Crazy Robots

Objective
To learn to give and take directions, with a focus on speaking and listening.

INTRODUCTION:

  • ALT introduces the vocabulary to the students.

ACTIVITY:

Review

  • Using the HRT as an example, have the HRT cover their eyes and give them verbal directions they must follow to reach a location in the room.
  • Once the students understand, ask 3-5 students to cover their eyes of with their caps.  Give a series of verbal directions to reach a location in the room towards a location in the room.

Hide an Object

  • The ALT covers their eyes and the HRT picks a volunteer to hide an item of the ALT’s somewhere in the classroom. Then a student must guide the ALT with spoken directions to the hidden object.
  • Repeat this exercise twice with the student in place of the ALT.

Rock, Paper, Scissors Robot

  • Students pair up and play Rock, Paper, Scissors. The winner is the “robot” and has to cover their eyes with their cap.  The loser is the guide.
  • The guide must a.)hide an object of the “robot’s” in the room and then guide their robot to the object or b.) Choose a location in the room to guide the robot too.
  • Once the “robot” finds their object or reaches the location the roles are reversed.

Classroom Robot Tag

  • Each pair plays Rock, Paper, Scissors to determine who is the “robot.” The “robot” must cover their eyes.
  • From the “robots,” the ALT and HRT pick one or more “robots” to be “IT,” or “ONI .” The “ONI” is trying to tag other “robots.”
  • The “ONI” and the other “robots” can only move based on the directions given by their guides. After a few “robots” have been tagged, allow pairs to switch roles.
Notes

Make sure that this game is played in a wide open space. Three rules to set from the beginning:

  • No running.
  • Guides cannot touch their “robot” partners.
  • No Japanese allowed.

Variations of the tag game:

  • Virus Tag: “Robots” that are tagged become “it” (robot virus) and stay “it” for the rest of the game.
  • Pairs with “robot virus” must wear red caps and pairs without must wear white caps.

Maze: Set up a maze with cones or chairs and see if pairs can safely navigate the track without going out of bounds or touching the objects.

Lesson Topics
Duration
Elementary
3,
4,
5,
6
Resources
Flashcards of directions with illustrations, student-provided red/white elementary caps or blindfolds.