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OX Is Fun


SUBMITTED BY: Patrick Bickford

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GRAMMAR: Adjective

EXAMPLE: Music is interesting.

DATE ADDED: Jun 06, 2008


Large Classes (16-39 Students)Ó




15-30 min.
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BRIEF OUTLINE: Students practice form simple adjective sentences while interviewing each other and trying to collect three 'O' and/or 'X' in a straight line.



  • OxIsFun attachment: One for each student



  1. Hand out the worksheet to each student and have them write their names on ENGLISH.  Writing their names in Japanese in English class is one of my pet peeves.
  2. Go through the new adjectives with the students and have them write the Japanese equivolent on the line next to the adjectives. I never like to give my students the answers for new words; I always have them guess based upon me doing some type of charades game.
  3. Once they have written down the Japanese meaning, practice saying the new words with the students. This is EXTREMELY important to ensure the students don't write the pronunciations above the words in katakana. In my class, all my students know katakana superscript gets met with a big black marker.
  4. Next, quickly practice the grammar point with the students, focusing on the word "is" because I purposely left that word out of the picture boxes.
  5. Finally, quickly go over each picture because when you made copies of the worksheet, some pictures might have come out a little indistinguishable.
  6. The object of this activity is for the students to fill out each box with an "O" or "X" by interviewing their classmates.  They do this by walking around the room and meeting another student and playing janken. The winner goes first and chooses any box on their paper and creates a sentence: "A bear is scary."  If the other student agrees with the statement, they say "Yes," and the question-asking student draws an 'O' in that particular box on the line provided. The same holds true if the student doesn't agree with the statement. They say "No," and the question-asking student draws an "X" in the box.  The students switch and repeat the process.
  7. Once finished, they have the choice of doing another box or finding another student. This choice is ultimately your decision. 
  8. Also, on the lefthand-side of the picture boxes are the letters B and G. These stand for 'Boy' and 'Girl'. When interviewing students can ask the same student various questions over and over but they must ask a boy/girl based upon the B/G of that particular row. This is done to ensure the classroom doesn't create two clusters: boys and girls.
  9. I think the following piece of information is the most important. While the goal of this activity is for the students to have a lot of chances to practice creating and saying sentences, the ULTIMATE goal of this activity is to try and form three O's and X's in a straight line - horizontal, vertical or diagonal.  Each set of three is a point. There is a space on the bottom righthand-side of the worksheet for them to write their points. 


  • This is a great activity directly following teaching this grammar point for the first time because the students have tons of practice forming simple adjective sentences.



  • Because the verb 'is' is left out of the picture boxes, students often forget to say the verb when they form sentences. If you hear them making this mistake, simply remind them of it. This is a simple mistake they tend to fix quite quickly.

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