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 General GameTake or Give?

SUBMITTED BY: Jay Duxfield



DATE ADDED: Oct 31, 2011


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


15-20 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: This game can be used to practice any grammar point and requires minimal prep. It involves the students answering questions to get points. However, they don`t know whether the points are positive or negative until they decide to take them for themselves or give them to the other team.





  1. Draw an empty 3x4 table on the board with A,B,C along the top columns and 1,2.3,4 along the side rows to provide coordinates.
  2. Divide the class into two teams and give each team 1,000 points each to start (this prevents either team dropping below zero on the first turn).
  3. When a student answers a question they can choose one box from the table (I`ve included a table with this activity but you may want to make your own). The teacher then fills in the value using the completed table but does not include plus (+) or minus (-). The student then decides whether to “take” the points for their team or “give” the points to the other team.
  4. After the student has decided whether to take or give, the teacher adds plus or minus to the value.
  5. Continue until the table is completed


  • The game may seem confusing to the students initially but once they start to play, they get the hang of it quite quickly. However, a strong demonstration before the actual game starts also helps.
  • Don`t feel that you have to stick to your table religously. If changing the values to make the game closer leads to a more exciting game, then do it. The students rarely ask to see the table after the game is over.

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