Быкова 2 класс. Unit 2. The Ugly Duckling

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Aims: To present the story of the Ugly Duckling.
Pupil Language: Oh dear! – What a terrible thing! – I’ve never seen – Such an ugly duckling!
Teacher Language: Who’s this? – Is Mummy Duck happy?
Extra Materials: Photocopies of activity story page (Extension).

Beginning the lesson

  • Wait by the door and greet the children as they arrive.
  • (An activity to revise the vocabulary of the story).
    Hold up your book and point to the picture of the previous story episode (p. 7). Ask:

    Teacher: How many ducklings?
    Child: Three.
    Teacher: pointing to Mummy Duck) Who’s this?
    Child: Mummy Duck. etc

Presentation & Practice

  • (Activities to present the story)
    Draw a large 11 on the board. Point to it, mime and say: Open your books at page eleven!
  • Hold up your book. Point to the Ugly Duckling and ask: Who’s this? Elicit: It’s the Ugly Duckling. Children repeat, chorally and individually.
  • Draw a happy face and a sad face and preteach the words happyand sad. Point to Mummy Duck and ask: Is Mummy Duck happy? Elicit the correct answer from the children (No).
  • Play the cassette/CD. Children listen. Play the cassette/CD again and pause after each line to give children time to repeat, chorally and individually.

    Mummy Duck: Oh dear, oh dear!
    What a terrible thing!
    I’ve never seen such an ugly duckling! 

Before going into class
Photocopy the corresponding activity page of the story (one per child).
Extension: Hand out a photocopy to each child. Explain the task. Allow children some time to complete the task. Once they finish, you can display their work in class.

Ending the lesson

  • (An activity to revise the vocabulary of the story.)
    Children act out the role of Mummy Duck 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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