Simon Says is a great game because first probably students above 5 years old know it already from other ESL classes and second it’s as simple as Simon says something and you do it.
The game basically is for student to follow what teacher says not what he/she does. To start it’s better to ask students stand up. Explain the game very quickly in case they don’t know. Don’t worry if there are students (probably very young kids) at don;t get how to play. They’ll get it after a few rounds
Let’s say you’ve just taught a lesson on the body parts (head, shoulder, nose, mouth, etc.) and you want to make sure your students understand. You can stand at the front of the class and play “Simon/(Teacher’s name) says…” “touch your head”, “touch your ears”, “touch your mouth”. To trick them do something different than what you said. The winners get to stand and play for the next rounds. It is suggested not to have win/lose for kids under five years old since it hurts their confidence and discourage them to learn English
For lessons with animals or action vocabulary teachers and students can act out what Simon said
This game is perfect for all levels and all ages as even students who do not initially understand the game can catch on quickly. It can also be used for more advanced vocabulary and can be done at any pace to test quick understanding.
Instructional games such as Simon Says doesn’t have a limit for number of students. Fill the classroom with as many as you can and play. Have Fun!