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
Can I use your Battleship?

Can I use your battleship? Let students practice many "Can I use your..." sentences and have fun playing the classic Battleship game.

Can I play Janken?

Students try to get bingo by asking for favors/permission using `Can you/Can I...` questions.

Can you job hunt?

A speaking based, find your partner activity practicing "Can you~?"

Hobbies and Stuff Template

This is a multiple choice quiz about the ALT's family or friends. It requires a lot of editing to use.

Psionic Powers Warm Up and Unscramble Sentences

A short and somewhat silly warm up for indirect questions and then a sentences to unscramble worksheet.

Battle Cards and Introduction Quiz

This is an amazing card game created by a Nagaoka ALT named Scott. It is based on the eigomon card game from Englipedia.

Let's Talk 8 How far and How to get there

Three activities I use with this lesson, a 'janken' card collecting game, a distance quiz and then making and memorizing dialogues.

Let's Talk 6 Will you take a message

A few worksheets I use for this New Crown Lesson

I got you!

Students try to bluff each other with simple statements.

Totally Awesome Quiz Game

This is a general use quiz game for various group quizes. It is a variation on the typhoon game.

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.

Honeycomb Bees

Students compete against each other to name the flashcards and try to link their bees together.

Review - A winner never quits

A quick and simple warm up/ review activity for New Crown, page 8 (A winner never quits)

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