Lesson/Unit Summary: In this unit, students learn numbers, animal names, singular and plural forms and body actions. The unit consists of four lessons. The poem selected for the first lesson is “How many?” and that for the second to the fourth lessons is “Zoo Dream”. In Lesson 1, a song and a video are used to introduce numbers 1 – 20. Pictorial clues are also used to help pupils develop an understanding of the poem and learn how to ask questions about quantities. Through the “Stationery Buyer Game” and a stanza-writing task, students are given opportunities to consolidate their learning of number telling. In Lessons 2 to 4, students learn animal names and body action verbs. Their attention is also drawn to the alliteration used in the poem “Zoo Dream”. Through a self-discovery activity, students learn to distinguish the singular and plural forms. Various activities such as games, body movements and information gap activities are designed to strengthen students’ learning. The video at the end aims to expand students’ vocabulary on body actions and help them complete the final writing task.

Level of Students: Junior Primary (P.2 and P.3)

Duration: 105 minutes + 40 minutes + 50 minutes + 40 minutes

Learning Objectives: 

By the end of Lesson 1, students should be able to:

1. identify the numbers 1 – 20 in words and use them to tell quantities.
2. use the structure “How many …?” to ask about quantities.
3. use the singular and plural forms of nouns.

By the end of Lesson 2, students should be able to:

1. identify the names of the animals found in the poem.
2. use the correct number to tell the quantity of animals.

By the end of Lesson 3, students should be able to:

1. use singular and plural forms of the target animal names.
2. demonstrate awareness of alliteration.
3. use the structure “How many … can you see?” and “I can see…” to ask and talk about the number of animals in the zoo.

By the end of Lesson 4, students should be able to:

1. demonstrate an understanding of the body action verbs found in the poem “Zoo Dream”.
2. use the target verbs to talk about body actions.

Lesson Plan: Number Poems

Teaching Materials:


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