Do your students suffer from “A or An” confusion? A unicorn but an uncle? A house but an hour? An R.N., an M.D., a DVD. . . End the confusion with this card game for two to five players.
Shuffle up the 59 word cards and deal them out, giving 8 cards to each player. Place the two category cards (a ?, an ?) in the middle of the table. Each player reads his word to the group and then tries to place it under the correct article card, “a or an”, repeating the article and the noun. The rest of the players must tell him if it is correct or not before play passes to the next player. If correct, players signal with a “thumbs up” gesture. If it’s wrong, players signal with a “thumbs down” gesture and whisper or say quietly: “I think that’s an error.” Then the player or players who gestured “thumbs down” must explain what the correct answer should be. If determined that the answer is indeed incorrect, the player must take the card back. To win, a player must rid his hand of all cards.
Additional game options:
1. Simplify the game by taking out the “troublesome” cards (words
beginning with “h” and “u” and the abbreviation cards).
2. Play this game by just using the word cards beginning with “h” and
“u” and the abbreviations.
3. Give students a copy of the “a or an” rule cards (p.3) to use as
they play the first hand of the game.
After playing the game, give students the worksheet and the rules to “a or an” as a study guide (rule cards p. 3).
Answer keys for worksheet and game cards are included.
Level: ESL, ELA 3rd – 5th (upper levels as needed)
Time: 20 to 25 minutes (play two hands of game + worksheet)
Targets: indefinite articles “a or an”, multiple intelligences (interpersonal, linguistic, bodily-kinesthetic)
Note that this product is also available in a bundle called Grammar Games Bundle "Got it!"