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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, October 1, 2009

Eigo Note Lesson 5-3-1  


Grade: 5
Lesson: 3 (1 of 2)
Target: How Many?, numbers 1-20, Janken from Indonesia
Materials: CD and player; Text

Greeting- 2 minutes
Teacher to Students- Listen and 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.

JANKEN 4’S- Warm-Up / Review / Conversation Skills Practice- 5 minutes
Students: Janken 4’s- each Student with 3 other students in groups of 4.
ALT/HRT: Ask students for some ways to answer “I’m OO.”
        Write their answers on the blackboard.

  • W) How are you? 
  • L) I’m fine
  • W) Fine. (with gesture) 
  • L) Yes, fine (with gesture). / No, FINE (with gesture).

Let’s Play- Saying Janken in different countries- 3 minutes
CD: track 15. (English, Korean, Chinese.)
Students: Listen to the CD, guess the country/language.

Janken from Indonesia-Muck Chee Baa- 5 minutes
ALT and HRT: Play Janken together Indonesian style- ‘Muck Chee Baa’. -> Thumb up (elephant), Index finger straight up (human) or Little finger up (ant).
*Elephant beats human, human beats ant, ant beats elephant.
ALT: Explain game rules to students.
Students: Listen, then try the Indonesian style in pairs.

Activity- Indonesian Janken/Muck Chee Baa, All Students vs. ALT- 5 minutes
ALT: Lead all students to play Janken, Indonesian style
Students: Play Janken with ALT. Losers must sit down. Students get 1 point for each round they remain standing.
HRT: Count each round with marks on blackboard (sei-no-ji / せいのじ)

Demonstration- Counting with writing and on fingers 1-10- 7 minutes
ALT to  HRT: How many fingers to you have?
HRT: Count 1-10 showing students your finger counting style.
HRT to ALT: How many fingers do you have?
ALT: Count 1-10 showing students your finger counting style.
HRT and ALT: Discuss with students that finger-counting styles are different.

Let’s Listen- counting 1-10 in different languages- 7 minutes
HRT: Do students know how to count 1-10 in any foreign languages?
Text: page 17
CD: tracks 16-17 (1.Japanese 2.English 3.Korean 4.Chinese 5.Spanish. 6.French)
Students: Listen to the CD, write numbers 1-6 in the boxes on the page.

Counting- from 1 to a 999 Trillion- 5 minutes
  • 1,2,3.... 20. 
  • 30, 40, 50,...100. 1,000.
ALT: Lead students in counting, or Listen and Repeat the written numbers to 1,000. Then, one at a time, write 22  33  44  55 66 on the blackboard and after each number ask students if they can say the number in English. Then write another 2 (222), 3 (333), etc., and lead students in saying the numbers. Last, write commas between the numbers: 222,333,444,555,666. Tell the students that each COMMA has a name- thousand, million, billion and trillion- and if they can count to 999, with only 4 more words they can say numbers in English up to 999 trillion!
Students: Count along with ALT, Listen and Repeat, say the numbers.

Activity- roaming pair Janken and counting together 1-20- 5 minutes
  • W) 1 (3, 5, 7, 9,...19)
  • L) 2 (4, 6, 8,...20)
ALT and HRT: Demonstrate activity- Play Janken, Winner starts at ‘1’, Loser at ‘2’ and continue taking turns counting to 20.
Students: All standing, pairs Janken, Winner starts at ‘1’. Janken winners get 2 points for each Janken win (for Australia Points Map).

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!’

eigonoto.com copyright 2009 Elton Ersch

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