Passive Voice Board Game


A board game for practicing the passive voice


  • New Crown Grade 2 - Lesson 8
  • Sunshine Grade 3 - Program 3

Materials Needed

  • a copy of the board for each group on A3 paper
  • Pawns/tokens (students may use erasers, etc)
  • dice (1 die per group)



0. Review the passive voice and explain the game (see #3).

1. Break the students into groups (I prefer lunch group).

2. Each group will receive a board and a die. Each student in the group chooses a pawn and places it at "start"

3. Students take turns rolling the dice, and moving the rolled number of spaces. When a student's pawn lands on a space, he or she must create a sentence in the passive voice, using the words supplied. (e.g. "cook/hamburger/America" becomes "Hamburger is cooked in America." "Speak/Spanish/Mexico" becomes "Spanish is spoken in Mexico.")

4. Special Spaces:

* Free - The student does not have to make a sentence

* Arrow (chute/ladder) - The student skips ahead or falls back to the indicated space.

* Go Ahead X / Go Back X - The student moves his or her pawn as indicated.

* Trade Places - The student gets to trade spaces with another student of his or her choice.

5. First student to reach "End" wins.


If students try to cheat, and not use English while playing the game, you may create a rule that says that if the student cannot/does not make a sentence, he or she must move back an arbitrary number of spaces.

This board game is based off of one found on Englipedia ( The text and images have been changed, but the layout is the same. The original is "Past Tense Dice Game" and can be found at . "Past Tense Dice Game" was submitted by Lynn Bunter, and originally inspired by or borrowed from Lanternfish.


(Post Script one year later: I think this was a bit too difficult for the kids. I have simplified it since then, and hopefully I'll have the updated version up soon.)

* Make sure to explain how the special spaces work before starting the game

* Students may try to play the game without using English. See "Variations and Options"

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