ESL lesson plan days of the week – young learners

You are probably a new TEFL, ESL, TESOL* teacher and found your first teaching English job? Personally I would say you are looking for an ESL lesson plan days of the week for young learners because that’s what you need right now! Or at least a reference and see how other teacher planning their English lessons. Our ESL lesson plans, we post here, are authentic plans and have been used in a big English teaching school in China.

*There are quite a few acronyms around but basically they all mean the same. To teach English as a foreign/second language to non-native speaking students.

Do you need an ESL lesson plan?

If you are new to teaching, then you better have a plan! Once you are in front of your class, you will probably feel the nerves! That’s how I felt when I was teaching English for the first (couple) of times. Personally, I think, it shows you actually care, you want to teach and you want to do it the best possible way you can do. (aka Try your best!)

To do this you need a plan! And in case of teaching English, this means you need an ‘ESL lesson plan’. In this series, we from TeachDiscoverChina, will post ESL lesson plans for your reference. It doesn’t mean you have to copy or just take our word but sometimes it helps to copy or just to see how other English teachers conduct their classes. The lesson plan we post here, are detailed lesson plans. It is especially useful when you are new to teaching English. Once you are getting used to teaching you will probably adopt a less detailed plan and opt for bullet points rather a detailed lesson plan. A detailed plan takes actually some time to prepare. You can use our lesson plan as a template, modify as you like, we give it to you for free, no strings attached.

Teaching different age groupsesl lesson plan young learners

Most examples we post here, are teaching English to (very) young learners. This means teaching English to kids between the age of 3 to 12 years. Each age group comes with its own special challenges. Some teachers like to teach young students, some don’t. So, without further ado, please have a look at how we like to plan our TEFL lessons.

Today we have an ESL lesson plan for a full ESL or TEFL lesson. The plan is based on the following material and aimed at children between 5-7 years of age. The topic of the lesson is weekdays (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday) and questions like: “When is your/his/her …?”

Detailed ESL lesson plan days of the week

Date9.3Students’ list*  Emily Tina
Date:  9.3                     Lesson NO.: Fly

Teaching content:  learn 4                        Teacher*Amy


Today’s Lesson

Words: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday   Math test, piano lesson, class play, sports day, music performance, field trip, birthday party, soccer game   Classroom, art room, music room, science lab, computer lab, gym, auditorium, cafeteria

Sentences: What day is it today?  Today is Sunday.

When is your math test? It is on Monday.

When is=when’s it is= it’s

Where’s he/she going? He/she is going to the classroom.

Is he/she going to the classroom? Yes/no he/she is/is not.            

HomeworkListen:Audio for the entire unit            

Read: Read the words and sentences above

Write: Write Unit 1, Word 1 time, Sentence 1 time;

Preview & ReviewReview: All content in one unit.

Preview: The first lesson of Unit 2.

  • All names are for reference only


Teaching objectives

WordsBe able to say the words and write the words.
SentenceBe able to say and write the sentences.
Song / storyNo story for today.
Focus (teacher’s/personal goal)Handwritingpronunciation Tina’s discipline.
Teaching aids preparationFlashcards, blank paper, smartboard.



Whiteboard, Smartboard, PPT design esl lesson plan young learners

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When is your math test? It is on Monday.

When is=when’s it is= it’s

Where’s he/she going? He/she is going to the classroom.

Is he/she going to the classroom? Yes/no he/she is/is not.


Classroom processTeacher’s Behavior, ActivitiesTeacher’s Classroom LanguageAim for student’s output
1. Warm-up1.GreetingGood afternoon, girls,

How’s the weather?

What day is it today?

Good afternoon,Amy

It’s cloudy.

Today is Tuesday.

2.Activity/chant +


Where are we now? classroom, let’s play a game, I say: room you say the words with: room, if I say: lab, you say the words with lab. ok? we review the contents: Classroom, art room, music room, science lab, computer lab, gym, auditorium, cafeteria.t will show a picture of boy and girl on the board, and move them to different place,let one ss asks: Where’s he/she going? /Is he/she going to the classroom? Other ss answer: He/she is going to the …/Yes/no he/she is/is not.Cheer ss up and review, if they are good, they can choose one erase the “sea” and find the treasure.
2.Introduction1.Set up the questionsToday we are going to fill the table:

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It’s our weekly schedule, first, I need you to write Monday to Sunday in the table, next to the number1-7, ok?

Let ss remember the words that they have learned.
3.Presentation1.Words1.t can let ss write the words with phonics rules, they should remember how to spell: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday

I have write something on this table, so I will ask you a few questions. Then t will ask Emily: when is your piano lesson?

Emily be able to answer: it’s on Wednesday!

T will ask Emily again: so where are you going?

T will show some pictures to ss, let her choose and answer: I’m going to the art room or the music room.

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2.      then t will ask tina: tina, where is she (Emily) going?  let tina answer: she is going to the art room or the music room!

3.      Can you guys write the sentences that we just said on the board? t will let ss think and write.

4.      Now, it’s your turn to finish this table.

Ss will fill the table, and ask each other the questions: when is yours? / where is she/are you going?

They can remember how to use the sentences and say the words.

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5.      t circled:

And asks Tina, Is she(Emily) going to the cafeteria?Let Tina answer,then let them circle and ask each other.

6.      t shows the cards to ss, they can read the words one by one. let ss spell the words by using phonics rules.

7.      T open the book on the board, let them read the sentences and try to remember how to write.

Ss can say and spell the words. and can use the words to say the sentences, remember how to write the sentences.
4. Practice1.Activities for words1.fill in the blanks

Eg: math _____   caf_________


Is _____ _______to the_____?

piano_______  class_____

2.      t write wrong sentences on the board, let ss find the error and make it right.

Eg: where is you go?

Where are you going?

Is her go to classroom?

Is she going to the classroom?

When are you math test?

When is your math test?

3.      let ss use the cards to make a conversation.

Eg: t let ss choose the cards randomly, and use the cards to make a conversation if Emily get: sports day  tina gets: gym, then:

Emily: where are you going?

Tina: I’m going to the gym, when is your sports day?

Emily: it’s on Monday.

Tina: are you going to the gym?

Emily: no, I am not.

4.give each ss a blank paper, and we are going to make the word and sentence know how much they can get.

5.check the answer, and pick up the mistakes to practice more. then t will let them open the book, finish the practice.

Can understand and write the words and sentences.
2.Activities for sentences
5.Production1. MethodsFlashcards, try to find the wrong sentences and correct them, it can help them remember the sentences, have a dictation, use phonics rules to spell all the words, finish the practice on the book.To let ss remember and master the contents well.


6. Conclusion1.Summarize the key points and time for smartboard/bookWednesday, Thursday

field trip, auditorium, cafeteria

When is your math test?

Where’s he/she going? He/she is going to the classroom.

These are the words hard to spell

The highlighted part is the words that ss usually forget to say or write.

They need to pay attention to these points.

Practice more the key points.
7. Say the Goodbye songReview song/chant/story/


Open the book on the board, let ss check their answer of the practice and t will find their mistake and teach them again, let them review again, it’s time to say goodbye.Check their practice answer, and review. corrects the mistakes.


Parents presentation

/Encourage Ss

Make a conclusion of today’s class, and talk to parents.

I did not receive the recorded homework in the teacher/school group. The homework was sent too late by copy. Please remember to do the homework on time!

Feedback with parents. let ss do the homework.


So, that’s it for our second post of the plan series – ESL lesson plan days of the week. Please let us know what you think. Any feedback is more than welcome.

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