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DATE ADDED: Mar 02, 2016


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30-50 min.



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BRIEF OUTLINE: Pictionary is a game that you play by reading a word or a phrase on a card, and then drawing what the card says.  Teams play for points.  You are not allowed to talk, make hand gestures, or write on the board if you are drawing.



  • Something to draw on.
  • Something to draw with.
  • Words/cards to use in the game.



This is a game that can be used to review grammar points, as I have done with the specific attachment I have uploaded, but it can also be used as just a general vocabulary review or anything in between.

1. Split the class into teams (I recommend no more than 4 teams).

2. Explain the rules:

  •    Teams will take turns and send up one student from their team.
  •    The student who is sent up will be given a card with three things written on it.  An easy choice (1 point), a medium choice (2 points), and a hard choice (3 points).
  •    The student must choose which one they want to draw and tell the teacher the number only.
  •    The student then draws what they chose and their team tries to guess what it is.  They have 2 minutes.
  •    If, at the end of the two minutes, a correct answer has not been given, the other teams get a chance to answer for the points.
  •   After this is over, the next team sends up a student and the process starts over again.

3. At the end of your decided time frame, tally up all the points and see who won.



If you are working with lower level students, it may be wise to limit them to just one or two things to choose from and to make them simple.



  • 1. The kids will probably get a bit loud during this game.  Try to have them quiet down when a student is drawing, but let them talk all they want when you're having the next student come up and read the card, because you or your JTE may have to explain something in whispered Japanese to them.

  • 2. If you go through all of the cards once, reuse them but tell the students they cannot select the choices that have already been done on the cards.

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