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Shopping - Countable + uncountable nouns
Elementary level


In this lesson, students get practice talking about countable and uncountable nouns with a, an, some, any, many, etc. With some shopping activities and games, they also look at containers and quantities of things in a shop.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of countable and uncountable nouns in the context of food shopping

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a game about food items
  • To provide practice using a / an / some in the context of food items


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

SLIDE 1 - supermarkets - Where do you go food shopping? Why do you go there? When do you do your shopping? Encourage them to use comparatives/superlatives - because it's the cheapest / the best/ the closest to my house / the easiest to get to / the nicest ... etc.

Test #1 (8-10 minutes) • To gauge students' prior knowledge of the target language

Worksheet - Fill in gaps with a/an/some Take 5-6 minutes to do this individually, then check answers. Count up scores out of 50.

Teach (15-20 minutes) • To clarify areas of the target language where students had difficulty in the first test stage

Lesson plan from ESOL Nexus - "Going shopping" Do activities 1 & 2 - fill in blanks with correct words - then do crossword puzzle and check answers as a group

Test #2 (8-10 minutes) • Check students' use of the target language again and compare with the first test

Dialogues in ESOL Nexus lesson - Task 3: Hand out shopping list and price lists. Each student practice being the customer (A) and the shopkeeper (B). Student worksheets Task 3 (page 2) Going shopping - shop assistant (1, 2 & 3) Going shopping - blank price list

Free practice (13-15 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

Play the "I went to the shops today and bought..." going through the alphabet. Use countable and uncountable nouns / containers Homework: Write a shopping list of the things you need to buy next time you go shopping - are the things you need to buy countable or uncountable? What container do they come in?

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