Animals Exercise One: Design a Zoo

Language Function: writing and speaking

Grammar Point:
- third person plural form of verbs: They live..., They eat...
- use of can and can't

Vocabulary: lion, tiger, zebra, elephant, hippo, rhino, giraffe, bear, wolf, parrot, whale, penguin, polar bear, crocodile, snake, frog, monkey, fish, fruit, insects, leaves, meat, jungle, ocean, savannah, wood, eat, live, can, can't, big and small.

Age Group: 8 to 12-year-olds

Learning Objective: to use the third person plural form of verbs when describing animals.

Instructions:
- T can divide the class in groups of 3 or 4 or have Ss work in pairs. 
- Ss need crayons, and three sheet of white paper.
- The Ss have to design a zoo and describe all the animals in it, what they eat and where they live in the wild.
- The first page they design is a map of the zoo.  They must draw where each animal is located in the zoo and any extra details as well like paths, caf├ęs, shops etc.
- The second page is a brochure advertising the zoo.  On the brochure the Ss must have a mini-map of the zoo, the price of admission, hours of operation, name of the zoo, where it is, and a logo. 
- The third page is where the Ss describe the animals in the zoo.  For older Ss, you can ask them to write more but I asked my 8 and 9-year-olds to write where the animals live, what they eat, are they big or small, one action they can do and one that they can't do. An example of the third page is below.

Crazy Zoo

Lions
Lions live in the savanna.
They eat meat.
They are big.
They can run fast.
They can't fly.


- When Ss have finished their projects, they present the zoo to the class.  You can check the third page and decorate the class with the maps and brochures!