Warm-ups

Top 10 Elementary Warm-ups
  • Cute Hand-drawn Phonics Chart (A-Z) A bright and cute hand-drawn phonics sheet covering the letters of the alphabet.
  • Who am I? Quiz A three-hint-quiz type of game where students have to guess the character being described. Perfect activity for We Can! 2 Unit 3 "He is Famous. She is great."
  • Drawing Dash You show 'drawers' a secret flashcard. They draw it, and their team guesses. How many can they guess in one minute?
  • Phonics Worksheets and Presentations This is a collection of phonics worksheets and a few presentations I've used over the last two years.
  • Small Talk A dialogue modeled by the ALT and HRT or JTE and then mimicked by the students
  • ABC and abc Window Game The students pick which windows to open and try to guess the hidden letter
  • 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
  • Hot Potato Students pass an object around while listening to music. When the music stops, the student holding the object says a target vocabulary.
  • 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.
Top 10 Junior High Warm-ups
Newest Warm-ups
Chain Game

Simple Mingler Style Games

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.

Liar Liar

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

Which is taller? Comparatives quiz

A quiz using comparatives. Warm up activity.

Honeycomb Bees

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

Gestures and Janken Sign Game

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

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.

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~?"

As Good as it Gets Point Get Game

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

What time do you get up?

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

Get it

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

Once Around Board Game

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

Follow the instructions

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

Totally Awesome Quiz Game

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

Review - A winner never quits

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

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.

Let's Talk 6 Will you take a message

A few worksheets I use for this New Crown Lesson

Karuta

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