Overview: Students answer questions. The one that answers decides who can sit down. Really fun way to start a Japanese elementary school class and get them into the mood for English. It’s also good for reviewing things from the last lesson.
Set Up: This works if the student’s desks are in lines, like in most Japanese schools.
- When the class starts, everyone stands up.
- Ask the students a question and then pick someone with their hand up to answer.
- If they answer correctly, ask them to pick ‘left and right’ or ‘up and down’.
- If they pick ‘left and right’ the students on either side of them can sit down. If they pick ‘up and down’, the students in front and behind them can sit.
- Continue until everyone is sitting.
Basic question examples:
- What fruit do you like?
- What animals do you like?
- What did you have for breakfast?
- Hows the weather?
- How are you?
- You can use different words, such as horizontal and vertical.
- You can allow them to pick just left, right, up or down.
- You can get the student who answered the question to ask you a question in turn.
- You can let a student ask the questions if you have a class where that will work.