Kathleen Kathleen

Old Haunted House
Elementary level


This is a grammar lesson about the past simple and the context is houses/buildings. There is a spooky element to the lesson which could bring character to the gestures. The lesson will begin with visuals followed by CCQ and drilling of the grammar model sentences. This will be followed by more controlled practices involving gap fills and listening, before a memory game and back up uncontrolled game at tyhe end.


Abc Answer keys
Abc Gap Fill Handout
Abc Interviw Pic

Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of Past tense in the context of Haunted house

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a Questions and answers in the context of Past tense house


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

-Show a picture of a old haunted house and elicit what the SS see. I'm looking for furniture and prepositions, push the SS a little further by asking where the things are? -CCQ Is this house in the past? (yes) Is it haunted?(Yes) Do you see a ghost? (Yes) Where is the ghost?(On the table)

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

-Remove the image of the haunted house off the board -Display the grammar example from page 138 Grammar bank on the board. -CCQ back to the context of the house: Was there a ghost?(Yes there was) How many ghost were there? (one) Were there any chairs? (Yes there were) How many chairs?(Two chairs). -Have the SS listen and complete exercise 5 (a).Then swap the paper and listen again to check their partners work.

Highlighting (2-4 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

-Open the sliding doors to the right of the classroom. Ask the SS to look at the room for a minute. Tell them to remember things. -Have the SS then look to the board again and tell me what they saw. -Correct anything that was not past tense. They must use the grammar on the board, gesture to it to get answers.

Clarification (8-10 minutes) • To clarify the meaning, form and pronunciation of the target language

-Using the grammar projected on the board ask to elicit the stress and intonation of the sentences and questions from the SS. Use gestures and hands to accompany this. -Put the rules from this on the model sentences and then have the class repeat in different groups e.g. girls and then boys. -Randomly select a student and take something from their desk to CCQ There was a pen on the table? (Yes there was) Was there a book in my hand?(Yes there was) -Remember to back chain to emphasis the syllables and clauses rising and falling.

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

-CCQ Did I see things in the past?(yes) Am I talking about things in a building? (Yes) -Give the SS HO 1a for them to fill out. Once they finish they can then get their feedback from the answer keys placed around the room. -In pairs have them complete Qb and when the class has finished they will find the answer keys stuck under their tables.

Semi-Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check further and prepare students for free practice

-Play a game of Where was I yesterday? Get one SS to stand at the front of the room, the teacher will stand behind them and hold up a picture of a place in the haunted house e.g. kitchen, bathroom, garden. -The SS must then tell the SS what was there yesterday e.g. There were stools. There were books, There was a fountain. They must not say the place. -The SS in the middle of the class cannot turn around or look at the picture, they must guess the place I was in.

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

-Get the SS into pairs, A and B. A will be given a copy of Q8C page 104. B will be given a copy of Q8C page 109. -SS must look at the pictures for a minute then B will turn down their page. SS A will then ask B the question prompts on their page and B must answer. -Swap over and do vice versa. B will ask A the questions on page 109 and A must answer. The answers are given for the SS to correct each other.

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