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Five 4th of July Themed ESL Games for the Classroom

Updated: Jul 6, 2023

As an ESL teacher, I know how challenging it can be to keep young students engaged and excited about learning English. That's why I'm always on the lookout for fun and creative ways to teach language skills, especially when it comes to holidays and special events. With the 4th of July just around the corner, I wanted to share some of my favorite themed games that are sure to make language learning fun and memorable. As an educator who has seen firsthand the power of interactive and engaging learning activities, I believe these games will be a great addition to any classroom or homeschool curriculum. So, let's get ready to celebrate Independence Day with some exciting and educational 4th of July themed ESL games!

A young boy celebrates Independence Day by wearing Fourth of July themed glasses. The glasses are painted with the stars and stripes of the American flag. There are big red and blue stars sticking out of the top of either side of the glasses.

4th of July Themed ESL Games

1. Patriotic Bingo: Create a bingo card with images of patriotic symbols, such as the American flag, fireworks, and Uncle Sam. Call out each image in English, and have students mark off the corresponding image on their bingo card. The first student to get a row of five marked off wins the game.

Materials required: Bingo cards, markers.

Prep time: 10-15 minutes.

2. Stars and Stripes Memory Game: Create pairs of cards with images of patriotic symbols, such as stars, stripes, and eagles. Place the cards face down on a table or floor, and have students take turns flipping over two cards at a time to try and make a match. If they find a match, they keep the cards and get another turn. The student with the most matches at the end of the game wins.

Materials required: Pairs of cards with images of patriotic symbols.

Prep time: 10-15 minutes.

3. Firework Spelling Relay: Divide students into two teams. Write out a word related to the 4th of July, such as "firework" or "patriotism," on a board or piece of paper. The first student on each team runs to the board or paper and writes the first letter of the word. They then run back to their team and tag the next student, who writes the second letter, and so on. The first team to complete the word correctly wins the game.

Materials required: Board or paper, marker, timer.

Prep time: 5-10 minutes.

4. Red, White, and Blue Scavenger Hunt: Hide objects that are red, white, and blue around the classroom or outside. Give each student a basket or bag, and have them search for the objects while saying the color and name of each object in English. The first student to find all of the objects wins the game.

Materials required: Objects that are red, white, and blue, baskets or bags.

Prep time: 10-15 minutes.

5. Independence Day Charades: Write out phrases related to the 4th of July, such as "watching fireworks" or "eating hot dogs," on slips of paper. Have students take turns acting out the phrases without speaking, while the other students try to guess the phrase in English. The student who guesses the most phrases correctly wins the game.

Materials required: Slips of paper with phrases related to the 4th of July.

Prep time: 10-15 minutes.


Meet the Teacher

Who is Bri?

Hi, I'm Bri, an English teacher who has been teaching since 2007. Originally from the United States, I moved to Japan for University and started teaching part-time. It wasn't long before I fell in love with teaching English as a second language. Teaching ESL has become my passion, and I have been fortunate enough to travel the world while teaching students of all ages and backgrounds.


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