Lesson 4: How are you?

Lesson Plan Part 1: Warm Up & Review

Review all the English from theΒ Genki Disco Warm Up Lesson,Β rock, paper, scissors, practice “What’s your name?” plus review the What’s your name? song

Lesson Plan Part 2:Β Input with new language & song

Toady is all about positive language. Our words make our world so we finish the lesson with lots of super positive emotions!

To get all the students involved be sure to use gestures for all the phrases e.g.

“I’m hungry” (they pat their tummies)

“I’m tired”, (they go to sleep!)

“I’m cold”, (they shiver)

“I’m sad” (they pull a sad face)

“I’m happy” (a big, smily face!)

“I’m great”, (they throw their arms in the air!)

“I’m good” (thumbs up!)

“I’m OK!”

And in the chorus you can have them lined up singing one line each:

Check out Margit’s kids enjoying the song!


Lesson Plan Part 3: Output with the How are you? Monster class game

Either online or offline, Β indoors or outdoors, this is one of the best Genki English games – the How are you? Monster Game.

Check out the students in Tanzania:

⚑️Online Teaching Tip:   Get the kids to stand back at least 3 or 4 steps (or strides if possible!) behind the camera before you start! 

1. The students all line up at one end side.

2. Explain that this side of the gym is the “safe” side. But they really want to get across to the other side, where there is a sweet shop which today has a half price special offer ( this gets the kids very excited!).

3. But, in between the kids and the sweet shop is a monster! At first the teacher is the monster. Ask the kids to guess what your favourite food is. They’ll shout out some foods ( nice practice!), then you say that your favourite food is human! ( Even bigger reaction from the kids!)

4. Tell them that they can only cross to the sweet shop if the monster is in a good mood and isn’t hungry. Ask them how they can check on the mood of the monster. After a moment a few kids will say “Ask him/her “How are you?””

5. All together the kids ask the monster “How are you?”

6. Do a few “I’m sorry?”s to get the kids to shout in big loud voices ( so that all the kids join in, not just the super genki ones!)

7. The monster says an answer, e.g. “I’m OK”.

8. The kids repeat the answer ( important practice!) and move forward one step ( no jumping allowed!).

9. Repeat from 5.

10. But if the answer is “I’m hungry!!”, the kids have to run back to their safe wall! Any kid who is tagged on the way back becomes a monster for the next round!

11. Play again!

Or here’s another video explanation in Japanese with English subtitles:



If you have flipped your classroom with the digital Genki homeworkΒ then set the next lesson “Superhero” as the homework for next week.

Or if your students have Tik Tok you can tell them to check out next week’s lesson, “Superhero”, Β hereΒ and review today’s lesson here:

“How are you?”
by Richard Graham

Hello, how are you?
Hello, how are you?
Hello, how are you?
Hello, how are you?

I’m hungry,
I’m tired,
I’m cold,
I’m sad

(Repeat Chorus)

I’m happy
I’m great
I’m good
I’m OK

(Repeat Chorus)


Bonus VIP Printables

If you have theΒ Teacher’s SetΒ you can also download these extra printables

A4 Flashcards
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Mini Cards
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Evaluation Workbook
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Picture Book
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Gumby has made this great video of how to make an 8 page book out of one piece of paper!

And being such a nice person she’s also done a ready made print out for you to try!


A4 Flashcards
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Mini Cards
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Lesson Plan

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(give to class teacher)

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Dice Game
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SpaghettiΒ Game
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Islands Game
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Snakes & Ladders
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Imagination Sheet
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22 Responses to “Lesson 4: How are you?”

  1. Glenda

    Thank you so much
    Your lessons are a super help
    Many blessings Glenda

  2. victoria

    I live far far away..in Uruguay, South America…would you send the teacherΒ΄s set here? can I pay it at once..or I would be charhed monthly?

  3. Richard Graham

    Hi Victoria, no worries we have lots of teachers in South America loving Genki English!

    Everything is sent by digital downloads so you get it straight away. And you can either pay at once or may monthly with the installment plan. Check out the Teacher’s Set page below – I think you’re going to love it!


  4. Marcia Olivera

    Thanks you very much your lessons are great, I feel more relax as children enjoy a lot and they are 100% motivate.

  5. Angela Stringer Klimaytys

    I have loved every single video you have posted. I stopped teaching but it is still in my heart. I will have to find some more people to teach.

  6. Daniela henriquez

    Ey! this is fantastic!!! I have loved all your videos!!! i wish to get the songs!!

  7. MarΓ­a Soledad De La Ho

    ItΒ΄s an amazing tool for teaching! thank you so much for the material, my litlle students are really happy with this!

  8. John Day

    Ni Hao Richard, I am sold on your ideas and methods of teaching English. I will be recommending to my current school that we use Genki. Thanks for all your great ideas!

  9. Liudmila

    Thanks a lot !!!I love all your ideas. You are brilliant!!

  10. Olha Pylypenko

    Thanks for your ideas ! I really enjoy your way of teaching. Sure your students are happe to work with you)))

  11. Natalia

    You are a super-puper enthusiastic teacher! Every time I watch your videos I have a disire to stand up and rush to try all your activities.

  12. Ngan

    Thank you so much for your lesson plan. It is so great and useful for me.

  13. Yulia

    Thank you, Richard, for your wonderful ideas and support. Teaching kids becomes really enjoyable using your games and ideas.

  14. Valeria

    Hello, Richard! So happy to finally buy Genki Enlgish course!!! My question is: do we explain the rules of the game in L1 for the first time?

  15. Valeria

    Thanks a lot, Richard! I’ll check out the link.
    My follow-up question is: how did you get so brilliant at Japanese???
    It’s just that I’m from Russia, but I moved to Spain one year ago and want to explain rules more quickly and effectively πŸ™‚
    Of course, Spanish is much easier to learn compared to Japanese, but still I have to get better at it)

  16. Richard Graham

    Hi Valeria,

    That would be by using GenkiJapanese.com πŸ™‚

    Good luck with the Spanish, it’s around 3 months to get fluent if you do deep, genki practice everyday!

  17. Valeria

    Cooool! Thank you so much, Richard! It’s so cool to stick around such passionate people like you!!!

  18. Nargiza

    Very Genki game)) Thanks, Richard, for sharing with teaching methods.

  19. Sergy

    Thank you Gumby! You are genius!

  20. Elisa Valentini

    Hi Richard! Thank you very much for this lesson. Preschooler children love singing the song and doing the monster game as well as the leapfrog game with the feelings.
    Where can I find the flashcards for I’m wet, I’m thirsty, I’m hot, I’m angry?

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