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Arabic, Eat, Heads-Up, Love, Run, Verbs, Vocabulary
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Heads Up, Arabic, Novice Mid

Heads Up, Arabic, Novice Mid


In this activity, students will play a game to learn some of the most common present tense verbs to use in their daily life. The verb is related to the units that they are taking during the semester.


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About the Activity

Heads Up Verbs|الأفعال على رأسك  

Description: In this activity, students will play a game to learn some of the most common present tense verbs to use in their daily life. The verb is related to the units that they are taking during the semester.

Proficiency Level: 

Novice high


Verbs like, Eat - wear - love - learn - and so much more!


World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversations or correspondence in Arabic to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.

  • Standard 1.2: Students understand and interpret spoken and written Arabic on a variety of topics.

  • Standard 2.1: Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures of the Arab world.

  • Standard 4.2: Students demonstrate understanding of the concept of culture through comparisons between the cultures of the Arab world and their own

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions

  • COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.

  • CLTR 1.1: Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.

  • CLTR 1.2: Explain the relationship between cultural practices/behaviors and the perspectives that represent the target culture’s view of the world.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements (Keep these in English):

  • I can describe/explain words to others. 

  • I can answer questions about verbs and pronouns. 

  • I can interact with a partner/team to identify words or solve a question. 

Materials Needed:

Heads Up Cards

Google Slideshow

Warm Up and Main Activity


  1. For the warm up, students will practice how they say verbs with simple different subject pronouns. For example:  I, she, he, they

  2. You will have a couple of slides that have the verb (مصدر الفعل) and three pictures. One describes the pronouns I, one describes the pronouns she, and last one describes the pronouns he. 

  3. Using the slides, students will say the verb in present tense. 

For example:


هي تأكلهو يأكل أنا أأكل


Main Activity (about 20 minutes) 

  1. Students will be divided into two teams. From each team one member will volunteer to guess the words. The volunteer will take a card without seeing what it says and put it on their forehead. 

  2. Each team will try to describe the verb for you by doing it without saying any word (silence acting) and the others will have to guess. 

  3. You have about 10 -15 second to guess. 

  4. After that, it’s the second team's turn. They will repeat the above steps. 

Students have about 15 verb cards to use.

  1. The lab assistant will count the time for students, write down each team points.

If they end up with equal points you can ask both of the team to use verbs in one full sentence and write it on the white board. The faster team does it; they are the winners. Yay! 


Wrap up and End of Lab


What is your favorite verb in Arabic?

How do you usually study for a test?

End of lab:

  • Read the Can-Do statements to check in ... "Where are we at?" 
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can identify words through description. 

  • I can communicate and work with others as a team.

  • I can read and identify verbs.