This/That Relay

Students race to make sentences using visual clues.

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Originally submitted by Raegina Taylor on Jun 3, 2008.


  • Three sets of matching cards (not included): One set should be A4 size, the other two can be small playing-card size


  • Put the two small sets of picture cards around the room. The third set of cards is with the JTE or ALT.
  • Break students into two teams. Two students compete at one time. The ALT calls out one vocabulary word: monkey. The two competing students run and find one of the monkey pictures each. Meanwhile, JTE is holding up a different animal picture or word card, for example, a frog .
  • The first student to find the monkey card and say "This is a monkey. That is a frog." pointing to JTE’s picture receives two points, and then if the other student can find his/her picture and make the sentences also they receive one point.
  • If this is too easy, get kids to put more explanation into the sentences using adjective: This is my big monkey. That is your red frog.


  • To make it harder, replace the picture cards with written words.
  • Vary the sets of vocabulary halfway through. I start with a set of stationary and classroom items, then move onto animals, food etc. Just add the card sets to each other, so you have a few topics to work with.
  • By the last couple of students I make it so that if they can find the REAL object, then points go up.


  • This is very repetitive, so kids may get bored, especially in big classes. Make it varied, high energy, include ways to get bonus points to keep students interested. Another way would be to make it smaller teams, so more teams competing (maybe more sets of cards are needed to make it fairer).
Submitted by Englipedia Archive November 20, 2019 Estimated time: 15-30 min
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