ESL Travel 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 exposed to vocabulary words about travel. After initial exposure to the words, students will apply their knowledge to play an engaging vocabulary identification game, followed by a real-world writing prompt.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Use accurate vocabulary to identify types of travel
  • Evaluate a real-world situation to determine which form of travel is most appropriate
  • Argue which mode of travel is best in a writing prompt


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.3

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

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.6

Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate general academic and domain-specific words and phrases, including those that signal precise actions, emotions, or states of being (e.g., quizzed, whined, stammered) and that are basic to a particular topic (e.g., wildlife, conservation, and endangered when discussing animal preservation).


  • Plane
  • Train
  • Car
  • Boat
  • Bicycle
  • Ferry
  • Motorcycle
  • Bus
  • Helicopter


  • Non-fiction books on your students' reading level about the different modes of travel (multiple for each vocabulary word)
  • Transportation plastic toys (one for each vocabulary word)
  • Index cards with vocabulary words written on each card (one of each)
  • Post-its with vocabulary words written on each post-it (multiple sets)
  • Plastic fly swatters (one per student)
  • Blank writing paper

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