The topic of animals, particularly pets, might seem juvenile or childish to some teachers. However this lesson plan is tailored so that it is engaging, intellectually stimulating and appropriate for mature learners. This is a great resource for you to use with pre-intermediate students that need to work on developing their English vocabulary lesson.
This lesson plan on pets is designed to introduce students to new vocabulary words. However, throughout the lesson they will practice speaking, reading and listening; they will have ample opportunities to formulate sentences independently.
This lesson plan allows students to use the most common vocabulary items related to common pets, including what they eat and how to care for them. It also allows students to use the vocabulary in context and raise awareness about how this vocabulary is used in daily language. If you want additional lesson plans and support, including teachers’ notes, be sure to register for a free Off2Class account.
V12.1 – Animals-Pets
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Which animals do you know?
Many people around the world keep pets. A pet is an animal
that is like a member of our family. Pets are domesticated
We keep them in our houses and in our gardens. They are
not working animals, like camels, or sports animals, like
greyhounds or horses.
Do you have pets?
Cats are a very
A young cat is called a
Cats have whiskers.
They use their
whiskers to help them
Cats like to scratch
with their claws.
Like cats and dogs, some pets have fur. Rabbits, hamsters
and guinea pigs have fur. If you have a rabbit or guinea pig
or hamster, you can keep it in a cage.
Match the images to the words
Puppies grow up to become dogs. There are many different
breeds of dogs.
Two of the most popular breeds are the Golden Retriever
and Jack Russell Terrier.
Dogs wag their tails when they are happy. You can walk
your dog on a leash.
Fill in the sentences below
The Golden Retriever and the
Jack Russell are two _____ of
Some animals, like cats and
birds, can _____ with their
Some animals have a _____,
like a dog or a cat.
Small pets, like a mouse or a
guinea pig, can live in a _____.
Not all animals have fur.
Birds have feathers.
They also have a beak
and two wings. Some
birds, like a parrot or
cockatoo, have colourful
Most people keep birds
in a cage at home, like
hamsters, guinea pigs