Warm-ups

Top 10 Elementary Warm-ups
  • Drawing Dash You show 'drawers' a secret flashcard. They draw it, and their team guesses. How many can they guess in one minute?
  • Hot Potato Students pass an object around while listening to music. When the music stops, the student holding the object says a target vocabulary.
  • 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.
  • Get it Students listen for their card to be called and rush to collect toys.
  • Liar Liar Students draw cards of target vocabulary and make a sentence. Other students guess if they are lying or not.
  • Karuta A game in which the teacher says a word or phrase and students race to slap the correct card.
  • Simple Karuta A game in which the teacher says a word or phrase and students race to slap the correct card.
  • Karuta: Alternative Different ways of playing karuta games
  • 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.
Top 10 Junior High Warm-ups
  • Are you From DokoDoko? Students ask each other "Are you...?" questions and collect signatures.
  • Pronunciation Tree L and R A pronunciation tree warm up activity that lets students practice difficult sounds.
  • Hot Potato Students pass an object around while listening to music. When the music stops, the student holding the object says a target vocabulary.
  • Pronunciation Tree - B and V A warm up activity that lets students practice the contrast between difficult sounds.
  • ABC Dominoes A simple ABC game where students match upper/lowercase domino letters.
  • He is a... / She is a... matching game. A quick and fun matching game designed to practice "He is a..." "She is a..."
  • May I give you a bomb? Students practice request sentences by trying to pass off a ticking time bomb.
  • Liar Liar Students draw cards of target vocabulary and make a sentence. Other students guess if they are lying or not.
  • What time do you get up? A matching game where students walk around the classroom and find the person with the matching card.
  • Karuta A game in which the teacher says a word or phrase and students race to slap the correct card.
Newest Warm-ups
Are you From DokoDoko?

Students ask each other "Are you...?" questions and collect signatures.

Pronunciation Tree L and R

A pronunciation tree warm up activity that lets students practice difficult sounds.

ABC Dominoes

A simple ABC game where students match upper/lowercase domino letters.

Drawing Dash

You show 'drawers' a secret flashcard. They draw it, and their team guesses. How many can they guess in one minute?

Pronunciation Tree - B and V

A warm up activity that lets students practice the contrast between difficult sounds.

Hot Potato

Students pass an object around while listening to music. When the music stops, the student holding the object says a target vocabulary.

He is a... / She is a... matching game.

A quick and fun matching game designed to practice "He is a..." "She is a..."

What time do you get up?

A matching game where students walk around the classroom and find the person with the matching card.

Liar Liar

Students draw cards of target vocabulary and make a sentence. Other students guess if they are lying or not.

Simple Karuta

A game in which the teacher says a word or phrase and students race to slap the correct card.

Karuta: Can Convo

Different ways of playing karuta games

Karuta: Alternative

Different ways of playing karuta games

Karuta

A game in which the teacher says a word or phrase and students race to slap the correct card.

Follow the instructions

This is a warmup exercise to get the students moving and thinking about English.

I got you!

Students try to bluff each other with simple statements.

May I give you a bomb?

Students practice request sentences by trying to pass off a ticking time bomb.

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".

Flashcard Baseball

Review flashcards while playing baseball with your students.

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.

Get it

Students listen for their card to be called and rush to collect toys.