Guess Who (young/old, strong, sad, rich, smart, boy, girl)


"Guess Who" - a two player guessing game using yes or no questions. Possible uses include pronoun practice and adj. practice.


  • New Crown Grade 1 - Lesson 5

Materials Needed

  • One copy of "Guess who board.doc" per student (the board
  • One copy of "handout.doc" or "handout layout 2.doc" per student for explanation
  • A deck of cards created by cutting up "Guess who board.doc" You must have at least as many cards as you have students



Vocabulary covered:

young, old, strong, sad, rich, smart, girl, boy.

Game play:

1. Students break into pairs. Each student receives a copy a board and one card with a character on it. The student must not show his card to his partner. The goal of the game is to identify the other student's character.

2. Students take turns asking each other yes or no questions about the character on his opponent's card. Students must answer all questions honestly. Based on the answer, a student may cross out or circle characters on his board to narrow in on his opponent's character.

3. Once a student thinks he knows his opponent's character, he can ask him if he has guessed right.

4. The first student to guess the other student's character wins.

Key to Board:

As indicated in the handout:

* a light bulb indicates that a character is smart.

* a bag of money indicates that a character is rich.

* a dumbbell indicates that a character is strong.

* a tear indicates that the character is sad

* age and gender should be apparent


* More inventive questions can be thought up for higher ability levels, e.g. "Does his name start with a vowel?" "Is he on the right half of the board?"

* The original images files are contained in this zip file. The master image used to produce all of them is "guess who base.xcf" which can be opened and edited with The GIMP, available for free at (for those working from the office a USB drive version might be helpful ). Additional things that can be added to the image already are: a beard, dirt, a smile, and a surprised mouth. You are also free to create your own items to add to the images.

* If you do create your own images, you may need to resize them. I would recommend using "ImageMagick" for this (free at ) To quickly do this, copy all the images to a new folder. Copy "mogrify" from ImageMagick to the new folder. Go to the command line and navigate to that folder. Type "mogrify -resize (DESIRED NEW WIDTH HERE) *.png" and press enter.

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