Elementary School

In Japan, Elementary School consists of 6 grades with students' ages ranging from about 6 to 12. The frequency and level of English classes might differ a lot from area to area. English will become a full subject for grades 5 and 6 in 2020. Elementary classes usually center on speaking.

Top 10 Activities
  • Super Mario Christmas Blast A fun Christmas Mario-themed quiz game, where teams battle each other in a test of knowledge! Built off the original Super Mario Typhoon by Alexander Grant. 8
  • Code Breakers ALT reads a series of numbers and students must convert them to letters to figure out the secret word. 7
  • Hi, Friends 2! Review Board Game A bright and colorful boardgame that reviews the entirety of the Hi, Friends 2 textbook. 5
  • Cute Hand-drawn Phonics Chart (A-Z) A bright and cute hand-drawn phonics sheet covering the letters of the alphabet. 4
  • Christmas Blast Power Point Game This is a template that I made that can be filled in to make a review game for almost anything. Since the questions are able to be customized, this power point can work at any level. 4
  • Almost Pokemon Battle Game This is a write and race activity the students play in groups. 3
  • Foods from Around the World A sleek and simple cultural presentation showing off traditional and famous foods from countries around the world. 2
  • Fiddle Sticks Students draw a stick from a cup and say the English word. The student with the most sticks at the end of the game/ end of the time limit is the winner. 2
  • English Conversation Board Game A bright and colorful board game focused on getting students to converse in English. 2
  • Animals from Around the World A sleek and simple cultural presentation showing off various animals that are unique to (or native to) specific countries around the world. 2
Top warm-ups
  • Cute Hand-drawn Phonics Chart (A-Z) A bright and cute hand-drawn phonics sheet covering the letters of the alphabet. 4
  • English Conversation Board Game A bright and colorful board game focused on getting students to converse in English. 2
  • ABC and abc Window Game The students pick which windows to open and try to guess the hidden letter 1
  • Teacher Can You~? Basic Interview the ALT and JTE to get Yes or No answers to Can you~~ questions. 1
  • Who am I? Quiz A three-hint-quiz type of game where students have to guess the character being described. Perfect activity for We Can! 2 Unit 3 "He is Famous. She is great." 1
  • Portrait (Funny Drawing Activity) This activity can be used as a practice for "How many ~?" lesson. Students have a good laugh at their final outputs. Activity can be done by pair or small groups. 1
  • Drawing Dash You show 'drawers' a secret flashcard. They draw it, and their team guesses. How many can they guess in one minute? 1
  • Phonics Worksheets and Presentations This is a collection of phonics worksheets and a few presentations I've used over the last two years. 1
  • Small Talk A dialogue modeled by the ALT and HRT or JTE and then mimicked by the students 1
  • Tsum Tsum Character Writing Game The main game has the students write about various characters, people or animals 1
All activities
The Speed Game

Students count as fast as possible in this relay race.

Ingurishu

In this match up activity, students try to match katakanized English with their real English spellings/words.

What is this? What is that? Guess the Sound

Play random sounds and have students in groups guess what they are.

Halloween Quizes

These are the 3 choice Halloween quizes I use in junior high and elementary

Forest Creatures

A poster to practice 'How many animals do you see?'

What Time Is It, Mr Wolf?

This game is exactly like the 'Red light, green light' game. Students practice asking the time and listening to the ALT count while trying to make it across the room.

Next Number?

After saying their own number, students decide on, and call out the next number.

Five-by-Five

Teams receive points based upon their ability to answer questions on a 5-by-5 grid.

Power Point for Presentations

A template for kids to use power point in their presentations.

Jump

The ALT says a number and the students must jump that many times.

Dr Doctor

Students play a doctor/patient game, naming the body part where they are hurt, and bandaging it with toilet paper. Works well with teaching about body parts and feelings.

What's In My Pockets?

This game isn't rocket science. Students try to guess the objects in your pockets.

Cut Out Caterpillar

This is a task based activity which practices the days of the week. It involves the students making a picture of a caterpillar by colouring, cutting and gluing the pieces.

J-Style Fast Food

Students practice eating at a Japanese-style fast food restaurant.

What Janken

Students rotate partners, play janken, interview each other and embrace their artistic skills.

Number Slaps

Students practice saying numbers 1 to 13 in a card game.

English Conversation Board Game

A bright and colorful board game focused on getting students to converse in English.

Number Bingo (Hi, friends 1)

Students review numbers 1-20 by writing them on the Bingo worksheet and listening to the teacher call them out.

Jerseys

Students design their own soccer shirt using different colors. Then, they ask their friends what colors.

What Do You Want Trump

Students try to make pairs with a standard deck of cards by answering the question "What do you want?"