Memory

Objective
Memorize vocabulary
  • Students place the cards face down on the floor/table.
  • Students turn one card over and say the name of whatever is on the card out loud.
  • Students then try to find another one of the same type.
  • If they find a pair, they can keep it and try again. If not, the next player takes a turn. For example, if the first card is an apple, the student must say “apple” and turn over another card. If the next card is also an apple, they can keep the pair. If the next card is a banana, for instance, it’s someone else’s turn and they return the cards to their original face-down positions.

This game is known in Japan as 神経衰弱 (しんけいすいじゃく shinkei suijaku), which means ‘nervous breakdown’. It’s also known as concentration.

Lesson Topics
Duration
Elementary
4,
5,
6
Junior High
1,
2,
3
Resources
vocabulary cards