Unit 3: Animals

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Date: Thursday, 23 March 2023, 10:42 AM

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) Instructors and students greet each other. Engage in a conversation with the students about some of these familiar topics.


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

o      Students say: Good …!

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

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

·               Instructor says: “Welcome to our lesson.”

·               Instructor 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.)

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

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

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

·               Instructor asks: What time is it?

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

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

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

·               Instructor 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…

·               Instructor 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. Field Trip to the Zoo

Activity 1: Introduce the topic and write it as a title on the board – Field Trip to the Zoo


First, ask questions to students related to their background knowledge.




●     Speak slowly and increase your wait time for responses.

●     Model and encourage students to speak in complete sentences.

⇒      Teacher asks: Have you ever been to the zoo? (Yes I have been to the zoo./No, I’ve never been to the zoo...)

⇒      Teacher asks: When was the last time you were at the zoo? (Model: I went to the zoo yesterday.)

⇒      Write this sentence starter on the board: At the zoo I saw _______.

⇒      Teacher says: “Turn to one person next to you and tell them which animals you saw.” –

⇒      Give students a few minutes to question and answer each other. 


3. Animals Vocabulary Review

Activity 2:  Animals (Review) Vocabulary Introduction - Teacher introduces the vocabulary items.

Please write the words in the first column on the board, pronounce them, and ask the students to repeat after you.

Nouns – Print and give each student a copy of this vocabulary list:

DOWNLOAD the complete documents under "Introduction" for printable table with images  
























البطريق طائر






الحمار الوحشي

3.1. Video Game Activity

Animals - What am I?


4. Watch, speak, and listen

Activity 3: Watch, speak, and listen - Watch the 2-minute video "Playful Panda Cub"

(Make sure to give students paper and something to write with.)

Click on the hyperlink:

or type in the title of the video in YouTube. 

1.     Before viewing the video, tell students that while they are watching the video, they need to write down at least two actions of the panda.

Examples: The panda… sits, eats, stands, climbs, jumps… (use present tense/past tense verbs)

       2.  Write and review 7 verbs on the board and say each word out loud. Tell students to

            act out each action as you say each word. Tell students you will ask them to tell

            you what actions they saw the pandas do and what they wrote down after the video.


Verbs - Present tense/past tense verbs

1.     sit/sat

2.    eat/ate

3.    drink/drank

4.    climb/climbed

5.    run/ran

6.    jump/jumped

      7. sleep/slept


        Note: Practice creating other sentences using these verbs. Encourage students to speak in complete sentences. Model speaking in a complete sentence.


        Examples: The student jumps. The teacher climbs a tree.  The boy eats leaves.


        3. After watching the video, ask students to turn to their partner and ask what

             else they noticed about the pandas and their habitat (where they live)…


Examples: Students identify characteristics/adjectives (The pandas are playful, energetic, happy), colors (The pandas have black and white fur, live near green leaves…)

5. Lost Animal Worksheet

Create a "lost animal" poster.

Click here to download "Lost Animal" worksheet 

6. Video Activity: Unlikely Friendships (animals)

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.

·   Instructor asks: What is one thing you liked about the lesson?


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

o   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…