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2 Second Conditional Lesson Plan

Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8
In the BrainPOP ESL movie, If We Lived There (L3U5L2), Ben and Moby take their minds off
shoveling snow by imagining what life would be like if they lived on a tropical island. If only it
werent a dream! In this lesson plan, adaptable for grades 3-8, students use the second
conditional as they discuss imaginary conditions.
Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments
Students will:
1. Ask and answer questions using the second conditional.
2. Discuss unreal or imaginary conditions.
3. Use the second conditional to describe a picture or a situation.
4. Construct a shared story.


If You Lived There: Conditional Activity

Index cards

condition, conditional, second conditional, result, main clause, if clause
For Activity 4, What if?, write statements on slips of paper and fold them up. Some examples
What if you found a bag filled with money? What would you do?
What if you could travel anywhere in the world? Where would you go?
What if you were President of the United States and you could change one thing? What would
you do?
What if you were invited to your friends house for dinner, and they served something you dont
like to eat? What would you do?
What if you could meet any person in history? Who would you meet?
Lesson Procedure:
1. Conditional Questions. To provide students with opportunities to use the target grammar
in relevant activities, begin each day with a different second conditional question on the
board. Students can also submit questions for you to use. For example:
If you were a teacher, what would you teach?
If you could live anywhere, where would you live?

If you could meet anyone, who would you meet?

If you had one wish, what would it be?
2. Change It Up. During a repeat viewing of If We Lived There (L3U5L2), turn off the closed
captions, and pause the movie each time you hear an if-clause, but before the result is
spoken. Students should complete the conditional statement with their own ideas.
Encourage students to be creative. For example, when Ben says If we lived on a tropical
island a response could be, I would sleep all day in a hammock.
3. Creating Conditions. Distribute an index card to each student and instruct them to write
one adjective on the card. If they need help thinking of adjectives, brainstorm as a class.
Or they can go through the BrainPOP ESL Word List to find adjectives they know. When
everyone has written down an adjective, collect the index cards and mix them up. Then
re-distribute them, but make sure you dont give students their own cards. Students are to
construct a sentence using the second conditional and the adjective on the card. For
example: If I were lost, I would look at a map. Students share their sentences with the
To make this a Memory Chain activity, students must remember the previous sentences,
and then add their own. They can hold up their adjective cards as prompts.
4. If I Lived on An Island To practice second conditional sentences, project the If You
Lived Thereimage, or make copies for students to talk about in pairs. Prompt students to
talk about or write down what they would do if they lived on an island. For example, If I
lived on an island, I would swim with dolphins. Pairs practice by explaining to each other
what their island lives would be like.
5. What If? Fold up What if prompts (see Preparation) and put them in a bag. Have each
student pull a prompt from the bag. Allow time for them to consider their prompts. Then
using the second conditional, each student presents to the whole class, or in a small
group, what they would do if they were in the situation they selected.
6. Chain Story. Create a Roundrobin chain story with the class. To construct the story,
students use the second part, or main clause, of the previous students sentence to begin
their sentence with an if-clause in the second conditional. For example:
If we had no school today, I would go to the beach.
If I went to the beach, I would fall asleep in the sand.
If I fell asleep in the sand, I would get a sunburn.
You may also do this activity as a Roundtable exercise. Students pass a paper around,
adding their sentences. When they have finished, they read their stories to the class to
select the best one. IMPORTANT SONG!!!!! impornat video!!!!

Now is a great time to introduce a song (or this can be used as a warm up along with
the talk about the lottery). The following song by the Barenaked Ladies, fits perfectly
with this lesson plan. Its called, If I had a Million Dollars.
After your student has watched the video, go over some of the lyrics. But first,
introduce the contracted form used in the song (Id = I would). A good way to lead into
this is to ask your students if they noticed the contracted form, or by asking them to
look out for it before the video.
Next ask, What would the singer of the song buy or do if he had a million
dollars? There are lots of examples in the video, including: a house, a car (K-Car),
a tree-fort (with a fridge), a fur coat (not a real one), an exotic pet (llama or emu),
John Merricks remains, crazy elephant bones, your love, expensive ketchups, art,
and a monkey.
Some good conversations can result from this video.
1. song presentation, deduce the tenses,
2. unreal or imaginay situation, give examples of these types
3. If i were a teacher
4. it I had money,