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 WarmupLucky or Unlucky

SUBMITTED BY: Elizabeth Patton


DATE ADDED: Sep 19, 2008


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05-10 min.


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BRIEF OUTLINE: Ten different things are listed and students must decide if those things are lucky or unlucky.


  1. Talk about things in Japan which are lucky or unlucky (4, koi).
  2. Write the list of 10 things on the board: four leaf clover, black cat, spilled salt, rabbit’s foot, horse shoe, number 13, walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror, walking on a crack, opening an umbrella inside the house.
  3. Go through each item, explaining unknown vocabulary words by drawing pictures or using Japanese.
  4. After they understand each item, go through the list one by one, having students raise their hand if they think it is lucky or unlucky.
  5. If your students are advanced enough or if your Japanese is good enough you could offer a short explanation as to why each thing is lucky or unlucky.



  • To make it a quicker warm-up, eliminate the students raising their hand for each answer. Add different things to the list as culturally appropriate.


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