I want to go to 'Murica! Countries Bingo Board Game

To introduce students to famous foods and sights around the world. Intended as a final review game for the "I want to go to Italy" lesson.

Perhaps the only thing that kids love more than bingo and board games is a FUSION of both!

I came up with this idea because in some classes the classroom was too small for moving around in and the kids got too rowdy during exciting games. And the kids. Love. Bingo. And board games. SO. MUCH. (Not to mention that it's more about luck than skill, so even kids who aren't good at English have a chance at winning.)

NOTE: This game is best used as a cumulative review for the "I want to go to Italy" lesson. It assumes:

1) that the kids have already sufficiently practiced country names,
2) that they can identify countries by looking at the flag, and
3) that they have already learned the "famous food" and "thing to see" for each country.
(Attached is a matching ws that can be used to introduce them.)



1. Have the kids move their desks into groups. If possible, keep each group to a maximum of 4 kids, otherwise they get bored waiting for their turn. (3 is best, 2 is OK)

2. Each group receives 1 board game sheet, 1 die, and 1 bingo card per kid.

3. Each kid gets out a pencil and a "board game marker" (usually an eraser). Decide the first player and order of play (janken), then put the markers on START.

4. The first player rolls the dice and moves their marker from START. (e.g. They roll a "3" and land on "kiwi bird".)

5. Everyone else in the group asks together, "Where do you want to go?"

6. The first player must figure out what country the food/thing to see is from, then answer, "I want to go to ~." Then they circle/color/mark the appropriate flag on their bingo card. (e.g. "I want to go to New Zealand.")

7. Continue with the next player.

8. Bingo is 4-in-a-row in any direction, but they should be encouraged to get bingo as many times as possible.

9. Once someone reaches the "Go back to START" square, they should continue from the beginning. (E.g. They roll a "5" and reach the "Go back to START" square on 3. Move the marker to START and continue. "4, 5, borscht!")



-Make it clear that they fill in their bingo cards during their own turns, not everyone's turns.

-Sometimes your kids will just go ahead and skip the English speaking parts. Sometimes you & the HRT tell them not to, but they skip it again once you walk away. If nothing else, they're still learning about other countries and cultures. Sometimes you gotta pick your battles. .__.



-If your kids are just that awesome, add more to what they need to say:

"Where do you want to go?"

"I want to go to New Zealand."


"I want to see a kiwi bird." / "I want to eat kiwifruit." (Depending on your kids, just saying the name in Japanese is fine, e.g. "Banri no Choujou" instead of "The Great Wall".)



I've also included a matching worksheet, which I've been using to introduce the food/things to see. Make sure the HRT emphasizes that they should do the ones that they already know first, and that it's OK to just guess the rest. Give them 5-10 minutes to finish it, then go over the answers. As you go over each answer (I do it by country), be sure to explain what each food/thing to see is...because poutine is weird, and everyone needs to know that Canadians are weirdos. :P

The worksheet comes in two versions, English and Japanese. (The countries are in English in both versions because they should know the countries' flags by now.) It's up to you which version you give to the kids, but in my opinion it's not as big a deal for them to know the English names of the things as it is for them to focus on comfortably practicing "I want to go to (country)."

board game sheet, bingo cards, desks in group formation, pencil & eraser, optional worksheet