What is That?!

To prevent the kids from saying they're sleepy or not happy.

Activity was inspired (stolen) from The Totally Rad Show.


This may take quite some time to prep depending on how many pictures you would like to create.

  • Download photos of people and objects from Google Images.
  • Open up Adobe Photoshop or any image editor you prefer.
  • Adobe Photoshop instructions:
  1. Open image
  2. Click filter
  3. Highlight pixelate
  4. Click crystallize (use a different filter if you would like)
  5. Choose 100 for the cell size
  6. Save image with a different name
  • Repeat steps 1-6 on the original image, but be sure to change the cell size to a lower number each time to get a clearer image.
  • Rename your files like so:

photo_01.jpg (cell size of 100)
photo_02.jpg (cell size of 80)
photo_03.jpg (cell size of 60)
photo_04.jpg (cell size of 40)
photo_05.jpg (cell size of 20)
photo_06.jpg (original image)

  • Save images to disc, usb stick, external HD, or iOS device.
  • Transfer files to school computer or use iOS device with proper cord.
  • Hook up computer or iOS device to projector.



  • Break students into groups of 3–7.
  • Review the following grammar points and phrases with a handout, or on the board:

What is this? / Who is this? / He is ~ . (He’s ~ .) / She is ~ . (She’s ~ .) / It’s a ~ (It is a ~ .)

  • Open up image
  • Ask kids “Who is this?”
  • Students say “えー?”
  • Push arrow key to proceed to less mosaic’ed image until students figure out who it is.
  • Eventually students say “He’s Anpan Man!”
  • You say “Pan-tastic!”
  • Push arrow key and show image
  • Ask kids “What is this?”
  • Students say “なにそれ、、、”
  • Push arrow key to proceed to less mosaic’ed image until students figure out what it is.
  • Eventually students say “It’s a pencil!”
  • Now explain “Whose ~ is this?” + possessive grammar.
  • Ask students to repeat “Whose pencil is this?”
  • Show image
  • Ask kids “Who is this?”
  • Push arrow key to proceed to less mosaic’ed image until students figure out it’s Luffy.
  • Students say “He’s Luffy.”
  • Now have the kids repeat “It’s Luffy’s pencil.”

That is the warm-up.

Half of the images will just be of people or characters to review “Who is this?” and “He’s or she’s ~ .” The other half of the images will be of objects and characters to practice “It’s a ~ .”“Whose ~ is this?” and possessive forms. Give points to the group that says the correct answer, and feel free to make and use your own images.


Game can be adapted to other grammar points to be suitable for any year of students.

Junior High
Computer, projector