Connect Four

Goals: Practice simple sentence structure and verbs.

Preparation: Students sit in pairs. Together they draw a grid, and have two different coloured pens.

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  • One grid for each pair. They will draw 7 columns and 6 rows. On the left hand side they write a pronoun for each row. On the right hand side they write an object. You can demonstrate this on the board.
  • The aim of the game is for each student to drop their words, demonstrated by their own pen colour, straight down from the top to the bottom. The words will pile up.
  • The winner is the person who connects four of their own words in a line vertically, horizontally or diagonally before their opponent.
  • As they write the word, they have to say the full sentence with the word they choose to drop down.

For Example:

Student 1: I like toast.

Student 2: You cook rice

Student 1: You make rice

Student 2: I stole toast

  • Students continue until one student has lined up four words of their colour in a row.


– The same verb can’t be used twice.

– You can allow them to use prepositions as well. For example, ‘They swim in water’.

– You can allow them to work in teams of 2 versus 2.


  • Get the students to copy down the verbs along the bottom at the start. It removes their freedom to make  original sentences, but works with lower level learners who struggle to think up their own complete sentences.
  • For lower levels, you can also just get them to number the columns 1-7 and get them to just say the number of the column they want to drop their circle down.
  • Alternatively, you could use more difficult words, so there are 7 different words the students practice saying.



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