Food Vocabulary Matching Game, Novice Mid, German,

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This activity was created by upper-division language students working in the World Languages Resource Center at Boise State University. Our activities seek to help students solidify their interpersonal speaking and interpretive listening skills through task-based situations or communicative activities. We recommend using these activities to help reinforce the content students are learning, allowing the students time to feel comfortable using the unit’s vocabulary and grammar structures through application. Further, these activities should be facilitated in approximately 90% (or more) in the target language, per the recommendation of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages.

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Food Vocabulary Matching Game

Proficiency Level:

Novice Mid

Students will review food vocabulary through a matching game. Students will also practice formulating sentences using a variety of verbs.


Food, Vocabulary, Matching, Game, Review, Sentence

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can recognize food vocabulary when spoken to me
  • I can create simple sentences using food vocabulary
  • I can use high frequency and low frequency phrases related to food

Relevant ACTFL World-Readiness Standards


Standard 1.1

Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

Materials Needed:

     •Projector to display Google slide show

     •Activity Picture Cards, 1 set for each group (Lamination optional, ensures longevity): 

Download: Activity Picture Cards

     • Activity Word Cards, 1 set for each group (Lamination optional, ensures longevity):

Download: Activity Word Cards


1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity and distributing the materials to each group.

2. The game is like the Head's Up game by Ellen. The game can be played with either the picture deck or the word deck of cards, or a combination of both.

3. The first student to go draws a card from the pile and puts it up against their forehead without looking at what's on the card.

4. The other students try to get the student to guess what card they have by calling out hints about the word. The students cannot use the word or the name of the object, but should try to be creative with their clues.

5. Once the student guesses the word on the card the next student draws a card and continues the same cycle.

Unsere Aktivität heute geht um Essen. Wir spielen eine Kartenspiel.

Main Activity

1. Divide students into groups of 5-7 and give each group a set of Picture Cards andWord Cards

2. Lay out the Picture Cards and the Word Cards upside down in separate groups. 

3. The first student turns over a card from the picture card pile and a card from the word pile.

4. If the cards match, the student must use the word in a sentence.

5. If the cards don't match, the student should turn them back over, keeping them in the same place

6. The next student goes, turning over a card from each pile, seeing if they match.

7. Once a sentence or verb conjugation has been used, it cannot be used again. Students should be creative with their sentences and branch out past the most frequently used phrases. 


Wrap-up questions (Pick the a few you’d like to ask): (TEXT YOU SAY TO THE STUDENTS IN THE TARGET LANGUAGE)

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End of lab:

• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. 
(Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.) 
• Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
• Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can recognize food vocabulary when spoken to me
  • I can create simple sentences using food vocabulary
  • I can use high frequency and low frequency phrases related to food

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