Lesson 7: Pronouns, I am, you are

Lesson Plan

We’re up to about 5 minutes to review all the previous material. Go as quickly as you can but let’s not miss any out!

1. 

Play 2.  Rock, Paper, Scissors ask 3. What’s your name? + My name is ….. & Nice to meet you, 4. How are you? + several of the answers

5.  

6. Left, right, forward & back.  Plus the Left & Right song.

Phew.  That’s a lot.  But you can see how by quickly reviewing everything in each lesson we are building up this huge library of English the students can use and recall almost instantly.

That’s how we build fluency.  It’s very impressive. 🙂

No grammar explanations, just point at people as you teach each line using the “Words” section of the software and the song from the Teacher’s Set.

Doing it this way works for any age from 3 to 93.

Ninja Tip:  Be sure to ask the students what they’ think the meaning of each sentence is.  Not the words, the sentence.   More here… 

And here is the song in action:

Put the “words 2” section of the How are you? software on the board:

Let’s start simple and build up:

1. Put the students into pairs.
2. The first person in the pair says “I am …” plus one of the words from the screen e.g. I am cold.
3. The other person in the pair makes it into a “you” sentence, e.g. “You are cold”
4. Repeat from step 2.
5. But if the first person says “I am hungry!” then both players have to race and touch the nearest wall.
6. If the hungry person catches the other student they eat them!
7. If the other student reaches the wall first, they are safe!
8. They repeat with the other person asking questions.

You’ll see this is a lot of fun!    Play it for around 4 or 5 minutes or until the students find the English really easy.

Then move on to adding he & she.

Get them to make groups of 3 (mingle is great for this).

Now one person says “I am…” and the other two say “He is …” or “She is…”

And finally, we and they.

Ninja Tip:   This is quite a lot to do in one lesson.   Keep it fun.  Keep your cool.  And enjoy the results!

 

I am, you are, he is happy

by Richard Graham

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.
Everybody is hungry.

I am thirsty.
I am thirsty.
You are thirsty.
You are thirsty.
He is thirsty.
He is thirsty.
She is thirsty.
She is thirsty.

We are thirsty.
We are thirsty.
They are thirsty.
They are thirsty.
Everybody is thirsty.

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.
Everybody is happy.
Everybody is happy.

 

Bonus VIP Printables

If you have the Teacher’s Set you can also download these extra printables

A4 Flashcards
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Mini Cards
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Evaluation Workbook
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Origami Game
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More A4 Flashcards
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Mini Cards
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Printable
Lesson Plan

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Dice Game
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Islands Game
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One Left Card Game
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If you’re coming back to review this theme later,  you can use this card game to practice the pronouns with “have/has” and the stationery theme.

 

Readers’ Comments

I’ve been using this song in my classes lately and I love it. It has really helped with the personal pronouns and verbs that I’ve been teaching lately. It reminds me of something from my childhood but I can’t quite pin down what. Keep up the good work. Rosebud.


I’ve used the song now with my 2 classes of sixth graders and it is a huge hit!! They were singing the song quietly throughout the whole lesson! It was still in their heads this morning. SUPER! 

I place the students in a big circle and on the inside are myself, a student in front of me and a boy and a girl on either side. You sing to the appropriate person and those in the middle join hands for “we” then we point to those in the outer circle “they” and for “everyone”, everyone joins hands and sings. – Carol


Great song. I use Japanese sign language. The thumb for ‘he’ the pinky for ‘she’ both the pinky and thumb on one hand for ‘they’. For ‘we’ I do an sweeping motion toward and across the body with an open hand. Whenever I use the words in any sentence or question I try to do the gesture.

He and She are not ‘obvious’ signs so before I teach the signs I write the words ‘he’ in blue and ‘she’ in pink on the blackboard. Then I use pix of famous people by saying ‘He’ is Ichiro. ‘She’ is Sayaka Aoki. Then I ask students ‘he’ or ‘she? by moving the picture to both words. They catch on really quick. I usually try to end with ‘Ikko’ or ‘Mikawa Kenji’ (Japanese male celebrities who wear dresses and take on a woman persona) for a laugh. Then I move on to the students who become very aware of the meaning and difference of the two words. – Gumby

6 Responses to “Lesson 7: Pronouns, I am, you are”

  1. Carolyn

    Wow, I like this new set up!

    It’s more organized and things are easier to find as they’re clearly put into different sections! Love it!

    The video here also made it all more impressive. Hearing you say all the stuff they have learned at this point is like “WOW!” One doesn’t see it so clearly until you mention it here!

    Another thing I like is how you have a very nicely organized section for the VIP extras. Makes it very easy to organize on one’s computer.

    I love it! What else can I say? It’s clean, sleek, organized.

    Thank you, Richard!

  2. beatriz aguerrevere

    i love this!!!! all the lessons are excellet!!!

  3. Karima Ansary

    I realised how important to attract the children by your games and ideas and how getting control from the first minute. Also , making them using their energy through classrooom activity…

  4. Elmira

    I like it , all your lessons ,games and songs are Fantastic
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  5. Fawad

    WOW, so exited and amazing ,, you are absolutely doing great job to make teachers self confident while teaching .. !!!!

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