World Records Lesson Plan for ESL Students

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.

Through engaging your English Language Learners in an exploration of world records, this lesson plan will help you support their growth in vocabulary, oral conversation, and written expression. Students will have a chance to complete their a world record scavenger hunt.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will:

  • Identify and use vocabulary related to world records.
  • Engage in discussions with classmates.
  • Respond to questions about informational text.


60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

ELP 9-12.1

ELLS will construct meaning from oral presentations and literary and informational text through grade-appropriate listening, reading, and viewing.

ELP 9-12.2

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

ELP 9-12.7

ELLS will adapt language choices to purpose, task, and audience when speaking and writing.

ELP 9-12.9

ELLS will create clear and coherent grade-appropriate speech and text

Materials Needed

  • Projector or SMART Board
  • Guinness Book of World Records (1 per student)
  • 1 piece of paper per student
  • Pencils
  • World Record Scavenger Hunt (1 per student)


  • World Record
  • Break a record
  • Hold a record
  • Attempt
  • Scavenger Hunt

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