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Lesson 4: Activity 1
A1-A2 level


In this lesson students review the story of jack and the beanstalk and complete a listening activity sequencing the story. They then act the story and illustrate cards to make a book.


Main Aims

  • To remind children of or to remind them of the traditional story, Jack and the Beanstalk and introduce themes in the course reader, Jim and the Beanstalk

Subsidiary Aims

  • Linguistic Aims: Listening to stories, drama, listening for specific details
  • My Learning Aim: By the end of my 40 minute section students will listen to and reconstruct the traditional story, sequence the main events and make a book of the story through colouring and drawing
  • Non Linguistic Aims: Working together


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

Show students beans and discuss how they grow. Show front cover of "Jim and the Beanstalk" and try to elicit details of the traditional story, the beanstalk, the giant, Jack etc.

First Listening (5-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible

Students listen to the story, teacher reads and questions students about predictions for the story, relations to own experience etc. Meaning is conveyed through hand gestures, showing objects pictures etc.

Sequencing (3-5 minutes) • To provide students with an opportunity to reconstruct story from memory

Students in groups of 3-4 attempt to reconstruct story from memory

While-Reading/Listening #2 (5-10 minutes) • To provide students with feedback for sequencing task

Students listen to retelling of the story and adjust their cards. Teacher invites students to read out parts of the story.

Post-Listening (8-10 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

Students are each given a section of the story to illustrate and colour. Sections of the story are stapled to make a class reader, and class can act out story reading from the creation.

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