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
Halloween Quizes

These are the 3 choice Halloween quizes I use in junior high and elementary

What is this? What is that? Guess the Sound

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

Where is it possible Quiz

Short powerpoint quiz to use as a warm up for 'It's important for us to...'

Space Invaders Feud

A group quiz game based on the American Family Feud

I got you!

Students try to bluff each other with simple statements.

Dondake Money

Students blindly bet money they can spell words correctly.


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.

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


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.

Once Around Board Game

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