Teaching With Songs: SONG PIECES (The Color Edition!) – levels (A1/A2)


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This week, SONG PIECES is back! This time, in a special edition for ELEMENTARY STUDENTS (A1, A2)


SONG PIECES is fast-paced, and provides extra energy and fun at any moment you need: Review, warm-up, consolidation, or as a simple reward activity.


In this ELT song-based activity, students WORK in teams (or individually), LISTEN to 5 different short song extracts, and IDENTIFY colors in each one.

OBS: This lesson plan was made for ONLINE TEACHING, but it can be modified for face-to-face instruction, as well.

Language level: (A1 - A2)
Learner type : All ages
Skills : listening and writing
Topic : Colors
Materials : edited mp3 files for the songs used, YouTube Video Version
Duration: 15 - 20 min
Downloadable Materials: instructions, edited mp3 files for the songs used


Step 1 

Divide students into pairs or trios (it can also be done individually, depending on the number of students), and tell them they are going to listen to various extracts of songs and in each one they have to listen to COLORS and write them down on a blank sheet of paper.

Ask them to give you examples of colors they know and write them on the board.

Step 2

Tell them they have 3 chances to try to get the right colors. Then, play the first extract 3 times and they write down the answer for number 1.

Youtube Video Version.

Step 3

Check what the teams wrote down (you can use the chat feature of the application you’re using with your online students. ex: in-meeting chat in zoom , and ask them to use it to send you the answers.

Assign points. (1 for each right color, if there is more than 1 color in the recording)

Step 4

Repeat steps 2, 3, 4 for the next song extracts. The team with more points, in the end, is the winner!


Song 01 International Love (Pitbull)
“(...) and thongs: BLUE YELLOW and GREEN
En L.A. tengo la Mexicana, en New York tengo la boricua
Besitos para todas las mujeres en Venezuela, muah “

Song 02 Black Hole Sun (Soundgarden)
Through the cream
And I'll hear you scream again
BLACK hole sun
Won't you come
And wash away the rain? 

Song 03 Barbie Girl (Aqua)
You're my doll, rock'n'roll, feel the glamour in PINK
Kiss me here, touch me there, hanky panky
You can touch
You can play
If you say, "I'm always yours" (ooh, oh)

Song 04 Night Changes (One Direction)
Goin' out tonight, changes into something RED
Her mother doesn't like that kind of dress
Everything she never had she's showin' off

Song 05 Beautiful Day (U2)
See the world in GREEN and BLUE
See China right in front of you
See the canyons broken by cloud
See the tuna fleets clearing ...

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That’s it for this week! I hope this activity is helpful and enjoyable! 



Happy teaching!  🙂

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