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Greeting Cards


SUBMITTED BY: Richard Benoit



GRAMMAR: NH's Writing+ 3 (book 2)

EXAMPLE: Happy Birthday

DATE ADDED: Feb 10, 2011


15-30 min.
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BRIEF OUTLINE: Students learn about popular western greeting cards, and play popular card games like Karuta.



  •  GreetingCards attachment: Before class, make photocopies of page three of the attachment. Each team receives two copies. These are the cards that will used for when playing Englipedia's Karuta, Babanuki or some type of matching game you decide on. It is best to use A4 colored cardboard and the school's cutting machine.



  1. Worksheet Part 1:
    • Students match the letter to the greeting card's picture. (Parts of the cards are purposely blacked out. Students use the pictures to try and make out what holiday the card is for.
    • Next, see if the students can draw a line from the greeting card type to the appropriate message.
    • Take up the answers. Award points per teams or pairs if you want.
  2. Card Games:
    • Make groups or lunch groups and break out the copies of the cards you made.
    • Begin with 'listen & repeat' style of Karuta. It goes something like this:
    • You: "Merry Christmas!"
    • Students: "Merry Christmas!"
    • You: "Reeeeaaady, GO!"
    • Students then slap the appropriate card or cards. Remember there are two copies of each card, so it is possible for two different students to score a point. I have also seen one student be quick enough to get both
    • Because there are two of each card, students can then move onto matching them up. Students take turns trying to turn over a card then turn over the matching card. If they get a match encourage them to say the language, or lose a potential point. Depends on students, some are good at policing themselves
  3. Worksheet part 2:
    • If there is time allow them to create their own greeting card for whom ever they like.



  • Students loved playing Babanuki after they were done playing match. If they play Babanuki make sure they are speaking English when they make pairs and put them down. In this game, however, students simply deal the cards, take turns drawing a mystery card from another player in an attempt to make pairs and discard them. The first one with no cards wins!



  • Use cardboard with dark colors for the cards. Light blue, light green, and some pinks are no good as you can see through them. Just run the cardboard through the machine and print the images directly onto the cardboard.
  • If your school doesn't have A4 cardboard, simply use A3 and cut it in half. If you use this method use the good photocopier to resize page three of this attachment to B5.

If you have an updated worksheet, email it to the site: admin (at) epedia (dot) onmicrosoft (dot) com


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