In the "Do you know....?" Game, you're the game host of a Jeopardy style game and the JTE is the judge and scorekeeper! Your students compete in teams to accumulate the most points for fame and glory, or just stickers - whatever comes first!

Basic Info

Time: 15 - 25 minutes
Level: Junior high grades 1 - 3
Works with: Any vocabulary
Class size: Medium to large

You will need:

  • This worksheet
    Each printout contains 2 worksheets per A4 designed to be cut apart
  • Student's Textbooks or Workbooks
  • Timer (optional)
  • Chalkboard/Blackboard and chalk
  • Magnets (the long ones should be in the classroom already)
  • Toy microphone for all your cheesy, game show needs

Also, you will need to check with the JTE on how silly they are comfortable with the game being.


  1. Divide the class into teams with 4 to 5 students on each team. Have the students group their desks by team as well. (See tips.)
  2. Distribute one worksheet per student.
  3. Give the students 2-5 minutes to decide on a word or phrase to write on their worksheets.
  4. Write at least 3 categories on the board in the point amounts of your choosing. Under your point values, place a long magnet for each category. The magnets will hold the completed worksheets facing the board, so students can't sneak a peek at them. The JTEs I work with prefer using 5pts, 10pts, and 15pts. (See tips.)
  5. A student representing each team should stand and janken with the other students standing to determine the order in which the teams will start! The team that won the Janken goes first!
  6. As the "game show host," you should ask the team to select a point value and pull one worksheet from that category. Read the worksheet for the English word or phrase. Ask the team whose turn it is, "Do you know... what ______ is in Japanese?" The students will have 30 seconds to answer. (See tips.)
  7. If they cannot correctly answer in that time, another team is allowed to "steal" the question! If more than one team wishes to steal, they must Janken and then give their answer.
  8. Alternatively, a team is also allowed to "pass" if they don't wish to or can't answer.
  9. Once the "Do you know...." question is answered correctly, the process repeats itself until the board is empty of papers again!


  • While the students are deciding on what to write on their worksheet (step 3), ask the groups to give you an English "team name." Typically, the names are written on the board for point tracking and calling the team's attention during their turn if they get distracted.
  • To involve the JTE, ask them to collect the papers and let the JTE determine the point value for each student's worksheet. This also helps the JTE know what the students' answers to each should be as the game progresses.
  • You can use a timer here to enforce this if the JTE wants to keep the game from running over time.
  • Each student in a group should answer in a rotation as you go around the room by team. As well, no student should be allowed to answer their own submission!
  • With the JTEs I work with, we've created a rewards system where the winning team is given larger stickers, while the participating teams are given smaller ones. The next time you play, you can offer a chance at 「リベンジ‼︎」 (revenge) for other teams


  • If the JTE would like to be involved more or your Japanese is at a high-level, you can ask the students for the English equivalent to the Japanese written instead. Give the students less time to reply to make the game more high-tension. Depending on what material you're covering after, you can give the students a chance to earn 50 bonus points for their teams by correctly giving an English answer for something the JTE has written in Japanese on the board. This is a fun way to give shy teams more chances to earn points and to integrate the game into the lesson as a whole.


This game is the result of adjusting James @ ALTInsider's Mini-Jeopardy Game to my teachers' and students' needs! It's great for practicing translation, spelling, and speaking.

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