Lesson Plan: How old are you? I'm a (number)

Summary: A lesson plan to teach young learners: How old are you? I'm a (number)

Target Language: How old are you? I'm (number).

Vocabulary: Numbers 1 to 12

Target: Young Learners

Greetings and Warm-up

Greet the class with a good-morning or good-afternoon depending on the time of the day. Have the class stand up and respond to your greeting and do a warm-up. Ask the students, "Do you want to sing a song?" Usually, they'll give a body language signal by nodding and/or twitching and/or moving their bodies. Some will respond with a yes.

After the warm-up, sit the students down. Review numbers from one to twelve. Show them the flashcards or place them on the blackboard. Point to a flashcard and say the number. Have the students repeat after you. Do this a few times.

Model the dialogue with a puppet. I use a Panda puppet to help me do this. Take the Panda puppet out of a special bag. Say, "Hello Panda" and then introduce him to the class. Ask Panda "How old are you?" while pointing to each of the number flashcards which you've pinned to the board. I go through the numbers until Panda's answers his age, "I'm eight."

Pitch a squishy ball to a student in the class. Ask him/her "How old are you?" S/he answers the question and then throws it to someone else and asks the question or throws it back to you.

Divide the class into 2 groups. One group asks the question "How old are you?" And the other group answers, "I'm (number) depending on the flashcard shown. Run between the two groups. Better still, if you have a helper or if the homeroom teacher is present, ask them to help you. Alternate the dialogue between the two groups a few times until they get the hang of the dialogue.

Sit the students in a circle. You say your age and pass the ball on to the student next to you who says his age, "I'm six." Then the student passes the ball to the next student who says his age and so on.


Hold up a blue squishy ball, point to it and say, "How old are you?" Then hold up a flashcard with the number written on it and say, "I'm five." Demo with several students. Give the blue ball to one student and the flashcard to another student. Have them stand up. Get them to practice the dialogue. Do this several times with several different students until the class gets a feel as to what they are suppose to do. If the students are very timid or shy, have two students for each part stand up and do the dialogue. So, two students say, "How old are you?" And the other two students say, "I'm five." Play the music and get the students to pass the ball and flashcard around the circle, both going in opposite directions. Stop the music. The two students holding the ball and the flashcard stand up and do the dialogue.

End the class with a good-bye and say, "That's all for today. See you next time."

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