Put the students in pairs, threes, or fours so they can discuss their answers with each other.
Ask the students to think of five appropriate answers in English before they raise their hand. If they can answer correctly and quickly, their team can receive one point.
Alternatively, play "radio gameshow-style" where any team can provide any number of answers within ten seconds, but only the fifth answer earns them a point. This adds a layer of strategy as some teams can 'swoop in' and earn a point if other teams take too long.
Another option is to use the attached printout (please note: some editing and formatting is required). Cut out the slips of paper and give two or three to each team at random, face down. Then, tell the teams to turn over the slips and start completing them. They can ask you to read out the slips if necessary. The first team to successfully finish all five slips is the winner.
Use topical questions from the individual, local, prefectural, national, and international levels; and chosen at random. Here are some examples:
- Name five things to have in your pencil case.
- Name five things to do in the library.
- Name five things to do at New Year.
- Name five things to do on Sunday afternoons.
- Name five things to watch on TV in the morning.
- Name five games to play on a PC.
- Name five cold drinks to enjoy in summer.
- Name five hot dishes to enjoy in winter.
- Name five good idols/groups to listen to.
- Name five nice gifts to give your [father/mother].
- Name five great restaurants to visit in [your town].
- Name five sports to play in winter.
- Name five cute animals to see in the forest.
- Name five dangerous animals to see in the ocean.
- Name five great places to go during winter vacation.
- Name five nice places to swim in [your prefecture].
- Name five exciting places to visit in Tokyo.
- Name five beautiful places to visit in Kyoto.
- Name five delicious foods to eat in Italy.
- Name five wonderful places to visit in [ALT’s home country].
Almost no equipment or set-up needed; just put students in teams and have your list of questions ready. Questions could be written on slips and 'drawn from a hat.' If you have time and enough questions, you can invite students to take turns being 'quizmaster' by drawing a question at random and reading it to the class.