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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

Friday, September 25, 2009

Eigo Noto Lesson 6-3-1 (1 of 1)  


Grade: 6
Lesson: 3 (1 of 1)
Target: When is your birthday?
Materials: CD & player; Text; EigoNoto.com Chant

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- 5 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) (say student number in Japanese) 'Jyu-nana.'
  • L) (say the number in English) 'Seventeen.'

Song/Chant- 5 minutes
Textbook- bottom of page 17
CD- track #15, or separate audio.
Slow CD- track #20
ALT/HRT- Listen & Repeat months’ names once before singing; then lead the singing.
Students- Listen & Repeat, and point to, the months’ names; then sing along.

Eraser/Keyword Game- 10 minutes (hear an audio example)
  • When is Christmas?  
  • It’s in December. 
  • -January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December-
ALT/HRT- First show the students, and Listen & Repeat, the ‘keyword’ (ex.: December). Then in turns ask and answer the question, sometimes using a different month than the keyword (ex.: When is Christmas? It’s NOT in March). Cross off the month’s name on the blackboard.
1-New Years Day; 2- Setsubun; 3- Hina Matsuri; 4-nyugakkushiki; 5-Kodomo no Hi; 6-Geishi; 7-Umi no Hi; 8-Obon/Summer; 9-Otsukimi/Keiro no Hi; 10-your birthday!; 11-Shichi-go-san (7-5-3); 12-Christmas.
Students- In pairs, face each other over a desk; put an eraser in the center of the desk. Listen & Repeat the ‘keyword’. Then when/if the keyword is said, try to be the first to take the eraser.

Birthmonth Pronunciation Practice- 3 minutes
ALT/HRT- Ask students born in January (then February, March, etc.) to stand. Say the month name for them to repeat.
Students- Stand for your birthmonth.  Listen & Repeat, then sit down.

Chant #2/Activity- When is your birthday?- 10 minutes
Materials: 2 dice
  • When is your birthday? X3 
  • My birthday is in....
  • January, February, .... December.
ALT: Lead the chant. Each time at the end, roll the dice to choose a month’s name (any repeat = 1 = January).
Students: All stand and chant along. If your birth month’s name is chosen, you can sit down.

Activity 2-Interview- 10 minutes
  • W)When is your birthday?
  • L)My birthday is in OO.
Textbook- page 21
ALT/HRT- Demonstrate the activity- Play Janken, Winner asks When is your birthday?, Loser answers. Winner writes friend’s name into the space for that month in the textbook. Make new pairs. Next do the activity with a few students to model and check accuracy.
Students-Do activity as described above/demonstrated by teachers.

Wrap-Up- 2 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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