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Go: JHS GrammarJanken Meishi Action

SUBMITTED BY: Alyssa Godfrey

BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: The original janken meishi.


GRAMMAR: Infinitive Verb (suru koto)

EXAMPLE: I want you to check my homework.

DATE ADDED: Nov 20,, 2013

Small Classes (1-15 Students)ÒLarge Classes (16-39 Students)ÓHuge Classes (40+ Students)Ô


15-30 min.

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OUTLINE: A twist on janken meishi. Students have to perform an action before giving up their card.




  1. Teach the actions, maybe using flash cards or writing the verbs on the board and checking that students understand. You could do a TPR style warm up and have students follow your directions.
  2. Demo with the teacher - JTE and ALT each get one oversize card so the students can see what you are doing. Play janken. The winner can say what is on his card. For example, I want you to shake my hand. The loser has to perform that action, and then give his/her card to the winner. If the loser has no more cards, he or she can get another one from a teacher.
  3. Pass out one card to each student. Check if there are any questions about the directions on the card.
  4. Allow the students 5-10 minutes to play.


  • Some students might be reluctant to perform these actions. They are 14 and 15 years old after all. I feel that doing the actions as a class before the game helps, but also just make sure you are close with the class before trying this game.


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