Educational Materials

Survival Game
25 May 2005, 09:53:20AM

Grade Level:


  • Elementary School all-day
  • Elementary School club
  • Junior High first grade
  • Junior High second grade
  • Junior High third grade
  • Juku/small Junior High group
  • High School/advanced
  • Adult
  • Other/Any Level

Materials: Blank Bingo-type grid, 5x5 or 6x6.


The Survival Game is a good game because you play it with any level or number of students, and you can use it to practice any grammar point. First, prepare a bingo grid with the parts of a sentence on the top and left sides of the grid. I usually put subjects on the left and verbs on top. Pass these sheets out to all the students and tell them to draw 4 or 5 or 10 or however many stick figures in some of the squares. It's good to give them a deadline for this or they will agonize forever about where to put them, or they will spend the entire class drawing one or two very detailed figures. Then make sentences that indicate squares on the grid. if a student has a stick figure in the square, the figure is killed. Keep doing this for a while. The student (or usually students) with the most stick figures still alive when you stop is the winner.