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SUBMITTED BY: Alexander Rignanese / Alexander Grant

BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: The actual Uno game and Englipedia suggestions


GRAMMAR: Past Tense Verb

EXAMPLE: I dove into the pool.

DATE ADDED: Nov 15, 2010


                     Large Classes (16-39 Students)Ó


15-25 min.

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Brief Outline: Basically, this activity is a version of Uno where the numbers are replaced by verbs and each colour represents a tense of a verb: yellow is simple present (draw), green is present progressive (drawing), blue is past (drew) and red is irregular past (drawn).


Materials Needed:

  • VerbUno cards 1 (Original) / 2 (Alexander Grant's pdf file) 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.



Detailed Explanation:

  1. As mentioned in the other version of this game (What Time Uno) the description this print out is based on) you can have the players read the words, read the sentences, or identify exactly what grammar point each one is connected to.

Teaching Suggestions:

  • I haven't actually used this is class, I've only used it as a way to bond and get to know students who i don't get the opportunity to teach as much, mainly the 3rd years, but any level can play it, because even if they don't entirely understand they're already familiar with the game and it does have plenty of colours and pictures to help them out.

    One final word, I'm not sure how effective this is as a learning tool, but the kids that I play with know how to read all the words and sentences and even if they don't realise it I think they're learning just by playing.



  • In Alexander Grant's Uno deck students must make sentences based on the subject and verb printed on each card. If you use this deck you don't need color copies of the cards and students must match either subject or verb.



Warning, this is a fairly big print out, you may want to check with your JTE if it's ok before you take the initiative and print out all 12 pages, maybe start with a couple and work your way through.
I have found that the rest of the teaching staff appreciate work with a physical result rather then worksheets on a computer.

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