2011.08.20 Updated

Activities 【Beanbag Game】

【Beanbag Game】

The following Beanbag Game was one of the activities introduced at the recent Nagoya Study Group Meeting. Students love this game with actions and a thrill. Read about the meeting in the "Event Report".

Level: Lower level students
Language: "Who's s/he?" - "S/he's my mother / father."(Let's Go 1 Unit 4)
Materials: Let's Go Teacher and Student Family Cards (mother, father, sister, brother, grandmother, grandfather, baby sister), 2 beanbags

How to play:
1. Put TC family member cards face up on the floor and matching SC cards
  face up in the pocket chart.

2. Divide the students into 2 teams.

3. Put masking tape or a jump rope on the floor and have them stand in lines
  behind the tape or rope.

4. The first players from each team do SSP, saying:

  "Who's she?, Who's he? 1, 2, 3!"  

  and the loser asks:

  "Who's she?"  

   by pointing to the Student Card (e.g, 'mother') in the pocket chart.

5. The winner answers:

  "She's my mother,"
  and throws a beanbag on the Teacher Card ('mother').

6. If he throws it on the card, he can get the card. If not, he cannot keep it.

7. They go back to the end of the lines.

8. The second players do SSP and do this continue the game in the same way.

9. The game finishes when all cards are taken or time is up.

10. The team gets the most cards is the winner.

 2011.07.05 Updated

Summer Activities 【The BBQ Game】&【Word Making Game】

Here are some fun summer activities for your classes that were presented at the Osaka Study Group meeting recently.Have fun trying them out!
You'll get lots of ideas for teaching at the Study Group meetings in Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka and Fukuoka. If you have any activities you want to share, let us know!
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【The BBQ Game】
Levels: Beginners and Lower graders
1. Cards using familiar acronyms (BBQ, BBC, NHK. etc.).
2. Paper: cut into the shape of yakiniku meat.
3. A grill, chopsticks, dishes
Object: To be able to recognize capital letters.

How to play:
1) Spread the cards face down on the grill.
2) Divide students into several groups.
3) The first player picks up a card using chopsticks while the teammates chant
"Let's have a (BBQ). Let's have a (BBQ) 3, 2, 1."
4) On "One", the first player shows the card to the teammates and everybody says the letter together.
5) They continue until the cards are gone.
6) They make as many acronyms as possible.
7) The team that gets the BBQ cards gets a point.
8) Continue until time is up.

【Word Making Game】
Levels: Upper graders
1. Cards with shells drawn on one side.
2. Attach letters to the back side with paper clips.
3. A net with three magnets and a bucket for each team
Object: To fish for cards with the magnets and spell words

How to play:
1) Spread the shell cards face down on a blue sheet (plastic or paper).
2) Divide the students into several groups.
3) Give a net and a bucket to each team.
4) The first players dig into the shells with their nets and try to scoop up as many shells as possible in one try.
5) Their team asks: "How many shells (did you get)?"
6) They take turns and continue until all the cards are gone.
7) Then they look at the cards and try to make words using the letters they got.
8) The team that is able to use up the most letters is the winner.

 2010.12.06 Updated

Activities (Christmas Tree Decoration Game)

【Christmas Tree Decoration Game】

Levels: Any level
   1. 2 Christmas trees (drawn on the white board) 
   2. Student picture cards (2 sets)
     Christmas vocabulary or other things that can be put on a tree
Object: To try to find the card and put it on the tree
Language: There is a ~.  (Don't forget to use the gesture!)

How to play:
1. Make 2 teams and each team lines up in front of the trees.
2. Spread 2 sets of cards face up on the table.
3. The first players stand with their backs to the white board and the cards on the table.
4. The teacher shows a card to the other players.
  The other players say the word.  Ex: Star!
5. The first players say the sentence three times.
  Ss: There's a star. (x 3)
6. Then they look for the card on the table, pick it up and put it on their trees.
7. Everyone looks to see which one can do it faster.
  The player who is puts the card on the tree faster can get a point.
8. The first players go back to the end of the line. And next two players come to the front.
  Continue the game until they decorate both trees.

 2010.10.24 Updated

Activities (FIND THE GHOST Game!)


Levels: Preschool to upper elementary
Materials: Several ghost cards with different expressions and colors
Example: happy, sad, hot, cold, tired, sleepy, angry, suprised, etc.
Object: To guess which ghost is (sad/green).
Language: Q: Which ghost is (sad)? A: (I think) this ghost is sad.

1. Review and DRILL the feelings and sentence pattern. Have the students say them fluently.

This ghost is sad. This ghost is happy, etc.

2. Divide the class into two teams.
3. Put the cards face down on the table or floor between the teams.
4. The teacher (student) asks:

Which ghost is (tired)?

5. One player from each team picks up a card.
6. Each player says what is on their card.

A: This ghost is happy.
B: This ghost is tired.

7. If the card is the same (tired), the player wins a point for her team.
8. If neither player gets the card, they return their cards and the next players play.
9. The team with the most cards is the winner.

1. Color the ghosts. Instead of the feelings, play with colors.

Which ghost is (green)?

2. Make word cards of feelings, colors, sizes, etc. Practice reading them.
Play in the same way as above, but have the students pick up and read the word cards as they say the sentences.

(sad, happy, angry) (yellow, pink, green)
ghosts Halloween Activitiy