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General Games (一般的なゲーム )






ABNQMK: Stands for Almost But Not Quite Mario Kart. Students race to finish first in this year-end review activity.
Another Snakes & Ladders: Students go around the board and answer questions to get up the ladders and avoid the snakes. (Game was designed for JHS but submitter suggested it could be used for ES as well.)
Bingo: A game in which students mark squares on a bingo card according to the target vocabulary spoken.



Board Game Review: A board game for small groups of students to review vocabulary for countries, animals, colors and numbers.


Bridge: Students race across the bridge to try and make it to the other team's side.



Castles: Students compete in rows to destroy magnetic castles and capture flags in a quiz style game.


Criss Cross (officially categorized as a JHS activity): Students race to answer questions in hopes of sitting down before their friends.



Drawing Dash: You show 'drawers' a secret flashcard. They draw it, and their team guesses. How many can they guess in one minute?

Fiddle Sticks: Students draw a stick from a cup and say the English word. The student with the most sticks at the end of the game/ end of the time limit is the winner.


Five-by-Five: Teams receive points based upon their ability to answer questions on a 5-by-5 grid.



Flashcard Baseball: Review flashcards while playing baseball with your students.

Flashcard Police: An engaging strategy for practicing tedious memorization. An alternative to the “read-and-repeat”, it works best with younger students but can be altered for older students.



Four Corners: Inside various squares around the classroom are the 'target vocabulary' words. Students choose a square to stand in and listen to see if it's the English word the teacher calls out.

教室内の4隅にtarget vocabulary' wordsを割り当てます。児童は4隅の中から好きな場所を選んで立ち、その場所に割り当てられた言葉が先生の言う言葉かどうかを聞き分けます。


Get It: Students listen for their card to be called and rush to collect toys.



Go Fish!: Students walk around playing Janken and asking for target vocabulary cards.

児童はじゃんけんをしながら、target vocabulary(ターゲットになる語彙)カードを求めて歩き回ります。


Honeycomb Bees: Students compete against each other to name the flashcards and try to link their bees together.

Hot Potato: Students pass an object around while listening to music. When the music stops, the student holding the object says a target vocabulary.

児童は輪になって座り、音楽を聞いている間、品物(hot potato)を回します。音楽が止まったとき、その品物(hot potato)を持っている児童はtarget vocabulary(ターゲットになる語彙)を言います。


Hullabaloo: Students touch target vocabulary cards that match categories the ALT calls out. The group standing on the exact card the ALT calls out is the winner of that round!


Inside Outside Circles: Students practice question and answer grammar in this rotating circle game.

Janken: Janken is your standard Paper, Rock, Scissor game, also known as Roshambo.



Job Fair Janken: No matter how old or cool they get, students love to play Janken! They carry around cards with various jobs on them and try to create a full set using Janken and, of course, English.



Liar Liar: Students draw cards of target vocabulary and make a sentence. Other students vote if they are lying or not. 


Karuta: A game in which the teacher says a word or phrase and students race to slap the correct card.



King Kong Karuta: In this chaotic but riveting game involving simultaneous tables of Karuta, students have the chance to become King-Kong and accrue a ton of points for their team.

混沌としているが注意ことを児童に引きつけるいくつかのゲーム台というカルタで児童は「King Kong」になる機会がありたくさんポイントをもらえます。


Let's Make a Bet: This is a simple gambling game.


Lucky: Students stand on 'lucky' vocab spots and hope their spot isn't called out.



Make Your Own Flag:  Students use colors and shapes to draw their own personal flags and then after the ALT collects all the flags, students listen to hints and raise their hands if they think the flag being described is theirs.


Mario & Luigi: This easily adaptable game turns your usual boring classroom into one giant Super Mario video game while having the class work together to clear levels.



Menko: Menko a Japanese traditional children's game. Students try and flip over cards and then practice the target vocabulary.

面子は日本の子どもの伝統的なゲームです。児童は カードを裏返ってみてそのあと単語の練習をします。


Mosquito: Shoot down mosquitos and absorb language in this engaging game of marksmenship. 


My City Bingo: A simple bingo game with a cool map style bingo card for city locations. 


Oh No Bingo!: A tactical bingo game where bingo is bad. Students practice speaking as well as listening.


Oh No! Origami: Students answer questions or get folded.


PacMania: While trying to avoid the evil teacher PacMan, this multi-topic adaptable game consists of students maneuvering PacMan around a chalkboard size PacMan game board trying to touch power pellets to collect points.



Pairs Janken Snake: This game helps students practice vocabulary or English sentences. It is a general game that can be used for ES or JHS lessons.


Paper Airplane Introductions: Students read a self-introduction from one of their classmates, then the class guesses which student it's from.


Phonics Dance: This is a phonics awareness exercise used in some of the elementary schools back home.


Pilot:Students make paper airplanes and practice hitting targets based upon the target vocabulary.

児童は紙飛行機を作り、target vocabularyの的を狙い撃ちします。


Red Shingo, Green Shingo:Shingo means stoplight. Trying for the ultimate goal of touching the oni (the person that's "it"), students race across the classroom listening to various instructions shouted out by the ALT.



Safe Zone: This is a kind of tag where players try to escape to the safe areas before they are tagged.



Same Word: Students try not to say the same word as you.


Seven Steps Song: Students practice any set of vocabulary using Japan's popular 7 Steps song.

児童は日本の7Steps 歌でいろんな単語をいれて練習をします。


Shinka: Shinka means evolution. Students meet, greet and play Janken while moving up an evolutionary ladder practicing any target vocabulary.

Shinka とは、「進化」を意味します。目標語彙を練習しながら、児童は出会った相手とあいさつして、じゃんけんし、進化していきます。


Simon Says: A game in which students perform actions according to the teacher's commands, but only if the command is followed by the phrase, "Simon says." 先生が"Simon says"と言う命令をするにとって児童は動作をします。


Simple Baseball: Students try to answer flashcard vocabulary first in hopes to go around the bases and score a point for their team.


Snakes & Ladders: In this exciting climb-to-the-top game, students climb up or slide down based upon the square they land on.



Spin the Bottle: Students spin a bottle to review words or grammar.



The Hammer Race: Try to repeat words in English with out repeating the same word.

Three Hints Food Quiz (wrksht only) - A fun, food themed three hints quiz.  Great questions for a listening challenge!


Twister: Students try to twist their bodies/limbs into various pretzel shapes to correspond to the ALTs instructions.



Vocabulary Wars: This is a vocabulary battle that can be used with any small set of vocabulary. It is great for younger classes, but can work with any grade.


Volleyball: Review words while playing volleyball.



Who's Talking: One student has to guess who's conversing with the ALT.


Wipe That Smile Off Your Face:I use this game for kindergarten (幼稚園) and ES 1st grade (小1年). It works well as a fun warm up. You could possibly use the game in higher up classes, but its just for fun.


Yamanote Line: Students pound on their desks and while practicing various English target vocabulary. (This game was originally created for JHS, but can easily be adapted to ES.)



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