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. 6
  • Code Breakers ALT reads a series of numbers and students must convert them to letters to figure out the secret word. 5
  • 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
  • Hi, Friends 2! Review Board Game A bright and colorful boardgame that reviews the entirety of the Hi, Friends 2 textbook. 4
  • Cute Hand-drawn Phonics Chart (A-Z) A bright and cute hand-drawn phonics sheet covering the letters of the alphabet. 3
  • Almost Pokemon Battle Game This is a write and race activity the students play in groups. 3
  • 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
  • Karuta Collection A collection of 12 word files with different Karuta cards. 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
  • Teacher Can You~? Basic Interview the ALT and JTE to get Yes or No answers to Can you~~ questions. 1
Top warm-ups
  • Cute Hand-drawn Phonics Chart (A-Z) A bright and cute hand-drawn phonics sheet covering the letters of the alphabet. 3
  • 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
  • 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
  • Tsum Tsum Character Writing Game The main game has the students write about various characters, people or animals 1
  • Hot Potato Students pass an object around while listening to music. When the music stops, the student holding the object says a target vocabulary. 1
  • Canada Quizzes Three choice quizzes I use when first start at schools. Might be useful for other ALTs from Canada. 0
  • STORY TIME Two powerpoint stories for very young classes 0
All activities
You Have

Get students predicting and practicing "you have" in this rhythmical one-on-one game.

What Day Is It?

This is a simple fun game for practicing days of the week.

Family Tree

This is a fill-in-the-missing-blanks race game.

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.

Colour Scavenger Hunt

Help students practice their colours and the names of places around the school with this fun game.

Baba Vader

This is your basic Baba Nuki or Old Maid game with a Darth Vader twist.

Inside Outside Circles

Students practice answering and asking questions while moving around in circles to music.

This/That Memory

Students use a memory card game to practice Demonstrative Pronouns (this/that).

T & T

"T & T" stands for Tsunami and Typhoon, and it is a great review activity for any level students. The rules are easy and the game is as fun as the teachers and students make it.

Mr. Bump

Blindfolded students are guided through an obstacle course while listening to their partner's directions to avoid 'dangerous' desks.

Dicey Months

Two teams line up side by side and call out the month corresponding to the numbers on the dice.

Foods from Around the World

A sleek and simple cultural presentation showing off traditional and famous foods from countries around the world.

Tsum Tsum My Summer Vacation

Materials for Elementary School 'You Can' My Summer Vacation Lesson

Birthday Bingo

A mingler activity

Twister

Students try to twist their bodies/limbs into various pretzel shapes to correspond to the ALTs instructions.

Vocabulary Wars

This is a vocabulary battle that can be used with any small set of vocabulary. It is great for younger classes, but can work with any grade.

Where Is It?

Students try to guess the location of an object.

Smooch And Pooch

Students learn basic greetings and self-introductions while passing around Smooch & Pooch and introduce themselves to 10 of their classmates.

Huggies

Students form numbered groups based upon the number they are given.

Hullabaloo

Students touch target vocabulary cards that match categories the ALT calls out. The group standing on the exact card the ALT calls out is the winner of that round!