TANABATA Race and Speak Point Game

Students work as groups. Get points by racing to speak the answers.

Submitted by UonumaRobert

September 10, 2021

Inspired by: How to make a powerpoint Point Game

Inspired by: Small Talk

Estimated time: 20 to 30 minutes (full lesson with writing and small talk)

I originally had all these Race and Speak games posted together but it was getting a bit much.

Put the students into groups after doing the demonstration and have them pick their order. Groups can be done as rows or 4 person lunch groups. Whatever works.
Show the student the question and in their group they think of the answer and then send one student to a teacher with the answer. If it is correct they pick one of the characters on the screen and get points. Points generally range from 1 to 4 and -3.
After each team has gotten points or a time limit is reached you reveal the answer. Practice it as a class and move onto the next question. A new group member should come with an answer.

I generally do these games with a tablet connected to the projector. This way both teachers check answers and help students and the kids can tap the screen and manage the points on the board themselves.

This includes the tanabata story at the beginning. This can be used to practice 'Retelling' if you classes do that. That worked for my 3rd year classes but it might be a bit much for the 2nd years. Still its entertaining enough to go through the story.

at the end is a 1 minute small talk activity. I have the groups break up at this point and the students make pairs and have a short conversation using the key question as a starting point. You and the JT can do a demonstration. If your students aren't accustomed to small talk I'd cut this.

Follow Up Writing
This is done solo generally. I reward stickers for students who can get a certain number of questions done depending on the time available.

  • prince4life November 25, 2021

    I honestly like this activities with great graphics. My students really enjoying being bombed by the angry god. LOL

  • UonumaRobert November 25, 2021

    Thanks. My students always get a laugh seeing Hikoboshi playing video games.

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