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
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

Karuta: Alternative

Different ways of playing karuta games

Karuta

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

Follow the instructions

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

Which is taller? Comparatives quiz

A quiz using comparatives. Warm up activity.

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~?"