What's this?

What season is this?


1. Introduce the 4 seasons and talk about the differences among them. Have the HRT help generate ideas and output from the students.

2. Introduce the sentences "What season is this?" and "It's ~" using gestures and pictures of seasonal events/things. Practice the sentences. Examples: 

Black Box

  1. One student is selected to put his hands into a black box. He closes his/her eyes while the item is selected and placed in the box.
  2. The class will ask the student “(Name), what’s this?” The student sticks his hands into the box and must try and guess what it is by touch.
  3. If he knows the answer, he must answer “It’s a ~.”
  4. If he can’t guess, he answers “I don’t know” and the class reveals the answer “It’s a ~.”

What's this? Mystery Bags



  • Before the lesson , set up your own “What’s this?” bag by placing each of the classroom objects inside.
  • Reach into your bag and pull out an item.  Ask the students “What’s this?”  Once the students respond, put up the appropriate flashcard and have the students place the item on their desk.
  • Repeat until all flashcards have been put on the board.

Classroom items: pen, pencil, marker, eraser, pencil case, ruler, tape, glue, color

What's this? (Animals)



Introduce the new animals.

Introduce the phrase “What’s this?” and “It’s a/an ~ .”


Demonstrate. Cover one animal card, ask ‘what’s this?’, and then make the appropriate animal noise. Allow for an answer. Do this for all the animal cards.

What is this? Resources


These are some resources and short activities that can be used when practicing “What's this?” and “It’s a ~ .”


This is a quick quiz showing the silhouettes of various characters. If the students are already comfortable with “What's this?” it would be a good time to use “Who is this?” with these characters.