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Below are activities used in the EigoNoto.com lesson plans. Most require no materials or preparation! Several of the activities have video explanations in Japanese.
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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

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Eigo Note Lesson 5-7-3  


Grade: 5
Lesson: 7 (3 of 4)
Target: What’s This?
Materials:  Tex; small items for Black Box activity

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.

Chant/Review Activity- What's this?- 15 minutes

  • What’s this (animal, sport, food, number, sound)? Clap-clap X3   
  • It’s (a) OO!
  • (to the side) 1. Draw  2. Gesture 3. Point 4. Sound 5. Feel 6. Explain
ALT- Demonstrate all the methods of explanation done until now-
Draw line-by-line; Make Sounds; Gesture; Point to an object or picture; Feel-Black Box (using a textbook- all the class can see). DO ALSO- Explain (giving clues) in EASY English.
Students- Tell, in Japanese, what kind of explanation is done each time.
HRT- Write the different ways to do the explanation on the blackboard in Japanese.
Draw (one line at a time)- banana, 127, snow (jagged lines, then mtn. last)
Sounds- keys on keychain, bird song (whistle), pen clicking
Gesture- swimming, eating natto, 4
Point- (objects in classroom) TV, CD player, etc.
Feel- (hide in fold of text) dice, apple remote, ....
Explain- elephant, sushi, wristwatch

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. Use one of the methods of explanation just shown.
  • W) What’s this? 
  • L) Guess the answer.

Silhouette Quiz-I- 5 minutes
Text- page 48
Students- Seat pairs play Janken, winner asks ‘What’s this?’, Loser answers.
ALT/HRT-Ask students what the shapes are on page 48 (1-rabbit, 2-yacht, 3-crow, 4-           )

Make a New Silhouette Quiz- 5 minutes
Text- page 49
Students- draw a shape in each box (2).
ALT/HRT- Introduce activity, help students.

Silhouette Quiz-II- 5 minutes
Materials- text with drawings, page 49
  • W) What’s this?
  • L) OOO!

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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