New Game: Coming to Japan

Here’s Mido’s game for this week:

1. Draw a large outline of Japan (or whereever you’d like to go!) on one side of the board.
2. On the other side draw another country (e.g. UK) with several cut out aeroplanes in it.

3. Draw several gas stations inbetween. (The kids love the fact that the aeroplanes refuel at regular gas stations!)

4. Divide the class into two teams.
5. Ask a student from team one a question using/about this week’s English.
6. If they answer correctly , they can move one plane to a gas station closer to Japan.
7. The team to get the most to Japan is the winner .

You can use time limit if you like.

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Richard Graham

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7 Responses to “New Game: Coming to Japan”

  1. Adam

    you are a fabulous man. i tried all yr games, all the students surely like yr games…. go ahead ,dont stop and dont give up

  2. Liz

    My first thought is I’d wanna do it opposite and have the kids competing to get to a foreign country so the excitement of winning comes not when you get home to Japan, but when you get to the country where you speak English.

    In my jr high when we were learning “if” I had a worksheet where students complete the sentence. One was, “If I was in America…” and I had many students write “I will go home.” So I’d rather not make “going home” be the reward.
    Thoughts?

  3. richard

    @Liz: I never thought of it that way, I was looking on the game for schools *not* in Japan who want to visit! πŸ™‚ Japan’s a pretty hot place at the moment!

  4. Julia

    Hi Richard!

    And thanks to Mido again: his ways of visualizing aims and results are simple like all great inventions!

    My kids like to climb a palm tree to get a banana or more unusual ‘fruit’ like an ice cream or a watermelon :); they also like races (in sleighs or cars, or in rockets).

    Using this technique motivates even shy students to speak.

    All the best to everyone here!

  5. Liza

    Hhmm. Wondering if I can incorporate this somehow in this weeks 4th year elementary theme: Austria, a part of Europe. …

  6. Julian

    A-ha! Great minds think alike! I always play a similar game to practice the country names during the ‘I want to go to….’ topic. I have two teams and it works the same way as a reindeer race game.
    As I am in Japan I do it the way Liz said – with the kids competiting to get to England. They love it when they win and I tell them they are on holiday for two weeks then I send the losing plane home to Japan! I hadn’t thought to draw the petrol pumps thoough – nice touch!
    We follow up with a discussion about what you can see/do/eat etc in the UK.

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