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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Tsum Tsum Character Writing Game The main game has the students write about various characters, people or animals
Top 10 Junior High Warm-ups
Newest Warm-ups
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.

Matching Animals Memory Game

Students make sentences using the pictures on the cards to try and match the hidden animals.

Time Zones

Guess what time it is in various places around the world.

Let's Talk 6 Will you take a message

A few worksheets I use for this New Crown Lesson


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

Fun Fruits

A group based point getting game. It works well as a write and race type activitiy.

Train Travel Directions Activities

Quizzes, maps and worksheets to be used for giving train directions.

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.

Karuta: Alternative

Different ways of playing karuta games

Phonics Fun

Students listen to the ALT pronounce words from the worksheet and choose the corresponding words in an 'amida' or 'ghost leg' activity.

Bye Bye Spelling

Students memorize words written on the chalkboard and write them as you randomly erase them.

Town Directions

A map of a town with a 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.

Drawing Challenge

A short activity for practicing simple be verb sentences

Silhouette Quiz

Three variations. One quiz with three hints and random points, a second quiz with just silhouettes and a third quiz with people

Cross it Out

A quick activity useful for practicing simple questions and answers. I usually use it for 'What's this?'

ALT and JTE Interview

Students think of 'Do you like' questions to ask the teachers and fill in the worksheet.

Card Collecting

A rock scissors papers card collecting game useful for practicing various simple sentences.

Canada Quizzes

Three choice quizzes I use when first start at schools. Might be useful for other ALTs from Canada.

Psionic Powers Warm Up and Unscramble Sentences

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