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Picture Cards Game

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Picture Cards Game


By the end of the activity pupils will be able to:

·     identify animals that can be kept as pet.

Target Language:

Name of animals, animals’ sounds

Time needed for preparation:

5 minutes

Time needed in class:

55 minutes


Year 3

Language Focus:


Activity Use:


Pupil Task:

Pair Work
Whole Class

Which learning institute:



Picture cards of pets -one card for each pupil, mini whiteboard to be used in pairs, whiteboard markers -one marker for each pupil.

Procedure before class:

1.       Enlarge the pictures of pets and make two copies for each picture.
2.       Put string to the card so that they can be hung around the pupils’ neck.


Procedure in class:

1.       Teacher reviews the name of animals.
    i.         Teacher holds up each picture card and ask pupils; “What is this?”
2.       Teacher encourages pupils to talk about the animals.
    i.         “What is the colour of a _______?”
    ii.        “What does a _______ eat?”
    iii.      “How does a _______ sound like?”
    iv.      “Can we keep it in our home? Why?”
3.       Teacher asks about the pupils’ pets.
    i.         “Do you have a pet?”
    ii.        “What is your pet?”
    iii.      “What is the name of your pet?”
4.       Teacher gives instructions before hanging the picture cards at the back of the pupils’ neck:
    i.         Pupils are not allowed to look at their own picture cards.
    ii.        Pupils cannot speak but they can make sounds of animals and the gestures.
    iii.      Pupils can help others to guess the animals by making sound or gestures.
5.       Pupils are asked to mingle around and find the pupils with the same picture as theirs.
6.       Pupils who have found their partners are asked to sit in front and ask the questions in step 3 to their partners. Teacher collects the picture cards and monitors their conversations.
7.       Teacher distributes the mini whiteboards and markers to each pair.
8.       Teacher makes sounds, for example: meow, woof, chirp, and pupils are asked to write the names of pets.
9.       The pair which has the most correct spelling will be given a big applause or reward.


Follow Up:

In pairs, pupils can play Bingo game on the mini whiteboard using name of animals/pets.  Teacher can give crossword puzzles with pictures as a clue.


For step #4, teacher can make more than two copies of picture cards so that pupils can form big groups.

For step #8, teacher can give clues about the pets, instead of the sound, e.g. “This pet likes to eat fish and drink milk.”


Teacher can laminate the picture cards to be used in another activity.

Teacher can hang / paste the cards on the wall in the class.