(p.28) P1 - This is a fox. Is that a hawk? This is not a hawk.

What’s this? What’s that? This is… That is….. WOW!

1. Oral introduction – ALT and OTE use a short dialogue to explain the grammar point.

For example: (The ALT and the OTE are on opposite sides of the room. The ALT is holding a black pen and the OTE is holding a red pen).

ALT: This is a black pen. That is a red pen (Pointing at your pen, then pointing at their pen).

OTE: This is a red pen. That is a black pen. (Pointing at your pen, then pointing at their pen).

This is… what?

The ALT will bring in a mystery item, hidden in a box or a bag (so that the students can’t see). Using “this is” and simple adjectives (preferably described with actions if possible) explain what the object is. When a student finally guesses, that student can receive praise or a reward.

Next, place students into pairs and give the students a dictionary each. They must choose an item that they own and use “this is” + adjectives to give clues to their partner. Their partner must answer and use “it is/it’s a ____”.

Sentence Builder game

In this game students score points by placing words on the board, and completing sentences.


Print, cut and possibly laminate the cards. You’ll need enough sets for groups of ~5 people. There are a lot, so you can probably get away with printing only the first 3 (maybe 2… maybe..) pages.

Print a board (and optional scoresheet) for each group.


What Is This?

Start the lesson by drawing only the top half of a picture on the board and giving two options for what it is. It is good to start with something that the students are familiar with, like Anpanman or Doraemon. Draw on of the characters on the board and then use the following dialogue:

               A: What is this?

               B: This is Anpanman!

               A: Yes, it is!/No, it isn’t.

Once the students have answered, draw the bottom half of the picture.