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Hugs & Kisses


SUBMITTED BY: Patrick Bickford



GRAMMAR: Present Tense Verb

EXAMPLE: I play the piano.

DATE ADDED: June 18, 2008


15-30 min.
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BRIEF OUTLINE: Students practice constructing sentences using two simple present tense verbs while playing a huge game of Tic-Tac-Toe.





  1. The name of the game comes from the X's & O's used in writing letters to signify a hug and kiss. Therefore, this would be a great mini-cultural lesson to explain to your students before starting the game.
  2. This game reviews a miriad of nouns but only two verbs: like and play. However, the attachment can easily be changed and adapted to your needs.
  3. Have the class make pairs and give a game board to each pair.
  4. Review the nouns on the game board.
    • Horizontal nouns: snow, TV, Mr. Fuji, Hello Kitty, Bob Sapp, Ai-chan, Asashoryu
    • Vertical nouns: the guitar, softball, basketbal, Janken, volleyball, table tennis (ping-pong), the piano, baseball, bingo
  5. Have the pairs play janken and the winner chooses the 'hug' or 'kiss' mark and starts the game.
  6. Play begins with a student making two sentences, a 'play' and a 'like' sentence: "I play the guitar. I like snow," and then they write their hug/kiss mark into that box.
  7. The object of the game, just like Tic-Tac-Toe, is to draw 3 (or 4) of your marks in a straight horizontal, vertical or diagonal line. If the student accomplishes this, they receive one point, which they mark at the bottom of their worksheet.



  • Once the students get the gist of the game, start allowing them to use the word "don't" so they can honestly decide whether they actually play or like the sentence they say.
  • Instead of having the pairs share a board, try giving a board to each student and not allowing the pairs to see each other boards. This will ensure the students are listening to each other when they are speaking.


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