Flashcards have been in the classroom for a variety of reasons for years and years. They have been used for games, reviews, and much more. Whether you're teaching in an ESL classroom or a native-speaking classroom, you're going to need flashcards. Buying cards in bulk will help both you and your class.
There is a variety of popular games that can be played and made simply with flashcards for classroom activities. Here is a list of our expert teacher's 25 favorite flashcard games!
1. Verb To Be Grammar Practice
Flashcards have been a huge part of the grammar classroom since the beginning. Using any type of colored paper, construction paper, or just regular paper, this active game can be created. Have students run up and match the correct verb and pronoun. Make two different games and have students race!
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This fun family game can easily be brought into the classroom. Use it to talk about different animals, describe vocabulary words, and much more! Use a picture card or just a card with a vocabulary word on it and you can simply have students tape it to their forehead or make a headband out of a piece of paper.
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4. Activity Cards
5. Sight Words Cards
Sight word flashcard games are a fun and rewarding way to get your young students engaged in learning. These activities. will provoke both listening skills and memorization skills of your students. To gain a basic level of understanding in their sight word knowledge.
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6. Alphabet Flashcards
7. Fish Bowl Counting
This fun game will have students super excited during math centers. Use the number card with a flashcard picture card to show the amount of fish swimming in the fishbowl. This is an independent game that can be easily played and stored in the classroom.
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8. Sum, Difference, Product, Quotient
Put flashcards on the floor and have students throw two bean bags. Then throw a third to find the math answer to the corresponding numbers. This game in action will be much more intense than it seems. Make it a competition by using big numbers to see which team can come up with the correct answer first!
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9. Go Fish Math Style
Super fun fishing games come in all different varieties. This fun math matching game is perfect for students. A twist on the classic card game that students will love playing. Add it to your list of fun flashcard games that your kiddos can play anytime.
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10. Would You Rather
Would you rather is a popular game among our students and they will love playing. Whether you have a method behind the game like teaching kindness or you want it to be fun and silly students of all ages will love to play!
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11. ESL Class Game
Your students will love this game! Introducing the language using flashcard picture cards and then using them as a tic tac toe board is a great way to use fewer resources but have more student involvement!
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12. Have You Ever?
This game is easy for anyone, even with limited resources to play. Just print a picture on a piece of paper and boom, you've got your flashcards ready to go! Have students ask each other questions that have to do with your lessons or just for social-emotional development!
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13. Musical Flash Cards
This is another version of the student's classic favorite; musical chairs. Except with less disappointment when students get out. Play fun music that students love and watch them dance in a circle and be excited when they are proud to read out the words they land on!
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14. Narration Creation
Check out this engaging game that will teach students narration using flashcards. Start small and make up stories about the flashcard, and slowly add more cards into the deck. Students will soon be making up full-blown stories. They will love to use their imaginations!
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Pictionary can be played with almost any list of vocabulary words. Using your list of vocabulary words, create flashcards, shuffle them, and have students choose a card and then draw the word on the paper, have the other student or team of students guess the word!
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16. Opposites Flashcard
Opposites can be tricky for students to fully understand. Use fun flashcards like this to easily help students comprehend. Use these to also assess and intervene with students before giving them a more formal assessment. Using pairs of picture cards lets students match with their opposites.
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17. Fishing for Flashcards
Whether this turns into your student's favorite alphabet fishing game, vocabulary fishing game, or picture fishing game, it will definitely be a fun one! It's also super easy to create using household items like paper towel rolls and string!
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18. Greater Than or Less Than
A game that can easily be played with both playing cards or flashcards. Playing greater than or less than will make any math lesson fun. Whether it's during a math center or as a whole class activity, students will love to play.
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19. Lamination Station
Laminating is literally a teacher's best friend. Whether you're laminating something for an upcoming lesson or have something from years in the making, laminating is crucial to keeping it safe. Along with preservation, laminating also transforms your activities into dry-erase boards! Use this method to make flashcards that can be used for anything!
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20. What's Missing?
Enhancing student memorization and recognition is one of the most important aspects of using flashcards in the classroom. A game of serious focus for ESL students of any age is What's Missing?" Using the lesson plan vocabulary words use this flashcard game to assess and practice student learning.
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21. Jump and Say
22. Flippity Flash Cards
23. DIY Classroom Jeopardy Board
Flashcards are constantly used for different review games. Jeopardy is definitely a classic game throughout elementary and middle school. Making a board out of flashcards (laminate them!!) will you save you a ton of time and will also be super exciting whenever it gets taken out!
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24. Flashcard Stories
Using different sets of flashcards to get students to create their own stories is an activity that students will absolutely love. Working in collaboration with one another allows students to write or tell their own stories using whatever flashcards they randomly were assigned!
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Slap is by far one of the best games to be played with flashcards. It also can literally be played in any grade, anywhere. It's so easy to play, whether you have fly swatters, paper towel rolls, or just student hands - this game will be a student favorite. Use it with any subject, vocabulary review, or math study!
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