(Card Game)

Purpose/Goal: to recognize meanings

Number of Players: 2 – 10

Materials: teacher-made cards (30) marked with idioms and definitions


  • Choose 15 idioms that you want your students to learn. Write each one down on a card or slip of paper.
  • On 15 more cards, write the definitions to the idioms.
  • Mix the cards up and place them face-down on a table.
  • Taking turns, the students turn two cards over to show the writing. Is there an idiom and a definition? Do they match? If they match, the student keeps the cards. If not, the student turns them back over and the next person takes a turn.
  • The student with the most matches at the end of the game is the winner.


Instead of writing the idioms and definitions on cards, write them on the blackboard in random order. Before the students are in the room, tape a piece of paper over each word and each definition. Play the game by having students come up one at a time to the board and remove two pieces of paper to see if they match. If they match, erase the words. If they don’t match, replace the papers to cover the words and choose another student to come to the board.