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 WarmupPhonics Fun

SUBMITTED BY: Richard Fleming

BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: Patrick Bickford & my kids love of this activity


DATE ADDED: Aug 26, 2009


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10-20 min.


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BRIEF OUTLINE: Students listen to the ALT pronounce words from the worksheet and choose the corresponding words in an 'amida' or 'ghost leg' activity. 





  1. Practice the pronunciation of the words in the activity. If you haven't practiced phonics with the class before, or if it's been a while, pay close attention to the difficult sounds (R/L, V/B, TH/S).
  2. Ask students to listen to you say one word from each line starting from A to I (make a note of each word you choose) and circle the word they think you have said. For example, "Okay let's start... 'A' line, 'sheet'... 'B' line, 'path'..." etc.
  3. As the students move down the lines from A to I, they must follow the the lines either left or right to the next word. At the end, they should have a word above a number.
  4. Ask students to raise their hands as you call out each number from 1 to 11.
  5. Write out the letters A to I on the blackboard and begin to go through each line checking the answers. I usually write both words beside the letter, then point to a word, say it and ask students who circled it to raise their hands, then repeat the process with the other word on that line, then I circle the word that I actually said.  For example: "Okay, A line, who chose 'sheet'? Who chose 'seat'? The answer is.. 'sheet'!"
  6. Ask students to award themselves a point for each correct word they chose (line score) and 3 bonus points if they ended up on the word above the right number.



  • Ask students to repeat the words at the start and end of the activity to help them with pronunciation.
  • For higher level classes, don't allow students to look at your mouth when you say the words.
  • You can make this a group or pair work activity.



  • If you are genki with this and make it a 'high tension' activity it can be a good warm up.



  • My students on the baseball team really love this activity for some reason. They will compare answers and play off each other a lot.

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