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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.


  1. Make a copy of the 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.


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

Players take turns throwing 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


  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.

Expressions for Board Games (Word 19KB)

Chance Cards A (PDF 59KB)

Chance Cards B (PDF 59KB)
Chance Cards C (PDF 57KB)

Chance Cards D (PDF 57KB)

Board A4 size (PDF 122KB)

Board 1 A3 size (PDF 1027KB)

Board 2 A3 size (PDF 937KB)

Dice (PDF 463KB)

Resource created by Himiko Negishi, Cathy Jonak and Yohei Arakawa (April 1996).

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