Reagan Reagan

Away From Home
Elementary level


This lesson focuses on the correct form and use of the 3rd person present tense with emphasis on the correct endings, usding the context of favourite activities.


Main Aims

  • To ensure students understand the 3rd person present form and can use it effectively.

Subsidiary Aims

  • :To give students both oral and written practise in using the 3rd person present form
  • To remind students of the variety of spellings for the 3rd person present form and the rules assocaited iwth tgem


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

The teacher will play "Two Truths and a Lie" with the students by writing three simple statements in 3rd person simple and have the students guess which statement about the teacher is incorrect. 1. Reagan plays tennis every week. 2. Reagan goes dancing on Saturdays. (lie) 3. Reagan cooks dinner on Sundays. This leads into the rules of 3rd person present.

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

Using exercise 6, the students will generate the rules for 3rd person present themselves in pairs. The teacher will elicit the correct answers and write them on the whiteboard.

Highlighting & Clarificaiton (10-15 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

The teacher will introduce the spelling rules for 3rd person present verbs of different types, Then the chart will be distributed for the students to work in pairs to categorize the verbs. Feedback will be through the teacher led, whiteboard checking, which will then lead to the second part where they get the answer key with space to add additional verbs into the categories. The teacher will then elicit additional verbs and add then to the board lists.

Controlled Practice (6-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

Using exercise 7, the students will work individually to fill in the correct verbs in the gap fill. They then will check with a friend, reading alternate sentences and checking for correct answers. Then the teacher will distribute an answer key so students can self-correct.

Semi-Controlled Practice (10-15 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

The teacher will pre-teach the three labels of "very active, quite active, not very active" The teacher will give numbers to the students (1,2,3...) to re-group them into new pair partnerships for variety. Before moving, they will do the exercise, guessing whether their partner is (in)active, by writing the pronoun-verb combination. Then they will write question forms of the sentences on the back of the paper. finally, when they are ready, they will move to their partner to interview them. The last stage will be to return to their original seats and tell their previous partner about the activity habits of their peer, labeling them as one of the three types.

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