Partner games are great to reinforce a variety of skills, including social and grammar skills (particularly in these two games). The partner game encourages discussion and problem solving. The advantage of partner game are big: it is support kids who are struggling socially, as well it is fun and engaging (especially great for kids who get bored and lose attention quickly).

Skills:Grammar Social Hands-on play

Materials

  • printed noun cards (you can laminate it for more durable version) 40 in total: 20 concrete nouns and 20 abstract nouns;
  • printed game rules;
  • printed writing sheet (for writing version of game) and printed game board (for discussion game);
  • printed asnwer sheet;
  • as supplemented material you can use wall words for the reference (you can find it here).
abstract and concrete nouns

Writing Partner Game Rules

Mix all cards and place it face down. Give two pencils in a different color to each player.

1. Pick one card and look at the number on this card.
2. Read the noun and decide whether it is concrete or abstract.
3. Write concrete or abstract on the matching line.
4. Pass the writing sheet to your partner.
5. Repeat 1-5.

 

Check the answers. One with the highest number of right answers win.

 Discussion Parter Game Rules

Mix all cards and place it face down. Give pompons (or another small material) to each player.

1. Pick one card from the top of the pile.
2. Read the noun and decide whether it is concrete or abstract.
3. Describe the definition of this noun (players can use the list of the useful adjective).
3. Cover the word concrete or abstract.
4. Pass the turn to your partner.
5. Repeat 1-5.

This game is not competitive, it encourages discussion and sharing thoughts.

abstract and concrete nouns

Tips to Play

  • You can laminate noun cards, game board, rules and a list of useful adjectives for long-lasting version.
  • You can play the same game for the whole week to reinforce the knowledge.
  • Play in pairs for 10-15 minutes a day. Ten minutes is an optimal time, but the game can get longer for some students (especially the writing game).
  • It is not necessary to complete the list of all 40 nouns, you can set the limit (number of nouns or playing time) depending on your goal.
  • Think about the personality and similar ability levels of each child while making pairs.
  • When you first introduce the game, it will be great if you model it. And make sure every child catches the rules of each game.