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.

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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.


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


Three 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.

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.


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