5.1. “The seven days of the week”
I would first repeat the seven days of the week with the kids in a rhythmical chant
before playing this game to make it easier for them.
The pupils stand in a circle and everyone stretches out their arms sideways. Now
every child´s right hand has to be on top of their neighbor’s left hand and accordingly
every child’s left hand is under their neighbor’s right hand. One child starts by saying
Monday and smacking his/her left neighbor’s right hand with his/her right hand. That
neighbor is next and has to smack his/her left neighbor’s right hand with his/her right
hand saying Tuesday. This goes on until you come to Sunday. Now the child, who is
on next, has to try to smack his/her left neighbor’s right hand, but without saying
anything. He´ll/she’ll have to be fast though, because the neighbor will try to pull
his/her hand away. If his/her hand gets smacked, he/she has to stand in the middle
and miss a turn. If he/she manages to pull his/her hand away fast enough, then the
other child has to miss a turn and stand in the middle.
- Teaching aims
The pupils should be able to pronounce the seven days of the week correctly.
The pupils should be able to know the seven days of the week in the right
- Pupil’s language
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
- Teacher’s language
Form a circle.
You all stretch out your arms like this. Watch me.
Now put your right hand on top of your neighbor’s left hand like this.
This is a new fun game. You have to say one day of the week and smack your
neighbor’s hand. And then your neighbor goes on with the next day.
I´ll start. Now you go on with Tuesday.
(adapted version; source: Fink, Christine: 55 Five Minute Games. Sprachspiele für den
Englischunterricht. Mülheim an der Ruhr: Verlag an der Ruhr, 2002.)