Teaching Activity: City Matching Game

I created the following easy matching game for my students.



  • Paper
  • Markers
  • Color printer
  • Paper cutter
  • Paper clips

Using an old textbook, I cut out two illustrations, one of Los Angeles and the other of San Francisco. Then, using markers, I made three matching cards for each city. I chose descriptive words and wrote them in a fun, illustrative way to help students memorize them.

I used a color printer to make copies of everything, and then cut into cards with a paper cutter. Then, I divided all the cards into individual packets, each containing the two city pictures and six matching words.

Students each received a packet and had to sort the words into the appropriate city. We talked about the new vocabulary words. When doing this activity with older students, I asked them to write sentences to describe each city, using the new words.

What I liked about this was that it was a simple, short activity that didn’t require much in terms of resources. I liked that it is adaptable depending on ability/grade level. I also like that it paired a little kinesthetic learning (sorting) with visual learning.

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