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Junior High School Teaching Resources

Grade Level Guide

1️⃣1st year of junior high school
2️⃣2nd year of junior high school
3️⃣3rd year of junior high school
These grade level guides are based on the New Horizon textbook.
Note that this may differ from you school’s textbook


Color Game 1️⃣

There used to be a Japanese TV show called 笑う犬 (Warau Inu) that had a rhythm game involving colors. After a combination of one to three colors were announced, participants had to say nouns that matched those colors while staying on beat. This is a recreation of that game where students have to play this game in English.
Please contact Mao Leonard if the game is not working.

Like a traffic light, there are three signals. Students must respond by saying nouns that are associated to the colors of the three signals while staying on beat. Nouns can be reused by other students.

There are three types of combinations.
Easy: a combination of two colors: If “red, red, blue” is given, an answer could be “apple, apple, sky”. Students can say the same noun for the color red.
Medium: a combination of three colors: If “yellow, green, white” is given, an answer could be banana, grass, paper”.
Hard: a combination of one color: If “blue, blue, blue” is given, students must respond with three different nouns that are blue, such as “sky, ocean, pool”. An answer with the same noun such as “sky, sky, sky” is not an acceptable answer.

・Press the green arrow to start the game
・Press the SPACEBAR to change the combination of colors
・Press the pink arrows to change the speed of the beat

Make sure to play the game with sound on!
Please contact Mao Leonard if the game is not working.

Scavenger Hunt 1️⃣

Students will start to learn prepositions in their first year. You can hide an object and give clues using prepositions to help students find it.

Make Me Say “No” 1️⃣2️⃣3️⃣

Students will learn how to ask different questions throughout junior high school, such as “Are you…?”, “Will you…?” and “Have you ever…?” Playing this game is a fun way for your students to get to know you. The objective of the game is for students to ask questions that have the answer “no”.

・Have all students stand up
・Have students raise their hand once they think of a question using the target grammar point
・If your answer is “no” to their question, the student can sit down. If the answer is “yes”, then they must continue standing. Remember to give them a full response (i.e., “Yes, I do” instead of just “yes”, “No, I can’t” instead of just “no”)
・Whoever is the last student standing must complete a special challenge. This can be anything, such as answering a question that you or another student has. Remember to praise them in the end so they don’t feel bad or feel like a loser for being the last one standing!

This game can be played with other types of questions such as “How many…?” Instead of letting students sit down when your answer is “yes” or “no”, you can let them sit when your answer is a prespecified number.

Past Participle Online Review2️⃣3️⃣

Students in their second or third year of junior high school will need to memorize past participles once they start to learn how to use the perfect tense. This is a game that students can play in class or at home to review past participles.

・Press the green arrow to start the game
・Click on the dinosaur that is saying the correct past participle of the verb that the pterosaur is saying
・Click on the 終了する button in the top right corner to finish the game. The pterosaur will announce how many questions the user got right and provide a list of verbs that should be reviewed


Personal Pronouns Song

This song will get stuck in your head and hopefully your students’ heads, too. You can make the song more fun and challenging by speeding up the video.

“A Glass of Milk” Thai Commercial (New Horizon Textbook only)

This Thai commercial is about how a poor boy who received food and medicine from a kind man later became a doctor who treated the man for free. This is very similar to the story “A Glass of Milk” in the New Horizon textbook.

Show this video with English subtitles to your students and see if they can understand the story. You can then show the same video with Japanese subtitles to check their understanding.

English subtitles:
Japanese subtitles: