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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

Friday, October 16, 2009

Eigo Noto Lesson 6-5-1  


Grade: 6
Lesson: 5 (1 of 4)
Target: Where’s the station? Straight, Turn Right/Left
Materials: Text

Greeting- 2 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 a few
students to practice/demonstrate.
Students: Each student Janken and Converse with 3 others in groups of 4

  • W)Can you play baseball?
  • L1)Yes, I can. I can play baseball.
  • L2)No, I can’t. I can’t play baseball.

Introduction- Words students already know- 10 minutes
Blackboard- Boxes in order like map on page 30-31 (3 across, 4 down, 1 long box across bottom. Big enough to write names in English and Japanese. Number the boxes 1-13.)
Text- pages 30-31
Students- In seat pairs, see if you know the place names in English.
HRT- Begin after student pairs have a minute or two- Point to a box, ASK students the name in Japanese and WRITE it on the blackboard.
ALT- After the HRT, ask students: “What’s eki in English?”  Write the name in English (park, book shop, school, dept. store, flower shop, police station, bank, restaurant, hospital, fire station, barber, post office, train station).

Chant-Where is the barber?- 6 minutes
  • Where clap-clap 2X Where is the barber? clap-clap-clap 
  • Go straight clap-clap
  • Turn right clap-clap
  • Turn left clap-clap
  • STOP!
ALT- Listen and Repeat words slowly one time with students, and ask if they know the meanings. Use hand motions before clapping- move hand forward for straight; move right hand right for right; move left hand left for left; hold up both hands palm out for STOP!

Demonstration/Chant- 7 minutes
Materials- Face markers with magnets on back
HRT-Use the chant to ask the ALT, “Where is the OO?”
ALT-Use the chant to answer the HRT’s question, “Where is the OO?” Move the face markers each time, moving only one intersection at a time. After several times, ask the students if they can help you sing and move the marker.
Students- Sing along when you can. Help the teachers sing when/if you can.

Activity- Free-moving Janken Pairs- 10 minutes
  • W)Station!
  • L) Eki! (駅)
Students- Count out student numbers on grid of place names on blackboard to choose your word. Janken winners get 2 points on points map for each win.
ALT/HRT- Introduce and demonstrate activity together, then with a few students.

Wrap-Up- 3 minutes
(Present common mistakes to the whole class. Write the mistaken point on theblackboard, 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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