Pokemon Shuffle

No separate online/Zoom version - use game as is for online classes

No additional font downloads needed

Game Features

  • Fun imagery, sounds, and animations as well as graphics similar to the actual Pokémon games

  • Scenes for each of the 18 types of Pokémon

  • Play as a reading/writing or a speaking game

How to Play

  • Students play this game individually.

  • In each round, a Pokémon goes in a Poké Ball.

  • The students watch that Poké Ball carefully as the Poké Balls will then shuffle.

  • Once the Poké Balls have stopped shuffling, students guess where the Pokémon now is by a writing the word or sentence under the Poké Ball of their choosing.

  • When all students have finished writing or the music has stopped, the teacher reveals where the Pokémon is.

  • If a student was correct, they get a point.

  • The student with the most points at the end of the game wins!

  • Additional notes of how to play and edit the game can be found in the "notes" sections of the PowerPoint.


  • The instructions above are for the reading and writing version of this game. I have also played this game to practice speaking. First, I deleted the music on each slide that I used as a writing timer. Then, instead of text in the three boxes under the Poké Balls, I used images. During the game after the Poké Balls shuffled, I had students stand up and say the word/sentence (using the picture) under the Poké Ball they thought the Pokémon was in. For example, I had all students who thought the Pokémon was in the first Poké Ball stand up and say the word/sentence together. Then, I did the same for the second and third Poké Balls. This allows all students a chance to stand up and speak.

  • This game can be played in pairs or groups as well. I usually give each pair/group a mini whiteboard to write their answers on. They can keep track of their own points on their whiteboard too.


(based on experiences from me and other teachers)

  • Time: 30min; Students: 1; Skill Focus: Review; Finished: Yes

  • Time: 15min; Students: 25; Skill Focus: Writing; Finished: No

  • Time: 20min; Students: 26; Skill Focus: Speaking; Finished: No

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