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Pupil-made Cuecards

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Pupil-made Cuecards


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

·     identify the verbs

·     perform action of verbs

Target Language:

Action verbs: swim, walk, climb, run, dance, touch, hear, look

Time needed for preparation:

5 minutes

Time needed in class:

40 minutes


Year 3

Language Focus:

Language Arts

Activity Use:


Pupil Task:

Pair Work
Group Work
Whole Class

Which learning institute:



White a4 paper (one sheet per pupil), crayons or coloured pencils and scissors

Procedure before class:

1.       Teacher prepares a sheet of white A4 paper for each pupil. 

Procedure in class:

1.       Ask pupils to give  verbs  that they had learnt in the previous lesson (eg swim, walk, climb, run, dance, touch, hear, look) and list them on the board.

2.       Ask pupils to do actions for the verbs.

3.       Distribute A4 paper and scissors to the pupils.

4.       Teacher shows how to make the cuecards.

a.       Fold A4 paper to make eight sections (or 12 if you wish).

b.       Teacher asks pupils to choose eight (or more) verbs from the list on the board and write one in every section of the paper. (See attachment)

c.        Pupils write the verbs boldly and clearly and colour the background.

d.       Pupils cut out the cuecards.

5.       Teacher demonstrates the game with two pupils. Pupil A and Pupil B place their cards face down on a table. Pupil A points at one of Pupil B’s cards. Pupil B then looks at the card secretly and performs the action for Pupil A to guess. If successful, Pupil A gets two points. Then Pupil B points at one of Pupil A’s cards etc. Pupils keep their own scores.


6.       Pupils play the game in pairs. 

Follow Up:

Pupils can play the game again. They can also use their cards for playing pelmanism (where the cards are placed face down and pupils try to turn over two cards that match).


This activity can be used for any area of vocabulary (eg occupations, names of animals, foods etc).

This activity can also be used for pronunciation practice. See attachment for examples of cuecard for Year 2, TB Unit. In this variation Pupil A selects and turns over a card and reads it. If Pupil B agrees the pronunciation then Pupil A gets two points.


Pupils can take the cue cards home to practice. You can also collect them to use later for another game.