Shichi Narabe Card Game

Sevens Card Game that can be used for JHS 2 "How + adjective! / What a + adjective + noun!" (unlisted grammar), JHS 1 “She looks sleepy / That sounds scary” and ES Y3 "What ____ do you like"

This card game has many names and many variations, please refer here for them [Link]( In Japan it’s called Shichi Narabe and all kids seem to know it. It’s a lot of preparation but you could use these cards for other grammar points as the cards consist of twelve different numbered categories (1. music 2. food 3. drink 4. sport 5. game 6. person 8. car 9. animal 10. TV show 11. comic and 12. pen - plus the '7's - which aren't really a category). There are 4 different picture cards for each category, for a total of 48 cards.

About the cards - I got them from here [Link]( and they are non-editable – well, I don’t know how to edit them. I would certainly have edited the 'pen' category.

Print all 4 sheets. You will see that the images take up the entire printed sheet and there are no ‘cut lines’. I drew lines onto each of the 4 sheets then printed them onto different-coloured paper (I used the green, yellow, pink and blue photocopy paper all schools seem to have).
Then I printed a dark background onto the reverse of all sheets, laminated and cut – takes ages but means they will last for years.

To play each group gets 1 set of 48 cards. Deal ALL the cards, it doesn't matter if they don't have an equal number.
Before starting students find the four different-coloured number 7 cards and place them in the middle of the desk.
Students then take turns to lay a card in a ‘domino’ fashion in ascending or descending order - so only a ‘6’ or an ‘8’ can be played at first.
The colours must match of course.
There are different rules about how many tactical ‘passes’ a player can make, that is, refuse to play a card on their turn even if they can. You can refer to the Wikipedia page but it’s easier to just let the groups play to their own rules.
The only rule they must follow is to make a sentence before playing a card, “That game looks interesting”, for example. Or "How amazing! What a cool car!"
First player to discard all their cards wins, groups can continue playing for second, third etc. or stop and shuffle and play again - it's up to you.

I also included editable handouts (for How+adjective! and copula verb) with example cards and example sentences for practice before playing.
For elementary third-graders I would suggest writing the numbers 1-12 on the boards with the categories, and maybe get the homeroom teacher to write katakana pronunciations for the lower students.

Submitted by kusobaba September 13, 2023 Estimated time: 20-30mins

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