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Download Animals ESL Lesson, Games and Activities

Happy Everyday English Theme 1: Animals

No Prep Animals ESL Lesson for Kids and Teachers

In this lesson software, your English students learn and practice 8 different animals.  This lesson has over 20 different no prep ESL games and practice activities that you can choose from when teaching.  It includes a new word introduction and a lesson presentation.

This fun and easy to play lesson software has so much content in it that you can actually use it across multiple lessons and even use it during an online class.


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ESL Colors Lesson Content

Keywords: dog, cat, bird, fish, panda,

                    turtle, rabbit, pig

Sample Sentences

  • It's a  dog.

  • I like dogs.

  • What is it?

  • Is it a dog?

  • I don't like dogs. 

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Lesson Plan Procedures and Tips

Although you can simply start this lesson up and teach it without much prep, here's a sample lesson plan you can use to have a blast in your class using just this lesson software.  To add more to your lesson tho, I recommend downloading the provided flashcards and adding some flashcard games to the class.  It's not necessary but it helps add even more fun to your class by getting students moving around more.

New Content Teaching

1. Lesson Introduction and Pre-Teaching

Start the lesson by using the new words section of the lesson software.  You can reveal the animals one by one to your students or have them choose a picture to reveal in a more discovery based learning process.

When an animal picture has been revealed, press it to focus on that picture.  Teach students the new word.  Add some fun TPR actions when teaching to help reinforce the words.  Return tot he new words section when done.  When returning here, allow students to say all of the animals that they have learned so far.  After all 8 words have been learned, go to the Listen and Touch activity.

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2. Animals Listen and Touch (Practice Activity)

In this reinforcement activity, you say an animal and a student should touch that color on the board.  When they touch it, they should say the name of the animal and perform the TPR for it.  Do this several times at the pace your students can handle. 

If other the other students in your class are capable of saying the animals at this point, they can hep you tell the active student which pictures to touch.

3. Blast Off (Practice Activity)

Blast Off can be found in the Practice section of the software.

In Blast Off, touch an animal and it will start flashing.  Say a yes or a no sentence or question about the animal that your students would understand.  If the answer the question is YES, they jump.  If it is NO, they sit down.

Here are some example sentences & questions you might use (depending on student level):

  • Is it a dog?

  • It is a dog.

  • It can fly.  It can swim.

  • It is big.  It is small.

  • It can't fly.

  • I like dogs..  (In this case, students that like dogs can stand and the ones that don't can sit).

To make the activity even more fun, you can rapidly ask questions and students can jump and sit pretty fast.  You might also substitute the actions students perform for YES or NO answers to TPR actions for the different animals featured in the lesson.

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4. Even More Practice! (Optional)

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At this point, you have a lot of different practice activities to choose from.  Here are some suggestions:

  • Listen and Order (practice):  Say four different animals in any order.  Students should drag the pictures of the said animals to the spaces marked on the board.  When finished, students should point to the picture, say it's name and perform the TPR action.

  • Likes (practice): Have students drag the animals they like to the heart and talk about what they like.  "I like cats and dogs."

  • Flashcard Games: This can also a great time to play some flashcard games.

5. Lesson Presentation

The lesson presentation helps to practice the new animals vocabulary in context. 

Some tips about lesson presentation:

  • Talk about the pictures first.  "What is it?" "What do you see?" "Is it a dog?"  Guide students to talk about the pictures and use whatever related content you've learned in the past to talk about these animals in the picture.

  • If your students can read,  guide your students together using your finger.

  • If students can't ready, instruct them to listen as you read.  They can repeat after you.  Do this a few times.

  • After reading, ask a follow up question such as "What is it?" "Is it a fish?"

  • Repeat the above steps for all pages until you reach the final page.

  • Final Page: Students identify the animals and should be encouraged to talk about which ones they like.  When they do so, they should be encouraged to answer the question using TPR.

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6. Games Games Games

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Now that students are more familiar with the new content, let's play some games!  You can navigate to the games section of the software and choose the games you think your students would enjoy.  There are so many to choose from!

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7. Wind Down and Review

Depending on the time left, it's time to wind down the lesson, review, and award points/rewards/etc.  Here are a couple options you have:

  • Flashcard review: Hold up flashcards and have students shout the names.  Ask some students if they like the animal or not.  Do so for all of the learned animals from today's lesson.

  • Use the Review section of the software.  Touch a picture and talk about it.

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Final Thoughts

There you have it!  A very enjoyable animals ESL lesson plan.  If you've followed this plan, you should still have plenty of content left for an additional lesson using this lesson software. 

If you have time to prepare a full lesson plan ahead of time, here are some final thoughts to make a fantastic lesson.

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