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
Go Fish

Students walk around playing Janken and asking for target vocabulary cards.

Sentence Making Relay

Students try to make passive sentences from sheets over paper located on the walls of the classroom.

Spontaneous Interviews

Students aim to complete the interview task using the grammar point.

Characters Calling

This activity is to help students get familiar with speaking on the phone and inviting their friends out.

Alphabet Shopping

This is a shopping game using uppercase letters, the aim of which is to have children familiarise themselves with the letters in a non-patterned way.

Slap My Hand

Students practice saying the months or days while trying to stay in the game.

Week Time Race

Each student in turn says one day of the week in order. The class races to beat their time.

Printable playing cards

If you don't want to spend money on a bunch of card decks, print these out instead!

Sum Of 21

Students practice counting from 1-20 with a deck of cards.

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."

Zombies

Students become zombies to practice "I like ___.", "I like ___ too" and/or "I don't like ___.

Oh No! 100!

A worksheet to go with a simple counting game

Are you fine SIGN GAME

simple sign game to practice feelings

Memory Book

A powerpoint activity for practicing 'how many' and plural forms.

Doraemon Is My Brother

Students take a character card and roll a dice and say a sentence based on the outcome, e.g. "This is Godzilla, he is my dad."

Hidden Numbers Challenge

Find the hidden numbers and practice speaking them.

I Want To Be

Students exchange in a simple English question/answer conversation in a bid to gain or lose points.

Cutting Classes

Students A and B each have half of a school map. They play Janken in a race to finish their map.

Body Builder

Students learn how to recognize body parts by speaking and drawing the parts.

Emotion Basket

This is an activity for brand new students. It should make them more confident with their speaking.