Coin Game

Practice general grammar, while ridding oneself of pesky 1 yen coins

The object of the game is for the students to give away as many of their one yen coins to the other players as possible. (Nobody likes one yen coins do they? They’re fiddly, too light and hard to pick up—that’s why they want to get rid of them!). The person with the least coins at the end of 1 minute 40 seconds is the winner.

  1. The class is divided into groups of four.
  2. Each person in the group is given 10 one yen coins, and the timer set to 1 minute 40 seconds.

The rules are as follows:

  • If you say a sentence out loud you can give away one coin,
  • If you answer a question you can give away one coin,
  • If you ask a question you can give away two coins.

Any student can give away their coins to any other student as long as they’ve asked a question, answered a question, or said a sentence. Students must keep their coin-holding hand open until the time is up (even if the hand is empty) to allow the other students to continue to put coins into his or her hand. (Students have often assumed in the past that as soon as their hand is empty that they’ve won, but that is not the case). Students don’t need to answer every question they’re asked, and they can talk simultaneously, they don’t need to wait their turn as in a real conversation.

This game can get the students a bit excited, it can get a bit noisy and some students try to cheat (be on the lookout for students who close their coin-holding hand or pull it away as another student is trying to put a coin into it!)

Lesson Topics
Junior High
10 one yen coins per player