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
  • 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
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
  • Drawing Dash You show 'drawers' a secret flashcard. They draw it, and their team guesses. How many can they guess in one minute? 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • STORY TIME Two powerpoint stories for very young classes 0
  • Quick Draw Students race to be the first person to 'shoot' their opponent's card in order to steal it. 0
All activities
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?"

Juicy Sabotage

Get the kids to create their own juice combinations in a race to serve it first.

What Do You Like - Guess Who

Students practice asking and answering "What ___ do you like?" while testing how well they know their classmates in this "guess who" acitivity.

Horizontally Challenged

Students race their teams’ animals horizontally across the chalkboard by answering questions asked by you. However, the added excitement comes from the mysterious bonus and pitfall cards.

Neighborhood Race

Blindfolded kids are guided by their teammates through a map to find a place. This game uses the directions: right, left, up, down, back and stop.

Doctor Dodgeball

Students play Japanese dodgeball in a civil manner by destroying each other with polite words.

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".

Simon Says

A game in which students perform actions according to the teacher's commands, but only if the command is followed by the phrase, "Simon says."

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.