Lesson plan

I can run
Song: I can run

To practise:  vocab: simple actions  structure: can/can’t for ability  skills: integrated skills (listening, speaking, reading, writing)

Age group


80 minutes approximately

1. Song: I can run http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/songs/i-can-run 2. Activity sheet, answers and lyrics for the song (log-in to LearnEnglish Kids to access) http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/sites/kids/files/songs-i-can-run-worksheet-final-201210-22.pdf http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/sites/kids/files/songs-i-can-run-answers-2012-1022.pdf http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/sites/kids/files/songs-i-can-run-lyrics-final-2012-0605.pdf

swim. The other Ss ask “Can you…?” questions.g. and sing the song.”) and ask which Ss have the same answer. until finally “Yes. Encourage Ss to do the actions during the song. complete comprehension activities. etc. ski. I can. Now ask which Ss have the other answer. I can’t. the two Ss must turn around and make a sentence “I can…” with the action you are holding. skip.  Ss complete part 1 of the activity sheet: match the picture and the word. and they repeat.  Now write your answer on the board (“Yes. Ss will be introduced to the popular song “I can run”. e. 4. Listening to the song and introduction of written form of vocab (10 mins) 3.  Ask Ss to tell you what they can do. Demonstrate meaning by doing the actions.  Brainstorm some more actions with the Ss. Finally Ss can do some extension work of the vocabulary and language based on the song.” or “No. Tell the Ss your answer to the question. Prepare pictures of the actions and hold one up.  Write the question “Can you swim?” on the board. Focus on structure (10-15 mins)  Review or teach the actions in the song: run.  Play Simon Says.  Ss complete part 2 of the activity sheet: write what they can do and draw a picture.  Play a game. spin. Ss will listen to the song. This time. When you say “go”. Remind Ss they should do the actions on the spot rather than moving around the room. Ss play in groups of 3 or 4. Repeat the answer together. Introduce the topic and vocabulary (5-10 mins) 2. I can.Lesson plan Introduction In this lesson. The student must answer “No. Encourage Ss to use “I can…” as well as the verb. Check answers. cook. draw or write the actions on a large piece of paper.  Play the song again. reformulating where necessary. Further oral practise and extension of structure (10-15 mins) 5. drilling the answers in two groups (those who say yes and those who say no) each time. hop. Nominate two Ss to come to the front and stand with their backs to you. Procedure 1.  Play the song. jump. Print. encourage Ss to sing along as well as do the actions. Encourage Ss to ask you more questions. surveying their classmates and creating new verses for the song.  Play a game.  Write a question with one of the new actions on the board. climb. practise the vocabulary and structure in the song. Ss count the ticks and crosses and tell you. and write the words on the board. Ask every student “Can you …?” and put a tick or a cross next to the question for every answer. Oral and written personalised production of the language (15 mins) . One student in the group only answers the questions. I can’t. Ask the Ss how many people can and how many people can’t do the activity.” several times.  Ask Ss more questions.” at which point the other Ss must try to be the first to touch the picture/word of that particular action on the paper.

Ss could make a poster about what they can and can’t do. play these games for can/can’t. Then they conduct a class survey by asking their classmates and putting ticks and crosses. they could write more questions to survey their friends and family. These would also make nice display work for the classroom.  Now sing and do the actions!  For homework. hop and skip). or each student could report back to the class the results of one of their questions (“5 children can…” etc). Remember to keep the action ‘run’ in each verse too (to rhyme with ‘fun’).Lesson plan  Ss write 5 questions with 5 actions of their choosing in their notebooks. 6.  Depending on your Ss. At the end. using the new actions (instead of jump.  Now practise each verse slowly with the Ss. http://www. Setting homework (5 mins) Further reading Contributed by Rachael Ro . they count the ticks and crosses and write the numbers for each question. Ss vote for their 4 favourite alternative actions. they could produce a bar chart of the results.  If Ss have internet access at home.org. Alternatively.uk/teaching-kids/using-songs 7. they can practise the song. or this game for sports. swim. Oral extension of the language (5-10 mins)  Look back at the brainstorm of actions on the board.teachingenglish.

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