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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, February 16, 2010

Eigo Noto Lesson 6-8-1  


Grade: 6
Lesson: 8 (1 of 4)
Target: Please help me. (writing an original story)
Materials: 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- 5 minutes
ALT/HRT: Janken and do the conversation first together, then with a few students to practice/demonstrate.
Students: Winner chooses one daily activity from lesson 7 to say in English or Japanaese. Each student Janken and Converse with 3 others in groups of 4. 
W) (Daily activity sentence in English or Japanese) I get up at 7.
L) Watashi wa 7-ji ni okimasu. (or- I get up at 7.)

Let’s Listen 1- 8 minutes
EigoNoto- page 50
CD- track 60
Students- Listen to the CD and write numbers 1-2-3-4 in the boxes. Check answers with seat partner. (1-Big Turnip; 2- Peach Boy; 3- Red Riding Hood; 4- boy with horse)
ALT/HRT- Play CD, check students answers

Story Telling in Rounds- The Big Turnip- 10 minutes
ALT/HRT- Introduce activity
Students- In small groups, one student at a time tell the next line in the story for The Big Turnip.

All Class Storytelling- The Big Turnip- 10 minutes
ALT/HRT- Introduce and assist the activity
Students- Volunteers students tell one line at a time for The Big Turnip.

Let’s Listen- 5 minutes
EigoNoto- page 52
CD- tracks 61-62-63
Students- Listen to CD and try to tell the meaning in Japanese after each track.

Let’s Chant- 5 minutes
CD- track 71.

  • Grandpa pulls the turnip.
  • Grandma pulls Grandpa.
  • The girl pulls Grandma. 
  • The dog pulls the girl.
  • The cat pulls the dog.
  • The mouse pulls the cat.
  • 1-2-3 Yo! Heave! Ho!
Students- Sing along with the CD.
ALT/HRT- Play the CD, lead the singing.

Storytelling Practice- if time
EigoNoto- page 50
Students- Choose one of the stories on page 50 for the whole class to tell the story 1-by-1 in Japanese (volunteers, or in order of small groups).

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 2010 Elton Ersch

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