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
  • 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
Clothes Pin Dodgeball

Students who hit the other team with the ball try to guess the day of the week on their back.

Blind Man's Bluff

Students wear "crowns" with picture/word flash cards on them and walk around trying to figure out what they are wearing.

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.

Brush ABC

Fast paced recognition game to learn the alphabet.

Birthday Lineup

Students line up along a wall. Using English they order themselves from the student with the earliest birthday to the student with the latest birthday.

Do Freeze

Students walk around and suddenly 'freeze' when the music stops.

2 ABC card dash activities

Two ways to practice the alphabet with small cards.

Small Talk

A dialogue modeled by the ALT and HRT or JTE and then mimicked by the students

World Race

Students practice speaking English and countries' name while they move around the world.

Ready For Speech

Make public speaking and introductions fun.

Memory Round

Students listen to the subjects their classmates like to study and memorise.

Castles

Students compete in rows to destroy magnetic castles and capture flags in a quiz style game.

Time Hunters

Students travel around game board collecting times on their cards for various daily routine verbs.

Guess The Number

Students have to try to guess a number from within a set range. The less guesses, the more the points.

Totally Awesome Subjects and Days Game

This uses a 5 x 5 game to practice days and subjects

Animal Jeopardy

Students practice saying various animals by choosing can't-be-seen cards from a Jeopardy-formatted chalkboard.

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.

My Sign Book

Students introduce themselves and collect signs from other members of the class

STORY TIME

Two powerpoint stories for very young classes

Shape Uno

Students play the famous UNO card game while practicing saying the names of ten shapes in English.