Copy of Vocabulary Lesson, Saying the Ordinals and the Dates Lesson
Elementary, A1 level


In this lesson, students learn the ordinal numbers and how to say the dates. The lesson starts with the presentation of the ordinal numbers and the dates. This is followed by the controlled practice of saying the ordinal numbers and the dates. Finally, there is a free practice through asking and answering questions about the dates.


Abc Cards with 'the', 'of', 'and'
Abc Cards with ordinal numbers and words
Abc Handout 1
Abc Question cards
Abc Cards with dates on them
Abc Cards with big numbers on them
Abc A picture of finish line
Abc A calender
Abc Incredible English 3 Activity Book p3
Abc Incredible English 3 Flashcards 1-7 (Characters)
Abc Incredible English 3 PMB p 3
Abc Glue
Abc Scissors
Abc Incredible English 3 CB p 2

Main Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, students will become familiarized with the ordinal numbers and be able to say the dates in the context of the dates.

Subsidiary Aims

  • By the end of the lesson, students will be able to use the ordinal numbers correctly in order to say the dates in a conversation about important dates.


Hello and names (3-4 minutes) • To reinforce the routine

Hello, How are you today? How was your week?

Revision - numbers 1-10, 11-20, 21-30 (5-7 minutes) • to revise no, to set up the next activities, to raise Ss's confidence

Write no 1-10 on the board and elicit them. Do the same for 11-20 and 21-30.

Introducing the FCs 1-7 - Characters (4-5 minutes)

Show the characters one by one. Drill indiv and chorally.

Make finger puppets (10-10 minutes)

Make sure to tell Ss to put these away and keep them safe. They will need them in the future.

CB pg 2 - Listen and find (5-7 minutes) • checking understanding

Point to Archie & elicit his name. Do the same for all of the others. Play the audio- the first e.g. and pause. Point to Molly. Play the rest.

Pre-speaking (Role play) lead-in (5-5 minutes) • to prepare Ss for the speaking activity

Write the Qs on the board: What's your name? How old are you? What's your phone number? Drill the Qs. Ask these Qs to some of the Ss. Ask Ss to asks these Qs to you. Ask Ss to ask each other Qs.

Role play Speaking (7-10 minutes)

Put the puppets of Finn and Jasmin on your fingers. Role Play. Demo with a Ss and another one and another one. Ask Ss to work in pairs. To choose the puppets and role play. Choose all 6.

Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To make students become familiar with the context of the lesson.

T shows a calendar to the Ss & asks: "What is this?" -a calendar "What can you see on a calendar?" -days, weeks, months, years. T tries to elicit the word 'date' from the students and asks "What's the date today?" She asks the students to work in pairs and try to say the date today. T asks Ss to come and point out: - When is your birthday? - When is Christmas/ Haloween? etc * Make sure to write down their birthdays next to their names

Elicitation of the concept of ordinal numbers (2-3 minutes) • To enable the students to learn the ordinal numbers.

Teacher shows the picture of a finish line and tries to elicit the first three ordinal numbers from the students. She asks "How many people are there in the picture?" -five "What are they doing?" -They're competing in a running race. "Who wins the race?"

Presenting the ordinal numbers (5-5 minutes) • for Ss to be better able to recognize and use the TL

Present the ordinal numbers with the short form: 1st, 2nd, ..... one under the other Point out the four different endings - st, nd, rd, th (use different colours) Drill - individually, chorally and disappearing FCs.

Practising the ordinal numbers - online game (5-6 minutes) • To enable the students to practise the ordinal numbers.

T shows th website of the game. There are ordinals on one side and the words on the other side. She demonstrates first and matches a word with an ordinal number. Then she asks students to do the other matchings on the board.

Practicing ordinal numbers - Activity Book p3
Practice - Bingo cards (5-10 minutes)

Teacher shows the Bingo cards in her hand to the students and says "Now, we're going to play Bingo Game! I'll give each of you a card. There are ordinal numbers on them. When I say a number, put a cross on this number if you have it on your card. The person who puts crosses on all numbers first will be the winner and say Bingo." She makes a demo and delivers the Bingo cards to the students. She draws the numbers one by one and calls them out or makes students call them out until all numbers finish or one student says Bingo!

Revision of Months (4-5 minutes) • To enable the students to remember the months.

Teacher asks "What month are we in?" -July. Teacher makes the students say the months first in order and then randomly asking "Which is the first month?" -January "Which is the fifth month?" -May

Presenting how to say the dates (4-5 minutes) • To enable the students to learn how to say the dates.

Teacher writes the date of today on the board and asks "What is this?" -Date of today. She asks "How do we say the date?" and models saying "It's the second of July /July the second, two thousand and fourteen" and writes the words for it on the board. She highlights 'the', 'of', 'and'. She sticks more cards with different dates and makes a few more examples. She also asks the students to focus on saying the years.

Practice on Saying the Dates (4-5 minutes) • To enable the students to practise saying the dates.

Teacher shows the cards in her hand and says "There are some dates here on the cards. Now you're going to choose one date and don't show it to your partners. Try to say these dates to each other. While your partners are saying the dates, listen to your friends and write the dates." Then she asks them to check the date their partners have written.

Conversation about the dates (5-7 minutes) • To make students practice saying the dates in a conversation.

Teacher shows the cards in her hand and says "There are some questions here. You are going to ask them to your partners and write the dates they say." She monitors asking and answering the first question, "When's your birthday?" "the twenty-third of June" Teacher monitors them while they're making conversations and gives feedback.

Free Practice on Saying the Dates (5-7 minutes) • To enable the students do freer practice on saying the dates.

Teacher writes a date on the board and says "It's an important date for me. Why is it important? Because it is my best friend's birthday." Now teacher asks each student to write three important dates for them. She says "Write at least three important dates for you. Firstly, try to say the dates on your own and think why they are important. Then make conversation with your partners." While they are speaking with their partners, teacher monitors and gives feedback.

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