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.
  • English Conversation Board Game A bright and colorful board game focused on getting students to converse in English.
  • Drawing Dash You show 'drawers' a secret flashcard. They draw it, and their team guesses. How many can they guess in one minute?
  • Small Talk A dialogue modeled by the ALT and HRT or JTE and then mimicked by the students
  • Country Matching Card Game and Quiz This is a powerpoint quiz meant as a lead in for a concentration style card game.
  • ABC and abc Window Game The students pick which windows to open and try to guess the hidden letter
  • Doink In this fast-paced gesture game, students throw a Doink ball around the room acting out various adjectives.
  • Hot Potato Students pass an object around while listening to music. When the music stops, the student holding the object says a target vocabulary.
  • 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."
  • 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
Forest Creatures

A poster to practice 'How many animals do you see?'

What is this? What is that? Guess the Sound

Play random sounds and have students in groups guess what they are.

Dondake Money

Students blindly bet money they can spell words correctly.

Spot the Number

This is a number version of the game "Spot it" (also known as "Dobble")

I got you!

Students try to bluff each other with simple statements.

Snakes and Ladders NEW CROWN 1 Review

This is a review game for lesson 5 New Crown 1

Listening Bingo

A fun and challenging listening-based bingo game.

Winter Break Bingo

Students ask each other if they did different activities over Winter Break. If the answer is "yes," they sign their names under the activity. The first student to have a Bingo wins.

English Phrases

Students study basic useful English phrases. It works best for first year students, but it is recommended for second and third year students as well if they don't already know the phrases.

Body Discovery

A row race where students attempt to fill in as many body parts on a stick figure, within five minutes, as possible.

Yamanote Line

Students pound on their desks and while practicing various English target vocabulary.

Famous People Introductions

A shiritori type game where students race to write sentences about famous people.

Eraser Get

This is a quick and easy vocab review 'game' for 1st grade past tense verbs. Ideal for a quick review before doing a writing exercise.

Cross Out Spelling Relay

Students take turns in teams to spell out a word the instructor calls out by crossing out a letter on their team

Band Guess

Students try to guess the name of the band from pictograms.

Birthday Present Memory Game

"What do you want for your birthday?" Memory 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.