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
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.

Blindfold Direction

A blindfolded student is guided by his peers to his chosen destination.

Janken and Gesture Sign Collecting

A quick activity. it is useful for practicing present and past progressive.

Card Collecting

A rock scissors papers card collecting game useful for practicing various simple sentences.

Cross it Out

A quick activity useful for practicing simple questions and answers. I usually use it for 'What's this?'

Silhouette Quiz

Three variations. One quiz with three hints and random points, a second quiz with just silhouettes and a third quiz with people

Drawing Challenge

A short activity for practicing simple be verb sentences

Paper Airplane Introductions

Students read a self-introduction from one of their classmates, then the class guesses which student it's from.

Magic Numbers

This card trick will leave your students breathless but it only works if they know how to spell numbers 1-10.

Catch

Students practice imperatives by catching or not catching a tennis ball.

Number Train

This listening activity is for helping students catch the difference between "teen" and "ty" at the end of numbers.

Fast Touch

Students race to be the fastest to touch the body part explained by the ALT.

Canada Quizzes

Three choice quizzes I use when first start at schools. Might be useful for other ALTs from Canada.

Shapely Animals

Students draw animals using the shapes they are taught. This is a very easy and basic activity which teaches students to recognize shapes in animals.