Pebbly irregular verbs and vocabulary 馃拵

Updated: Jun 29, 2019

Oh Flying Tiger Copenhagen... we do have a love-hate relationship, don't we? I love your products but hate that you keep taking my money 馃槄 Nah,聽聽just kidding. It's all LOVE 馃槏

I went shopping for notebooks last week. I needed them to be really聽pretty because ... well ... I'm me 馃槄聽There are a few places that would provide me with a nice notebook and Tiger (as I call it) is one of them. Seeing as:

I left with a bag full of goodies. Among said goodies were these lovely, shiny, little things:


Some time ago I wanted to make a game for my kids and I was trying to find something like these stones. The problem was I didn't know what they聽were what they were called or where to find them. I did go to Tiger to look for this "something" I needed but at that point they had not yet read my mind 馃槀 So you can probably imagine how happy I was when I saw these on my last visit.


So what is this game I needed them for, you ask. Well, the original idea was slightly different than what I ended up using them for. This is what the original board looked like:

The idea: roll the die - pick one phrase/word from the corresponding line - if it's correct, put your stone on it - get the whole row to win the game. Simple, right? 聽Another option: play聽until all the squares are filled with stones and see who has more squares at the end.


DOWNLOAD daily routines board


If you speak Polish you can see that the board above is for daily routines. Since creating it ... well actually since I started writing this post I made more ...聽and聽I made them better 馃榿


Honestly this is what happened: last night I started writing this post and I had one board. This post was supposed to be about a different thing 馃槣聽But then I thought that I could actually make more of these and then I couldn't stop 馃槀聽


Get all the vocabulary boards here


And now on to the thing I ACTUALLY wanted to write about 馃槄聽It's another game, it also works on the premise of connecting squares with the same coloured stones but it's much bigger. And here it is in all its glory:



The idea is to connect four squares in a row vertically,聽horizontally or diagonally. You can play it in one of two ways: either finish when the first person聽gets 4-in-a-row or continue playing聽until the whole board is full and then see who got more聽4-in-a-row's. The second option means you revise more but it also takes more time.聽


If you read my聽blog you know that I try to eliminate my involvement as much as possible. I create materials with error correction built into them so that my kids don't need me to tell them if聽they're right. For this material I used my favourite聽PENpals 馃槏聽PENpal is a device which lets you record sound onto practically anything, using little recordable stickers.


If you teach at a Montessori school or聽any other聽institution which gives聽their students time for self-study you need to get these babies! To be honest, you don't even need the self-study period! You could easily use them during lessons. And no, Mantra Lingua, the producers of PENpal,聽don't sponsor me ... but they should 馃槤


I used one sticker for each聽square and I recorder all three forms of each verb (I did the same thing with the聽vocabulary聽boards above). Once the student gives their answer they check if it was聽correct. If it's incorrect they can try and remember the forms聽and try again when聽it's their turn next time. It's important to have a rule here which doesn't allow to use the same square by another player in the聽same round. This way the student is really motivated to remember the correct answer to use it in the next round.聽


My聽boards are colour coded. The聽background corresponds to the PENpal which should be used with this particular set. Students can choose whether they want to play with one board or two.聽


If you want to make anything fold like this use sticky tape to join the two pieces together leaving a bit of space between them. Make sure that the sticky tape goes all the way around the two thing you're sticking together.聽


I made two types of boards: one has the infinitive form of the verb in the square and the student has to give the other two forms,聽and the L1 translation if you wish; the other type has the verbs in my student's L1 and they have to give all three forms of the verb. If your students are at the beginning of their irregular verbs聽journey you can ask them to give the Past Simple form only to claim the square.聽


The game can be played by any number of students, but I'd suggest not more than 4. I'd also set a time limit for giving the聽right answer. The time would depend on how long they've been studying irregular verbs for. I think 15聽seconds is more than enough聽for a聽beginner. I'd go as low as 3 seconds for irregular verbs pros 馃槈


I've prepared the boards for you to download in two versions: with coloured background and without,聽so you may print them on coloured paper of your choice. To make mine last longer I laminated them on sticker paper, I peeled off the back and stuck the laminated front on card. They're basically indestructible now 馃槄


DOWNLOAD聽English infinitive board


DOWNLOAD Polish meaning board


I'm guessing most of you will not have PENpals in your classrooms (YET! 馃槈). This doesn't have to stop you from using the games. You can use them with聽small groups or have your students work with their irregular verbs table to check fro answers. But if you really like the idea of not being聽indispensable you can get the English infinitive board with QR codes which I made especially for that occasion 馃槄 That is of course if you don't mind hearing my voice in the recordings.聽

Get the QR codes board聽here



















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