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Janken or Rock-Paper-Scissors

Janken 4's -No materials or preparation! -日本語のビデオ説めもある

THE warm-up activity beginning all of the EigoNoto.com lessons. Works for any language pattern- Teaches conversation skills, too! See an in-class explanation on video

Janken Conversation Rounds -No materials or preparation!

*This activity was chosen by a group of elementary teachers as the main activity for their English classes. It is the best way to teach and practice Conversation Skills. It can be used for meaning- or pattern-focus, and for all of the language structures.

Maru-Batsu (O/X) Game -No materials or preparation!

EigoNoto.com version of the classic Japanese game. Very powerful learning activity.

Hot Potato -No materials or preparation!

A small group creative substitution activity.

Get The Picture (GTP)

see an in-class explanation on video

Pair Karuta -No materials or preparation!

A very simple version of the classic game.

Interview Bingo

see an in-class explanation on video


Eraser/Keyword Game

Pair listening activity from the Eigo Noto text.

Ohajiki Game

Listening activity from the Eigo Noto text. A blend of Bingo & Karuta...


My version of the classic game. NOW it's really communicative! With a link to download the board.

Row Practice/Row Races -No materials or preparation!

Find 3 People -No materials or preparation!

Find 3 People-Tell the Teacher -No materials or preparation!

Liar! Liar! -No materials or preparation!

Hand Sandwich -No materials or preparation!

A fun way to finish off a pair activity (with a winner & loser).

Clue Bingo

Pair Slap -No materials or preparation!

Individual Student Translation

Short notes on how to lessen the stress...

Hebi Janken

Teams compete to get to the end of the line of vocabulary cards first.

Dictionary -(can be done with) No materials or preparation!

Builds an important skill for language learners- how to say a word they don't know!

Pictionary -(can be done with) No materials or preparation!

Builds an important skill for language learners- how to draw a word they don't know!

Gestionary -(can be done with) No materials or preparation!

Builds an important skill for language learners- how to act out a word they don't know!

WYAN- Word You Aleady Know. Students already know a lot of English words- prompt them to tell you what they already know!

Listen, Repeat and Point- Turn on students' power to remember.

Repeat and Change the Pattern Speaking- No materials or preparation!

A simple activity to help students perform short speeches.

Interactive Introduction- No materials or preparation!

A simple step-by-step way to introduce new language patterns. You do the speaking, the students learn the rest as a class.

Drawing an Explanation One Line at a Time- for Grade 5 Lesson 7 What's This?

Black Box Activity Adaptation- Let's all the kids participate, not just one at a time. For Grade 5 Lesson 7

Story Telling in Rounds

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Eigo Note Lesson 5-4-4  


Grade: 5
Lesson: 4 (4 of 4)
Target: How Many? Numbers 1-20
Materials:  Get The Picture print and Interview Bingo print

Greeting- minutes
Teacher to Students- Listen & Repeat (some or all)
Hello, Hi, Hey, Howdy, G’day, Good Morning, Hola, Aloha, Bon Jour, Bon Dia, Bon Journo, Ni Hao, Konnichiwa, Anyohaseyo, Sambaino, Kiola, Selamat Pagi (am) (pm-Siang), Shalom, Jambo, Asalamalekum, Zzdrastvet-yah, Namaste.

Janken 4’s- Warm-Up/Review/Conversation Skills Practice- 5 minutes
ALT/HRT: Janken and do the conversation first together, then with the whole class to practice/demonstrate.
Students: Each student Janken and Converse with 3 others in groups of 4

  • W) 1,3,5...19.
  • L) 2,4,6...20.

Activity- Muck Chee Baa- Indonesian Janken, All Students vs. ALT- 5 minutes
ALT: Lead all students to play Janken, Indonesian style (Muck-Chee-Baa!)
Students: Play Janken with ALT. Losers must sit down. Students get 1 point for each round they remain standing.

Chant- How Many Cats?- 5 minutes
  • How many clap2 2X
  • How many CATS? clap3
  • 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
  • (11-12-13-14-15-16-17-18-19-20)
  • cats-rabbits-dogs-pigs-cows
ALT- Introduce the chant, check meaning in Japanese, Listen and Repeat the words, then lead chanting. For answers, count out numbers on 10 fingers, starting with different numbers each time.
HRT/Students- Listen and sing along.

Interview Bingo- How many cats?- 15 minutes
Materials- Interview Bingo print for each student.
  • W) How many cats?
  • L) 3.
ALT: Read question with 5 different animals from Bingo print for students to Repeat. Then reading each question one at a time again, say each answer for that animal for students to repeat. Demonstrate/explain how to play.
Students: Repeat Q & A patterns after ALT. Circle one number on each horizontal line. Listen to ALT’s explanation. Ask questions to HRT.
HRT: Answer students’ questions in Japanese.
To Play: All students stand, and make pairs. Pairs Janken. Winner asks the question, Loser answers and Winner marks an X on that number. Students with 5 X’s in a row make Bingo!, and write their names on the blackboard.
ALT/HRT: Congratulate winners and award 1 point for each X on students’ prints (to color in on Australia Points Map).

- Get The Picture (GTP)- 10 minutes
  • W) How many cats?
  • L1) 3. (1 CAT card)
  • L2) No cats. How many dogs?
  • W1) 2. (1 DOG card)
  • W2) No dogs. Bye!
  • -cats   dogs   pigs   cows   rabbits-
ALT/HRT- Demonstrate activity- then ask students to explain in Japanese (to check their comprehension).
Students-Pairs Janken, Winner asks a question. If the other student has any of that card, he/she gives ONE card. If the Janken Loser doesn’t have the card, he/she can try to get a card.  Students form new pairs and continue.

Row Races- if time
Materials- Students’ animal cards gathered in last activity.
  • W) How many cats?
  • L1) 3.
  • L2) No cats!
Students- Janken with seat parnter, do dialog. Students on one side move one seat back and play Janken again.  Continue until students return to own seat and sit down.
ALT/HRT-Introduce and demonstrate activity.

Wrap-Up- 3 minutes
(Present common mistakes to the whole class. Write the mistaken point on the blackboard, and ask if anybody can see the mistake.) Or-
HRT to Students, in Japanese:
-What did we talk about today? 
-Were there some words you already knew?
-Did you learn any new words?
-What was fun or interesting?
-What was difficult?
-How can we make that easier next time?

Closing- 1 minute
Students: ‘Thank you! Good bye!’
Teachers: ‘You’re welcome! Good bye!’

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