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
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.