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Hallowe'en "What's the Difference?"
By Natsuko Kawaguchi and Megumi Kawamura
Students of Canadian International College (

Can you spot the difference in the two pictures below? Click on the picture to see a larger version!


Children describe and ask questions about a Halloween scene to find the differences between two pictures

Class Time
20 minutes

Preparation Time
30 minutes

Two pictures, A & B

Possible Language
Questioning (Have you got a spider? How many bats do you have?)

Describing (A big round orange jack o' lantern; a spooky white skeleton; an ugly old witch on a broomstick)

Expressing Position (above the ghost's head; at the bottom; inthe center; on the branch)

Differences (4 in total)

Picture A: no spider; 6 bats; 3 ghosts; the cat is on the jack o' lantern

Picture B: spider above the ghost's head on the left; the cat on the tree branch; only 4 bats; 5 ghosts
In this barrier game, the task is for children to find the differences between two pictures which are identical except for a number of minor differences.


1. You need two pictures which are identical except for a number of minor differences. Draw a simple picture, photocopy it, and make the minor changes by using white-out on the copy and then redrawing. Finally, photocopy both versions. This lesson is based on the attached Halloween theme.

2. The teacher should go over the sample vocabulary and adjectives before beginning the activity. The teacher could also review plural forms and order of adjectives (see below) and/or the possible language structures given in the left margin.

Vocabulary & Order of Adjectives

Four scary white ghosts
A big eyed black owl
A big round orange jack o' lantern
A small winged black bat
A creepy small spider
An ugly old witch
A spooky white skeleton
A round transparent spider web
A skinny black cat

3. Put students in pairs. Give picture A to one student and picture B to the other. Tell them not to show their pictures to their partner. Students can stand a textbook or binder on their desk to act as a barrier. Another option is to have students sit back to back. Have students take turns describing what they have on their own pictures, beginning with student A. Tell the students how many differences there are before they begin. Encourage students to listen carefully and ask questions.

4. Finally, have students compare their pictures and talk about the differences.

5. For information on adjectives click here:
(Please note that this website is outside of Genki English)


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