Game in Japanese

Kanji Making Game!

Target Grade:2-6
Target English:Days of the week

This is a quick (10 minutes) game for practicing listening to the days of the week.

1. Split the kids into groups of 4 or 5 people.

2. You need space for this game, so either do it at the back of the classroom, or even in the gym.

3. You then say a day of the week (Monday or Tuesday or whatever)

4. Using their bodies the kids have to arrange themselves into the Japanese Character (kanji) for
that particular day of the week.

5. The quickest team gets one point.

6. Repeat from step 3.

Here are Kanji for Saturday....

.......Sunday.......... ... and Wednesday!

When teaching the days of the week I like to do it using the planets' names for Years 5 or 6. This way they learn "Sun" for Sunday, "Moon" for "Monday" and "Saturn" (they already know this because of the Sega Saturn games console!) for "Saturday" (they are similarly linked in Japanese)

If you teach spelling to the kids (I don't as I think speaking and listening are much more important) then try getting them to spell out the first letter of a word, or even spell a whole word as a class (hitomoji in Japanese).

Kanji Making Game in Video

Here's the game in video from Jason Sensei. As you can see it's one of those games that doesn't really contain that much English, but it does cover a lot of basic skills.@

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