Walk, Talk, Trade

Group of human figures talking in partners

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Thanks to Meghan Boyle for sharing this activity!

Purpose:  To reinforce the students’ familiarity with vocabulary through interactions with classmates

Preparation Time:  10 minutes

Materials Needed:  Cards with pictures or words of the weekly vocabulary


  1. Review the vocabulary words that will be used during the activity.
  2. As a class, practice the language that the students will use to interact during the activity (e.g. What is this? How do you spell it?).
  3. Give each student a picture card or a word card. Some students may have the same picture or word.
  4. Model asking a student what is on their card, responding to their question, then swapping cards and moving on to a new partner.
  5. Students mingle in the classroom asking and answering questions about what is on their cards. At the end of each interaction, students swap cards and find a new partner.
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