Picture This cards as a starting point for each topic. Then they come up with related vocabulary items that begin with many letters of the alphabet. This game works well as a whole-class activity or as a competition among groups.
Same & Different provides students with the opportunity to use their background knowledge about the items on the Picture This cards to create descriptions that compare and contrast two items on a card. This game works well groups of 3, having one student select the two items and the other two students alternate comparing and contrasting the two items.
Questions, Questions gives students practice forming yes/no questions. Using a Picture This card, a player chooses one item, and the remaining players take turns asking yes/no questions to try and guess the item.
In Name It!, players take turns using English to describe the items or ideas pictured on the Picture This cards. In turns, one player describes the items with as much detail as possible, while the remaining players try to guess what the student is describing. This game works well as a whole-class activity or as a competition among groups.
In Guess Which Challenge, students create sentences that use one of the words on a Picture This card, and they say the sentence out loud, omitting the word from the card. One student tries to complete all six sentences with the correct word, and then he or she guesses the topic of the card based on the six words. This game works best in groups of 3-4 students.
In a Minute provides students with practice forming questions that begin with wh- words: who, what, when, where, why, and how. First, players read and respond to the six questions on a Picture This card. Then players race to write as many questions as they can in a set amount of time. This game works best in small groups.
In Question Quiz, students practice creating questions that contain very specific information about one item from a Picture This card, so that there is only one correct answer to the question. This game works best in groups of 2-4 students.
Mix It, Fix It! allows students to practice creating well-formed questions. First, one player scrambles a question from the Picture This card, and the remaining players work together to unscramble it. This game works best in small groups.
Paraphrase It! provides students with practice saying the same thing in a variety of different ways by paraphrasing. Paraphrasing allows students to be creative with language to express a particular meaning, while practicing different grammatical structures, word forms, and vocabulary. This game works best in groups of 3-4 students
In Pass It On, students use the vocabulary words on a Picture This card to create a story. This game provides students with the opportunity to be creative with language and to use their imagination to tell a silly story. This game works best in small groups.
In Simple Switches, students ask each other questions that they have altered from the original question on a Picture This card. The questions on the card act as a starting point for the students’ own questions. This is a great scaffolding activity for teaching how to form questions. This game works best in groups of 2-4 students.