First conditional lesson ideas (A1+, 7th grade)

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Below you will find three ideas for the first conditional practice. Your students will love the activities and you’ll see how engaging they can be.

 

Ex. 1   What will happen if …? – group work exercise
Split up the learners into small groups (3-4 students). Tell the groups to nominate their representatives. Ask the representatives to use the online wheel to select a topic for their groups or pick a card with a topic.

           

First Conditional – topics (printable PDF)

After all the groups have selected their topics, distribute blank sheets of paper so that each group gets one. Then ask the learners in each group to write one prediction for the future which relates to their topic. They are supposed to use the future simple tense. For example, if the selected topic is money, their sentence may be:
“People will earn more money in the future.” or “Soon this computer will cost less than it costs now.”, etc…

Once the students have written their predictions, collect the sheets and put them all in a bag. Then ask the group representatives to draw one prediction from the bag. Make sure no groups get their own prediction. Now their task is to write a conditional sentence referring to the future in which they will express the predictions and their consequences, e.g.
“If people earn more money, they will spend more on their hobbies.” or “If the computer costs less, I will buy it.”, etc…

After all the groups have presented their sentences, tell each group to pass on their sentence to the next group (for example in a clockwise direction) so that each group is given a new sentence. The next step is to continue the chain of consequences and write a new first conditional sentence, e.g.:
“If people spend more money on their hobbies, they will feel healthier.” or “If I buy the computer, I will spend more time at home.”, etc…*

* Your students can stop at this point or they may continue the chain of consequences.
* If you work with small groups, your students can do this activity individually or in pairs.

Ex. 2   First conditional – Millionaire game

Ex. 3 First conditional swap
Split up the learners into small groups (3-4 students). Write the following clauses on the board:
1. If the fire alarm goes off, ……………………………………… .
2. If our class teacher says ‘yes’, ……………………………………… .
3. We’ll stay in school overnight if ……………………………………… .
4. We won’t come to school tomorrow if ……………………………………… .
Ask the groups to complete the sentences in as many ways as possible, so that each sentence is in the first conditional. Encourage the students to be imaginative and creative. Set a time limit for this activity (7 – 8 minutes). When they are ready, the group representatives read the sentences out one by one.

You can find the printable lesson plan below:

First Conditional – Lesson Plan – printable (pdf)
 
 

You may also be interested in other related ideas on the blog:

‘Will’, ‘be going to’ and the first conditional in a video quiz (A1+)

‘Will’ or ‘be going to’? – lesson plan (A2-B1)

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