ESL Abstract Nouns and Suffixes Game - Matching, Listening, Speaking and Writing Activity - Intermediate - 30 minutes
In this engaging suffixes game, students match suffixes to words to make abstract nouns and then use the nouns to make sentences. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out five each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The top domino from the pile is then placed face up on the table. The first player puts down one of their dominoes, making sure that the suffix or word on their domino matches with the word or suffix on either side of the domino on the table to make an abstract noun. If the player forms an abstract noun successfully, they score a point. For an extra point, the player then uses the noun in a sentence. The other players then take it in turns to match their dominoes in the same way by putting them down at either end of the domino chain and making a suitable sentence when an abstract noun is formed. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take one from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. If there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. When a player has gotten rid of all their dominoes, the game ends. The students then add up their scores. The player with the most points wins the game. Afterwards, the students can shuffle the dominoes and play again. When the students have finished, they categorize the abstract nouns into their different types, e.g. feelings, states, concepts, etc. The answers are then checked and other abstract nouns are elicited for each category.