6th grade, Giving Directions - Fukuwarai Game

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Name of Teacher:Takanaga Kishiko, Lily McDermott

Class/Grade/Language Level:Grade 4

Textbook and specific lesson:Adaptation of Hi Friends 6, Lesson 4 (Turn Right!)

Goal:Use English expressions for directions to play ‘Fukuwarai Game’ 友達と楽しく「福笑いゲーム」をしよう。

In the sixth year of elementary school, High Friends has a unit about giving directions in English. This lesson simplifies expressions like ‘turn left’ and ‘go straight’ which are introduced in the sixth year, into ‘up/down/left/right’, and draws on previous knowledge of body parts from the ‘Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’ song.

Preparation:Face and facial organ cutouts for each pair of students

Class time:45 minutes

Introduction and Warm up (7 minutes) 1. Greeting

2. Song ‘’Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes’’

3. Demonstration Introduce the game by having JTE and ALT play with each other on the board. Practice (13 minutes)

4. Jazz Chants Practice saying ‘Where is the ~ (eye, ear, mouth, nose)’ using a jazz chant. Practice “up/down/left/right/stop” using the jazz chant rhythm. Have students gesture in the different directions while repeating.

5. Simon Says Game In response to ‘’Simon Says Up’’, have students raise their hand or stand on their toes. When ‘’Simon Says Down’’ have students squat. Have students face their left or right when ‘’Simon Says Left/Right’’. Having them rotate around by repeating ‘right/left’ may be too difficult if you are playing for the first time.

Communication (20 minutes)

1. Play Fukuwarai Game Distribute handouts with faces and pre-cut facial organs to pairs of students. The game is similar to ‘Pin the Tail on the Donkey,’ but can be played on a table. Japanese children generally know how to play this game. One partner wears a blindfold or yellow cap over their eyes so they cannot see. Have them ask ‘Where is the ~’ and receive directions from their partner. The guiding partner can respond using ‘up/down/left/right’ and ‘stop’. Self Check (5 minutes)

1. Furikaeri (Reflection) Card Have students write a reflection about how the felt about the lesson. If there is time, have some students share their reflections with the class.

2. Parting Greeting