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 General GameShiritori Race

SUBMITTED BY: Stephanie Leung

BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: The Japanese Shiritori Game


DATE ADDED: Apr 07, 2010


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05-15 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: This activity is just like the Japanese Shiritori game where students fill-in-the-blanks with English words they know until they reach the finish point.





  1. Give each student a worksheet and let them write a starting word (or you can pick a starting word). The last letter of the word then becomes the first letter of the next word. Students try to complete all the blanks up to the finishing square.
  2. All words must fit onto the grid. For example, at the end if there are six spaces left to the finish, then they must use a six letter word.



  • Students can play in groups, individually or in pairs and each person can say their word.
  • You can set a rule of having less than a certain number of words in total, so the students must think of big words to take up more space.



  • I encourage students to use words with 5 or more letters, otherwise it's far too easy.

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