Do - Go Fish


A "Go Fish" card deck for practicing "Do you like/play/have ~ ?" "Yes, I do / No, I don't"


  • New Crown Grade 1 - Lesson 3.2

Materials Needed

  • Deck of cards - one per group of students - print and cut in advance



This is a deck of cards for playing "Go Fish" to practice the auxiliary verb "do," using the dialog:

"Do you play/have/like ~ ?"

"Yes, I do" / "No, I don't"


Print up 4 copies of "go fish - do.doc" per deck of cards. Each deck will have 4 copies of each card (two pairs). Cut and make the decks. If you are making 8 decks of cards, you may wish to use "go fish - do - 8 decks.doc" to save time.

How to play:

The goal of the game is to make pairs. The student with the most pairs wins. If you know how to play "Go Fish" you may skip this explanation.

Each student receives 4 cards. Turn order is decided by playing rock paper scissors. The student whose turn it is, asks another student for a card he needs to make a pair by using the pattern sentence "Do you like/have/play ~ ?"

If the other student has the card, he answers "Yes, I do" and gives the card to the first student. If he does not have that card, he answers "No, I don't", and the first student draws a card from the deck.

If the student whose turn it is makes a pair, he places those two cards face up on his desk, and the are counted as one point. Those cards are now removed from the game, and cannot be taken from him by other players.

Once the dialog is completed, it becomes the next student's turn.

Each student should have 4 cards at all times, so if a student loses a card and has less that 4 cards, he may draw a new one from the deck.

Students play until the deck is empty, and all students have emptied their hands.


You could easily use these cards to play the "Jyan Ken Card Game" ( instead. It probably takes less preparation, and is easier to understand.


Groups of 4 students are best. Groups of 6 can be hard to motivate since a student must wait a long time for his turn to come up

Make sure that students understand that they choose which student to ask for a card from, rather than just stealing a card from the student sitting next to them.

Make sure students understand that the goal of the game is to make pairs, and not to get rid of all of their cards.

The "8 decks" file was created to speed up making 8 decks of cards. Often when making a deck of cards, all the cards are printed on a single sheet of paper. To make multiple decks, copies are made and are then cut into cards all at the same time. This leaves you with several piles of cards that only contain one kind of card. To create actual decks, you then have to sort those piles into decks. This takes a lot of time, and is a pain.

The "8 decks" file contains 8 copies of a single type of card on each page. This way, after printing up all the sheets (and making 3 copies in order to have 4 decks), you can cut them all together at the same time, and end up with 8 pre-sorted decks, rather than the piles of single cards mentioned above.

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