Go Fish is one of my favourite vocabulary games, because it requires the students to use a complete sentence in the question form, as well as a vocabulary word. I try to include a quick game at least once a week, it’s also a fun way to review past vocabulary near the end of a lesson when little minds are getting tired. It has the advantage of visual aid, too, so if a child can’t remember the word they can just show the card to the group and the game will continue on.

If you need instructions to the game, dltk-kids has a good tutorial.

Sometimes you will have a student that wants to show the card instead of using the word. Also, keep your ears open for the correct sentence structure… I have one little four year old (native German speaker) that switches his sentence around to reflect the German word order “Have you a _______?” instead of “Do you have a ______?”

Over the years I’ve created countless decks of cards for my little learners. One of our favourite ways to make cards is using news paper pictures. This is especially great for seasonal vocabulary. I’ve also created a few of my own sets and have them over at TPT if you want to grab some.  

What are some of your favourite links to free flashcards and printable for learning English?

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