Seven Days of the Week
The seven days of the week ESL exercise not only teaches how to say all the days of the week, it also helps young ESL learners understand the concept of yesterday, today and tomorrow. It can also be a good time to teach the basics of the past tense to young ESL students. To make it more fun, create posters with drawings. If you are like me and can't draw, keep it simple with stick figure drawings. Make the pictures funny too! It will keep the interest of the students. For your characters, use the names of students in your class. This will keep students more involved.
For example, for the Monday poster, have students "Alice" and "Daisy" pictured eating noodles. On Sunday, you can ask the two students this question: "What will you do tomorrow?" They should answer: "Tomorrow, we will eat noodles." Be sure they understand how to connect "tomorrow" with "will". Then on Monday, you can ask them this: "what are you doing today?" And on Tuesday you can ask them this: "What did you do yesterday?"
This ESL vocabulary game for yesterday, today and tomorrow is suitable for all levels. Higher levels can use this to work on learning more complex grammar patterns as well. Be sure younger students know the days of the week first. If they know the days of the week, understanding yesterday, today and tomorrow should not be difficult.