Pick and Act- Imperatives Card Game

Level: Beginner

Topic: General

Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses

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Lesson Plan Text

Pick and Act-
Imperatives Card Game
with classroom vocabulary and negative imperatives

Instructions for teachers
Copy and cut up one copy per class or one copy per group of two to four students if you 
want to play the game in groups. Students take turns choosing and arranging words to 
make actions that they want their partner(s) to (not) do, e.g. putting the cards 
“Lift up + the 
+ basket” together to make their classmates do that. If they make a negative imperative 
sentence like 
“Don’t + write on + the + teacher”, their partner(s) should nearly do that 
thing, e.g. pretend to write a few millimetres in front of the teacher. 

Cards to cut up:

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p. 1

don’t the

touch

open

close

pick up

stand on

sit on

look at

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p. 2

listen to
write on
draw on

walk to

stand next to

stand in front of

sit under

point at

turn

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p. 3

take

push

pull

colour

kick

punch

cover

put a hand on

brush

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p. 4

cut

run to

paint

bring me

lift

knock

blow

hold

smell

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p. 5

clean

jump on

shoot

squeeze

slap

bag

boy

girl

CD player

window

chair

chairs

teacher

table

box

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p. 6

carpet

basket

pen

pencil

notebook textbook

jacket

CD

map

calendar

poster

board

door

clock

folder

tissue

light

wall

walls

bottle

bin

closet

shelf

shelves

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