Passive Voice Memory


Students play memory by matching an object with the place it is used while reading passive sentences “this is used in ~” and “This is seen in ~ .”


  • New Crown Grade 2 - Lesson 8

Materials Needed

  • One set of cards per group



This is a variation of the children’s game memory or 神経衰弱 (shinkei suijaku) in Japanese. It uses the passive forms “used” and “seen.” The objective is to match a sentence with the corresponding picture. It is fairly easy, and is best used for introductory lessons stressing comprehension, and not language production.

1. Break the students into lunch groups and have them put their desks together.

2. Have the students lay the cards out on their desks face down

3. The student whose turn it is, first selects a sentence card (one of the long cards) and turns it over. The student then reads the sentence aloud, e.g. “This is used in a hospital.”

4. The student then selects a picture card (the smaller cards) and turns it over. If the picture is of an object that is used in the designated place (e.g. a stethoscope), then the student takes the two cards and gets one point. If the picture card does not match the sentence card, then the student returns the cards placing them face down, and it becomes the next students turn.

5. Students play until there are no cards remaining on the desk. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.


This can be simplified by removing “seen” and replacing it with “used.”


The objects featured in the picture cards are fairly hard words. Because of their difficulty, and the actual lack of a need to say the names of the objects, I simply did not teach the students the words for the objects. The aim of the activity is to get a basic understanding of the meaning of the passive voice, not to learn the names of these objects, but optimally objects that students already know the words for would be used instead.

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