Simon Says

A “game” to consider that we do every once in a while in my classes is “Señor dice..” or “Simon says..” While we were doing TPR the first few weeks many students said many times we should “play” Simon says”. So we did after I felt we had enough vocabulary built up. The students loved it. Now, about 2-3 times per week they ask to play Señor dice.. I of course do not do it on a weekly basis but every couple of weeks when we’ve built up a good chunk of vocabulary/structures and gestures we’ll do a game of Señor dice. My students absolutely love it and they in fact beg for it all the time. And I don’t even see it so much as a game, I see it as recycling and practicing all of the words they’ve learned thus far. And it’s A LOT of repetition of the “s/he says..” structure.



2 thoughts on “Simon Says”

  1. Susan VanBronkhorst

    I played Simon Says last week with my eighth graders— we call it Diego Dice. But the trouble was the kids who got out fairly soon were out of the game and not paying attention to the ones who hung on. Any suggestions on how to keep every one involved?

    1. Hey Susan. That’s one reason I don’t play Simon Says. I’ve had like one great game with total involvement but usually that happens. Plus I can’t think of commands with all of them staring at me like that. If the Word Wall is behind them I can do it.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Search

Get The Latest Updates

Subscribe to Our Mailing List

No spam, notifications only about new products, updates.

Related Posts

CI and the Research (cont.)

Admins don’t actually read the research. They don’t have time. If or when they do read it, they do not really grasp it. How could

Research Question

I got a question: “Hi Ben, I am preparing some documents that support CI teaching to show my administrators. I looked through the blog and

We Have the Research

A teacher contacted me awhile back. She had been attacked about using CI from a team leader. I told her to get some research from

The Research

We don’t need any more research. In academia that would be a frivolous comment, but as a classroom teacher in languages I support it. Yes,



Subscribe to be a patron and get additional posts by Ben, along with live-streams, and monthly patron meetings!

Also each month, you will get a special coupon code to save 20% on any product once a month.

  • 20% coupon to anything in the store once a month
  • Access to monthly meetings with Ben
  • Access to exclusive Patreon posts by Ben
  • Access to livestreams by Ben