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Teaching Stuff

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Sticker Prize Sheets

The sticker sheet works both horizontally and vertically.

20 stickers: Naruto, One Piece, Fairy Tail, AKB48, Arashi, Exile, Kara

10 stickers: Dragon Ball (the katakana is incorrect, fix it yourself if you care), Toriko, Gintama, Usavich, Doraemon Fusion, Bleach, Sket Dance

5 stickers: Crayon Shin-chan, Kimi ni todoke, Mario, Hawks (Fukuoka’s local baseball team)

Feel free to modify and change anything.

New sticker sheet for heavier sticker usage.

I have one teacher who gives out stickers all the time for every little thing the kids do. I can’t control that, but I asked her what she typically rewards students for and made this new sticker sheet. Each category is different and separate so the teacher is free to give out stickers and I can keep my sanity and not outsource my laminating and cutting to some 3rd world country…

I had a teacher who loves giving out stickers for everything. I made this sheet to accommodate more stickers...

I had a teacher who loves giving out stickers for everything. I made this sheet to accommodate more stickers… print on b4 paper

Prize menu print out (just another option)

This is the new prize list that I made in 2013

This is the new prize list that I made in 2013

To download some prizes I’ve made visit the Prize Page.

Or you can make your own like I do: Photoshop tut (Making prizes)

Castle Game

may i castle game

This game uses no dice. Game pieces can just be the student’s erasers or pen caps. One student is the ‘King’ and the others want to become the new king. Best played in groups of 3-4. The students will take turns playing rock-scissors-paper with the ‘King.’ If they win they can go 3 spaces, if they tie they to 2 spaces, and if they lose to the ‘King’ they will go one space. They must ask the ‘King’ for permission as they land on the appropriate spaces. e.g. if the 1st student loses to the king and lands on (1) then they have to ask the king, “May I go to 4?” Then another round of rock-scissors-paper is played. If the player wins then the ‘King’ grants the request, (Yes, you may.), and the player can move to (4). If the ‘King” wins then the request is denied, (No you may not.), and the player has to stay put. Each space that has a request asked to the ‘King’ has the Loss / Win results beneath the request.

In my game using “May I…” the students have a chance to gain “bazookas” which can then be used when they are attacked. The ‘King’ holds the bazooka cards and must give them out when it is requested. If the students have no bazooka cards they then they have to try to escape instead.

When a student reaches the end and becomes the new king the game begins again from the start.

You may change the Loss / Win values if you want or use the blank template I’ll provide here to use your own grammar point. Even if you don’t know how to use photoshop you can simply write in your own target grammar as long as your handwriting is legible. You can also use whiteout, type your new stuff in word or something and then cut and paste and then run it through a copier. That’s old school, but I’m willing to be at least some of you have never thought of doing that before which is pretty sad…

castle game template

template

bazookas

Bazooka cards. One sheet should be enough for a class of 35-40 kids.

Snakes & Ladders Game

Snakes & Ladders 1.0

Snakes & Ladders 2.0

Snakes & Ladders 3.0

Give the students a target sentence to use, like “I *verb* *whatever works to end the sentence*”…

You can make it more complex if you want where the students have to pick a subject based on the roll of the dice: 1: He 2: She 3:We 4:They 5:Pikachu 6:I

If you need more help then you can watch my instructional how to video on YouTube.

A game for JHS 3rd year students.

snakes and ladders blank

Here’s a blank snakes and ladders. You can handwrite in the spaces if you like. Or download it and use photoshop or even Microsoft Word to fill it out as you like. One last method is to print out and cut and paste. Old school!

Finish the Comic

Finish the story comic (original art)

Read like Japanese manga right to left. Pick a grammar point and have the kids finish the story. They have to draw their own endings.

Doraemon & Luffy conversation

Read like Japanese manga from right to left. Students will create their own dialogue and draw their own picture to complete the story.

Map for Direction Game

Simple map for direction game

Students will give directions like, “Go straight” “Turn right” “Turn left”, it can be made more complicated by giving them more dialouge options like “Take a bus from No. 1 bus stop to…” “Go straight for two blocks” “Look to your right” etc.

Blank Map so the kids can make their own town.

Train map

Printable version of the train map in the 2nd year New Crown Text Book page 10

This is a large train map that expands on the one from New Crown.

This is a large train map that expands on the one from New Crown.

Who Am I Game

Who am I? game

In pairs one student picks a character, the other interviews to figure out which character their partner chose.

Past Progressive, Who Am I Game

small size (A4)

large size 1 (A3)

large size 2 (A3)

large size 3 (A3)

For the large size print all 3 on to A3 sized paper and then put them all together.

Christmas Tree Lesson

Number Spelling Cards

Print > Laminate > Cut > Apply Magnets

Divide the students into groups. Give each group a set of  cards. Call out a random number. They have to arrange the cards on the blackboard to spell out the number. First team to complete it gets the point. I think there should be enough letters to get to at least 0ne-hundred, possibly up to 999, but I only made sure it would to up to 100… this takes a lot of time beforehand to prepare.

This is for days of the week.

Item cards

Print-Laminate-Snip Snip

This is for getting the kids to practice, “Do you have _____?” or “What do you have in your hand?”

Passive Voice Bomb Game

I call this the “bomb” game, but in this particular worksheet I’ve not used bombs. This was introduced to me by a JTE last year. You can use this structure anywhere for any grammar really. You can use this in groups of 3-4 or as an entire class with you giving the answers and the students asking the questions.

Basically you use a target structure like in this example, “Is this _______ made in Japan?” You give the students a set of options. I’ve used: fan, umbrella, soup, robot, katana, space ship, anime, and car. One student picks his/her answer, but doesn’t tell the other students. Then the other students must ask him/her using the target sentence. If the answer to the questions is negative, “No, it isn’t,” in this case, then the student who posed the question is safe and the next student will ask their own questions. Each item can only be used once. If a student guesses the correct answer then unfortunately they lose. The aim of this game is to not get the right answer. If the students guess all of the items and there is only one item left, so it is obviously the answer, then the student who answers, “Yes” and “No,” is then by default the loser of the round.

The worksheet that the JTE gave me used little bombs. When you guess the right answer essentially one bomb exploded. Of course you don’t want bombs to blow up in your face so the aim of this game is to escape unscathed or as undamaged as possible. For my game I’ve used the pirate in a barrel game. The one where you stick swords into the barrel and if nothing happens you’re safe, but if you stab the wrong part of the barrel then the pirate pops up and you lose. Maybe not less violent, but the game is familiar to the kids so it cuts down on explanation. When the students lose then they have to color in one of the swords on their sheet. At the end of the activity the student with the least number of swords colored in are the champions.

This is a jpeg version of the one I did. In lieu of searching the internet for appropriate images I just drew my own as I was pressed for time when I made this particular activity. I'm including the .docx version so you can change and adjust at your leisure. Also you probably aren't named Matt...

This is a jpeg version of the one I did. In lieu of searching the internet for appropriate images I just drew my own as I was pressed for time when I made this particular activity. I’m including the .docx version so you can change and adjust at your leisure. Also you probably aren’t named Matt…

passive voice bomb game (.docx)

 Comparative Picture

This picture I use for when the students must practice the comparative. I make cards where I write vocabulary they are familiar with, e.g. stronger, faster, longer, cooler, more delicious, smallest, cutest, the most handsome…etc etc etc… And I give the students a sheet with lines numbered 1-12.

I put the vocab cards in a basket and the students form 4-man groups. They have to come and pick a random card and then use the characters/places on my picture to make sentences. Each animal/character/place they can only use once. Each comparative card they can only use once as well. I usually let them roll a dice upon each completed sentence to get points and keep track of the points on the black board. Team with the most points wins.

comparative picture

12 answer sheet English and Japanese answers (students have to write the English sentence and translate it so we know they understand what they’re saying.)

Comparative interview game.

This is for at the end of 2nd year or beginning of 3rd year. One person picks a character. That person can only say, “Yes, ” and “No.” So you have to ask simple questions. The ones we used were:

  • Are you taller than _____? Are you shorter than _____?
  • Are you bigger than _____? Are you smaller than _____?
  • Do you like to eat _____?
  • Are you more popular than/less popular than/ as popular as _____?
  • etc…

I play this as a class where the JTE asks me questions and I answer. The students keep track and try to figure out who I am. I also do this with the students divided into their rows. They have to ask me questions in order and the row that figures out who I am wins. They kids can do it in their small groups as well. And finally, I’ve done this with the JTE and I on opposite sides of the room. The students in their groups must come to us and ask us questions, one question at a time. The group that figures out who we are gets points. Then we yell out, “RESET!” so the class knows our character was solved and we’ve picked a new character. I usually give points for each question asked and then bonus points for the team that solves your character. You must give negative points for incorrect guesses though to keep students from just randomly trying to guess who you are.

I use this sort of game for lots of grammar points in all 3 grades.

2nd year interview game character sheet

first year are you game (same concept, no pictures)

Same game but for using different grammar.

Same game but for using different grammar. “_______ makes me ________.”

Pirate Treasure Map

Two versions you can download and edit.

Download and edit as you like

Download and edit as you like

This you can use to track progress like an achievement sheet, which is what it was designed to do.

This you can use to track progress like an achievement sheet, which is what it was designed to do. Each X is 24 spots apart, but if you count the Xs as locations then it’s an even 25.

zoo map

Students requested a new one. They asked for a zoo themed version.

Comments on: "Teaching Stuff" (11)

  1. Hi There,
    I borrowed one of your picture as it was perfect for the topic I was talking about. No worries, my blog is not commercial and I have given you credit for it. I hope you don’t mind. I invite you to visit my blog at www:change-hardpart.com
    Keep up the good work!
    Cheers

  2. Awesome stuff seriously.
    How’d you make your snakes and ladders worksheet?
    I want to make a snakes and ladders worksheet but with different content.
    Thanks!

  3. Hey. Came across your website while looking for some ideas for my class. Just wanted to say you have some really creative ideas and thanks for posting them! Not sure if you are still actively teaching but I bookmarked your site and will check it out again in the future! Thanks again!

  4. Wow! I love your ideas! You are so creative!
    I was searching for some creative ideas for my classes and stumbled upon your blog! Amazing work!

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