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

Liar Liar

Students draw cards of target vocabulary and make a sentence. Other students guess if they are lying or not.

Job Fair Janken

Students carry around cards with various jobs on them and try to create a full set using Janken and, of course, English.

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!

Hot Potato

Students pass an object around while listening to music. When the music stops, the student holding the object says a target vocabulary.

Inside Outside Circles

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

Land of the Blind

Students work in pairs; one blindfolded while the other one issues directions. They must move around the room to avoid being caught by the Oni team.

Code Breakers

ALT reads a series of numbers and students must convert them to letters to figure out the secret word.

Honeycomb Bees

Students compete against each other to name the flashcards and try to link their bees together.

Get it

Students listen for their card to be called and rush to collect toys.

Hi, Friends 2! Review Board Game

A bright and colorful boardgame that reviews the entirety of the Hi, Friends 2 textbook.

Get it!

Students listen for their card to be called and rush to collect toys.

Four Corners

Inside various squares around the classroom are the 'target vocabulary' words. Students choose a square to stand in and listen to see if it's the English word the teacher calls out.

Flashcard Police

An engaging strategy for practicing tedious memorization. As an alternative to the “read-and-repeat”, it works best with younger students but can be altered for older students.

Flashcard Baseball

Review flashcards while playing baseball with your students.

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.

Drawing Dash

You show 'drawers' a secret flashcard. They draw it, and their team guesses. How many can they guess in one minute?

Bridge

Students try to race across the Vocab Bridge to the opponent’s side. This game is also known as "Snake Line" or "Janken Line".

I got you!

Students try to bluff each other with simple statements.

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
  • 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
  • Cute Hand-drawn Phonics Chart (A-Z) A bright and cute hand-drawn phonics sheet covering the letters of the alphabet. 4
  • Almost Pokemon Battle Game This is a write and race activity the students play in groups. 4
  • 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
  • Foods from Around the World A sleek and simple cultural presentation showing off traditional and famous foods from countries around the world. 2
  • Christmas Quiz and Krampus Attacks Three activities rolled up together. 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