Lesson 7 What's this?

Lesson 7: Summary of Goals

Vocabulary Various nouns
Dialogue What's this?
It's an apple.
Other Letters also used.

4 class hours are recommended for Hi, friends! 1 Lesson 7 by MEXT. Here's the official MEXT lesson plans pdf download.

Lesson 7 grammar looks at asking and answering "What's this?"

The vocabulary is various nouns - common words students can use to answer the question.

This very simple lesson has one common snag point - "a" or "an". It's a very easy place for students to make errors so after explaining the difference, don't worry when students make errors. Promote communication ability over perfect grammar.

Also, because it's so simple, you may not want to do the full four classes for Lesson 7.

Lesson 7 Class 1

Vocabulary Various nouns
Dialogue What's this?
It's an apple.
Other  Letters also used.
Grey = future lessons, bold = current lesson, normal = previous lessons

Goals

  • Review Lesson 3 - How many?
  • Learn various nouns
  • Answer "What's this?" with "It's a(n) ~."

Activities

To review Lesson 3:

  • Asking about classroom items
    Students make pairs (with their neighbor) and each asks the other one question about stuff in the classroom. "Come here. How many books?" "Eleven books." "OK!" Once both have asked a question, sit down, activity over.
  • How many fingers (janken style game)

To learn various nouns:

  • Be the teacher
    Students come to the front and ask "What's this?" while pointing to the TV (or textbook, p.26-27) and everyone else guesses what it is. (Most are obvious, some are misleading - fish looks like a vase, triangle looks like chalk, etc.) Japanese answers are ok, then try saying in English.
  • Keyword game
    Pick a keyword, put an eraser between pairs, students repeat until the keyword when they try to snatch the eraser and win the point.

Answering "What's this?":

  • Walk and talks
    Students walk around and find a speaking partner. One opens their textbook (p.26-27) and points to a picture while shrugging in an "I don't know." gesture. The other student says "It's a ~."
  • Zoomed In
    This requires some prep. Download some simple, high resolution photos. eg. an apple, an egg, tissues, anything. Set up the screen so the photo is zoomed right in. Ask students "What's this.", each time zooming out a little. You might need to practice this to see if your computer-TV setup works zooming in, etc.
  • Speedy answers
    Similar to above, but sitting in pairs, one student points and the other answers (no question needed). Then they change roles. If there is a long pause, the pointing student wins a point.
    TIP: When demonstrating this game to students, show not knowing the answer and after celebrating the win, also show teaching each other the word or calling the teacher to ask what it is.

Lesson 7 Class 2

Vocabulary Various nouns
Dialogue What's this?
It's an apple.
Other  Letters also used.
Grey = future lessons, bold = current lesson, normal = previous lessons

Goals

  • Review Lesson 4 - Do you like apples?
  • Ask and answer "What's this?"

Activities

To review Lesson 4:

  • Collecting "Me too's."
    Alternatively, ask "Do you like ~?" questions searching for all "Yes." answers (or all "No.").

Asking and answering "What's this?":

  • Let's Chant (Hi, friends! 1 Lesson 7 p.30)
    It's a mat. It's a cat. It's a hat. Sing it once or twice then add in gestures. Get suggestions from students, pick the funniest.
  • What's this?
    In pairs, S1 points to anything on p.28-29 and asks their partner "What's this?" If S2 doesn't know, S1 teaches them. If they both don't know, they put their hands up and ask the ALT or HRT, always saying "What's this?"
  • Pictionary
    Divide class into teams (lunch groups work well). Ask everyone "What's this?" then draw something simple on the blackboard. At anytime while you are drawing, a student can guess. They should raise their hand and say "I know!" The HRT judges who raised their hand first. Award a point to the correct team. Answers should be said in full - "It's a ~."
    Next, let a student draw the picture but you should tell them what to draw.

Lesson 7 Class 3

Vocabulary Various nouns
Dialogue What's this?
It's an apple.
Other  Letters also used.
Grey = future lessons, bold = current lesson, normal = previous lessons

Goals

  • Review Lesson 5 - What do you like?
  • Ask and answer "What's this?"

Activities

To review Lesson 5:

  • Grouping game
    Get suggestions for "What ~ do you like?" questions from the class. eg. Animal, sport, season, etc. Select one question and set students walking around. Everyone should ask each other the question and if their answer is the same, group up. Repeat with a new question if time/attention allows.

Asking and answering "What's this?":

  • "What's this?" around the classroom
    Students walk around, find a partner, do janken, winner asks "What's this?" while pointing to something in the class. If neither knows, they ask the ALT or HRT.
  • Activity (Hi, friends! 1 Lesson 7, page 30 - 31)
    Quiz time. There are four quizzes. The silhouette quiz, the kanji quiz, the three hint quiz and the puzzle quiz. Do these quizzes from the textbook today to introduce what the students will make and present in the next English class.

Lesson 7 Class 4

Vocabulary Various nouns
Dialogue What's this?
It's an apple.
Other  Letters also used.
Grey = future lessons, bold = current lesson, normal = previous lessons

Goals

  • Review Lesson 6 - What do you want?
  • Asking and answering "What's this?"

Activities

To review Lesson 6:

  • Give them what they want game
    Prepare paper (already printed on one side paper cut in half or quarters works well) and have fun drawing things for each other.

Asking and answering "What's this?":

  • Quiz Tournament!
    In groups, students prepare then present their quizzes to the class. Make your own to demonstrate. Silhouette (just draw the outline), 3 hint (give easy hints so students can guess the answer), puzzle (where students draw then cut up the paper into no more than 4 pieces) and reveal quiz (hold a piece of paper over the image and slowly reveal). Key point - students should ask "What's this?" before presenting each quiz.

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