Demonstrative pronouns (this/that/these/those) lesson plan

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In this lesson, students practice using the demonstrative pronouns (this / that / these / those) to point out specific things. They play a fun board game, read a story và complete a demonstrative sầu pronouns worksheet.

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Time: 40 mins - 1 hour Objectives: Pointing khổng lồ specific things using “this / that / these / those”. Structures: "What is this / that / that over there?”, “What are these / those / those over there?” Target Vocab: various classroom objects.

Lesson Materials:



- objects (such as plastic farm animals) for introducing the demonstrative sầu pronouns - dice – enough for one per group of students - counters – enough to give sầu one to lớn each student - board with markers or chalk

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What are demonstrative sầu pronouns?

Demonstrative pronouns are words that point lớn specific things. For example, “This is a pen”.

These pronouns show the relationship between the person speaking & the object:

this / these: object or objects near the speaker (often within touching distance) that / those: object or objects futher away from the speaker (often out of touching distance) that over there / those over there: object or objects far away from the speaker

Demonstrative pronouns differ in singular and plural forms:

What is this? / This is a pen. (singular form, with verb "to be" in singluar) What are these? / These are pens. (plural size, with verb "to be" in plural) What is that? / That is a pen. (singular khung, with verb "to lớn be" in singluar) What are those? / Those are pens. (plural khung, with verb "to be" in plural) What is that over there? / That over there is a pen. (singular form, with verb "to be" in singluar) What are those over there? / Those over there are pens. (plural form, with verb "khổng lồ be" in plural)

Your students will have heard you use demonstrative sầu pronouns in every lesson as part of your classroom discourse (e.g. “What is this?”, “Can you pass me that ball?”, etc.). In this lesson, students can practice using these pronouns correctly khổng lồ point specific things out.

Lesson Procedure: Warm Up & Maintenance:

See our "Warm Up & Wrap Up" page.

New Learning and Practice:

1.Introduce the demonstrative pronouns We’ll need lớn be well organized when presenting the different demonstrative sầu pronouns khổng lồ your class – you want lớn make sure the structures are clearly explained & easy lớn underst& for your students. If this section of the lesson goes well the other parts will follow easily and you’ll have a lot of fun.

Before class, cut out the “Demonstrative sầu pronouns structures cards”. Also prepare 9 objects – I use 9 plastic animals khổng lồ make it fun, but anything will bởi, e.g. 9 pens, 9 fruit, 9 toy vehicles, etc.

Start the lesson by standing at the front of the class. Tell everyone lớn stvà up and come up khổng lồ the front of the class, standing behind you. This will result in a bit of mayhem. Make sure you make enough space between you & the wall for everyone khổng lồ fit comfortably in.

STAGE 1 You will now have any empty classroom of desks and chairs in front of you. Take out one of your objects (I’ll use plastic animals - in this case a toy cat) và place it on the desk in front of you. Point to it & ask the class “What?” and elicit “A cat”.

Next place a cow on a table in the middle of the classroom và again elicit what it is simply by saying “What?” & pointing.

Finally, place an elephant on the table at the far kết thúc of the classroom and elicit what it is.

Now, take out the 3 “What is” cards from your demonstrative pronouns card set and put each one next to lớn each of the 3 animals. Then go baông chồng khổng lồ the front of the class & show the three cards for “this?”, “that?”, “that over there?”. Give sầu each card to a student and ask them to place the cards where they think they belong khổng lồ complete the questions. You can give help if necessary, but I usually find that some students in the class will be able khổng lồ direct the students correctly.

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By this point you should have sầu the cards laid out in the classroom as follows:


Next take out the “This is a/an”, “That is a/an” và “That over there is a/an” cards và ask three different students to lớn place them next khổng lồ the questions on the desks. You should end up as follows:


Now thử nghiệm students by asking questions and pointing, such as:

Teacher: Miki, what is that? (pointing at the cow) Student: That is a cow. Teacher: Good! Freddy, what is this? (pointing at the cat) Student: This is a mèo. etc.

Put students in pairs và give sầu them a couple of minutes asking và answering the questions for the animals on the desks.

STAGE 2 Now we’ll introduce plurals. Take out two of the same animal (e.g. two dogs) & place them on the nearest table. Elicit the animals (“What?”, “Dogs.”). Then vày the same for the other two desks (e.g. 2 horses và 2 monkeys) until you have sầu two pairs of animals on each desk.

Take out the three “What are” cards và also the cards “these?”, “those?” và “those over there”. Ask three students lớn place the cards on the correct tables.

Finally, ask three more students to place the “These are”, “Those are” and “Those over there are” cards on the correct desks.

End by modeling some conversations, for example:

Teacher: Andre, what is this? (pointing at the cat) Student: This is a cat. Teacher: Good job! Sara, what are those over there? (pointing at the 2 monkeys) Student: Those over there are monkeys. etc.

Then put students inlớn pairs to lớn practice asking và answering the questions.

2.Arrange the board with structures Give students some tape và ask them lớn stochồng the demonstrative sầu pronoun cards onto the board in a logical way, for example:


Then in the space khổng lồ the right of each sentence ask different students khổng lồ draw the animals that were used (e.g. a mèo next to lớn “This is a/an”, a cow next to lớn “That is a/an”, etc.).

3.Play “All around the classroom” Sit students baông chồng down at their desks and put in pairs. Pairs take it in turns khổng lồ ask questions và point to lớn things around the classroom, such as:

Student A: What is that over there? Student B: That is a book. Student A: No, next to the book. Student B: Um, that is a pencil case. Students A: Yes, that’s right!

As the students are speaking, circulate around the class và help out with vocabulary & structures.

Let the activity run for around 5-10 minutes. Then vì a class check by asking different pairs to lớn st& up và show the class one of their conversations.

4. Play the “this, that, these, those board game” Before class, print out enough board games for each group for 2-4 students (if possible, blow it up to A3 size). Each group will need one dice và a counter per student. Place students in groups of 2-4 around a table and give sầu out the board games. As a class, read through the instructions & make sure everyone is clear of how to lớn play.

As everyone plays the game, circulate around the class checking for correct usage.

5. Do the “this, that, these, those 1” worksheet Give sầu out the worksheet & have sầu everyone fill in the blanks. Then kiểm tra answers as a class.

6.Read classroom reader "The Secret Cave"TBefore class, tải về & print off the reader "The Secret Cave". As you go through each page, indicate what the kids in the story are pointing at & ask your students which demonstrative sầu pronoun should be used và also what it is they are actually pointing at, for example:

Teacher: (reading from page 3 & 4) "Suddenly, Sue noticed something. “What’s …?” (pause as you wait for someone to say the missing word). Student: “… this?” Teacher: Yes, that’s right! (reading) ... "What’s this?, she asked". What vị you think it is? Student: A tail! Teacher: Let’s check … (reading) … “It looks a bit lượt thích a tail”. Yes, well done!

Continue through the story, getting everyone to lớn say the pronouns and guess what the things in the cave are.

After reading the story, give sầu out a reader worksheet lớn each student & have pairs or small groups fill in the answers. Finally, quickly read through the story again to kiểm tra the answers.


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