Collect 8

Students practice speaking while playing a game

This is a fun game that fits a few different grammar points. For explanation purposes I will use the grammar “Do you have a …?”

1. First teach students a vocabulary set of your choice. I did this when I did a mushi-tori (bug catching) lesson , so they learned the names of lots of Japanese insects.

2. Pass out at least 4 random mini cards to each student. If they get four different bugs, they are very lucky. They shouldn’t show their cards to their friends.

3. Students walk around and ask their friends for bugs they don’t have, using “Do you have a ___?” For example if student A asks student B “Do you have a beetle?” That means A wants to get a beetle card. If B has it B must reply “Yes, I do.” In which case they Janken  for the card. A gets the card if he wins but doesn’t if he loses.

If B doesn’t have a beetle he says “No, I don’t”. Then the students switch roles.

If one student loses a card, they cannot ask for that same card on their turn. They must ask for a different card.

4. The first student to collect all the different vocab cards is the winner. By and large, any vocab count above 8 won’t yield a winner. I’ve played with as many as 15 different words. The game goes on forever, so feel free to wrap it up whenever you want and give a sticker to the kid with the most cards. It’s a good game for the end of class as you can play for as long or as short as you want.


Students practice a question and answer patterned grammar point while trying to collect all the different kinds of vocabulary. 


An alternative version is the have the kids collect only the vocabulary card they like the best. Then you have a winner in each category.
You can play two ways. If a kid loses all his or her cards that kid has to sit down, as they are out. If you play this way it's better to have a couple short rounds, so no one sits down for long.
I usually allow students who lost all their cards to get one new card from me so they can keep playing.

Junior High
Lots of mini picture cards (enough for four per student plus extra), Large flash cards