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February 2004

Hello, how are things going? There'll be lots of new stuff for you on the site towards the end of the month, but for the time being enjoy this special game for Valentine's Day!

New Game: Broken Hearts

This game is traditionally used in Junior High for sentence practice, but it also makes a great review game for elementary school!


1. Prepare several A4 sheets of paper, each with the outline of a large heart

2. Tear up the heart into 4 or 5 equal parts.

3. On each part of one sheet draw ( or glue) a picture related to the theme you are studying. Each part should have a different picture. e.g. one could be a pig, another a cow etc. ( For the Genki English themes, check out the print outs here http://genkienglish.net/evaluationsheets.htm )

4. Do another sheet, this time with pictures from a different theme.

5. Do enough sheets with enough different themes so every kid can have one piece of heart.

6. Put all the pieces in a bag or container.

The Game

1. Each kid comes to the front and picks a piece of heart. They don't look at it yet!

2. When everyone has their pieces you shout "go"

3. The kids then go around trying to find the other pieces of their heart. They are not allowed to show other people their hearts yet, only to speak English!

4. When they find all the people who have the rest of the pieces of their heart ( as they all have words in the same topic) they sit down in a group, raise their hands and say "Finished!"

5. The quickest team wins

Very simple, but very effective. You can change the target language to either be very easy e.g. simply saying "dog", or more complicated like "I have a dog" or the current target language such as "I like dogs" etc. etc.


And Finally,

I've also jazzed up the articles/advice section of the website (http://genkienglish.net/articles.htm ) so there's loads of helpful stuff on there, and be sure to check out the website nearer the end of the month for some groovy new ideas! If you know of anyone who might be interested in this game, then please feel free to send this mail on!

Have a Genki Valentine's


Richard J. Graham 
Primary School English Games, Songs and Activities 
Email: richard@genkienglish.net

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