Быкова 2 класс. Unit 15. The Ugly Duckling

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Aims: To present the story of the Ugly Duckling.
Pupil Language: But who is that? – Is it me? – I’m a beautiful swan. – How can that be? – What a lovely day! – Come with me, – Come and play! – Close your eyes – Count to three – Now, fly – Just like me.
Teacher Language: Open your books. – Where are the swans? – What can the swans do?
Extra Materials: Photocopies of activity story page (Extension).

  • Wait by the door and greet the children as they arrive.
  • (An activity to revise the vocabulary of the story.)
    Tell the children to try to recall the last episode of the story (p. 75). Ask:  

    Teacher: Where are the swans?
    Child: Up in the sky.
    Teacher: What can the swans do?
    Child: They can fly. etc

Presentation & Practice

  • (Activities to present the story.)
    Draw a large 79 on the board. Point to it, mime and say: Open your books at page seventy-five!
  • Hold up your book. Point to the Ugly Duckling in the bubble and say: Look at the Ugly Duckling. It’s a beautiful swan. Children repeat, chorally and individually.
  • Play the cassette/CD. Children listen. Play the cassette/CD again and pause after each line for children to repeat, chorally and individually.

    Ugly Duckling: But who is that?
    Is it me?
    I ’m a beautiful swan –
    How can that be?
    Swan: Hello! Hello!
    What a lovely day!
    Come with me,
    Come and play!
    Close your eyes,
    Count to three,
    Now, fly, fly, fly,
    Just like me!

  • Divide the class into three groups and assign one stanza per group. Allow enough time for the children to practise their phrases. The children act out their phrases, using both words and gestures.
  • Extension: Hand out a photocopy to each child. Explain the activity. Allow children some time to complete the task. Check children’s answers.

Ending the lesson

  • Children act out the role of the Ugly Duckling while listening to the story. They can do this by using mime and gestures and/or joining in with as many words from the dialogue as they can.


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