English Games for Extra Time

Do you need some games you can whip out a moment's notice? Are you unexpectedly covering a class? Is your English teacher running late? Here are some no prep games you can play with many levels!

This PowerPoint includes directions for several English mini-games to fill those weird chunks of time where you don't have an entire lesson.

-Two Truths One Lie. This is more challenging than you would expect! I suggest it for upper junior high school.

-Who am I? (This is a game where you or a student chooses a popular character and the rest of the class has to guess the character based on yes or no questions. To make this game easier, you can give example questions: ie. Am I blue? Am an anime character? Am I funny? etc.)

-Shark Tank - a version of hangman without the hangman, where students guess the letters that make up a word.

-Tate Yoko- Can be used to review a variety of questions. An elimination game!

-Telephone (Dengon Gamu 伝言 ゲーム in Japanese). This one requires a little bit of preparation. You need to print, laminate, and cut English sentences (attached below) for students to use. This game requires the first student to read the sentence and to repeat the sentence to the student behind them until the sentence reaches the back. If the sentence is correct, that row gets a point.

-Shiritori - Each row gets a letter, then they need to write an English word beginning with that letter, the student behind them writes a word beginning with the last letter of the first word and so on. The row with the most words when time is up wins.

-Make the Longest Word Challenge- Give students a set of letters and then they need to make the longest word possible using those letters. Make it more relevant by scrambling up a vocabulary word!

-Birthday line up- Students line up in their birthday order, only using English!

-Make a Sentence Challenge - Students pass a piece of paper and add on to the sentence, trying to make it grammatically correct. Read the funny sentence at the end!

-Guess the Mystery Word- Students help each other guess a mystery word using English!

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    Submitted by janeenmp March 23, 2023 Estimated time: 10-30 minutes depending on the game and engagement level
    1. letsgoenglish April 11, 2023

      I love the birthday lineup! Thank you so much for your ideas.

    2. ann5577 April 25, 2023

      Thank you very much!

    3. marie42 April 27, 2023

      Thank you and very helpful.

    4. Purpledream July 26, 2023

      Great! Thanks!

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