Puzzle Scramble

To practice using "if" sentences.


Laminate each picture with the nine word cards on the back.  (They should print out correctly aligned for the game.) Put each set of cards into an envelope and label the envelope with the sentence’s number. Making two sets of each sentence is sufficient because the students can complete the sentences in any order.


Divide the students into groups of 4. Each student gets an individual worksheet.

1.  Each group takes one envelope and assmbles the puzzle.

2.  Then, without moving the pieces, they flip each piece over to reveal the sentence.  The missing word in each sentence relates to the puzzle picture.

3.  They all write the sentence on the worksheet next to the sentence’s number.

4.  Then, one student memorises the sentence and says it to the ALT or OTE.  If they are correct, they exchange the envelope for a new one and repeat.   (For a group of four students, each student will memorise two sentences.)

The first group to finish is the winner.  (NB: It’s best to check the completed worksheets for errors before declaring a winner – in their haste to write everything, they make some crazy mistakes.)

After they finish, the students can do the bottom part of the worksheet.


Works well with low-level/ sleepy/ creatively-challenged students because they only need to copy and memorise existing sentences.  (I found even my English-hating students got into assembling the puzzles, and their desire to win made them follow through with the other steps.)

The sentences and pictures can be changed for other grammar points.

This lesson comes straight from Englipedia

Junior High
puzzle pieces, attached worksheet