Classroom Resources

Ideas for using cards

Each word card has an example sentence below the word to show usage. Depending on how these cards will be used, these sentences can be whited out. The cards can be enlarged, copied onto thick paper and used as flashcards. The teacher can use these to introduce single words eg. あかい、いきます Aand phrases eg. がっこうにいきます。For reinforcement, the following games for learning vocabulary can be played.

Explanations for these games are in the booklet accompanying ことばカード44. The hand sized cards can be used for playing the following games.

In the above games, combinations of picture card and picture card, picture card and word card can be used. Explanations for these games are in ACTIVITY RESOURCES Special Edition 2 - Cards.

Reading activities

Roomaji can be whited out and the word cards can be used for the students to practise reading.

Phrase/sentence building activities

Students pick up a card, either word or picture cards, from the pile and make a phrase or sentence using the word.


This activity can be used for reinforcing vocabulary in general. Using adjectives: Students pick up an adjective card eg. あかい、おもしろい、and then have one minute to think of things that are red, or interesting. They can write these things in a list, or say them out loud. Using verbs: Students pick up a verb card eg. いきます、たべます and then have one minute to think of places you can go, or things you can eat. Again they can make lists or say them out loud.

Mime game

This activity lends itself particularly well to verbs, but with imagination it can be applied to adjectives. One student takes a card and performs a mime of word, and the others guess the meaning.

Daily activities

This activity is for reinforcing verbs. Students are given a set of verb cards and asked to put the cards in the order in which they do things, eg.「おきます-たべます-よみます-ねます....」 As an extension, students are given a set of verb cards together with a large picture of a clock. They put the verb cards next to the appropriate time ,and make sentences saying when they do things, eg.「しちじにおきます。」