Быкова 2 класс. Unit 4. The Ugly Duckling

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Aims: To present the story of the Ugly Duckling.
Pupil Language: I’m a duckling. – What are you? – I can’t fly at all. – Can you? I’m a cat. I can play all day! – But you’re so ugly. – Go away!
Teacher Language: Who’s this?
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.)
    Tell the children to try to recall the last episode of the story (p. 11). Ask them to name as many things as they can remember from the picture (sun, Mummy Duck, four ducklings, etc.). Then ask:

    Teacher: Is it a lovely day?
    Child: Yes.
    Teacher: What does Mummy Duck say?
    Child: Go and play! etc

Presentation & Practice

  • (Activities to present the story.)
    Draw a large 23 on the board. Point to it, mime and say: Open your books at page twenty-three!
  • Hold up your book. Point to the Ugly Duckling and ask: Who’s this? (The Ugly Duckling). Repeat, this time pointing to the cat.
  • 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.

    Ugly Duckling: I ’m a duckling. What are you? I can’t fly at all, Can you?
    Cat: I ’m a cat. I can play all day! But you’re so ugly. Go away!

  • Hold up your book, point to the picture of the cat and say: A cat can play. Children repeat, chorally and individually. Then say: The Ugly Duckling can’t fly. Children repeat, chorally and individually.
  • Have children work in pairs and assign the roles of Ugly Duckling and cat. Demonstrate yourself first:

    Teacher: I ’m a duckling, What are you?
    Child: I ’m a cat.
    Teacher: I can’t fly, Can you?
    Child: I can play!

Before going into class: Photocopy the corresponding activity page of the story (one per child).

  • Hand out a photocopy to each child. Explain the activity. The children look and circle the differences. Allow children some time to complete the task. Check children’s answers.

Ending the lesson

  • Mime an action (fly, play). Children call out the word. Change the actions quickly to make the activity fun for the children. Invite a child to come to the front and take your role.


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