Curriculum for preschool ESL stories 1-10

cute monkey from one of Shelley's preschool stories

Vocabulary, language, and grammar overview for stories 1-10.For Children aged 3 to 6 from Shelley Ann Vernon

Story 1. I’m Hungry – animals

Animals: Ant, spider, snake, bird, cat, fox and lion.

Greeting: Hello, how are you?
I’m fine thanks.

Verbs: Eat

Phrases: I’m hungry.
I am going to eat you.

(Extra vocabulary for version 2: What are you doing? Look for, look, find, gobble up, pop out, unfortunately)

Story 2. Anna goes to the Zoo – counting and animals

Animals: Revision: Lion, spider, snake, bird, and ant
Numbers: 1-10

New animals: Elephant, giraffe, bear, duck and monkey

Nouns: Daddy, zoo

Verbs: See

Phrases: At the zoo

An option is to revise colours deliberately getting them wrong, for example:
“At the zoo Anna sees two elephants.  There they are, two green elephants” and let the children spot the mistake – they will soon be calling out the right colour.

(Extra vocabulary for version 2- The text proposes a variety of verbs to describe what the animals are doing and animal body parts.  Repeat the same verbs more often if you need a simpler version, but not as simple as the basic one.)

Walk, stick out, say, spray, eat, think, chew, dance, rest, swim, lie down, monkey around, play, sit
Tongue, trunk, back, webbed-feet, beak, head, body
Hot, hungry, meal

Story 3. Archie and his Pony – counting and colours

Numbers: Revision: 1-10

Colours: Black, blue, green, yellow, brown, red, white, orange, pink, purple

Nouns: Pony, jump

Verbs: Jump

Phrases: Here is, it is, well done! Yippee!

(Extra vocabulary for version 2: Excellent, mischievous, very good, good, OK, naughty, crazy, really crazy, groovy, cool

If there are too many of these adjectives use fewer and repeat them.

That was, don’t
Look, eat, drink and stay on)

Short Story 4. Hide & seek – animals, colours, nature

Greeting: Revision: Hello, how are you? I’m fine thanks.
Numbers: Revision: 1-10
Colours: Revision: yellow, green, blue, red
Animals: Revision: Giraffe, bird, spider, monkey, snake, lion and ant

Nouns: Path, bush, pond, grass, flower, head

Verbs: Hide

Phrases: Is that you?  No, it’s me.

Extra vocabulary for version 2: Counted, found, searched, thought, saw, move and said, coming, stepping, popping, flying.  Watch out! silly

Short Story 5. The Marching Ants

Numbers: Revision: 1-10
Colours: Revision: white, yellow, red, brown, orange, green, blue, pink and purple
Nouns: Revision: ant, path, bush, pond, grass, and flower
New nouns: Field, garden, bed, teddy bear

Verbs: March

Phrases: Feels tired, falls asleep

Other: Little

(Extra vocabulary for version 2

First, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, tenth, last
They have been working
Marching, working, looking, take back, notice
Ant hill, nap)

Short Story 6. Volka and the Pink Ball

Nouns: Revision: path, grass, bushes, pond, and garden

New nouns: Ball, doggy, lady

Verbs: Walk, throw, chase, catch, run, give, swim, and shout

Phrases: This is,

Other: Good, bad, whoops!

Extra vocabulary for version 2

But he threw it further this time, much further, even further, absolutely miles
I had better be careful
It wasn’t her fault

Short Story 7. Volka and the Ducks

Nouns: Revision: path, grass, bushes, pond, duck, garden, lady
Verbs: Revision: walk, run, jump, swim, and shout
Phrases: Revision: feels tired
Other: Revision: little, yippee

New verbs: Bark, hear, stop, look for, and cry

Phrases: Lucas has gone

(Extra words for version 2: Master, dog food, allowed, I really want, taste, get back, quack at, and remember, even though, especially when, see if, until, nicer than, bigger than, cheeky, naughty, worried)

Short Story 8. The Bear and his Teddy Bear

Nouns: Revision: bear, teddy bear

Other: Revision: little

Nouns: Story, song, music, milk, kiss

Verbs: Read, sing, play and give (optional)

Phrases: I’m tired, I’m not tired, go to sleep, good night

(Extra vocabulary for version 2

Can we play a game?  
I want to…run about, jump up and down, play hide and seek, dance and jump, run all over the house.
That was a nice story/song
Your violin sounds funny, you need a new one.  I don’t need a new one.)

Short Story 9. Hetty and the Lion

Greeting: Revision: Hello, how are you? I’m fine thanks.

Nouns: Revision: lion, milk
Other: Revision: little

Nouns: Orange, apple, banana, pear, ice cream

Verbs: Drank, ate

Phrases: Would you like some…? Oh yes please.

(Extra vocabulary for version 2

Tea party, house, friend, invited
Adjectives: big, surprised, shocked, annoyed, cross.)

Short Story 10. Gerard the Giraffe was hungry

Nouns: Revision: giraffe, ice cream, orange, apple, banana, pear, milk, grass
Numbers: Revision: 1-6
Verbs: Revision: ate, drank
Other: Revision: hungry, fine

Nouns: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Phrases: The giraffe was hungry. He was still hungry

(Extra vocabulary for version 2

First, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth.  
It’s so boring eating grass
I know I shouldn’t, I’m getting fatter. That’s too bad.)

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The complete teaching kit contains; stories, lesson plans, flashcards, and story PowerPoint movies. Add on the songs and masks, and the worksheets (if teaching writing).

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