Grade 1 Home Language Lesson Plan – Listening and Speaking

Lesson Plan Title:

Grade 1 Home Language Lesson Plan: Term 3 – Listening and Speaking

Materials Needed:

  • Storybook (age-appropriate)
  • Flashcards with pictures and keywords
  • Whiteboard and markers
  • Digital audio player (for listening exercises)
  • Worksheets for drawing and labelling

Learning Objectives:

By the end of this lesson, students will:
1. Actively listen to a story and recall key details.
2. Use new vocabulary words in sentences.
3. Practice clear and concise speaking in front of the class.
4. Follow verbal instructions accurately.


  1. Listen: To hear with attention.
  2. Story: A description of events and people that are created for entertainment.
  3. Character: A person or animal in a story.
  4. Event: Something that happens.
  5. Recall: To remember something.

Previous Learning:

Students have been building their listening skills through songs and short stories. They have also participated in guided speaking activities and are familiar with basic story elements.

Anticipated Challenges and Solutions:

  • Challenge: Students may have difficulty staying focused during the story.

    Solution: Use engaging, colourful visuals and vary your tone to maintain interest.
  • Challenge: Some children might be shy to speak up in front of the class.

    Solution: Encourage a supportive environment and praise all contributions, no matter how small.

Beginning Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Greet the students and ask them how they are feeling today to activate prior knowledge.
  2. Introduce the lesson objectives clearly and explain what they will be doing.
  3. Review previous vocabulary briefly to ensure understanding.

Middle Activities (32 minutes):

  1. Story Listening (10 minutes):
  2. Read an engaging story aloud to the class, using various tones and expressions.

  3. Use flashcards to display visuals related to the story as it progresses.

  4. Question and Answer (5 minutes):

  5. Ask the students questions about the story (e.g., “Who was the main character?” “What happened first?”).

  6. Encourage students to raise their hands and speak in full sentences.

  7. Vocabulary Practice (7 minutes):

  8. Introduce and explain the key vocabulary words using flashcards.

  9. Have students repeat each word aloud after you.

  10. Speaking Activity (10 minutes):

  11. Divide the students into pairs.
  12. Give each pair a flashcard with a picture from the story.
  13. Ask each pair to discuss the picture and then share with the class using the new vocabulary.

End Activities (4 minutes):

  1. Exit Ticket:
  2. Hand out worksheets with pictures from the story and ask students to draw and label one key event using a new vocabulary word.
  3. Wrap-up:
  4. Recap the lesson’s key points briefly.
  5. Praise the students for their participation and effort.

Assessment and Checks for Understanding:

  • Monitor students’ responses during the Q&A to assess recall abilities.
  • Observe vocabulary practice to gauge understanding of new words.
  • Listen to pair discussions to evaluate speaking skills.
  • Check exit tickets for accurate use of vocabulary and understanding of story events.

Differentiation Strategies for Diverse Learners:

  • For struggling students: Provide additional visual aids and repeat instructions as needed. Pair them with supportive peers.
  • For advanced students: Encourage them to use additional descriptive words when sharing their discussions and elaborate on their exit ticket drawings.

Teaching Notes:

  • Emphasise the importance of listening and make the story interactive to hold attention.
  • Create a positive, encouraging environment to build students’ confidence in speaking.
  • Use clear, simple instructions and model activities before asking students to participate.
  • Consider students with disabilities by ensuring all visual aids are clear and accessible and providing additional support where necessary.

By focusing on these elements, you can create an engaging and educational lesson that enhances both listening and speaking skills in Grade 1 students.

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