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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

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Eigo Note Lesson 5-4-1  


Grade: 5
: 4 (1 of 4)
: I like apples. Do you like apples?
: CD & player; Text

Greeting- 2 minutes
Teacher to Students- Listen & Repeat (some or all)
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.

Janken 4’s- Warm-Up/Review/Conversation Skills Practice- 3 minutes
ALT/HRT: Janken and do the conversation first together, then with a few students to practice/demonstrate.
Students: Each student Janken and Converse with 3 others in groups of 4

  • W) 1,3,5,7...19.  
  • L) 2,4,6,8....20.

Introduction- 4 minutes
  • I like apples. 
  • I don’t like apples. 
  • I like apples, too. 
  • Do you like apples?
ALT&HRT- Talk together about things you like/don’t like, using all of the patterns on the blackboard.

Let’s Listen- 5 minutes
CD-tracks 24 & 25.
Text- page 24. (Ken- swimming; Ryo- dogs; Mai- rabbits; Emi- ice cream; Ichiro- bananas )
ALT- Listen & Repeat the kids’ names and the words/pictures on page 24. Check the students’ answers after the CD finishes.
Students- Listen to the CD and draw lines from the kids’ names to the things the like.

More Vocabulary- 6 minutes
Text- page 25.
Blackboard- (Write after the students say the words- 6 total) pineapple; bird; milk; banana; fish; juice; dog; cat; swimming; apple; strawberry; soccer; baseball; rabbit; skiing; ice cream (16 total).
ALT/HRT- Ask the students if they know the English names of the pictures on page 25.  Say the words in Japanese to help the students is needed. Write the words on the blackboard in English after the students say the words.
Students- Say the names of the pictures in English.

Let’s Chant- I Like Apples Chant- 5 minutes
  • I like apples. clap-clap X3  I like apples, too! clap-clap-clap
  • I like apples. clap-clap X3  I don’t like apples. clap-clap-clap
ALT- Listen & Repeat the words from the blackboard with the students once or twice before singing together.
Students- Listen to & Repeat after the ALT, then sing along with the teachers.

O/X Game- 10 minutes
Blackboard-  I like apples. I like apples, too. I don’t like apples.
Materials- Australia Points Map for each student.
ALT & HRT- Take turns making 'I like OO.' statements about students.
  1. Choose a student using 2 dice.
  2. Repeat after teachers (use the 3 patterns on the blackboard); 
  3. Students raise hands to vote if they think the chosen student’s asnwer is O or Yes, or don’t raise hands if they think the chosen student’s answer is X or No.
  4. Repeat question AGAIN after teacher.
  5. Chosen student asnwers.
  6. Students mark 2 points on Points Map if they guessed correctly. Chosen student also marks 2 points.
Find 3 People- 5 minutes
  • W) I like OO. 
  • L1) I like OO, too! 
  • L2) I don’t like OO.
ALT/HRT- Demonstrate and explain activity: With all students standing, students make pairs. Janken winner says an original sentence- the goal is to make a sentence that will get a ‘I like OO, too’ answer. After getting 3 ‘I like OO, too!’ answers from 3 different students, a student wins and can sit down.
Students- Watch & listen to teachers demonstrate and explain the activity. Then, with all students standing, pair with a partner and play Janken. Winner says a sentence, Loser responds. Students getting 3 ‘I like OO, too!’ answers from 3 different students sit down.

Wrap-Up- 3 minutes
(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?

Closing- 1 minute
Students: ‘Thank you! Good bye!’
Teachers: ‘You’re welcome! Good bye!’

copyright 2009 Elton Ersch   www.eigonoto.com

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