Top 5 Flashcard Games

I’ve always loved using flashcard games in the classroom but it took me a while to figure out that a lot of games can be used online too! They can be a great way to introduce and review vocabulary and be a fun way to break up the lesson.  Here are my top 5 flashcard games for the online classroom.

Stop and Go Game

All you need for this game is a ‘Stop’ sign and a ‘Go’ sign stuck back to back. I printed the signs below and stuck them between a lolly stick. You could easily just write the words or use coloured paper instead.

Choose the letter/ word/ short phrase you’d like to practise.  When you hold the ‘Go’ sign up, the student has to repeat the word. When you flip to the ‘Stop’ sign they have to stop. To begin with I flip slowly, giving them a chance to say the word a few times. As the game continues we get faster and faster until the signs are constantly spinning and we’re both laughing. My students love this game, one even made her own signs for class so I could play too!

What’s Missing?

This is a super simple game to review vocabulary. I play this game with printed flashcards or my Manycam objects. I show the student 3-6 flashcards on my mini whiteboard (or on the screen with Manycam) and we practise them together. I then ask my student to close their eyes and I remove a flashcard. When they open their eyes they have to remember the missing card. I usually make this game more challenging by adding more flashcards or removing more than one card at once. In the last round I usually remove all of the flashcards and we laugh as we try to remember them all.

Slow Reveal

Put a flashcard in an envelope. I jazzed mine up a bit with a few stickers and colourful question marks to make it more appealing but you do you! Hide the flashcard in the envelope and reveal it slooooowly. The student has to guess what is on the flashcard as quickly as possible.

20 Questions

This one is for students who are able to form yes/no questions. Select a flashcard relating to the vocabulary you want to practise. Animals, objects, food, jobs and places work particularly well for this! The student has twenty questions to guess what is on the flashcard. The teacher can only answer yes or no however I do usually start giving a few clues if they’re not getting anywhere!

Once students understand the concept this game is super easy to set up in future lessons. For the first time I either model it with a puppet first (my puppet asks the questions, I answer) or I give the student the category and get them to choose a word first. If I think they’ll struggle I write question stems down as I’m asking them.

Story Telling

This is a great activity for more advanced students. I use my alphabet flashcards for this but you could use any you like. Choose 2-3 cards at random (I like to fan mine out facing away from the student and run my finger along them until the student shouts ‘STOP’). The student then has to make a short story using the 3 cards. It can be a struggle for them to use their imagination at first and they might need some prompting but the more opportunities they get to do things like this, the easier it will be. We’ve made stories about talking carrots, flying tigers and evil robots, and that’s just for starters!

Do you play flashcard games in the classroom?

I’d love to hear about what you think of flashcard games. Have you used any of these? Do you have any other flashcard games to share? Would you like some more information about any of these games? Leave a comment down below!

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