ESL Getting to Know You 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, the teacher will begin to get to know his/her ELL students. First, the class will share where they are from by creating a classroom bulletin board display. Next, the class will get up and moving in a getting to know you game. Finally, the students will share more about themselves through drawing and writing.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Share details about themselves with their teacher and peers through listening, speaking and writing


30-45 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.6

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational, general academic, and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal spatial and temporal relationships.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.3

Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening


  • Large print out of the world map
  • Tacks (one per student)
  • Yarn
  • Index cards
  • Four pieces of chart paper
  • List of quantitative getting to know you statements
  • Copies of Coat of Arms template (one per student)
  • Crayons

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