The purpose of this game based strategy, which is based on the cloze technique is to
reinforce the meaning and definition of vocabulary. Students could even develop their
own games based on this model, using texts and research materials for the current unit
Each playing group (either 2 or 4 members working in 2 teams) requires a sentence
pack and a word pack.
Each card in the sentence pack has a sentence written on it with one word missing. A
gap indicates the position of the missing word.
The word pack has the missing words from the sentence. In some cases two or more
words from the word pack will fit in to sentences cards and make sense.
The object of the game is to try to match a sentence and word card.
Place the sentence cards in a pile, face up. Word cards are spread out on the table
Players take turns to select the top card from the sentence pack and turn over a
They read the sentence aloud with the word inserted
If there is a match, they keep the pair and have another go
If there is no match, then the sentence card is returned to the bottom of the pack,
and the word card is turned face down again
Continue taking turns until there are no cards left
The winner is the one with the most pairs
Sentence card example Word card example
is the shaking of the earthquake
Adapted from Programming and Strategies Handbook - Secondary (1999)
NSW Department of Education and Training