|The classic card game.|
|Target level||ES 2 - JHS 3|
Go Fish is a popular card game in America, Canada, and other card-game playing countries.
Numbers Go Fish
Divide the students into groups of 4.
- Each student is dealt 5 cards.
- Explain how to say face cards "Jack, Queen, King, Ace".
- The students take turns asking each other "Do you have a three (or any other card)?"
- If the answerer doesn't have that card that was asked for, he says, "Go Fish!" and the asker draws a card from the pile. Advance counterclockwise.
- If the answerer has the card, he gives it to the asker. If the asker forms a pair from this, he discards the pair and goes again.
- If the draw pile is exhausted, shuffle the discard pile and put it on the bottom of the deck.
- This game works best for small classes.
- Play with animal cards, using appropriate sentences. For example, "I want a pig. Tim, do you have a pig? Here you are."
- Play with a normal deck of playing cards, but discard pairs of cards that add up to 15 (for instance, a seven and an eight go together).
Sentence Go Fish
Target audience: 2nd grade-6th grade, depending on the variation.
Sentence Go Fish Preparation
- Make a deck of cards with English sentences written on them.
- For each sentence, make four cards.
Sentence Go Fish Objective
- Students try to collect pairs of sentences.
- If they have a pair, they can discard that pair.
- If a student is able to discard all cards in his/her hand, the student wins the game.
Sentence Go Fish Rules
- The dealer deals each student 3 cards.
- The dealer places the deck in a pile at the center of the table, face down.
- The student to the right of the dealer chooses one of the students in the group and calls their name.
- Then the first student says the sentence of the card s/he want to collect.
- If student whose name was called has the card, that student gives it to the first student.
- If not, the student whose name was called says, "Go Fish" and the first student takes a card from the pile.
- Once this is finished, the next student takes their turn and repeats the process.
Sentence Go Fish Variations
- Instead of reading the sentence, teach the students to change the affirmative sentence into an interrogative sentence.