Lesson: Subject Pronouns (I, You, He, She, We, They)

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www.eslkidstuff.com Lesson Plans for ESL Kids TeachersLesson:Subject Pronouns (I, you, he, she, we, they)General:Time:Objectives:Structures:Target Vocab:40 mins - 1 hourUsing subject pronouns to practice saying how different people arefeeling or acting"Who is .?""I am", "you are", "he is", "she is", "we are", "they are", "who is""I/you/we/they like .", "he / she likes ."today, happy, sad, hungry, quiet, noisy, sleepyYou will need to download:Flashcards:happy, sad, hungry, quiet, noisy, sleepy various adjective, animal andtransport flashcardsPrintables: Subject Pronouns 1 worksheet Subject Pronouns 2 worksheet Reader worksheet Who is Happy? (Pronouns song) song poster Warm Up & Wrap Up lesson sheetReaders:Aliens on Planet ZorgSongs:Who is Happy? (Pronouns song)These can be downloaded at tmlYou will also need: 6 large cards each with a subject pronoun written on (I, you, he, she, we, they) in thickmarker penempty plastic bottleboard with markers / chalkblue tak or tape to stick cards to your board and wallsCD / Tape player / Computer or something to play the song onNotes:This lesson is great for teaching the structure of subject pronouns plus "to be" incombination with adjectives and nouns.ESL KidStuff Lesson Plan:Subject PronounsPage 1 of 8Copyright ESL KidStuffAll rights reserved

www.eslkidstuff.com Lesson Plans for ESL Kids TeachersLesson Overview:Warm Up and Maintenance:1. See our "Warm Up & Wrap Up" lesson sheet.New Learning and Practice:1. Introduce the vocab: subject pronouns (I, you, he, she, we, they)2. Play "Wall Touch"3. Do the "Subject Pronoun Chant"4. Introduce the vocab: adjectives5. Play "Guess which adjective"6. Sing the "Who is Happy?" song7. Read classroom reader "Aliens on Planet Zorg"8. Play the "I like strawberries" pair-work activity9. Do "Subject Pronouns 2" worksheet10. Play "Spin the bottle"Wrap Up:1. Set Homework: "Subject Pronouns 1" worksheet2. See our "Warm Up & Wrap Up" lesson sheet.Lesson Procedure:Warm Up and Maintenance:See our "Warm Up & Wrap Up" lesson sheet.New Learning and Practice:1. Introduce the vocab: subject pronouns (I, you, he, she, we, they)Before class prepare 6 large pieces of card with one subject pronoun written on each piece(I, you, he, she, we, they).ESL KidStuff Lesson Plan:Subject PronounsPage 2 of 8Copyright ESL KidStuffAll rights reserved

www.eslkidstuff.com Lesson Plans for ESL Kids TeachersGet everyone standing up and show the first card "I".Shout "I" and point to yourself and get everyone to do thesame (pointing to themselves). Do a few times and thenput the card on the board.Next show the "you" card and point to someone and say"you", again have everyone follow along. For "he" and"she", point at a girl and boy – check that everyoneunderstands the difference. For "we", grab a couple ofstudents in a group hug and shout "we" and have everyone get into groups as they do this.Finally, for "they", point at other students whilst shouting "they" and get everyone to do thesame.Now you will have all of the subject pronouns on the board. You are going to touch eachcard and get everyone to point and say the word – start slowly ("I" and point to yourself,"you" and point at someone else, etc.) and go through the pronouns going faster and faster.This is great fun and very confusing when it really speeds up.2. Play "Wall Touch"Next, stick the pronoun cards (that are on the board) aroundthe walls of the classroom. Try and space them evenlyaround the room. Have everyone stand in the middle of theclassroom. Shout out a pronoun (e.g. "we") and everyonemust rush to the correct word on the wall and touch it. Dothis for all of the pronouns.3. Do the "Subject Pronoun Chant"Put the pronoun cards on the board in the correct order (I, you, he, she, we, they). Haveeveryone sit down and start clapping a rhythm along with you – clap hands together thenslap legs, clap hands, slap legs, clap hands, slap legs, etc. (start off quite slow, all in timetogether). Once everyone is in time start the chant:ESL KidStuff Lesson Plan:Subject PronounsPage 3 of 8Copyright ESL KidStuffAll rights reserved

www.eslkidstuff.com Lesson Plans for ESL Kids TeachersTeacher (chanting): IStudents (echoing): ITeacher (chanting): youStudents (echoing): youTeacher (chanting): heetc. with the word on each hand clap (no chant on the leg slap yet).Keep going and after a while add the verb to the leg slap:Teacher (chanting): I – amStudents (echoing): I – amTeacher (chanting): you – areStudents (echoing): you – areTeacher (chanting): he – isetc.You can have some fun by going fast and slow, adjusting the pace.4. Introduce the vocab: adjectivesBefore class, print off some adjective flashcards, includingthe following: happy, sad, hungry, quiet, noisy, sleepy.Show the first flashcard (e.g. "happy") and get everyone todo the action for the card (e.g. a big smile and exaggeratethis by placing your hands in a smile shape to extend yourown mouth (thumbs touching the corners of your mouth)).Then chorus the word 3 times. Go through each of theflashcards doing the actions and chorusing the words.5. Play "Guess which adjective"Have one student come to the front of the class andshow him/her one of the adjective flashcards. He/Shemust do the action for that card – the first student to puthis/her hand up and say the word correctly can act outthe next flashcard adjective. Keep going until everyonehas had a chance to act out the adjective.6. Sing the "Who is Happy?" songPut the subject pronoun cards on the board in the correct order as well as the adjectiveflashcards. Alternatively, use the "Who is Happy" song poster. Get everyone to stand upand follow you doing the actions and singing (as described below in Gestures for the "Who isHappy?" song). Play the song through 2 or 3 times.ESL KidStuff Lesson Plan:Subject PronounsPage 4 of 8Copyright ESL KidStuffAll rights reserved

www.eslkidstuff.com Lesson Plans for ESL Kids TeachersLyrics for the "Who is Happy?" songGestures for the "Who is Happy?" songVerse 1:Who is happy? Who is happy?Who is happy today?The main learning point for this song is learning thesubject pronouns, so the gestures will focus on thesewords:I am happy, I am happy,You are happy, You are happy,He is happy, He is happy,She is happy, She is happy,We are happy, We are happy,They are happy, They are happy.- during the question part of each verse, do gestures forthe adjectives:Verse 2:Who is hungry? Who is hungry?Who is hungry today?I am hungry, I am hungry,You are hungry, You are hungry,He is hungry, He is hungry,She is hungry, She is hungry,We are hungry, We are hungry,They are hungry, They are hungry.Verse 3:Who is quiet? Who is quiet?Who is quiet today?I am quiet, I am quiet,You are quiet, You are quiet,He is quiet, He is quiet,She is quiet, She is quiet,We are quiet, We are quiet,They are quiet, They are quiet. "Who is happy?" - do a big smile and exaggerate thisby placing your hands in a smile shape to extend yourown mouth (thumbs touching the corners of yourmouth) "Who is hungry?" - look hungry and rub your tummy "Who is quiet?" - sing quietly and put your finger toyour mouth in the "hush" gesture "Who is noisy?" - sing loudly and put arms out as iftrying to be really noisy- during the pronouns part of the song have everyonepoint for each line: "I am ." - point to yourself"You are ." - point to your partner"*He is ." - point to a boy in the class"*She is ." - point to a girl in the class"We are ." - put your arms out with hands bendinginwards in the "group hug" gesture "They are ." - point around the classroom todifferent students with both hands*In classes with only boys/girls use a photo on the wall topoint at.Verse 4:Who is noisy? Who is noisy?Who is noisy today?I am noisy, I am noisy,You are noisy, You are noisy,He is noisy, He is noisy,She is noisy, She is noisy,We are noisy, We are noisy,They are noisy, They are noisy."We are hungry, We are hungry"ESL KidStuff Lesson Plan:Subject PronounsPage 5 of 8Copyright ESL KidStuffAll rights reserved

www.eslkidstuff.com Lesson Plans for ESL Kids Teachers7. Read classroom reader "Aliens on Planet Zorg"This story will tie everything together - you can practice usingthe adjectives and subject pronouns from the song. Beforeclass, download and print off the reader "Aliens on PlanetZorg" from our website. As you go through each page, pointto the pictures and try to elicit the adjective and subjectpronoun for the aliens, for example:Teacher: (pointing at the aliens on page 3) What color are these aliens?Students: Purple!Teacher: Yes, that's right! And what are the purple aliens doing?Students: Eating rocks!Teacher: Exactly! Why are they eating rocks? Are they full up?Students: No, they are hungry!Teacher: Yes, they must be hungry if they are eating rocks! Let's check .(reading from page 3) . "Look! These aliens are called Zillions. They are always hungry!"etc.Get the students really involved in the reader by asking lots of questions (e.g. eliciting colors,what they are doing, etc.). Page 7 is particularly interactive as the alien asks your studentsdirect questions - get everyone to say if the statements are true about them, for example:Teacher: (reading from page 7) "How about you? Which of these are true about you?". Ok,the first one says "You are happy". Is that true about you Tom?Student: Yes, I am happy!Teacher: Good, how about you, Matilda? Are you happy?Student: No.Teacher: No? You are not happy? Why not?Student: I'm hungry!Teacher: Hungry! Yes, me too! It's nearly lunch time! etc.After reading the story, give out a reader worksheet to each student and have everyonecomplete the sentences. Then go through the answers as a class.-Alternatively, watch our video version of the reader on our website.8. Play the "I like strawberries" pair-work activityIn this game students are going to practice using subject pronounsto talk about food likes. Clean your board and write "Food" at thetop. Draw a picture of a strawberry and say "I like strawberries –yummy!" (and rub your tummy). Get students, one-by-one toESL KidStuff Lesson Plan:Subject PronounsPage 6 of 8Copyright ESL KidStuffAll rights reserved

www.eslkidstuff.com Lesson Plans for ESL Kids Teacherscome to the board and draw a food they really like – each time make sure everyone knowswho likes what. It is fine if some students draw the same thing – in fact this will help topractice the words "we" and "they".Once all of the food pictures are on the board, model the activity with one student. Standtogether in front of the board and choose a food picture. Point at the person who drew itand say (for example) "He likes hot dogs". Do the same for some more food pictures – say"she likes " for a girl’s picture, "I like " for your picture, "you like " for your partner'spicture, "we like " for any people who have drawn the same picture as you and "they like "for others who have drawn the same picture. Each time take turns to say a sentence.Now put the class into pairs and have them say sentences together about different student'sfood likes in the classroom, all the time pointing and using a pronoun. After about 5minutes end the activity and then ask some pairs to stand up and demonstrate to everyonesome of the sentences they said.9. Do "Subject Pronouns 2" worksheetSit everyone down at their desks and give out the worksheets. Havethe students complete the sentences. As they are working,circulate and ask questions (e.g. What food does she like?).10. Play "Spin the bottle"We’ll end with a fun game which practices the subject pronouns and "to be". Before class,prepare a bunch of flashcards – some adjectives (e.g. angry, fast, hungry, etc.) some animals(e.g. elephant, lion, rabbit) and some transport (e.g. car, airplane, train) – shuffle them well.You’ll also need a plastic bottle.Get everyone to sit on the floor in a circle with the bottle andthe stack of flashcards (face-down) in the middle (large classescan be split into a few circles). Teacher starts by spinning thebottle – when the bottle stops spinning the teacher has topick up a flashcard and make a sentence using a pronoundepending on who the bottle is pointing at. For example, ifthe bottle is pointing at a girl and the flashcard is "hungry" say"She is hungry" and point at the girl. The girl then has to do the action (act hungry and rubher tummy). Other examples are: bottle pointing at a boy / elephant flashcard – "He is an elephant" (the boy acts as anelephant)bottle pointing at a girl / train flashcard – "She is a train" (the girl pretends to be atrain and choo-choos around the classroom)bottle pointing the person who span it / cat flashcard – "I am a cat" (the spinner actsas a cat)ESL KidStuff Lesson Plan:Subject PronounsPage 7 of 8Copyright ESL KidStuffAll rights reserved

www.eslkidstuff.com Lesson Plans for ESL Kids Teachers bottle pointing between 2 people / sleepy flashcard – "They are sleepy" (the twostudents yawn and fall asleep)bottle pointing between the spinner and another student / airplane flashcard – "Weare airplanes!" (both students fly around the room like airplanes)Then, the person who had to do the action can spin the bottle. This game is great fun – youcan play it for quite a while as it creates a lot of laughter but also is a great way to practicethe target structures.Wrap Up:1. Assign Homework: "Subject Pronouns 1" worksheet.2. Wrap up the lesson with some ideas from our "Warm Up & Wrap Up" lesson sheet. All flashcards, worksheets, craft sheets and songs used in this lesson plancan be downloaded at eslkidstuff.com/esl-kids-lesson-plans.html More free Lesson Plans are available at eslkidstuff.com/esl-kids-lessonplans.htmlCan you suggest any additions to this lesson plan? If you know of any great games, activities,teaching points, links to other sites or any other ideas that can be added to this lesson plan,please email us: http://www.eslk