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.
  • Mario Phonics Review B and V Powerpoint Game Warmups for reviewing contrasting phonic sounds B and V in a Mario Theme.
  • English Conversation Board Game A bright and colorful board game focused on getting students to converse in English.
  • Small Talk A dialogue modeled by the ALT and HRT or JTE and then mimicked by the students
  • 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."
  • ABC and abc Window Game The students pick which windows to open and try to guess the hidden letter
  • Country Matching Card Game and Quiz This is a powerpoint quiz meant as a lead in for a concentration style card game.
  • 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.
  • Shaped Animals Animals made out of geometric shapes for practicing shapes and counting.
  • Doink In this fast-paced gesture game, students throw a Doink ball around the room acting out various adjectives.
Top 10 Junior High Warm-ups
Newest Warm-ups
Yamanote Line

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

Name card

Practice writing name and saying "Hello. My name is ~ . What’s your name?”

Cha Cha Slide

Fun class to practice various action words

The Guests

Students listen to a scary story and reach for an eraser when they hear the target word.


Students try to race across the Vocab Bridge to the opponent’s side. This game is also known as "Snake Line" or "Janken Line".

Bye Bye Spelling

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

Flashcard Baseball

Review flashcards while playing baseball with your students.

Honeycomb Bees

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


Alternative Hangman activity

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.

Karuta: Alternative

Different ways of playing karuta games

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.

Shredded Fables

Students work in groups to try to piece together short classic fables.

Pronunciation tree Th and Z

A short warmup activity for students to practice listening to difficult sounds.

Pronunciation tree B and V

A short warmup activity for students to practice listening to difficult sounds.

Pronunciation tree S and TH

A short warmup activity for students to practice listening to difficult sounds.

Snakes and Ladders NEW CROWN 1 Review

This is a review game for lesson 5 New Crown 1

Pyramid Game

Students have to think of English words, phrases and sentences in order to help other students understand the mystery word.