- Learn and/or review introductory English vocabulary. Themes include food, feelings, transportation, and jobs.
- Review the Be verb and the simple present tense.
- Learn and start using adjectives.
- Express likes and dislikes.
- Ask for and give basic information (introductions).
- Learn how and when to use imperative verbs.
Log in to ESL Library and go to Folders (in the Class Prep drop-down menu). Toggle to ESL Library Folders. Near the top of the ESL Library Folders section, you will find a starter course of lessons and resources suitable for Grades 3–5.
At the beginning of the course, you will find a few introductory resources:
- Teachers' Notes (this post)
- Class List (printable)
- Attendance Sheet (printable)
- Vocabulary Word Bank (for students to track new vocabulary)
Following the introductory resources, you will find a list of lessons, flashcards, and other worksheets. This a guideline for teachers who need help getting started for the first time with students in this age group. You can adapt the order and content based on your students’ needs and the length of your course. These materials are in a suggested order, but you do not need to follow this order exactly or use all of these lessons.
Be sure to adapt ready-made courses to meet the level and needs of your students. Choose additional or alternative lessons from the suggested sections below (under the More Content heading). When looking for additional materials to teach for this age group, you will likely only use the level filters marked Beg and Low Int. Here is an Equivalency Scale that may be useful.
For this age group and level, you will rely heavily on flashcards from the Flashcard Library. We've included some ready-made sets for you in the folder. You can also create and broadcast your own digital flashcard sets using our Flashcard Player.
Some of the suggested lessons have digital tasks so that you can teach your students online or assign digital homework. If you need help using the digital platform, visit our Help Docs.
If you are only able to teach online at this time and you want to use a lesson that is currently only available as a PDF, you can download the Student PDF and email it to your student(s) or you can open it on a shared screen while you teach an online lesson.
More Content for Grades 3–5
The ESL Library publishing team is busy working on Mini-Course 2 and 3 for this age group. Until these become available, you can build your own courses using the following suggestions:
Language Targets: simple present / Be, imperative verbs, simple past, singular and plural nouns, basic pronouns (subject pronouns, object pronouns, possessive adjectives, and possessive pronouns), basic adjectives, basic prepositions, articles (a, an, the), basic parts of speech, yes/no questions, Wh- questions
Functions: asking for and giving personal information, getting to know each other, describing familiar people and things, expressing feelings, reading and listening to short paragraphs, building small paragraphs
Themes: science, geography, health, hobbies, interesting people and places
Here are some suggested ESL Library sections for teaching elementary school. We ask that you always preview the content for age appropriateness.