Lesson/Unit Summary:  Through this lesson, students will be able to use the simple present tense with correct subject-verb agreement to talk about habitual actions and hobbies, and to describe their families. The lesson is divided into three phases: grammar input, while-writing task and post-task. Different teaching strategies are adopted. Authentic teaching materials and family trees are used to evoke students’ interest; self-discovery activities, the four square writing method, peer evaluation and cooperative learning are applied in the design of the lessons. Through the various language activities, students will be able to develop their four language skills as well as their generic skills, such as collaboration and communication skills (pair work) and critical thinking skills (peer evaluation).

Level of Students: Senior Primary

Lesson Duration: 60 minutes

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Use the simple present tense to talk about habitual actions and hobbies, e.g., He plays table tennis and goes hiking
  2. Apply the subject-verb agreement to describe their families

Lesson Plan: Subject-Verb Agreement (Senior Primary)

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Lu, Y. X. C., & Lee, F. K. J. (2020). Subject-verb agreement. Retrieved from https://lml.eduhk.hk/grammar/?page_id=304.

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