Expressing Ourselves

Lesson Plan of Expressing Ourselves

English Grade IV

Students’ Learning Outcomes

·         Use appropriate expressions in conversation to:
o   Express needs and feelings.
o   Express opinions.

Information for Teachers


·         It is important to listen and respect others’ opinions without conflict.
·         Give your students vocabulary to express needs and feelings and to express joy in a natural and polite way.
·         Use your facial expressions while talking to the students.
·         Notice when you see facial expressions in your routine life, they make your conversation livelier.
·         These activities need to be practiced more than once so the students start using the expressions.
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                  Material / Resources

Chalks/markers, duster, board, chart depicting pleasant and unpleasant feelings

Worm up activity

·         Ask the students about their feelings as how they feel that day.
(How are you feeling today?  Sad/ Happy/ Bored/ Tired/ Sick/ great/ good/ bad)


Activity 1

·         Help the students read, understand and discuss the pleasant and unpleasant moods on the chart in class discussion.
·         Decide how many of these words you want to share. You may choose only five from each list.
·         Act out some of the feelings and ask students to guess from your facial expression if they have understood the meaning.
Pleasant feelings
Confident, interested, happy, great, glad, important, calm, relaxed, loving, brave, hopeful, strong, powerful, free, encouraged, active
Unpleasant feelings
Angry, irritated, disappointed, bad, confused, upset, shy, tense, helpless, alone, frustrated, bored, afraid, nervous, restless, hurt, sad, unhappy, lonely, scared.
After knowing 5 words from each of the above words for feelings, ask them to complete the following sentence by adding any one feeling in the blank and adding a reason for that feeling.
v  I am feeling———————————-.
v  Ask students to tell / write why they are feeling like that.

Activity 2

·         (Expressing opinions and needs-class discussion)
v  Ask the following question and get the students ‘opinion:
Why don’t we think the same?
v  Take some students’ answers and explain that we can agree or disagree on different things because of different reasons, e.g. likes, dislikes, needs, past experience, etc. but we need to learn to express and accept opinions nicely. We can simply say in his view/in my view/ in their view or opinion, I think etc. (Write this on the board during the discussion)

Activity 3

·         Put up a chart on the wall that has drawing of big round faces on it. Each face should show a different basic emotion such as happiness, sadness, worry, surprise, fear, excitement, etc. also write these words under the faces.
·         In the beginning of each period, point to the chart and ask the students how they are feeling.
·         Allow them to choose more than one feeling, for example they may be feeling afraid and sad at the same time.
·         This will be an ongoing activity and will not be done just once.

Activity 4

·         Explain with the help of diagram that ‘needs’ can be in the form of things or actions.
·         Divide students into groups of six and ask them to share their opinions on the following. They may agree or disagree with each other:
For example: I need to work hard to get good marks.
1.       When it’s cold I need———————–
2.       When I fall down and hurt myself I need ————
3.       When I am alone I need——————————-
4.       When I am scared I need————————-
Things = food, water, gifts, money, home, books, bicycle, pen, etc.
Actions= care, love, hard work, try, write, learn, eat, drink, talk, listen, etc.

Sum up / conclusion

·         Ask the students to share the new words/sentences learn t.
·         Ask the students to volunteer to speak some of the sentences to express their feelings.
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·         Let them do it as separate sentences or in response to each others comments, in the form of a conversation.


·         Assess students through their responses in different activities and during the concluding activity.

Follow up

·         Keep asking students about their opinions and feelings in their daily conversation. Ask their opinions on music, food, sports, different seasons, etc.
·         Model the behavior of acceptance that you have told them about.
·         Don’t criticize them for their feelings. For example if a student says, ‘I am feeling bored’, don’t say things like, “why are you feeling bored? You should feel thankful for what you have”, etc.
·         It is normal for children to feel the way they do. If you start lecturing them, they will stop expressing their true feelings.

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