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.

Newest activities

Country Race

Students race to find the spellings of each country and report it to their partner.

Alphabet Telephone

A variation on Telephone to practice writing the alphabet.

Haetataki

'Haetataki' means 'fly-swatter' in Japanese. This is a competitive game that forces students to listen carefully while practicing both telling time and numbers in general.

Code Breaker

Students listen to the ALT and use a code to convert numbers to letters. Then they have to compete to guess what word the letters spell.

We Will Rock You

A rhythm game to practice days of the week.

HAWD - How Are What Do

'HAWD' stands for "How Are What Do". Students take turns asking each other a variety of questions to get four-in-a-row on the blackboard grid, and score points for their team.

Connect A-B-C

Review the order of the alphabet with a simple but challenging activity.

Stereo Noise

The class listens to a group of students announce in unison what they want to be. The class must listen carefully to and try to decode each student's occupation.

Matsuko Deluxe Birthday

Students compete in rows to score points for being the first team to relay celebrity birthdays back to the ALT.

Popularity Contest

Students choose between various popular characters to slowly whittle down which is the most popular.

World Tour Game

Students practice the phrases "Where do you want to go?" and "I want to go to ~" in an exciting dice rolling game.

Balancing Act

Students try to balance the object on their body part while practicing the corresponding vocabulary.

Ping Pong Pang

Students play an adapted version of the popular drinking game (a point that should NOT be made in class).

Your Monkey?

In this game, students secretly draw pictures on cards and try to guess the artist of each card. Students learn to understand, ask, and respond to simple questions of ownership/possession.

Animal Coloring

Children color animals according to the ALT's instructions.

First Letter Phonics

Students play Karuta to help them understand the way letters work.

Eat See Visit

Students learn a little about other countries, their food and famous places through playing a modified version of shinkeisuijaku (pairs).

"How Many Apples?" Janken

Students will try to "collect" apples by playing janken and asking "How many apples?"

Pick a Side

Students move to the left or right side of the classroom depending on what they can or cannot do.

I Study English

Students will use trading cards to give their classmates three hint quizzes using "I study ~." Students who guess correctly get the card from their classmate.

Textbooks

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
  • ABC Snakes And Ladders Alphabet Snakes and Ladders helps students recognize the letters of the Alphabet, review colors, and learn the vocabulary that goes with each letter. 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
  • 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
  • Foods from Around the World A sleek and simple cultural presentation showing off traditional and famous foods from countries around the world. 2