I'm Full

Students trade cards with each other in order to get a full meal and declare, "I'm full!"

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Originally submitted by Kristin Foxworth on Nov 15, 2011.


  • Each student gets five identical cards. I cut out the cards and paper clipped them together beforehand to save class time.
  • The goal is to get all five food items and have a complete dinner. Students trade cards with their classmates using the target questions.
  • If a student wants to get rid of excess items, they ask, "Would you like some more ~?" Their classmate can reply, "No, thank you," if they already have that card, or "Yes, please," if they do not. If they answer "Yes, please," they must offer one of their cards in return by saying, "Would you like some ~?" Both answers must be yes in order to trade.
  • If a student wants to obtain a certain card, they ask, "May I have some ~?" Their classmate can reply, "Yes, of course" or "Help yourself" if they have that card. That student can then request a card that they need by asking, "May I have some ~?" Again, both answers must be yes in order to trade. If they answer, "No, you may not," the student must ask someone else.
  • Students who have gotten all five cards yell, "I'm full!"


  • Additional food cards could be added to give the students more choices. I made the same number of each card so each student had an equal opportunity to win (by the end of one class period, every student was "full"), but you could make less copies of certain foods if you wanted to increase scarcity and make it harder to win.
  • Cards could be dealt out randomly and instead of trading for five different cards, students could trade to have five identical cards. This could also make it harder for some students to win if many students choose to collect the same card.


  • Before playing the game, I explained the rules in English and modeled it with my JTE. I first had the students count their cards to make sure they had five identical cards. I made a show of counting each card and saying the item as I counted. "Chicken, Chicken, Chicken, Chicken, Chicken, OKAY! Chicken, Chicken, Chicken, Chicken, SALAD?? NO!" My JTE and I then modeled each trading scenario.
  • The first five winners got a postcard from my hometown as a prize, and the students got to write their names on the board in the order they won in. However, I told students that they had to speak English in order to win. One way to prevent the students from speaking Japanese while they traded was telling them that they did not have to trade with a student who spoke Japanese to them. The students got a kick out of watching me dramatically walk away from the JTE when she said, "Mizu, onegaishimasu."
  • I wrote each target sentence and food item on the board so students had something to look to if they froze.



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Estimated time: 5-10 min

Submitted by: Englipedia Archive

November 14, 2019


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