I CAN battleship

Here is a nicely designed battleship worksheet pdf for upper-level ES.

It is to be played in pairs, after having already taught the sentence structure and vocab.

It's important to emphasize that the game is NOT about what YOU can/cannot do, but about where your ships are.

Also the students tend to stress about drawing a ship, so either show an example they can copy, or let them just draw circles or a line or something.

I can/can’t BINGO

I used this for Hi Friends 2 Lesson 3, but it could be adapted for any “can/can’t” vocabulary.

1. First, teach the 10 activities from pg. 10 as well as “I can/can’t ~.”

2. Give each student a blank 3×3 bingo card.

3. Tell them to fill in the card with the activities. (It’s up to you whether you want them to write in romaji, katakana, Japanese, or draw pictures).

4. Before they actually fill out the card explain that you will be telling them your own (true) answers about what you can and can’t do.

"I can" Pictionary

  1. Separate the class into six groups.
  2. Distribute a sheet of A4 to each group and ask them to choose one person in each group to draw.
  3. Explain that the artist will change each round.
  4. Each round, the artist comes to the front and is shown a verb that they will have to draw. Only they will see the word.
  5. They then return to their groups and draw while the others guess what it is.
  6. When someone has guessed correctly the group then works on constructing questions and answers for the verb.

Zombie Janken

A fun, fairly low prep game to get kids familiar with actions and verbs you’ve introduced. Can be a little chaotic, but works fine in classrooms, even with a lot of kids. Ties in with Halloween activities.

Can: Teachers' Quiz

Note: This lesson may be used alongside the ‘Can’ chapter in either Hi Friends! or Eigo Note.

Students will need to have been introduced to the ‘Can you ~ ?’‘Yes, I can.’, and ‘No, I can’t.’grammar points.


In groups (lunch groups with do fine), students are given a worksheet, and a teacher who is regularly at the school. Anyone’s fair game, even if you’re fairly sure they don’t speak any English.

Make a Band!


  • Students have to make a band by finding a group of 5, all playing a different instrument.
  • Students will have a card saying one of the following: singer, drums, guitar, recorder or piano.  The example phrase to say is “I can [play the drums/sing, etc.]
  • By speaking to other students and using the example phrase, students try to find 4 others with cards different from their own to create a band. When they find a students with a different card, they say, “Join my band.”

For example: