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SUBMITTED BY: Raymond Calla



BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: Chris Hunt at wisehat & Amy at kiccworld

DATE ADDED: Dec 22, 2008 

TRANSLATED BYMatt Baumgartner





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  Small Classes (1-15 Students)Ò


15-30 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: Shoot down mosquitoes and absorb language in this engaging game of marksmanship.



  • Mosquito cards from Wisehat - located under "Games → Mosquito".
  • Vocabulary flashcards with words and pictures on whichever topic you want to study.



  1. Prepare the target vocabulary flashcards, and spread them around the room or on a table at the front of the classroom.
  2. Act out an encounter with a mosquito by buzzing and moving your head as if you're watching one flying around near you. Say "A mosquito!" and clap your hands together as if you just squished it. Repeat this as many times as you feel is fun, having the students model it along with you. The following is a fun way to introduce the phrase "there is" as well as introducing sentences that give the locations of things.
    • "A mosquito!"
    • "There's a mosquito!"
    • "There's a mosquito on my <body part>" and slapping that body part.
  3. Take the mosquito flashcards from Wisehat's website and stand them up on top of the vocabulary flashcards you spread out on the table.
  4. Now for the fun. Give pairs or teams of students an elastic band / ball / nerf crossbow / whatever can be used to kill those pesky insects and call out, "There's a mosquito on <vocabulary>!" and have the students try to shoot down the mosquito that is on that particular flashcard. Of course, if they don't know what the word is, this is fine, and they can shoot at a random mosquito they believe is the correct one. In doing so, they naturally associate the new vocabulary and the image representing it on the flashcard.
  5. When all the mosquitoes are toppled, the game is over.



  • Put random points on the back of the mosquito cards and tally up the points at the end.
  • Have the students who hit the correct mosquito call out the next mosquito.
  • An ALT at our school used this game to launch into a word search puzzle where the groups of students had to race around the room finding the vocabulary words - from where the mosquitoes were just knocked down - written on paper (with the picture as well), then run back to their partner and spell the word for their partner who would search for it on the word search puzzle sheet.



  • Prior to the game, you may or may not need to go over the vocabulary. If you do, try using a slap game (karuta). I personally like mixing words they know with words they don't know and having them discover the meaning of the unknown words throughout the game.
    The lesson becomes a well-rounded speaking, listening, reading, writing (if only the circling of words) activity full of TPR (total physical response) and contextual language learning. You may wish to incorporate this into a larger lesson as well.



概要: おもしろい射撃のゲームでは蚊を撃ち殺して言語を吸収します。



  • 上の「Materials Needed」に見てください。


  1. 英単語フラッシュカードを準備したら教室でどこも広げる。それもテーブルで広げてもいい
  2. 空想でイマジネーションみたいな感じで蚊が頭の回りに飛ぶみたいジェスチャーする。拍手で殺しながら「A mosquito!(蚊だ!)と呼ぶ。生徒があとについて同じようにジェスチャーと英語とフレーズをする。そのあとは難しくなって最後に場所にある・いることを表す「there is」の英文を紹介できる
    • 蚊だ!
    • (指さしながら)、(場所に)蚊だ!
    • 体の部分にいる蚊だ!(ある体の部分を平手打ちしながら)
  3. Wisehatといウェブサイトからのフラッシュカードを自分の教えたい英単語フラッシュカードの上に立たせる
  4. 生徒をペアに分けてゴムバンドやテニスボールをあげる。準備が終わったら何かに蚊がいる!と呼ぶ。生徒が合っている蚊をゴムバンドで打ってみる
  5. 全部の蚊が打ったれたらゲームが終わる


  • 蚊の後ろにポイント数を書きます。打たれる生徒がそのポイントをもらえます。生後にもらったポイントを加えて一番多いポイントの人が勝ちます
  • 呼ばれた蚊を打った生徒が次ぎの蚊を呼びます
  • 関係があるゲームが蚊を打ってゲームが終わったら生徒がペアとして単語検索のパズルをします。ペアの一人が蚊のところへ読んで覚えに行ってきます。パトナーに戻って探し英単語を言います


  • ゲームする前英単語を習ったほうがよいです。そうすれはカルタの仕方がとっても便利です。
  • 知っているのと知らない英単語と一緒にするのがいい勉強するので何となく知らない英単語が分かるようになれます
  • 大きい授業でも使われます。


  • 珍しくしたほうがよいです。毎回すればつまらなくなりま。



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