Elementary

English games and activities for ALTs teaching elementary classes.

Doing the 'best time challenge' is just a fun way to get an elementary class to practice asking and answering a target dialogue a few times as a class. Nothing special, but it works and the students get into it.

Pace out the numbers (as you would write them) while the class watches and guesses the number being "drawn".

Students challenge their partner to see who can say the most things. The person who can't think of something to say within 5 seconds loses and the game is over.

Cartoon birthdays lets you chat with elementary aged students about birthdays, months, and dates by connecting to your students through something that is of interest to most young people - cartoon characters. 

Bulrush is a game your elementary students will love. It involves running, chasing and a bit of English and the best part is you can play it with them!

Rather than create a worksheet and use a lot of paper, doing a blackboard survey puts all the information up on the board for all students to see and review once the communication part of the activity is over.

This activity works well with most walk-and-talk information collecting communication activities. Also, it's a no-prep activity so you can use it any time.

These well crafted worksheets give students a chance to trace the alphabet, try writing on their own, and do a simple dot-to-dot exercise. Hand them out as weekly homework to steadily build students English writing skills and confidence.

This fun Halloween activity idea for elementary English classes isn't so much about studying and practicing English as it is about sharing culture and just having a fun lesson. When planning a lesson, I'd save this for the end as a "reward" for completing the earlier part of the lesson.

The concentration game is a game of memory and recall. The students have to remember what has been said before them, then they have to recall the English vocabulary of the lesson (or previous lessons) to add their own word.

Wall to wall is an activity with the goal of helping your students speak up loud and clear if your English class is a little too quiet. Students try to speak to each other from two opposite sides of the classroom. It's not really a game - there are no points and no winners or losers, but it can increase confidence and help shy students.

Five of a kind is a game where students try to collect five (or any number really) of the same card. It's a flexible template that can be applied in many different ways.

Here are some free-to-download, pre-lined writing sheets with either one or two per A4 sheet.

Chanting is a simple drilling tool that adds cadence (usually by clapping) to repetition to liven it up. For any hip-hop fans - try taking it one step further and adding a beat to make it even more interesting.

This blackboard writing challenge works best in small to medium sized classes. Students are running around, writing letters on the blackboard, and competing against the other team(s) so there's a lot of movement and a lot of energy. Everyone loves this game!

Hand out card to everyone so they can either make name tags, business cards or name plates that fold into a triangular shape and sit on each student's desk.