# Past and Future- Opposites Reversi Memory Game

## A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

By: Alex Case
Level: Beginner
Theme: Time
Study Area: Verbs and Tenses
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## Lesson Plan Content:

Past and Future- Opposites Reversi Memory Game

Instructions for teachers
Make one copy per group of two to four students. Cut up the worksheet so that the two
sides of each card are still connected, i.e. don’t cut between
“tomorrow” and “yesterday”
etc. Discard any cards which are too difficult to be useful for your students. Give out the
cards. Ask students to fold them and put the cards in a line on table, either side up. If they
like, student can look at the two sides as they fold the cards if they.

Students work together to try to guess which on the other side of the cards by thinking
about whether the half they can see is past or future and converting it into the opposite
form. They then turn the card over to check. If they are correct, they can take away that
card. If they are wrong, they turn the card over and leave it there the other way up.

When they get to the end of the line of cards, they then go through the ones which are still
there (because they got them wrong the first time) in the same way. Again, any which they
get wrong stay in the line to try again next time. This continues until all the cards are gone,
with the cards having to be guessed in a different direction each time (e.g.
“tomorrow” to
“yesterday”, then “yesterday” to “tomorrow”, etc) until they get them right.

After they finish the game, give out un-cut-up copies of the worksheet and answer any
questions. They can then test each by:
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Reading out a pair of opposite expressions and seeing if their partner can say which is
future

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Reading out one side and seeing if their partner can say the opposite

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Saying all but one expression on two sides of a card (that has more than two
expressions in total) and seeing if their partner can come up with the missing one

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Helping their partner brainstorm as many different opposite forms as they can (giving
them key words etc to help)

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Cards to cut up/ Suggested answers

tomorrow

yesterday

the day after

tomorrow

the day before

yesterday

in three days

three days ago

last week

next week

the week after next

the week before last

a year ago

in a year

a few minutes ago

in a few minutes

a long time ago

in the distant future/

one day/ some day

in the near future/

soon

not long ago/

recently

ASAP/ immediately/

straightaway

just

I (have) just…

I’m about to/ I’ll…

ASAP/ immediately/

straightaway

the last meeting

the next meeting

the meeting after

next

the meeting before

last

after this meeting

before this meeting

there was a…

there will be a/ is

going to be a…

earlier (today)

later (today)

at this time

tomorrow I will be …

ing

at this time

yesterday I was …

ing

I finished it on

Friday.

I will finish it on

Friday.

I have never been

to…

I will never go to…

I have been here

since June.

I will/ I’m going to be

here until June.

I’ll tell him when I

see him.

I told him when I

saw him.

I didn’t…

I’m not going to/

won’t/ not …ing…

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Write one word in each gap below, looking at the opposites to help. Then check above.

tomorrow

＿＿＿＿＿＿＿＿

the

＿＿＿＿＿＿

after tomorrow

the

＿＿＿＿＿＿＿

before yesterday

in three days

three days

＿＿＿＿

_________ week

next week

the week

_________ next

the week before

last

a year ago

________________

a year

a few minutes

________________

_______________

a few minutes

_______________

long time ago

____________ the

distant future/ one

day/ some day

in ______________

near future/ soon

not _____________

ago/ recently

ASAP/ immediately/

straightaway

________________

I (have) just…

I’ll… ASA__/

immediately/
straightaway

________________

last meeting

________________

next meeting

the meeting after

________________

the meeting before

______________

________________

this meeting

before this meeting

there was a…

there will ______/ is

going to _____ a…

earlier (today)

________________

(today)

__________ this

time tomorrow I will

be …ing

_____________

this time yesterday I

was …ing

I finished it

_________ Friday.

I will finish it

________________

Friday.

I ______________

never been to…

I will never

____________ to…

I have been here

________________

June.

I will/ I’m going to be

here until June.

I’ll tell him when I

see him.

I _________ him

when I ______ him.

I didn’t…

I’m not going to/

____n’t/ not …ing…

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