ESL Food Vocabulary Lesson Plan

Instructor: Mary Beth Burns

Mary Beth has taught 1st, 4th and 5th grade and has a specialist degree in Educational Leadership. She is currently an assistant principal.

In this lesson plan, ELL students will be introduced to food vocabulary. They will build their knowledge from looking at real world representations of the vocabulary, illustrating and writing the vocabulary and drawing connections between words.

Learning Objectives

By the end of the lesson, students will be able to:

  • Identify food using appropriate vocabulary
  • Compare and contrast food vocabulary
  • Represent food vocabulary words pictorially


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.2.1

Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about grade 2 topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.


  • Milk
  • Bread
  • Cheese
  • Fruit
  • Vegetables
  • Juice
  • Water
  • Rice
  • Soup
  • Cereal
  • Eggs
  • Pasta
  • Crackers
  • Cookies
  • Pizza
  • Meat
  • Fish
  • Peanut butter


  • Real-world examples of the vocabulary words
  • Index cards with vocabulary words written on them
  • Construction paper
  • Blank writing paper
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Chart paper

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