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Janken or Rock-Paper-Scissors

Janken 4's -No materials or preparation! -日本語のビデオ説めもある

THE warm-up activity beginning all of the EigoNoto.com lessons. Works for any language pattern- Teaches conversation skills, too! See an in-class explanation on video

Janken Conversation Rounds -No materials or preparation!

*This activity was chosen by a group of elementary teachers as the main activity for their English classes. It is the best way to teach and practice Conversation Skills. It can be used for meaning- or pattern-focus, and for all of the language structures.

Maru-Batsu (O/X) Game -No materials or preparation!

EigoNoto.com version of the classic Japanese game. Very powerful learning activity.

Hot Potato -No materials or preparation!

A small group creative substitution activity.

Get The Picture (GTP)

see an in-class explanation on video

Pair Karuta -No materials or preparation!

A very simple version of the classic game.

Interview Bingo

see an in-class explanation on video


Eraser/Keyword Game

Pair listening activity from the Eigo Noto text.

Ohajiki Game

Listening activity from the Eigo Noto text. A blend of Bingo & Karuta...


My version of the classic game. NOW it's really communicative! With a link to download the board.

Row Practice/Row Races -No materials or preparation!

Find 3 People -No materials or preparation!

Find 3 People-Tell the Teacher -No materials or preparation!

Liar! Liar! -No materials or preparation!

Hand Sandwich -No materials or preparation!

A fun way to finish off a pair activity (with a winner & loser).

Clue Bingo

Pair Slap -No materials or preparation!

Individual Student Translation

Short notes on how to lessen the stress...

Hebi Janken

Teams compete to get to the end of the line of vocabulary cards first.

Dictionary -(can be done with) No materials or preparation!

Builds an important skill for language learners- how to say a word they don't know!

Pictionary -(can be done with) No materials or preparation!

Builds an important skill for language learners- how to draw a word they don't know!

Gestionary -(can be done with) No materials or preparation!

Builds an important skill for language learners- how to act out a word they don't know!

WYAN- Word You Aleady Know. Students already know a lot of English words- prompt them to tell you what they already know!

Listen, Repeat and Point- Turn on students' power to remember.

Repeat and Change the Pattern Speaking- No materials or preparation!

A simple activity to help students perform short speeches.

Interactive Introduction- No materials or preparation!

A simple step-by-step way to introduce new language patterns. You do the speaking, the students learn the rest as a class.

Drawing an Explanation One Line at a Time- for Grade 5 Lesson 7 What's This?

Black Box Activity Adaptation- Let's all the kids participate, not just one at a time. For Grade 5 Lesson 7

Story Telling in Rounds

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Eigo Note Lesson 5-2-2  


Grade: 5

Lesson: 2 (2 of 3)
Target: Greetings & Gestures
Materials: CD & Player; Text

Greeting-2 min
Teacher to Students- Listen & Repeat
Hello, Hi, Hey, Howdy, G’day, Good Morning, Hola, Aloha, Bon Jour, Bon Dia, Bon Journo, Ni Hao, Konnichiwa, Anyohaseyo, Sambaino, Kiola, Selamat Pagi (am) (pm-Siang), Shalom, Jambo, Asalamalekum, Zzdrastvet-yah, Namaste.

Song: Hello Song
-3 min
CD: track 11
Text: page 11

Janken Fours- Warm-up / Review / Conversation Skills Practice- 5 minutes

  • W) How are you?
  • L) I’m fine (sleepy, happy, hungry).
Teachers: Ask Ss for meaning of fine, sleepy, happy & hungry. AND DO THEY KNOW OTHER WAYS TO ANSWER? Ask them to show gestures for the feelings.
ALT/HRT DEMO dialog with GESTURES. Then with Volunteer students.
Students: Show GESTURES for the 4 feelings. Tell other feelings they know. Volunteers demo with Teachers. Then, Janken 4’s- each Student with 3 other students.

SONG- What Are You Doing?
-10 min (similar to this audio- change the words.)

  • What are you doing. X3
  • When you do this? Do-do-DO?!
ALT: Lead students in singing, choose a S to tell what the gesture means. Later, ask for student volunteers to do gestures in front of the class.
ALT/HRT: Take turns acting out: baseball, basketball, soccer,
tennis, volleyball, the guitar, the piano, the drums, the violin, TV games
cook, clean, wash your hands, brush your teeth, jump, swim, fly.
Students: Sing-a-long, guess the gestures. Later, volunteers come to front of class to do gestures for others to guess.

-10 min
Students: One row of Ss stands. First S to respond with a gesture can sit.
ALT/HRT: Take turns calling out: ‘Play OO.’ (baseball, basketball, soccer, tennis, volleyball, the guitar, the piano, the drums, the violin, TV games) ‘Cook’, ‘Clean’, ‘Wash your hands’, ‘Brush your teeth’ ‘Jump’, ‘Swim’, ‘Fly’.

World Gestures Demonstration-
10 min (see video)
Materials: Inside back cover of textbook.
Students: Watch and try to understand meaning of the different gestures.
HRT to ALT: ‘おいで’ with gesture, and ALT move to HRT. ‘いい子ですね!’
& stroke head of ALT.
ALT to HRT: ‘Come here, please.’ with gesture, and HRT move to ALT. Pat HRT on the back, ‘Good job!’
ALT: Post poster and show/explain different gestures to students (also 

  • I’m hungry-rubbing stomach; 
  • I’m full- patting stomach; 
  • Me?! pointing to chest; 
  • Yes-nodding;
    No-move head side-to-side; 
  • Crazy in different countries’ gestures).
  • Also using only the right hand for human interaction in Islamic countries and India- because they don’t use toilet paper!
HRT: Ask students if they know any other common gestures.

3 min
(Present common mistakes to the whole class. Write the mistaken point on the blackboard, and ask if anybody can see the mistake.) Or-
HRT to Students, in Japanese:
-What did we talk about today?
-Were there some words you already knew?
-Did you learn any new words?
-What was fun or interesting?
-What was difficult?
-How can we make that easier next time?

1 min
Students: ‘Thank you! Good bye!’
Teachers: ‘You’re welcome! Good bye!’

copyright 2009 Elton Ersch   www.eigonoto.com

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