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RIDDLE: "Can you make a correct English sentence that has the word 'because' three times in a row?"



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3rd Word: A listening and reading game where students pick out words from a dialogue by counting.
Adjective Name Game: A fun game to learn the names of your students while having studentds learn new adjectives!
All-for-One, One-for-All: Students whisper English sentence, write it down and post it on the chalkboard.
Almost Mario Kart: A racing game inspired by Mario Kart where any group, no matter how badly they are losing, can start winning at any moment, which keeps all groups attentive. This game can be used with most grammer points. Practices primarily listening and writing.
Answer Me Bingo: This is a group Jeopardy game mixed with a flavor of Bingo.

Are you...? Guessing Game: A Guess who game with different questions using "are you...?"  
Baseball: In this base-stealing, English-ball hitting, lightening-fast answering game of baseball, students answer questions for a chance to run around the bases with the goal of reaching home plate.
Battleship: An exciting pair game where students try to hit their opponent's ships.
Best Sentence: A Judge will decide after hearing each slip of concluding sentences which one is the funniest or most interesting.
Bingo: A collection of Englipedia's JHS Bingo games!
Blockbusters: Team game where students try to make a line across the board.
Broken Telephone: Every row in the classroom forms a group, a metaphorical 'telephone cord'. The goal is for each group to race in order to verbally pass a word, phrase or sentence down their team's telephone cord and the last person must repeat it to one of the teachers. This game is sometimes called でんごうゲーム in Japanese.
Castles: Students compete in rows to destroy magnetic castles and capture flags in a quiz style game. This game was originally designed for ES, but can easily be adapted for JHS.
Cleaning the Haunted House: Two fun passive voice riddles that can be used after students learn to use the passive voice.
Contagion: A janken (rock-paper-scissors) game. Students practice answering the question 'What's wrong?' whilst spreading illnesses.
Corrections Gambling: Students gamble on their ability to correct English sentences.
Countries and Flags: Students work in teams to match countries with their corresponding flags.
Country Race: Students race to find the spellings of each country and report it to their partner.
Coupon Swap: Students formulate questions and aim to accumulate as many signatures as they can in an amount of time.
Crumpled Up Fun: This works very well for reviewing WH-questions. The students have a chance to talk to everyone in the classroom by asking and answering questions.
Describing Things in English: Students try to explain Japanese terms in English. Works best in an elective English class.
Diary Writing: Kids write a diary based on various nursery rhymes.
Dice of Fortune: Students guess letters of the sentence on the board, similar to Wheel of Fortune.
Dictation Race: Students race to dictate a passage to their partners.
Direction Town Map (wrksht only): A simple, large town map to use in your direction lessons.
English Songs: 21 songs with both English and Japanese translations.

English Stickers / Holiday Mickey / Holiday Pooh:  If you want to make your own stickers, these are for you!

Fairy Tale Madlibs: Students create hilarious stories by filling in missing verbs, adjectives and nouns based upon the classic stories of Cinderella and Momotaro, the Japanese version of Disney’s James and the Giant Peach.
Favorites Game, The: This is a basic conversation activity designed to get students speaking and interacting with each other. It is facilitated by the ALT but mostly executed by students.
Flashcard Baseball: Review flashcards while playing baseball with your students.
Get Happy: Students learn a song over a period of time to do as a warm-up.
Hello Harry: Students review basic phrases, greetings and responses while playing a Harry Potter themed board game.
Horizontally Challenged: Students race their team's animals horizontally across the chalkboard by answering questions asked by you. However, the added excitement comes from the mysterious bonus and pitfall cards.
Imagination Quiz: Students make pairs and take turns asking each other questions to find out what the other student is thinking about.
iMANGAnation: Students write a Calvin & Hobbes comic strip.
Inaka Basketball: Inaka means rural. Armed with the class’ trashcan and scratch paper to use as the basket and basketball, students accrue points by answering English questions in hopes to try their luck in Inaka Basketball!
Ingurishu: In this match up activity, students try to match katakanized English with their real English spellings/words.
Interactive Halloween Bingo: A neat, interactive Jeopardy quiz game using power point. This version is Halloween themed, but you can use it as a template for any sort of questions.
Janken Points:This activity allows students to make a simple sentence using a subject, verb, and object. Students can also use positive or negative sentences while competing for points.
Jeopardy: Students answer questions from various topics. The higher the point value, the more difficult the question is.
Just the Way You Are Song: Using Bruno Mars' song, "Just the Way You Are" to introduce compliments. If you have a full lesson then I've added extra activities
Kaiten Sushi: Students pass around pictures of sushi with music playing. Whoever is holding sushi when the music stops has to write a sentence.
Katakana Karuta: Students learn to hear the difference between katakana pronunciation and REAL English by playing this fast paced card game.
King & Servant: In this fun, loud and communicative game students pick chopsticks to decide who gives the orders and who has to follow them.
Kings: Like the old college drinking game, students draw a card and receive a challenge. Based upon whether they can complete the challenge, they can receive or lose points.
Lemon Tree: Students listen to the song "Lemon Tree" by Fool's Garden, and fill in the blanks.
Letter to Self: The students write a letter, addressed to themselves, to be opened at a later date.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Groups work to accumulate points in order to defeat other teams' fighting characters.
Mastermind: This game can be adapted for any grammar point. It encourages students to create, and say aloud a particular grammar point repeatedly.
My Journal: This regular activity will help your students express themselves better.
My JTE's Idea: This activity brings a new twist to the game Bingo while practicing spelling new target vocabulary words.
Newspaper Reading: Students practice reading the basics of an English newspaper. This activity is best suited for 3rd grade students.
One Thing Song: Students listen to a song by the band One Direction and fill in blanks.
On the Run: Student race around the classroom to find words that make up the sentence.
Pairs Janken Snake: This game helps students practice vocabulary or English sentences. It is a general game that can be used for ES or JHS lessons.
Pick the Picture: Students listen series of two similar sentences and circle the correct one.

Pictionary: A game that you play by reading a word or a phrase on a card, and then drawing what the card says.  Teams play for points.  You are not allowed to talk, make hand gestures, or write on the board if you are drawing.

Pop-up Pirate: A versatile quiz game using the Pop-up Pirate toy.
Prefecture Quiz:
Students listen to the ALT describing a Japanese prefecture and try to guess which one it is to get points. It's a review of English comprehension and general Japanese culture. 

Pronunciation Tree: Put your students to the test with the activity.
Puff the Magic Dragon Listening: A worksheet with lyrics to 'Puff the Magic Dragon' in English and Japanese. Students must listen and write down corresponding rhyming words to those words listed in the box. The box can be edited to include anything, i.e. simply vocabulary, past tense, etc
Quiz 30: A group of students must get one of their teammates who is standing in the front to say a vocabulary word given by the teacher. The students do this by each writing a single word related to the key word on their individual papers.
Rockets: Students race to rebuild their rockets by correctly answering the AET's questions.
Santa Tell Me Song: Students listen to the song "Santa Tell Me" by Ariana Grande and fill in the blanks on the worksheet. There is an easy version and a hard version to choose from.
Say It - Basketball!: Have the kids create sentences using words you give them while playing basketball.
Scattergories: The objective of Scattergories is to score points by uniquely naming objects within a set of categories, given an initial letter, within a time limit.
Scrabble: Each turn, each group of students receives seven cards. The students place these cards on the floor, forming a word. The next group must form a word from their cards that connects to the previous words.

Secret Sentence: Students guess the secret sentence using a handout while practicing writing and reading.


Sengoku: Students use the names of Japanese prefectures to work on their spelling and vocabulary.


Sengoku Jidai: Teams make sentences/questions in order to build up territory and become Shogun.


Sengoku Jidai PPT: A version of Sengoku Jidai made in Powerpoint. The questions were written with 2nd graders learning comparatives and superlatives in mind. You could also use this is as a template to add your own questions or just use the hex screen.


Sentaku Poetry: This lesson is a follow up to the poetry studied in the 3rd Year textbook. It will teach the students the basics of how to write two types of poetry—acrostic and persona. It is important to focus on the way that we structure poems in English; centred topics, and rules which guide composition.


Shinka:Shinka means Evolution. Students meet, greet and play Janken while moving up an evolutionary ladder practicing any target vocabulary. This particular activity was originally designed for ES, but it can easily be applied to JHS/HS.


Shiritori Race: This activity is just like the Japanese Shiritori game where students fill-in-the-blanks with English words they know until they reach the finish point.



Salesmen: Students sell random products to one buyer. If their product gets bought, they get a point and become the next buyer. 


Signs Movie Quiz, The: Students watch a short love story in which 2 bored office workers communicate between buildings using signs. What message comes next?


Simple but Great Bingo: Students listen to a story and write down words they recognize in bingo squares. 


Sleeping Game, The: Students work together to put sentences in the right order.


Snakes and Ladders: A popular board game where students travel toward the goal via ladders while avoiding snakes, which send you back down towards the starting point. This game can be used for ranges ES-JHS.


Soto Hunt: Students think about their environment in English by going outside! What’s this madness you speak of?!?! English is not something that is ONLY learned in the classroom. You need to experience it, too. What’s that you say? Entire civilizations run on this complicated form of communication?


Space Invaders: Students review various grammar points while students take pop-shots at alien invaders drawn on the chalkboard.


Spoons: Students try and collect a set of cards and then grab a spoon.


Spoon Race: A-balancing-a-marble-in-a-spoon race.


Sumo Vocab: Students battle out to see who is the Yokozuna of vocabulary.


Super Mario Review: This is essentially a board game that is made to look like an early Mario video game level.


Super Mario Typhoon: Students review what was studied in the year with a fun, 48 question Power Point quiz based on Mario.


Summer Paradise Song: Students listen to the song "Summer Paradise" by Simple Plan and fill in the blanks on the worksheet.


Sweden: This is an activity for advanced 2nd years or 3rd year students. The handout teaches them about Sweden.  


Take or Give: This game can be used to practice any grammar point and requires minimal prep. It involves the students answering questions to get points. However, they don`t know whether the points are positive or negative until they decide to take them for themselves or give them to the other team.


Talking with Foreigners: Students use Japanese culture-based questions to stimulate conversation using different grammar points. This is not rehearsed or grammar specific, so students must think and culminate what they have learned and apply it to a conversational situation which they may come across in Japan.


T&T: "T&T" stands for Tsunami and Typhoon, and it is a great review activity for any level students. The rules are easy and the game is as fun as the teachers and students make it.


Text Message English: Internationalization! Let kids have fun deciphering English text message language.

Three Hints Food Quiz (wrksht only) - A fun, food themed three hints quiz.  Great questions for beginners warmup or game. 


Time Hunters: Students travel around a game board collecting times on their cards for various daily routine verbs.


Tongue-Twister Challenge: Students read tongue-twisters as fast as they can as many times as they can.


Translation Relay: Students compete in small groups to translate Japanese sentences into English, relay style.


Triple O: Students receive four vocabulary words. Once they figure which word doesn't belong, they write 1 sentence as to why the word doesn't belong.


Typhoon: Students answer various English questions in hopes to choose a square from a grid and receive points while trying to avoid the evil typhoon squares.


Typhoon Pirates: This is basically a variation on the popular Typhoon Game point-scoring system here on Englipedia, except the theme in this activity is set around pirates. It can be used whenever a game requires some kind of point-scoring system.


UFO Attack!: Students must answer questions to move the UFO away from their base. Different grammar points can be used to help review current material.


UK Map: (Wrkst Only) A great map that can be printed on A3 paper and used for quizes, self-study or crosswords! 


Unmix!: Students unscramble a set of words and then use those words to play a simplified game of famous board game, Scrabble.


Useful Classroom Vocabulary: (Wrkst Only by Priscilla Westra) A fantastic list of expressions for students and AETs alike!


Uso Baseball:The students play a baseball-themed game like "two truths and a lie" where they describe themselves. 


Verbal Concentration: Students take turn reading the card in their hand and trying to match it to the same card held by one other student in the classroom.


Verb Uno: Students play Uno while practising verb conjugation.



What Do You LIke To Do: In pairs, students ask "What do you like doing?" and answer with the information on their card. 


What Is This Used For: A matching memory card game.


What Time Word Search Puzzle: Students find and circle the underlined word.


Wipe That Smile Off Your Face:I use this game for kindergarten (幼稚園) and ES 1st grade (小1年). It works well as a fun warm up. You could possibly use the game in higher up classes, but its just for fun.


Word Finder: A simple yet addictive and competitive word finder game.


Word on the Street: Based on the popular boardgame, students spell words and compete to see who can get 3 markers the fastest.


Writing Comics: This activity is for students who have a pretty good handle on English. It motivates students that otherwise wouldn't want to free-form write and makes for a short and fun writing activity.


Wrong Trousers, The: Students watch the film of the ‘Wrong Trousers’ with Wallace and Gromit and respond to some questions.

Year End Quiz: Team battle in a Jeopardy style review.


ANSWER:"In the dictionary, 'apple' comes before because, because because begins with a 'B'."

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