Junior High School

In Japan, Junior High School consists of 3 grades. Students are usually between 12 and 15 years old. English is a full, required subject and consists of speaking, listening, reading, and writing practice. Much of the curriculum is designed around the grammar points and vocabulary used for school entrance exams.

All activities
Katakana Karuta

Students learn to hear the difference between katakana pronunciation and REAL English by playing this fast paced card game.

Daimeishi Relay

Groups race to place their pronoun cards in the correct place on their invisible grid located on the chalkboard.

Dont Guess The Number

A number guessing game where students try NOT to get the correct number. Reviews 0-100. (or any other range)

Shopping For Mom

Students go shopping using Mom's list while role playing and practicing the target grammar.

Crazy Months

This is a cool Crazy 8's game that practices the months of the year.

Dice Of Fortune

Students guess letters of the sentence on the board, similar to Wheel of Fortune.

Give us a Card, Please

Students exchange cards with their classmates, practicing 2 sentence patterns: "Give me a card," and "Give us a card."

Sazae-san's Family

This is a simple game in which the students become a member of the Sazae-san family.

Pyramid Game

Students have to think of English words, phrases and sentences in order to help other students understand the mystery word.


In this strategy game, students draw lines to try and complete a square.

Tools Of The Trade

This simple activity is to introduce the simple Passive Voice phrase "...is used by...", and to expose the class to various tools people use in their occupations.

Do You Have To Study?

Students try to get as many cards as possible by asking others what they have to do.

That's My Bag

The ALT and JTE "steal" items from the students' desks and the students must claim them using demonstrative pronouns.

Comparative Shopping

Students are divided into shopkeepers and customers and role play. Customers use comparative adjectives to request a different item.


If it looks like ROBOTS ATTACK THE WORLD. That's because it pretty much is.

FILL IN THE BLANKS QUIZ (infinitive and gerunds)

A group quiz game to practice infinitive statements and gerunds


A simple activity useful for communicating and reviewing target language.

ZOMBIE ATTACK powerpoint Game

This is a colorful powerpoint game along with a sign game and some follow up writing I often use with it.

My JHS highlights

Students reflect back on their years in junior high school and share their memories with their classmates.

Where should Naomi Osaka choose?

Students discuss whether Naomi Osaka should choose to become a Japanese or American citizen.