How to Play the ESL STEAL, SWAP, BUST, NUMBER Game

  • Steal, Swap, Bust & Number Game

Cut out the words and numbers on the grids below to make cards. Put the cards in a box or bag and shake the box so  that the cards are shuffled. Start the game by splitting the class into 2 teams( depends on class size- teams could be increased to 4 or more). Award every team 100 points to start the game. A team captain meets the other team captain and do STONE, PAPER, SCISSORS. The winner starts the game. The teacher asks the student a question (questions could come from the topic of the lesson or it could just be general review) . If  the  students  answers  the teacher’s question, that student then draws a card from the box for his/her team. If a student cannot answer a question, s/he can get help from team members.  Students cannot look into the box when drawing a card.  If the card is …

NUMBER CARDS : The number cards represent points that the students can get. If a student dips his/her hand into the box and picks out a number card , they get the number of points shown on the number on the card picked.
STEAL CARDS : If a student picks a card with this word, their team will steal all the points of  another team and add it to theirs .
SWAP CARDS: if a student picks a card with this word, their team will swap points with the another  team. For example, if Team A had 150 points and Team B 100 , that means Team A swaps 150 and gets 100 points.
BUST CARDS:  If a students picks the card with this word, it erases all the points of their team so they end up with  zero points.
               Student puts the card back into the box after each draw and teacher shakes the box to shuffle again.

Click here to print the cards needed for this game.(in PDF format)

POSSIBLE ISSUES : This is a great fun game, but it seems to reward stealing. Morally, this doesn't sound acceptable. For moral reasons, please clarify this and make your students or school know, this is just a fun game.

Game  idea from Peter Dunne, TEFL Teacher , China


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