A New Fun Basic Vocabulary Listening Activity & Game With Songs For A1: Musical Objects!


This STEP-BY-STEP LESSON PLAN for ENGLISH language TEACHING features song extracts of 5 NEFFEX songs.

Students WATCH a video with 5 song extracts and in each one they have to IDENTIFY basic vocabulary objects they SEE on the screen (A-D) in the lyrics they hear.

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

Language level: A1
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening 
Topic: Basic vocabulary
Materials: YouTube video
Duration: about 30 min
Downloadable materials:  instructions.pdf

Welcome to the Song Activity Factory! Here, we follow the rules of The Creative Jedi Code:

See below for other posts to Teach English Creatively With Songs:


Step 1 (5 min)

Tell your students that you are going to review vocabulary with a listening game called MUSICAL OBJECTS, in which they will listen to songs and identify from a list of objects (A-D), which one they hear. There are 5 song extracts in the game.

Step 2 (5 min)

Divide students into pairs or trios (it can also be done individually, depending on the number of students).

Step 3 (obs: about 20 min in total for steps 3,4, 5)

Tell them they have 3 chances to try to get the right things, and write down the correct Letter. Then, play the Video. Song 1 extract is recorded 3 times in a row.

Pause the video at the beginning to check that all students know the objects on the screen. Have some students say the names of the objects.

Then, resume the video and have students write down the right letter.

Important: after each song extract, there’s a check screen and right after it the right answer is shown, so make sure to pause the video again before the right answer appears!

Step 4

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 letter).

Step 5

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

See lyrics key in the instructions.pdf

This song-based lesson plan is sure to spice-up your classes! However, would you like to think, feel and act more creatively on your own to be able to turn ANY song you want into an engaging lesson plan?
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That’s it for this week! I hope this activity is helpful and enjoyable! 


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