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Clothes according to the Season (level: Elementary)

Мітякова О. Л., ЗОШ смт Балахівка, Петрівський р-н, Кіровоградська обл.

Objectives: to practice vocabulary on the topic “Clothes”, “Weather”; to develop students’ ability to describe the weather and to wear according to the season; to teach students work in pairs and groups; to train in listening, reading, writing skills; to develop positive relationship between pupils

Equipment: pictures of different seasons, a tape-recorder, a laptop, some cards of tasks (handouts).


T. Good morning, children!
Good morning,
Good morning,
Good morning to you,
Good morning, good morning,
We are glad to see you.
T. How are you today?
Ps. We are fine today!
  • Defining the aims of the lesson
T. Today we are going to talk about the weather and clothes according to the season.
  • Phonetic and lexical warm-up
T. Look at the cards and repeat after me.
Summer, spring, put on, autumn , sweater, winter, raincoat, seasons, clothes.
Spring is green,
Summer is bright,
Autumn is yellow,
Winter is white!
II. MAIN PART of the lesson
T. Who is on duty today? Who is absent today? What is the date today? What is the day today? What season is it? What is the weather like today?
Ps. The weather is … (fine / bad). The wind is (not) blowing. The sun is (not) shining.
T. What colour is the sky?
Ps. The sky is blue / grey.
T. Is it cold or warm today? Is it raining now? Is it snowing now? Do you remember the poem about snow? (Ex. 5, p. 153.) What are you wearing now? What was your homework?
Ps. To describe our favourite seasons of the year.
T. Now children, let’s correct your homework.
  • Game “What season it is”
T. Now children, listen to your classmates and guess what season it is.
1. It often rains. Many birds fly south to spend the winter in warmer places. The days get shorter and shorter. The leaves turn from green to orange, red and brown and then they fall off. (Autumn)
2. It is sunny. The temperature is high. There are many flowers. It is a season of thunderstorms. During such a storm you can often see lightning. You can swim in the sea or lake, lie in the sun, have a rest and of course have fun on your holidays. (Summer)
3. It is warm, the snow melts and the flowers bloom. There are small green leaves on the trees. The birds are singing. (Spring)
4. It is very cold. There is ice and snow, especially in the mountains. The temperature is low. You have to wear warmer clothes to protect yourself from the cold.The ground and trees are white. The days are very short. (Winter)
T. Sing a song.
Time for Another Year
January, February, March,
April, May and June,
July and August, goodbye summer,
Autumn’s coming soon.
Hey September, October, November,
It’s December, winter’s here.
Goodbye Christmas, that’s the end,
Time for another year.
January, February, March,
April, May and June,
July and August, goodbye summer.
Autumn’s coming soon.
Hey September, October, November
It’s December, winter’s here
Goodbye Christmas, that’s the end.
Time for another year.
Goodbye Christmas, that’s the end,
Time for another year.
  • Game “Hot potato”
T. Now children, let’s revise the theme “Clothes”.
Open your book at p. 158. Do Ex. 1. Ask and answer in pairs.
  • Game “Close Your Eyes”
Skills: Describing clothes; asking and responding to questions; visual discrimination
Group Size: 4 to 24.
Prep Time: none.
Playing Time: 5–10 minutes.
Interest Level: ages 3 to adult.
Ability Level: beginning to intermediate.
Language used: “Look at…”, “Close your eyes!” colors, articles of clothing.
Game: Choose a student to begin. Tell the student, “Look at …”. Allow the student to examine the person ‘s clothes for about five seconds, then direct the student, “Close your eyes!” After the student’s eyes are closed ask him or her a question about the person’s clothes examined. For example, you might ask.
“What color is Roman’s shirt?” If the student responds incorrectly, direct him or her to open his or her eyes and inspect the object for five more seconds. Direct the student to close his or her eyes again and ask another question. Depending on class size, you may allow students up to three turns. If the student correctly answers the question, he or she chooses a player as well as a person or object and asks the next question.
  • Reading
T. Next Ex. 2, p. 158. Read and name. Then Ex. 3, p. 159. Choose the right word to do a correct commentary for the fashion show. Then Ex. 1, p. 160. Read and match.
Listening. Watching the video
Pre-listening task
T. Look at the blackboard. Make up true sentences (Ex. 4, p. 162).
  • While-listening task
T. Watch the video try to remember the new words and complete the sentences in written form, put the missing words.
1. Clothes: 1 … , 2 … , 3 … , 4 … , 5 … , 6 … , 7 … .
2. What’s the weather like? 1 … , 2 … , 3 … , 4 … .
3. It is hot. Take off your . Put on your … .
4. It’s cold. You need to put on your … .
5. It’s freezing cold. You need to put on your … and … .
6. It’s rainy. You need to bring an … .
7. It’s windy and rainy. You don’t need an umbrella, you need your … .
8. It is hot and sunny. Put on your … . Take off your … .
  • Post-listening task
T. Let’s correct and make posters “Clothes according to the season” (Ex. 2, p. 163). I’ll divide you into four teams according four seasons. Let’s start! O.K. Who is ready? Describe your clothes according to the season.
  • Grammar. Writing
T. Look at the “Remember” box and say (Ex. 4, p. 159). Put the verbs in brackets into the correct tense form. Make up dialogues (Ex. 6, p. 165).
I am going to listen to them.
  • Develop small award certificates or badges to award on a weekly basis
Recognize more than academic achievements. (Every child is gifted, but not all are gifted in language ability.) Awards in our classes included Confident Speaker Award for conversational English, Ready Listener for comprehension of spoken language, Reading Wonder for performance in reading groups or high level of reading outside of class, Writer of the Week for excellence in writing, Attitude Worth Catching for superior attitude toward classroom experience, Diligent Worker for focus in class and consistency in completing assigned homework projects, and the Faithful Friend Award for any student who took the initiative and voluntarily assisted new or struggling students (i.e. sitting with new student instead of friends, so that newcomer would not be lonely; offering to share supplies with students who lost of forgot items, getting help for a student who had been injured, and so forth).
T. You are very nice, clever, hardworking pupils. Your marks for today are…
  • Homework
Your homework will be to make a project “What are you going to wear in autumn, in summer, in winter, in spring”.
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