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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

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Eigo Noto Lesson 6-5-1 (1 of 2)  


Grade: 6
Lesson: 5 (1 of 2)
Target: I can swim. I can swim, too. I can’t swim.
Materials: CD and player; Text; a pair of dice

Greeting- 2 minutes
Teacher to Students- Listen and 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 a few students to practice/demonstrate. Listen and Repeat months’ names with students.
Students: Each student Janken and Converse with 3 others in groups of 4

  • W) When is your birthday?
  • L) My birthday is OO XX.
  • (1-January, 2-Februay, 3-March, 4-April, 5-May, 6-June, 7-July, 8-August, 9-September, 10-October, 11-November, 12-December)

Introduction- 4 minutes
  • I can swim. 
  • I can’t play soccer. 
  • I can swim, too. 
  • Can you swim?
ALT and HRT- Talk together about things you can/can’t do, using all of the patterns on the blackboard.

Let’s Listen 2- 5 minutes
CD- track 24-25. Boy- CAN play soccer, play the piano, make rice balls and miso soup; CAN’T play table tennis, play the guitar.  Girl- CAN play table tennis, play the guitar, make rice balls and miso soup; CAN’T play soccer, play the piano.
  • Can you play soccer? 
  • Yes, I can. I can play soccer.
  • No, I can’t. I can’t play soccer.
Students- Listen to the CD and draw a circle around the things the boy and girl CAN do.
ALT/HRT- Play the CD once, check answers, then play the second track.

Chant- I Can Cook- 5 minutes
  • I can swim. clap-clap X3 
  • I can swim, too. clap-clap-clap 
  • I can’t swim. clap-clap-clap
ALT- Introduce chant and lead singing. After first round, write students’ ideas for new vocabulary on the blackboard.
Students- Sing together. After the first round, suggest new words/phrases to substitute for swim and fly.
HRT- Suggest ideas for new words/phrases to students in Japanese.

O/X Game- 10 minutes
  • I can play soccer. 
  • I can play soccer, too. 
  • I can’t play soccer.
Materials: Australia Points Map for each student.
ALT and HRT: Take turns making a statement about students.
ALT, HRT and Students:
  1. Choose a student using 2 dice. 
  2. Repeat after teachers (I can play soccer.); 
  3. Students raise hands to vote if they think the chosen student’s answer is Yes/O, or don’t raise hands if they think the chosen student’s answer is No/X.
  4. Repeat question AGAIN after teacher.
  5. Chosen student asnwers.
  6. Students mark 2 points on Points Map if they guessed correctly. Chosen student also marks 2 points.

Find 3 People- 5-10 minutes
  • W) I can OO.  
  • L1) I can OO, too! 
  • L2) I can’t OO.
ALT/HRT- Demonstrate and explain activity: With all students standing, students make pairs. Janken winner asks an original sentence- the goal is to make a sentence that will get a positive answer. After getting 3 ‘I can OO, too!’ answers from 3 different students, a student wins and can sit down.
Students- Watch and listen to teachers demonstrate and explain the activity. Then, with all students standing, pair with a partner and play Janken. Winner asks a question, Loser answers. Students getting 3 YES answers from 3 different students win! and sit down.

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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