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Daily Routine ESL Lesson Plan

People Who Hate Mornings

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Video Length: 2:11

Updated on: 05/22/2024

Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.

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Daily Routine ESL Lesson Plan Description


This free daily routines ESL lesson plan provides activities, PDF worksheets, and digital materials designed for beginner A1 students. In this lesson, students will:

  • Talk about morning and daily routines
  • Discuss questions about mornings
  • Watch a video of a young woman’s morning routine
  • Watch a video with tips on how to improve your sleep
  • Study and use the present simple tense to talk about daily routines
  • Ask questions in a conversation about daily routines


In the first part of this ESL lesson plan on morning and daily routines, students describe images depicting the morning routine of a young man named Nasir. These images include Nasir waking up early, brushing his teeth, taking a shower, getting dressed, eating breakfast, and going to work. In the activity, students match the actions (verbs) to the images of Nasir’s routine. Then, students engage in a discussion about mornings. They talk about some other typical morning activities, as well as activities they like to do in the mornings.


The second section of this lesson involves students watching a short video of a woman named Madeleine and her morning routine. In the video, Madeleine wakes up late, lies in bed, checks her phone, showers, and rushes to work. Students sequence the events of the video in the correct order.

In the second activity, there is a set of sentences about the video. In each sentence, there is an underlined word that is not correct. Students are instructed to correct the word, depending on what they see or hear in the video.


Following the video, there are two discussion questions for students to reflect on Madeleine’s morning routine.

The next part of the lesson focuses on grammar. In the grammar section, students read a description of Madeleine’s daily routine. It expands upon the content and activities Madeleine is seen doing in the video. In the description, the present simple tense is used to describe her routine. See some examples below:

I wake up at 7:30 AM for work. I hate waking up early! I'm always tired. After I get up, I take a shower and get ready. I don't eat breakfast because I am always late. I don't drive to work. I prefer walking because I live close to my office. I work at a company in the city center. I work as a consultant. After work, I do a workout at the gym. I go to sleep at 11 PM. I like sleeping late on Saturday mornings. Then I enjoy drinking coffee and reading a book.

After, students choose the correct words in some rules about the present simple tense.

In the third part of the viewing follow-up, students image that they’re asking Madeleine about her daily routine. They have to complete a set of questions in the present simple. See the example below:

  • QUESTION: What time do you wake up?
  • ANSWER: I wake up at 7:30.


In these communicative ESL activities on daily routines, students engage in a structured conversation exercise. They practice discussing daily routines and preferences. In Option A, students start by selecting 3-4 verbs from a given list, such as "wake up," "eat," and "exercise." They then create questions about their classmate's or teacher's routine using these verbs. Once the questions are ready, students pair up and take turns asking each other about their daily activities, comparing similarities and differences in their routines.

In Option B, the focus is on discussing preferences. Students complete questions using verbs of preference like "enjoy," "like," "hate," and "prefer." These questions might include topics such as weekend activities, preferred beverages in the morning, or whether they prefer working alone or with others. After forming the questions, students take turns asking a classmate or teacher, discussing their likes and dislikes. This activity helps students practice forming questions, using verbs of preference, and engaging in conversational English.


Great for Beginners: This lesson is perfect for A1 students, making it easy for them to start learning basic English.

Useful Vocabulary: Students get to learn essential verbs and phrases related to daily activities, which they can use in real life.

Clear Structure: The lesson flows smoothly from discussing routines to watching videos and practicing grammar, making learning straightforward.

Visual Learning: Images and videos help students understand and remember new words and concepts better.

Interactive Discussions: Talking about their own routines helps students practice speaking and listening in a fun, engaging way.

Video Description

Watch this short story about, Madeleine, a young adult who clearly hates mornings.

Lesson Activities


Mornings, Morning Routine


Sequencing Events, Sentence Corrections


Images, Verbs


Present Simple (habits / preferences), Forming Questions


Daily Routines: Q&A Session, Quiz & Review, Lesson Reflection

Lesson Topics

Mornings, Morning Routine

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