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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!

Will you dance?

This is a janken-style game where students ask each other "will you" questions and get points for completing the action (social distancing). This could also work for Can you, Could you, etc.

Who is he/who is she?

Students have to guess who the person is based on hints given .

My bucket list

talk about what you have done and what you want to do. 3rd grade activity. TEXTBOOK: Columbus 21 year 3


Alternative Hangman activity

Tenses of the Verb Practice

The verbs in this PPT are from the back of the NEW CROWN 3 English textbook.

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.

CROSSWORD Past Participle

This is a good 3rd Grade JHS warm up activity without the pressure of learning the grammar target of 3rd Grade Lesson 1 English lesson.

Cha Cha Slide

Fun class to practice various action words


Students race to see how fast they can introduce themselves to each other.

Name card

Practice writing name and saying "Hello. My name is ~ . What’s your name?”

Past Tense Sentences Snakes and Ladders

Play "snakes and ladders" while making sentences using past tense

Past Simple Mystery Game "Who Dunnit"

A "Who Dunnit" game where the class are detectives and interview five students to solve a mystery

Keyword Game

Make the teachers say a keyword or phrase to get some points.

Mario Phonics Review B and V

Powerpoint Game Warmups for reviewing contrasting phonic sounds B and V in a Mario Theme.

Shredded Fables

Students work in groups to try to piece together short classic fables.

Janken, Change, Retire

Students work in pairs to answer two questions in order for their pair to retire from the game.


In this fast-paced gesture game, students throw a Doink ball around the room acting out various adjectives.

Band Guess

Students try to guess the name of the band from pictograms.

Cross Out Spelling Relay

Students take turns in teams to spell out a word the instructor calls out by crossing out a letter on their team

Eraser Get

This is a quick and easy vocab review 'game' for 1st grade past tense verbs. Ideal for a quick review before doing a writing exercise.

Famous People Introductions

A shiritori type game where students race to write sentences about famous people.

Yamanote Line

Students pound on their desks and while practicing various English target vocabulary.

Body Discovery

A row race where students attempt to fill in as many body parts on a stick figure, within five minutes, as possible.

English Phrases

Students study basic useful English phrases. It works best for first year students, but it is recommended for second and third year students as well if they don't already know the phrases.

Winter Break Bingo

Students ask each other if they did different activities over Winter Break. If the answer is "yes," they sign their names under the activity. The first student to have a Bingo wins.

Listening Bingo

A fun and challenging listening-based bingo game.

Ping Pong Pang

Students play an adapted version of the popular drinking game (a point that should NOT be made in class).

Shaped Animals

Animals made out of geometric shapes for practicing shapes and counting.

Halloween Karuta

some cute Halloween-themed cards to use in class along with a complimentary vocabulary list of the cards.

English Tongue Twisters!

This is a worksheet I made for my JHS 2nd years to have fun with English tongue twisters while still focusing on important sounds.

Spot the Dog

Powerpoint for practicing up, down, left and right

Snakes and Ladders NEW CROWN 1 Review

This is a review game for lesson 5 New Crown 1

Birthday Present Memory Game

"What do you want for your birthday?" Memory Game

Spot the Number

This is a number version of the game "Spot it" (also known as "Dobble")

Dondake Money

Students blindly bet money they can spell words correctly.

What is this? What is that? Guess the Sound

Play random sounds and have students in groups guess what they are.

Forest Creatures

A poster to practice 'How many animals do you see?'

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