Too and enough with opposites reversi memory game

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Learning adjectives with too and enough with a version of Othello

Instructions for teachers

Preparation

Choose 10 to 15 cards which are most suitable for your students, some of which they already know but most of which are probably unknown (but are suitable for their level), e.g. four from Level 1 and nine from Level 2. Photocopy and cut out the cards so that the two parts which mean the same are still attached to each other, with one pack per group of two to four students. Ask students to fold the cards so that the part with “too…” and the part with “not… enough” are on opposite sides, then put them in a line on the table, with either side up.

Playing the game

The first person tries to guess what is on the opposite side of the first card. If their guess is correct, they leave the card the other way up and try the next card, continuing until they make a mistake. Their guess must be the same words as on the other side, but if more than one option is given then they only need to say one of them.

After they make a mistake and stop, the next person then does the same, starting from the first cards the other way around (because their partner already did them and left them the other way up), then hopefully continuing with cards which no one has tried yet. The winner is the first person to do the whole row of cards in order in one go without making a mistake. Everyone must start from the first card each time.

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Playing cards

Level 1

 

too sad to sing

 

 

too bad at dodgeball

 

too short to play basketball

 

not happy enough to sing

 

 

not good enough at dodgeball

 

not tall enough to play basketball

 

too big/ large for my suitcase

 

too young for school

 

too slow to win

 

 

not small enough/ little enough for my suitcase

 

 

not old enough for school

 

not fast enough to win/ not quick enough to win

 

this belt is too short

 

 

this smartphone is too old

 

 

this belt isn’t long enough

 

 

this smartphone isn’t new enough

 


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Level 2

 

this lesson is too boring

 

 

too loud for the library

 

too far to jump

 

this lesson isn’t interesting enough

 

 

not quiet enough for the library

 

not near enough/ not close enough to jump

 

the sandwich is too thin

 

 

the homework is too easy

 

too early to sleep

 

the sandwich isn’t thick enough

 

 

the homework isn’t hard enough/ difficult enough

 

not late enough to sleep

 

too dark to see

 

 

this room is too dirty

 

too expensive to buy

 

not light enough to see/ not bright enough to see

 

 

this room isn’t clean enough

 

not cheap enough to buy

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Level 3

 

this tea is too weak

 

 

too poor to marry

 

too high to jump over/ too tall to jump over

 

this tea isn’t strong enough

 

 

not rich enough to marry

 

not low enough/ short enough to jump over

 

too heavy to lift

 

 

too narrow for the truck

 

too rough to slide on

 

not light enough to lift

 

 

not wide enough/ not broad enough for the truck

 

not smooth enough to slide on

 

too dangerous for children

 

 

too dry to grow flowers

 

 

not safe enough for children

 

 

not wet enough to grow flowers

 

 

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