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SUBMITTED BY:Patrick Bickford / Alexander Rignanese / Mark Best / Luke O'Shannassy



GRAMMAR: Time/Verbs (various tenses)

EXAMPLE: What time is it? I dove into a pool.

DATE ADDED: Feb 07, 2008


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15-30 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINEStudents enjoy playing Uno while practicing asking/telling the time.



  • UnoTime cards: Print out and make sets of the Uno time cards. A color printer is best but printing them out on a B&W printer and coloring them is also an exhausting option. Also, printing them out using a thick non-see-thru paper is best. If you don’t have access to that, either color one the other side of each card, make your own logo and print it on the backside of each card or double-layer each card. If you are really lazy, don’t do anything and have the students hide the ‘draw deck’ and the cards in their hands.
  • UnoVerb cards (by Alexander Rignanese): For the cards, you'll need cardboard, glue and scissors. I glued each card to cardboard and then cut out the cards rather then buying several packs of cards and gluing them to the faces of the cards. The disadvantage to this option is that shuffling is difficult. Each card has a verb in a different tense, picture and simple example sentence. It is a big print out (almost 2Mb). There are 20 different verbs and each verb has four tenses, which means that there are 80 cards just for the verbs, not to mention the draw 1, 2, 4, skip and reverse cards. There's 144 cards in total, but you can choose whatever you want to print and use. NOTE: This Verb set has four types of verbs: present, past, present progressive, present perfect. If you use this for grade two students, take the present perfect cards out.
  • VerbTenseChart attachment (by Mark Best): See 'Comments Area' for details.



  1. Split the class into 4-6 groups. Each group receives a full set of Uno time cards.
  2. Each student is dealt 7 cards.
  3. Play Janken to see who starts first.



  • There are varying ways to draw cards from the deck. If a student can’t play a card, OPTION #1 is to have them draw 1 card from the deck. If they can play it, so be it. OPTION #2 is to have the student keep drawing cards until they find one they can play. However, this could result in the discarded cards being reshuffled many times.



  • Review the Uno rules to ensure the students know them.
  • The target question for laying down a ‘Change’ or ‘Draw 4’ to all the students except for the one playing the card is: “What time is it?”
  • The target grammar of laying down Draw 1, 2 and 4’s is “Draw...”
  • The target grammar to change the color is “Change to...”
  • The target grammar for laying down every card is “It’s...”
  • If you're unsure about the rules, see Uno rules for details.



  • Sometimes when the students are having too much fun, they forget to speak English.

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