• How Many Fingers Janken

    Students play a new variation of janken but instead of winning with paper, scissors or rock; they win by doing some simple math the quickest.

  • How Many Pens Do You Have?

    This game, just like the "What do you have?" game, is about using your poker face. It's very interesting to find out which students in your classes can look their classmates in the eye and lie with a straight face.

  • Human Bingo

    In human bingo, each student is assigned a number, animal, etc and becomes a square in a bingo game. When all students in a group have been "crossed out", that team wins. You can use this game to practice various vocabulary sets, such as numbers, colors, animals, fruit, etc.

  • Hungry Monster - A "How are you?" Game

    This is a quick little game for very young students that can be played every time you visit the class. It's a game where students get to run away from a monster (you) so they'll always be having an exciting time.

  • Keyword Game

    This is straight out of the elementary school textbook. Place an eraser in the middle then beat your partner to snatch it away and get a point.

  • Make a Snake

    The make a snake game makes use of "paper scissors rock/janken" (which students love!) and has them walking around practicing simple English question and answer dialogue. Works in many different elementary lessons.

  • Me Too! Challenge - I like ~.

    Students are challenged with guessing what their speaking partner likes and matching it with something they like too. This activity is for studying "I like ~."

  • My Name is [Someone Else's Name]

    There are a few things you can do when teaching the "My name is _______" lesson at elementary school in Japan, like creating name cards/ tags, etc but many require paper and take a bit of time. Here is a quick little game to play that requires nothing except the students and that they can say "My name is _______".

  • Number Fingers 1 - 100

    This activity has students pairing up to say different numbers then confirm them by showing the numerals with their fingers. A simple activity where students teach each other.

  • Number Shiritori

    This is a great way for students to practice their fluency using numbers. It's the type of game that once students learn how to play it, you just have to say "Let's play number shiritori!" and students can get started by themselves.

  • Parachute Game

    The parachute game is a fun and less morbid interpretation of hangman. The mechanics of the game are very similar to hangman - students have a set number of guesses to get the answer but there are a few different ways you can play the parachute game in an elementary class.

  • Parachute Team Challenge

    The parachute team challenge is a junior high English class warm up game but can also be used in elementary schools. The winner of each round remove a point from another team and the game ends when one team has no points left.

  • Quiz - What do you call...

    This activity for your junior high school 3rd graders lets the students use the "We call her Alex." grammar to quiz each other on famous things and places. Group work makes the prep easy for everyone!

  • Talk Around It

    This communication based activity is a very special kind of vocabulary review. Of course, there will be lackadaisical or even downright negative students but everyone else will enjoy the freedom of this quick, fun, and creative speaking challenge.

  • Teacher Interview Game: Do you...?

    In groups, students think up questions to ask the teacher. This is a great speaking activity to review recently studied grammar.

  • 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 do you have?

    This game is all about using your poker face. And lying. And having fun of course. What do you have in your pencil case? Two pencils...

  • What would you do if...

    This writing activity brings communication to pen and paper and really livens up reading and writing for students. In this activity, students provide scenarios for other students to react to. What would you do if...

  • 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?"