Minute Beginner Elementary School Lesson Plan
This plan is for a 45 minute Elementary School age Children. This
plan does not include writing, but you may add writing if you would
like. This is a general outline that works well for me, but I encourage
you to change things to fit your situation.
1. Warm up- I Like English
My students love this chant and it is great to get things started.
First use the vocabulary as a warm up (clap your hands, brush your
teeth, etc.) then do the chant with the music. Download
the free chant and lyrics here.
2. Numbers 1-100
Drill the numbers 1-100 and have the students repeat after you.
Depending on the students level, you can play a little quiz game
with them and ask them what number you are holding. Try briefly
flashing the number and see if the students can say the number.
3. Song: Let's Count 1 to 10
This is a fun easy counting song, and students really enjoy it.
Download the song for free here.
4. What's Your Name?
I always review basic questions with Elementary age students. What's
your name? Is a standard basic question. First practice the vocabulary
with the kids having them repeat after you asking and answering
the question. This can be difficult for the kids to understand at
first so if you have another teacher to demonstrate, it is very
5. Song: What's Your Name?
Sing the song, and the students will be singing along by half way
through! You can then after the song ask them again, "What's
your name?" Download the What's
Your Name? free song here.
6. New Topic- Introduce new vocabulary
At this point you can introduce the students to a new topic. I would
recommend topics such as colors or feelings
for beginners. Start by drilling the flash cards, and making sure
the students understand and can say the vocabulary. You can then
try a simple game such as the "Sit Down Game". The sit
down game is very easy and can be used for any topic. If you are
teaching feelings, drill the flash cards and ask the students to
sit down when they see the "angry" flash card. You can
also use the "angry" flash card and put it in with another
set like colors. Ask the students to stand and walk in place. Call
out each flash card as you show it to them. When they see they "angry"
flash card they have to sit down right away! It is also fun if you
have them say "Oh no!" when they sit. As always, be careful
with the students surroundings so they don't bump anything and get
hurt when they sit down quickly. For more topics check the chants
and free songs page.
7. ABC Phonics
I think at this age it is really important to introduce phonics.
I actually start phonics with my 2 year olds and up. Dream English
has free phonics
flash cards and a chant you can download here. Simply chant
the phonics chant while showing the matching letter. You can learn
more about phonics
8. Song: ABC Song
After doing the phonics chant sing the ABC
song with the students.
9. Game: Point to the correct letter
This is a fun easy game. Hold 2 alphabet cards, one in each hand.
Show them to the students and say the name. For example, hold up
the 'A' flash card and say "A". Do the same with B. Then
turn the flash cards around and ask the students to point to the
letter you say. You can have a lot of fun with this by changing
hands with the cards, etc.
10. Book Reading Time
I like to settle the students down with a book. You can use any
book you have in your library that you feel is well suited to their
age. You are also free to download and print any of the free books
from the new Dream English site KidsEnglishBooks.com.
I read a book to the students every class, often asking them questions
about what they see on the page to get them involved. For example,
"can you see the balloons? how many are there?" As their
English becomes more advanced, so will the questions you can ask
11. Action Time
I always like to do some actions with the kids. One simple one to
start off with is body parts-touch your nose, etc. I generally go
through all the main body parts, then we sing Head,
Shoulders, Knees and Toes.
Game: for elementary
students you can try a fun game where you omit one of the body parts
when you sing the song. For example sing Head, Shoulders, Knees
and Toes, but don't say 'head'. Next, ask the students what body
part they want to omit. Continue as long as it is fun!
12. Goodbye Song (3 minutes)
The Goodbye Song has a lot of actions, so
even young students can follow along. I always sing this at the
end of the class, as it lets students know that the class is over.
At the end, I always say, "Goodbye, thank you, see you!"
to my students with a big smile so they know they have done a great
These are some ideas to get you started with a lesson plan for Elementary
age students. Even if you teach a class once a week, you can use
this general outline and change things up a bit. Try different games,
and different warm ups, books and topics to keep things interesting
for the kids. Have fun!
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