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Chores ESL Lesson Plan

Doing Chores Around The House...On A Unicycle

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Video Length: 3:51

Updated on: 10/06/2023

Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.

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Chores ESL Lesson Plan Description


This chores ESL lesson plan contains PDF worksheets, activities, and digital materials for pre-intermediate A2 students. By the end of the lesson, students will learn a variety of household chores in a verb + noun collocation form, and be able to use these collocations in a conversation about dividing chores.


The first part of this ESL lesson plan on chores has students describe some images of people doing chores around the house. This is followed by some discussion questions about chores. The second activity contains some phrases related to chores, and students have to match the verbs provided to the phrases. Lastly, students can make some predictions about the video they will watch of a man doing household chores on a unicycle.


Students engage in one more discussion topic about how to make chores more fun or interesting. They'll continue on to watch a video of a man doing chores around the house on his unicycle. In the viewing and listening activities, students sequence the events in order, fill in the missing verbs for the chores on his chore list, and answer a few short questions. 


After watching the video, students discuss some more questions related to chores. In the second part, students take a look at the chore list that man's wife made for him, and answer some questions about them. The questions are focused on verb + noun collocations. Students then describe some more images of chores using collocations, and can use some verbs and nouns provided in order to describe them.


In the final, communicative activities in this lesson, students will complete two different steps. In the first step, students work together with a classmate or their teacher. In it, they imagine they are housemates and just hosted a party the day before. They look at some images that show the conditions of their messy house after the party. They must agree on the chores they should do in order to clean up the house.

In the second step of the activity, students can agree on which chores from their list are the most important ones to take care of today, and proceed to agree on which chores they'll each do and divvy them up.

Benefits of using this chores ESL lesson plan:

Building Collaborative Skills: The communicative task described above encourages teamwork and cooperation as students must negotiate and agree on who will do which chores. This promotes collaboration and interpersonal skills.

Vocabulary: Focusing on verb + noun collocations for chores enhances students' vocabulary related to household tasks. It helps them learn how to use specific verbs with corresponding nouns, improving their language skills.

Active Participation: A communicative task where students discuss and agree on chores fosters active participation and interaction among students. It promotes speaking and listening skills.

Relevance to Real-Life Situations: Teaching chores and their associated collocations is practical and directly applicable to students' daily lives. It helps them understand and express common activities they need to do at home.

Video Description

On his day off, a man is asked by his wife to do some chores around the house, so he figured — why not 'Do it on a Unicycle'? The dishes proved to more difficult than he had expected. Watch till the end!

Lesson Activities


Household Chores


Sequencing Events, Chores List (verbs), Short Answers


Chores, Collocations (verbs + nouns)


After-Party Chores Communicative Task, Quiz & Review, Lesson Reflection

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