Denise Penrod Denise Penrod

TP 7
Elementary level


In this lesson, students learn the appropriate use of there is/there are, the negative, and the question how many?


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification and practice of there is / there are sentences in the context of a party.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide gist reading practice using a text about things at a party
  • To provide accuracy speaking practice in a there is / there are in the context of items in a picture.


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

Ask students what are typical things found at a party. I will write down their responses on the Jamboard in "there are/ there is" sentences.

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

As a class, read the text about a surprise birthday party. Have students fill out a short True/False form regarding the information in the text. Go over the answers and OCFB.

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

Using MFP, go through the Target Language sentences from the text and identify when it is appropriate to use there is vs. there are and how to create sentences in the negative form. Also, highlight using there's for there is.

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

If time allows, have students work in groups on the Google Form where students practice when it is appropriate to use there is or there are in sample sentences. Go over answers together as a class, OCFB.

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

Have students look a picture, and describe what is in the picture using 5 there is or there are sentences. Then, in breakout rooms have students ask each other "How many...?" of the different items they've identified. Monitor break out rooms and provide OCFB and DEC at the end of the activity.

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