'How Much?' ESL Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

This lesson plan will help you provide support to your ESL students as they learn about countable and uncountable nouns, and how the type of noun influences the use of ~'How much~' or ~'How many~' when forming questions in English.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • understand the difference between countable and uncountable nouns
  • relate the use of 'How much' and 'How many' to countable and uncountable nouns
  • form grammatically correct sentences
  • hold discussions with peers


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • ELP 6-8.2

An ELL can participate in grade-appropriate oral and written exchanges of information, ideas, and analyses, responding to peer, audience or reader comments and questions.

  • ELP 6-8.7

An ELL can adapt language choices to purpose, task and audience when speaking and writing.

  • ELP 6-8.9

An ELL can create clear and coherent grade-appropriate speech and text.

  • ELP 6-8.10

An ELL can make accurate use of standard English to communicate in grade-appropriate speech and writing.

Materials Needed

  • Whiteboard or blackboard
  • 2 cards with phrases on them: countable nouns, uncountable nouns
  • List of nouns (1 handout per student)


  • Countable noun
  • Uncountable noun

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