The Jungle (LPJ4)


Teaching targets






Remember to consult our level guideline regularly to ensure the best progression for your groups.
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Carnet de Voyage

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Lesson Plan

1. Hello Song / 5 minutes (recommended for younger groups)

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2. Recap last session's target language / 5 minutes

Take out the flashcards from the last session and see who remembers the words or phrases


3. Story: Walking through the Jungle / 15 minutes

You will need: Book

Read through the book, concentrate on encouraging repetition of your target words and or phrases. Give time for the children to see all of the details in the pictures.

For younger children (3-5), you may want to read only some of the text and concentrate more on key words. Ensure repetition of those key words. Make use of the detailed scenes to practise simple questions and answer forms (Where is..? This is.. There are...)

For the extra traction levels, encourage them to repeat full sentences based on your teacher target above.

For extra preps, encourage to children to take turns trying to read pages to the group and to decipher the meaning of the story at the end. 


4. Game / 20 minutes

You will need: Animal flashcards, environment flashcards.

Having read through the story, introduce the flashcards one by one, displaying each one on the wall as it is introduced. Encourage the group to repeat the words several times as they are introduced.

Bring out the environment flashcards and do the same. Play at matching the animals to the environment.

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For older groups, now drill down to aim at the target language listed next to Extra Traction and, according to the level, Extra Prep above.


Extra traction: Give one of the children an animal card. That child can look at it but they have to keep it secret from the others. The child with the card has to give the clue to the others by saying which environment his animal lives in. For example, "I am walking through the jungle", the child who guesses has to say "I can see a lion". Repeat the game with the other animal flashcards. 

Reverse the game by giving out the environment cards. The child with the card says "I can see a whale", the child who guesses says "You are swimming in the ocean!"

Extra Prep: Once you have completed the initiation and  extra traction activities, move onto the extra prep target language.

Play a group memory game. Explain that you are now going to be using the past tense. The teacher starts by saying "I was walking in the jungle when I saw a lion.....then...", the next child has to say the same sentence structure with another animal + environment. Keep going until, as a group, you have said all of the animals and their environments.

If you have time, move onto talking about how it feels in each environment: It feels wet/dry, cold/hot.

After introducing the correct adjectives for each environment, play at "Guess where I am". For exmaple:

"Guess where I am. It feels cold and wet". Answer: "It's the ocean".

5. Song / 10 minutes (recommended for younger groups)

Recommended for groups under 8 years. Older groups can move straight onto the individual activity time.



6. Individual activity/ 10 - 20 minutes

You will need:  handout and markers and/or pencils

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The aim of this section in the session is to spend time with each child individually. Encourage each child to either repeat vocabulary and sentences or to produce them independently, depending on their level.

For initiation level children, simply use the firts page of the handout.

For children at the "Extra Traction" level, use the second page too but cross through or cut off the "Extra Prep" section.

For children at the "Extra Prep" level, use all pages.

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7. Recap / 5 minutes

You will need: Flashcards for your target language.


8. Goodbye Song / 5 minutes (rcomended for younger groups)

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