1. Topic-
Hobbies and Activities, Present Participles
2. Content-
Verbs: to talk/chat, to read, to play (sports, games (video), cards, musical instruments), to watch television, to skate/snowboard, to picnic, to go shopping, to eat out, to swim, to surf, to ski, to fish, to camp, to cycle, to climb (rock), to hike, to ride horses
Adjectives: dangerous, exciting, fun, boring, challenging
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. Students will be able to talk about hobbies and pastimes.
2. Students will be able to turn verbs into present participles.
Materials and Aids-
Hobby Game worksheet, chocolate, Present Participle Practice worksheet

A. Introduction-

1. Welcome students to class! Review greetings by asking them how them are.
2. Ask each of the following questions to elicit student knowledge:
- Do you play sports?
- What do you do for fun?
- Do you like to go shopping?
- What do you think about skateboarding? (Is it fun?)
3. Pass out Hobby Game Worksheet to students. Put them in groups of 2-4 and have each group come up with at least one activity in each category during the next 3 minutes. After 3 minutes is up, have each group share their most original entry and if it is correct English and no other group has it, the group that shared gets one point. The group with the most points at the end wins chocolate. Write their answers (vocab) vertically on the left side of the board (see Boardwork model). Be sure to include the basic vocabulary listed in "Content" section.

Total time: 15 minutes.

B. Development-

1. Write "I like +" in the center top of the board (see Boardwork model). Ask the students to shout out one of our new vocabulary verbs. Add "infinitive" (as shown in Boardwork model) and explain that this is the base form of a verb. Write down the verb they chose (in place of to run) and ask them to repeat the simple sentence aloud. Now write the formula to change this verb into a present participle: write the infinitive, crossout "to", and add "ing" (see Boardwork model). Ask the students to repeat out loud. Ask a few students what they like to do, see if they will switch between the two forms on their own.
Add "I enjoy + present participle" to the board (see Boardwork model). Now ask the students what they enjoy; they must use the present participle.
2. One more step! Ask a student why they like an activity. Help them through the answer if necessary, then write the "+ because" (see Boardwork model). As they come up, add the adjectives from the "Content" section beneath the verb list (see Boardwork model). If students come up with others add them here as well.

Total time: 15 minutes.

C. Practice-

1. Pass out the Present Participle Practice worksheet. Have a student read the instructions out loud, and have them get into groups of two for practice. Walk around the room to help as necessary.
2. Have the students get up and walk around the room, asking 2 other students to name one activity they like and one they don't like. When they return, ask them to report back on which person likes what. Then ask this other student why they like or dislike this activity.
Total time: 20 minutes.

D. Independent Practice-

Set up a role play where students are going to meet a traveler arriving in their city. They are to greet this person, get to know them a little, and invite them to 2 different activities they enjoy in the city. Provide extra vocabulary at the bottom of the board (see Boardwork model). Give them an example with a student as follows:
Teacher: Hi! I'm Alison. You must be ___(student's name).
Student: Yes
Teacher: It's nice to meet you. How are you today?
Student: ___
Teacher: (Respond to how they are appropriately.) Do you have a lot to do today? Any plans?
Student: ___
Teacher: (If necessary, respond appropriately.) Well, I would like to invite you to a picnic in the park for lunch. Do you like picnicking?
Student: ___
Teacher: (Respond to yes with great, no with ok, maybe...) We can also cycle. Do you enjoy cycling?
Student: ___
Teacher: (If you have a plan) Ok, Let's go!
(If two negatives, continue rest of conversation) Ok. What do you like to do?
Student: ___
Teacher: I think we can do that at (location). Would you like to go?
Student: (Should answer yes!)
Teacher: Ok, Let's go!
Break students into pairs and have them each be the local.
Total time: 10 minutes.


1. Wrap up the lesson by giving the students either the infinitive or present participle of the verbs from the vocabulary list and ask them in to give the opposite in choral response.
2. Ask a few students if they like an activity or not and why. Call on them by tossing the extra chocolate.
Total time: 5 minutes.
1. Were students grasping the present participle; when and how to use it?
2. Do the students seem own the vocabulary?

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