Elementary School

In Japan, Elementary School consists of 6 grades with students' ages ranging from about 6 to 12. The frequency and level of English classes might differ a lot from area to area. English will become a full subject for grades 5 and 6 in 2020. Elementary classes usually center on speaking.

Newest activities

Let's Try One Lesson Seven Clap Game

I used this to introduce the shapes and shapes plus colors.

Inai-Inai-Bah! Review for Let's Try

This is a review activity for kids studying let's Try Two

Uno Cards

Who doesn't love card games?

T-Shirt Design

The students practice asking 'What do you like?' and design t-shirts for their friends.

"What do you like?" Relay

A quick activity that requires no preparation. Get the students into groups and have them ask each other what they like, then race to draw it on the board.

Keyword Game - Social Distancing

This is a variation of the eraser grabbing keyword game commonly played throughout Japanese schools! Its a simple variation with no prep!

Let's Try One Lesson Five Vocabulary Practice

This is a powerpoint to help practice the vocabulary for this lesson. Useful for keyword game and teacher three choice quiz.

Stuff on a Desk

A picture for practicing 'how many' and stationery.

Bomb

Bomb activity to practice any Yes / No question type grammar points.

Let's Try Lesson Four Color Practice

A powerpoint to help do the first lesson of this unit.

Gimme Gimme

An activity that has students running around to give you the item you ask for while practicing "This is / That is" and "Here you are."

SasadangoMan

Alternative Hangman activity

Let's Try What Time!

Powerpoint activities for let's try 2 lesson 4. Focus on teaching the vocabulary such as 'Wake-up time'

Stereo Game/ Shotoku Taishi

Group of kids speak/yell their target vocabulary while the rest of the class listens to them. The rest of the class must individually pick out who said what.

Yo Yes

A story about two people becoming friends.

Goodnight Gorilla

A story about a Gorilla freeing animals in the zoo.

Introductory Name card

Name card helpful for students and teachers as well

Crumpled Up Fun

This works very well for reviewing WH-questions. The students have a chance to talk to everyone in the classroom by asking and answering questions.

Time Maze

This activity combines the directions lesson with the time lesson, using a maze. Students have to try and acquire as many clocks as they can in a limited period of time.

Safe Zone

Players try to escape to the safe areas before they are tagged.

Textbooks

Top 10 Activities
  • Super Mario Christmas Blast A fun Christmas Mario-themed quiz game, where teams battle each other in a test of knowledge! Built off the original Super Mario Typhoon by Alexander Grant. 11
  • Code Breakers ALT reads a series of numbers and students must convert them to letters to figure out the secret word. 9
  • Cute Hand-drawn Phonics Chart (A-Z) A bright and cute hand-drawn phonics sheet covering the letters of the alphabet. 7
  • Hi, Friends 2! Review Board Game A bright and colorful boardgame that reviews the entirety of the Hi, Friends 2 textbook. 7
  • Almost Pokemon Battle Game This is a write and race activity the students play in groups. 5
  • Foods from Around the World A sleek and simple cultural presentation showing off traditional and famous foods from countries around the world. 5
  • Mario Phonics Review B and V Powerpoint Game Warmups for reviewing contrasting phonic sounds B and V in a Mario Theme. 5
  • Christmas Blast Power Point Game This is a template that I made that can be filled in to make a review game for almost anything. Since the questions are able to be customized, this power point can work at any level. 4
  • Animals from Around the World A sleek and simple cultural presentation showing off various animals that are unique to (or native to) specific countries around the world. 3
  • English Conversation Board Game A bright and colorful board game focused on getting students to converse in English. 3