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 General GameSpoons

SUBMITTED BY: Patrick Bickford



DATE ADDED: Sept 02, 2009


  Small Classes (1-15 Students)ÒLarge Classes (16-39 Students)Ó


15-30 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: Students try and collect a set of cards and then grab a spoon.



  • Spoons or chopsticks
  • Sets of cards (not included): Each set should have a different theme: sports, family, food, etc. For JHS level and higher, I would suggest using cards with words instead of pictures so the students have a chance to practice their reading. 



  1. The object of this game is to try and collect a complete set of themed cards.
  2. After splitting the class up into groups of 4-6 students, each student in the group receives one card from each theme, or each group can receive one whole set of all the themes and they can shuffle the entire deck and deal out the cards. NOTE: Depending on how many people there are in the group, the number of themes should match the number of students in the group. For example, if there are five students in a group, there should be five different themes.
  3. Also, every group receives a number of spoons, one less than there are students in the group. Place the spoons in the center of the group. NOTE: It's probably easier to use chopsticks in Japan.
  4. Play starts by everyone passing one card they do not want to the person to their left. Since this is English class, you might have everyone call out their card on the count of three as they pass it.
  5. The first student to collect a complete set, grabs a spoon/chopstick from the center. Then, the rest of the group races to get a spoon/chopstick, and the student without one receives some type of English-related punishment, or they can be dropped from the game. If you do the second option, make sure you remove a spoon/chopstick because there always needs to be one less than the number of people in the group.

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