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.
  • Teacher Can You~? Basic Interview the ALT and JTE to get Yes or No answers to Can you~~ questions.
  • Tsum Tsum Character Writing Game The main game has the students write about various characters, people or animals
  • 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
Top 10 Junior High Warm-ups
Newest Warm-ups
Are you From DokoDoko?

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

Drawing Dash

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

Zoltar the Fortune Teller

This is a simple and mildly amusing way to introduce 'which' questions for a first grade class. It can be edited for a second grade classes studying 'Which do you like better'

Comparative and Superlative Review Quiz

This is a three choice quiz meant to review comparative and superlative grammar points.

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.

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

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

Teacher Can You~?

Basic Interview the ALT and JTE to get Yes or No answers to Can you~~ questions.

Pronunciation Tree - B and V

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

Tsum Tsum Character Writing Game

The main game has the students write about various characters, people or animals

Hot Potato

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

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.

May I give you a bomb?

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

Once Around Board Game

Practice third year grammar point 'we want you to do something' with an exciting board game.

As Good as it Gets Point Get Game

This is a short activity for practicing the 'As ~ As' grammar point.

Animals Doing Stuff

This is a write and race group activity. The students will see images of animals doing things then race to write sentences about those actions.

Gestures and Janken Sign Game

A short sign game that works as a warm up when practicing present progressive questions.

Which is taller? Comparatives quiz

A quiz using comparatives. Warm up activity.