Classroom Resources

Boardgame: School

: Students play a board game about school. They advance according to their ability to talk about what happens in their school in Japanese. Chance cards provide an added element of luck.

Level: Junior_Secondary

Preparation

  1. Make a copy of board onto thick paper or cardboard.
  2. Make a dice out of cardboard using Dice Sheet.
  3. Make a set of 20 CHANCE cards, shuffle them and place them face down on the space provided.
  4. Find small objects to use as a marker for moving around the board.

Procedure

Groups: Students play the game in groups of 4-6 according to the following rules:

Players in turn throw the dice and move markers accordingly.
If a player lands on a square with a school room on it, eg. としょかん They have to say what is done in that room. eg. としょかんでほんをよみます。If a player lands on a CHANCE square, they take a card and follow the instructions after announcing them to the group. If they cannot do what they have to in either case, they miss a turn.
The first player to finish is the winner. The exact number must be thrown.

NOTE:In board games, START is ふりだし; FINISH is あがり

Variation

  1. To cater for different levels of ability or different emphases, two sets of CHANCE cards are given; one with the instructions largely in English, one in Japanese script.
  2. The game continues until several or all players have finished.
  3. Different CHANCE cards can be made based on the language students are learning

Teachers may also wish to use the Expressions for Board Games.