Unit 1: Friends

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Resources: 5th Grade
Book: Unit 1: Friends
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Date: Tuesday, 29 November 2022, 4:55 PM

1. Begin Your Lesson

Opening: Write the day and date on board. We suggest you start the session with a song or video. (see below) Fellows and students greet each other. Engage in a conversation with the students about some of these familiar topics.


·               Fellow says: “Good morning/afternoon, students!”

o      Students say: Good …!

·               Fellow says: “It’s nice to see you again.”

o      Students say: I'm glad to see you too. (Explain that glad means happy.)

·               Fellow says: “Welcome to our lesson.”

·               Fellow says: “My name is “…” “What’s your name?”

·               Student says: “My name is “…” That student turns to next student and asks, “What’s your name?” The next student says… “My name is…” (Continue speaking and practicing names with each student in the group.)

·               Fellow asks: “How are you? What’s new?”

    • Student says: I'm good/ I'm fine/ I'm all right

·               Fellow asks: “How is your day?” Student says: It is good. / My day was great/fine.

·               Fellow asks: What time is it?

·               Fellow asks: “What day is today? What day was yesterday? What day will it be tomorrow?”

·               Fellow asks: “What season are we in now?”

·               Fellow asks: “What is the month?” Practice saying today is “…….” with students.

·               Fellow asks: How’s the weather?

    • How's the weather? – Elementary song


o   Students practice saying: It is cloudy/ it's rainy/ it's hot/ it’s nice/ sunny/ windy / cold / foggy…

·               Fellow asks: “Are you ready to start our activities today?”

    • Students: “Yes!!”  

Need help calming your students down? Try this: How to Calm Young Children Down in Minutes – Palming technique –Video: (This technique is for younger children, but it may still work for your group. Feel free to adapt it, if needed.)

o   Click here to access: How to calm young children down in minutes

2. Introduction

This unit includes the vocabulary:

Part 1:
age, also, begin, birthday, different, hobby, month, the same, year, 

a lot of, chess, first, important, learn, ninety, old,

people, special, together, win, young 

Part 2: 

best, better, call, choose, information, more, 

next, wait, 

at night, blanket, brush, every, give, put, take care of,

time, toy, wash, with, 

always, but, fast, hard, help, if, kid,

like, other, team

Part 3:

beautiful, because, break, for, into, near, 

race, road, their, 

idea, money, now, use

Part 4: 

closed, find, flower, look for, nice, secret, tell a story,   

cry, I'm sorry, perhaps, sick, too    

3. Song: Friends

4. Workpage: Lost Animal Poster

Create a "lost animal" poster.

Click here to download "lost animal" workpage

5. Video: Funny Friendship

Answer the questions:

1. Who are the friends in the story?

a. The duck and the elephant.

b. The cow and the sheep.

c. The deer and the penguin.

d. The cat and the dog. 

2. Is this a strange friendship?
Yes/No. Why is it strange?

3. How do they become friends? ____________________________________________________. 

4. Why are they friends?

They are friends because ____________________.


6. Video Activity: Unlikely Friendships (animals)

Ask the students to write/tell the class about three "strange" friendships they saw in the video, while using "to be" and "has/have" sentences. 

Show the students how to describe the animals:

The friends are the dog and the elephant.The dog is small and the elephant is big.  The dog and the elephant are good friends. They play with each other. 

Do another one with the class. Then, each student writes in his or her notebook. 

The friends are the ____________ and the ________. The __________ is ____________ and the __________ is ____________.  The ____________ and the ___________ are good friends. They ___________________  play with each other. 

7. Finish Your Lesson

Closing: After each session before you say goodbye, ask students to reflect on the lesson. 

  • Fellow asks: What is one thing you liked about the lesson? 

  • Ask each student to tell you 3-5 new English words they learned today.

    • Repeat the new words after the student says them. Then, repeat the new words with the student again so he/she practices and learns the correct pronunciation. 

  • Ask: What is one question you still have about what you learned today? 

  • Ask: What would you like to learn more about? 

Say goodbye to the students. Tell them you are looking forward to seeing them next time… Fellow says: Have a good day/afternoon… See you next time…