• Survey / Worksheet

    Using interview sheets is a great way to encourage students to speak to a large number of other students in their class, sometimes students they otherwise wouldn't normally speak to, using the target English language of the lesson. A benefit is that they get to learn about their classmates at the same time.

  • Telephone Game

    The telephone game challenges students listening skills as the pass a message down the line via whisper. An elementary school classic that you may find repurposes well as an English activity.

  • Tips for Giving Points in Elementary School

    Splitting the class into teams and giving points to create competition is a great way to get kids enthusiastic about an activity. Kids love competition. But there are some things to watch out for.

  • Touch a Color

    Touch a color is a no prep color drilling activity perfect for younger elementary classes with extra energy. Your students will be running around the class touching different colors and yelling out loud.

  • Vocab Practice with Bulrush

    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!

  • Walking Numbers

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

  • Wall to Wall Q & A Practice

    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.

  • What is the Point of a Warm-Up?

    We often use warm-ups in class, whether teaching elementary, junior high or high school. A bad warm-up is no fun for teachers or students and can set a mood that's hard to shake. On the other hand, an effective warm-up that hits these three main points will set you up for a successful class that leaves students looking forward to their next English lesson with you.

  • When is Christmas

    "When is Christmas?" is a natural extension to the Hi, friends! "When is your birthday?" lesson.

    As a younger ALT, I noticed students could ask and answer the birthday question fine, but didn't quite understand the "when" component of the question well enough to carry it over to a question like "When is New Year's Eve?"

  • Who am I? - Question Game

    Who am I isn't really an activity more than it's a way to cap off a talking activity where students have been sharing information about themselves. Students need to recall what others have told them and they really have a lot of fun recognizing their classmates' from the information you give. Who am I?