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Birthday Bingo

SUBMITTED BY: Stephanie Leung




DATE ADDED: Mar 25, 2010






Grade 5ĉGrade 6ċ

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15-30 min.

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Brief Outline

 Students learn months of the year and play bingo.


Materials Needed


Detailed Explanation

  1. Give each student a worksheet and tell them to try and fill-in-the-blanks for the names of the months.
  2. Briefly practice the key question, "When is your birthday?" and how to answer. Do several practices (everyone in the class together, split the class into two, practice in pairs) until everyone is confident and can remember what to say.
  3. Next, tell them they must interview their classmates and collect nine birthdays if possible in the 3x3 bingo grid. Give them a time limit of 10-12 minutes.
  4. Once everyone has completed their bingo grid, have them form groups of 5-6 (lunch groups is usually easiest) and play janken to see who starts first.
  5. Winners of each group will stand up and announce their birthdays. If a student has that birthday written down they can mark it off.
  6. The first student to get bingo wins.



  • To make the game last longer, instead of a student winning with a simple bingo, the winner is the first person to mark off all nine birthdays in their grid.
  • Birthday Chart Variation:
    1. Steps 1-3 are the same.
    2. When the interview stage is over, let the students fill out the bar chart by placing a sticker in the correct column for each birthday in that month. For example, if student A has four ‘May’ birthdays written down then they place four stickers into the column for May. NOTE: For the stickers, you can just used gold and silver circle stickers bought from the 100 yen store or a stationary store, or the school might even have a bunch on hand.
    3. If you have any eager students who like to speak English, you can ask them to present their results. I would allow them to use some Japanese here since they’re still elementary students but make sure they say the name of the month in English.
    4. Obviously, each student will have a slightly different chart from each other. I wouldn’t expect them to have interviewed the same classmates nor managed to interview every single classmate within the 12 minutes. However, if you have the chance, you could ask the teacher beforehand the birthdays of all the students and compile your own chart of all the birthdays and let the students compare their chart to yours.


Teaching Suggestions

  • This activity can be extended into a full 45 minute lesson or just as a stand-alone 15-30 minute activity.
  • If you want to extend this lesson, you can start by teaching the months using flashcards and playing a couple of warm-up games beforehand (take away a flashcard, grab erasers in pairs when keyword is said, etc).
  • If there are no bingos after the first round of birthday speeches, then do another round by playing Janken in each group again.
  • I previously used this activity with self introductions where students would practice 'Hello, my name is <...>.'



  • Remember if you take part in the interview stage, that you must also take part in the janken-ing with a group so that there's a chance your birthday comes up, too.

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