Vocabulary Review

General Activity Descriptors

The activity is primarily used to review vocabulary that students have already learned.

Recent activities
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!

Traffic Signs in the USA - Must/May

A short powerpoint with a quiz to introduce Must/Must not/May by comparing driving laws in Japan vs the US.

Pokemon Evolution Was Were

Use different pokemon evolutions to have the students practice "was" and "were."

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."


Alternative Hangman activity

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.

Goodnight Gorilla

A story about a Gorilla freeing animals in the zoo.

WRITING ACTIVITY What's this/that?

Writing activity to reinforce the target language being learned by the students. This is best used as a final activity if you have listening, speaking and reading activity prior to this activity.

Safe Zone

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

Keyword Game

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

Flash Card Telepathy Game

I usually use this to practice school subjects and week days

Take the Train Game

Board game to practice "Change trains at _____" "Get off at ______ station." "Take the _______ line."

Oh No! Bingo

A tactical bingo game where bingo is bad. Students practice speaking as well as listening.

First Phonics Lesson

This game gets them to associate letters with word sounds by having students generate English words in various categories that start with specific letters.

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

Oh No! Origami

Students answer questions or get folded.

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.

Yamanote Line

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

Martin Luther King Jr Crossword

Martin Luther King Jr Crossword


Students race to rebuild their rockets by correctly answering the AET's questions.

Listening Bingo

A fun and challenging listening-based bingo game.


'Haetataki' means 'fly-swatter' in Japanese. This is a competitive game that forces students to listen carefully while practicing both telling time and numbers in general.

Shiritori Race

This activity is just like the Japanese Shiritori game where students fill-in-the-blanks with English words they know until they reach the finish point.

Vocabulary Builder Point Game

1st year Junior High Activity aimed at the New Crown 1 textbook.

Spot the Number

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

Discovery Chance

Students (in 2-person teams) take their chances to discover their opponents’ hidden spots while they’re using the appropriate target language of the day.

Dondake Money

Students blindly bet money they can spell words correctly.


Teams receive points based upon their ability to answer questions on a 5-by-5 grid.

Shiritori Circle Battle

Students practice spelling by playing the game "Shiritori" and trying to find a word that can complete a cycle.


Students try to race across the Vocab Bridge to the opponent’s side. This game is also known as "Snake Line" or "Janken Line".

Go Fish

Students walk around playing Janken and asking for target vocabulary cards.

May I / Could you: activity worksheet

2 part worksheet for p28-29 of New Horizon 2.

Who am I? Quiz

A three-hint-quiz type of game where students have to guess the character being described. Perfect activity for We Can! 2 Unit 3 "He is Famous. She is great."

T & T

"T & T" stands for Tsunami and Typhoon, and it is a great review activity for any level students. The rules are easy and the game is as fun as the teachers and students make it.

Chalkboard Bingo

Students write words in their notebooks hoping to score a bingo.

Vocabulary Wars

This is a vocabulary battle that can be used with any small set of vocabulary. It is great for younger classes, but can work with any grade.


Students aim to think of many words associated with a topic.

Exploding Sentences

Students draw cards from a Mystery Box and practice saying the target word and example sentence.

Sports and Their Verbs

A handy guide to show students why some sports use "play" and others don't. (No more "I play run"!)

Days and Subjects Information Gathering

A mingler activity to practice days of the week and school subjects

Top 5 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.
  • Hi, Friends 2! Review Board Game A bright and colorful boardgame that reviews the entirety of the Hi, Friends 2 textbook.
  • Uno Like Card Games A speaking activity based on the Uno Card Game. The same deck can also be used to play Go Fish
  • 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.
  • Are you From DokoDoko? Students ask each other "Are you...?" questions and collect signatures.

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