A lesson plan on how to teach the present forms of the verb ‘To have'(Ie. Have’ and ‘Has’) with supplementary notes if you have downloaded the ‘Have’ vs ‘Has’ Teaching Pack. It’s designed for one-to-one classes but you can easily modify the plan to fit your class.
Assessable Learning Outcomes: After this lesson, students should be able to:
☻ Apply relevant grammar rules to distinguish between the usage of ‘Have’ and ‘Has’.
☻ Demonstrate how to use ‘Have’ and ‘Has’ by forming three-word sentences using the verbs. (Eg. I have brown eyes.)
☻ Become more confident in communicating in English. (Understanding grammar merely helps introduce clarity to students’ learning experience but they shouldn’t be treated as the end goal!)
- Define and explain the grammar rules of the verb ‘To have’.
Introduce the topic ‘To have’ by explaining the grammar rules and general usage related to the verb. Clear communication of grammar rules and general usage is essential if you don’t want your ESL learners to be confused! Explain the grammar rules and the general usage of the verb ‘To have’ clearly using visuals. Not only is it a good way to introduce a new concept, but meanings and pictures helps your student organize this new information in their heads as well as conceptualize an abstract grammar idea. There are various ways to express what ‘Have’ actually means, some dictionary lists out more than ten variations of the word, such as ‘to order’, ‘to experience’, ‘to be related to’, and many more. But when teaching young children, it is always a good idea to keep things simple, so I usually introduce the verb’s most frequent uses. For example, possession/ownership, relationship and characteristics.
Teaching Pack Assistance: Three different posters are included in the teaching pack, defining and explaining the grammar rules and usage of ‘Have’ and ‘Has’ with Whimsy Clip‘s awesome cliparts. You can use these posters for the above task.
- Relate the concept to real life.
Connecting the grammar concept to real life is crucial. Students need to be aware that grammar does not operate only in classroom and how this verb is relevant to them! Try using kid-friendly scenarios to show them how the verb ‘to have’ operates in a real communication. For example, you can use stuffed toys as examples. You can start off holding a stuffed toy and say “I have a pig toy.”. Then, you can pass the toy to your student and say “Now, you have a pig toy!” or you can ask him or her “What do you have?” If the answer turns out to be one word, guide your student with the help of body language, “You [point to your student]…have a pig toy [point to the toy]!”
- Show written examples on how to make sentences using the verb ‘To have’.
Demonstrate to your student how to form sentences using the words ‘have’ and ‘has’. In step 1, you’ve introduced the concept and in step 2, you should have covered the speaking and pronunciation aspect so now it’s the writing part! Linking the spoken words to its written form and spelling is a form of visual too.
Teaching Pack Assistance: Two different types of flashcards are included in the teaching pack: 40 sentence structure flashcards and 40 fill-in-the-missing-verb flashcards.
- Test your student’s ability to apply the above through games!
You can play card games or board games while teaching grammar too. For example, you can play a game of match-it (matching the cards with the same number together). You can play this game by asking your student to state a sentence using the verb every time it is his/her turn, and of course the same applies to you! It’s playing while learning!
Teaching Pack Assistance: A cookie jar sorting game using 60 different cookie task cards is included. Each cookie has a fill-in-the-blank sentence. Students need to figure out what form of ‘have’ to use for the sentence, then put the cookie into the right jar. Another idea is to transform the fill-in-the-missing-verb flashcards into game cards. Print a smaller version of the fill-in-the-missing-verb flashcards and instead of using the word cards, you can just ask your student to state the missing verb. If they answer a card correctly, they get to move one space forward (if you are playing board games such as snakes and ladders), and many alternatives can arise from this!
- Finish off with individual activities or hand out home activities, such as worksheets.
Having students review what they’ve learnt is important. After the class, you may want to provide some worksheets for your student to complete at home.
Teaching Pack Assistance: 8 Worksheets are included – eg. cut and paste the verbs to complete sentences, fill-in-the-blank with the verbs, describe yourself using the verbs, monster-themed worksheets requiring students to draw their own monster and to describe it in four sentences using the verbs, etc.
Leave a comment to share your thoughts on this lesson plan or the teaching pack itself! I would love to hear about how you teach the verb ‘To have’. For anything, you can also reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.