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Adjectives and personal possessions
Elementary level


In this lesson, students learn about adjectives and their opposites through guided discovery based on a reading text about Sally and Billy and their important things. The lesson starts with eliciting some basic adjectives using pictures. This is followed by an activity where students should match a list of adjectives with the appropriate pictures which are already posted on the whiteboard. Later there is some controlled practice through sentence correction and putting in order. Finally there is a scan reading where students read and get a specific answers for some questions.


Abc match words with pictures handout
Abc stick first play
Abc opposite words

Main Aims

  • To introduce and extend the students' knowledge of basic adjectives, their opposites, and how to use them in sentences through the context of describing personal possessions.

Subsidiary Aims

  • to practice related vocabulary


Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

Show the students one of the picture pairs and elicit the adjectives that could describe them. Make sure students know which word goes with which picture. Drill the vocab. Elicit that the words are adjectives and opposites.

Useful Language (8-10 minutes) • To highlight and clarify useful language for coming productive tasks

Give students the HO with the pictures. They work in small groups to match the words with the pictures. Check the answers with the W/C. Then make sure to hand them the answer key.

Productive Task(s) (18-20 minutes) • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

Demo WKBk ex 2 by putting 2 sentences using adjectives on the W/B- one that's correct and one isn't- and get them say which one is correct and what's wrong with the incorrect one. Students in small groups do ex2, then check against the answer key.

Feedback and Error Correction (8-10 minutes) • To provide feedback on students' production and use of language

check students know what "before", "after", and "plural' mean. Students in small groups do SSBK ex2 together to check they know how to use adjectives in sentences. do W/C FB. Demo how to put a jumbled sentence in order at the W/B (from SsBk ex3), then Students in pairs work together to order the sentences. Use ans key to check.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide a model of production expected in coming tasks through reading/listening

Show students the pictures of Sally and Bill. Elicit some things they can see in the picture- and get students to say what things they think are important to each person. Students listen to recording R2.1 and check if their ideas are correct. Students check their answers in pairs - then take W/C FB. Give students ex 4b and get them read the two texts and say if the sentences are true or false. Students check answers in pairs, then take W/C FB. Get students to correct the sentences that are false.

Useful Language • To provide an opportunity to practice target productive skills

1-Get the students talk about things that are important to them- encouraging them to use some of the adjectives- OR- play back-to-the-board with the adjectives 2- Ask if there is anyone who wants to come over the board/Pick a student to come to the board and ask them to say the opposite of the adjective that the teacher is saying, by saying it’s “opposite of…” 3- Miming game (let one students get to the board and ask him/her to try to mime the words for her/his friends) make sure to use simple instructions

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