Lesson 3-3 The Third lesson - Review 1-20 using ESL games in the classroom...

Jun 22 2009 0 Comments by The ENB

Eigo Noto 英語ノート lesson blog: Review 1-20 using ESL games in the classroom:

It has been raining a bit lately and Japan is now coming into the rainy or monsoon season. The last few days have been quite wet so the kids were anxious to play some games indoors. It is common in Japan to close off the playground's field during a rainy day and keep the kids inside.


Eigo Note Book 1 Page 19 Lesson 3 The Pyramid Game

So, without wasting time, we went straight in to the lesson's games after doing our usual greetings, songs and review practice for the numbers 11-20. Everyone has gotten better and we had played a review in which everyone stands up and is chosen in random to say the next number on a roll from 11 to 20. It might also be known as the Chain Game but I've kind of nicknamed this game "Dabong!" for the kids since this is what they usually say when someone slips up or cannot remember the next number in English. Although there are still a few students who have forgotten, that number of students per class remains under 5-6.

Going into the first Let's Play portion, we get into the Pyramid Game. It's a Janken game in which you have to fill a pyramid like diagram with 15 numbers from 1-20 and do Janken with the other kids. The winner gets to say a number and circle that number in his or her textbook and the loser can circle his or her number if it was already written in the textbook. If you keep winning and circle all the 15 number you can write your name on the board. Well, to tell you the truth, the kids absolutely loved this game. Especially after the rains I think it was the kid of get out of your seat and move around the classroom game they were looking for.

gamesIntroducing the game for the teachers is easy enough by drawing the diagram on the board, counting the number of squares together, and filling it up with your own 15 numbers while the kids "watch and learn" or repeat the numbers you as you write them down. Then, repeat the rule in English "Write 15 numbers between 1 and 20 in the boxes." Repeat it over and over until the kids get it. They should be able to understand the gyst of it by the third time.

number gamesThen, as they finish preparing call on a "volunteer" but never say that in a class full of shy kids. It's like calling someone to their doom. Instead, if you have kids who are quite hesitant, just ask the kids, "Who wants a 'sign' on the back of their book?"


winnersWe did janken with all the kids who had never gotten one of my famous "signatures" on the back of the textbook. The winner can come up and get a "signature" and while they are at the front ask them to do Janken, and then go thru the game rules. "You win! You can say one of your numbers!" and point to their pyramid. It is a little tricky to try and win to show the rules and the kids usually call me 'yarashi' or sly in English if I do that "osoii (late) dashi" but it raises their confindence after some time doing it and I've got no problems with asking kids to come up to the front and helping me out for a game demo. Sometimes, I just use the day's date as a student number and no one feels as if they are being picked on. This date-student number pick up system (that's DSNP for short) has always worked and my kids have always been preparing themselves mentally when they know its their 'date'. I guess in this way of doing student pick-up they feel more obliged to do it now than just being called up to volunteer.

pyramid gameOnce the game gets going, you've got to watch the students carefully because things can turn out into an 'all-Japanese-speaking-janken-taikai" so remind the kids before starting not to speak Japanese or you'll give them a "yellow card."



You can actually cut some out of colored card paper just to emphasise your point. But, then some of the kids might say 'hoshi!' or 'want it!' in English. Oh, well...

winnersAs the winners started churning out we got them to write their own names on the board. After game 1 ends, go through the reading of the names with the whole class and fix up any spelling mistakes. Like Tetushi should be spelled as Tetsushi or get the kids to close up their 'a's otherwise they will read as Rinu instead of Rina.

winnersWe gave "signature" prizes to the winners of both games and finished with the Key Number Game.


I win and You win! winners winners


dabong! winners winners



The students really enjoyed this lesson since 90% of it involved games. But then again, is that so bad? I don't think so. The kids did a lot of production practice and as well as review in the Key Number Game since we had the kids repeating the numbers as a review until the key number was spoken. We will see again how well the kids acquire the numbers in the next lesson.

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