Paint Battle for Japan

A quiz activity in the vein of Risk, with a Splatoon-like theme to it.

A description of how to use the PPT is on slide 3.


Students work in teams to capture territory by filling it in with their team's color. This activity can be used to practice various different grammar points. Students should complete writing or speaking challenges to advance.


  1. Make 3-4 groups.
  2. Give the students a challenge.
  3. Students who complete the challenge color in a territory of their choice.
  4. The team with the most territories at the end is the winner.


Students may write or speak challenges.

  • Answer questions posed by the ALT or the JTL.
  • Using a substitution drill, let students make sentences by filling in a blank.


Paint Battle for Japan.pptm

Total 3

Estimated time: 20-30 minutes

Submitted by: NagaokaMike

August 21, 2020

NagaokaMike September 18, 2020

@WrathfulGinger You'd have to add to the prefecture subroutines. Click on a prefecture, then click on a color. Then the code could make the prefecture color change and update the score at the same time. I'm pretty sure VBA allows you to change the color of shapes pretty easily. If you need some help, message me on the ALTopedia Discord. I'm NagaokaMike.

WrathfulGinger September 18, 2020

I added up to 8 teams and added a user prompt for the number of teams and then it hides the necessary number. However, I can't seem to find a way to skip animations, so each prefecture still cycles through every color. Would there be a way to skip animations in VBA, as I can`t find anything. Thanks for any help you can provide!

WrathfulGinger September 18, 2020

So, I was asked by my JTEs if we could change the number of teams. I have rudimentary programming skills and literally zero VBA knowledge. So of course, I decided to give it a shot.

UonumaRobert August 24, 2020

Also maybe add a note about using macros for users unfamiliar with them. For example I've found with pptm files when running them I can't close them with a right click on my mouse. I always have to use the escape key.

UonumaRobert August 24, 2020

This is really nice looking and the macro for keeping track of points is cool. In your instructions you might want to add that teams should have the same number of groups. For example in a class with 6 groups there will be 3 teams of 2 groups each. Just to keep it clear for ALTs who've never used Battle for Japan.

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