The Rabbit and The Tortoise


Story : The Rabbit and The Tortoise


I. Class description: 20 students (Ss), 10 boys and 10 girls, Class 4A1, Son Cam primary school, Thai Nguyen city.

II. Time: 15 minutes.

III. Objectives:

By the end of the lesson Ss will be able to know the content as well as the meaning of the story “ The Rabbit and The Tortoise”

–         Skill: After the lesson, Ss will be able to

+ practice speaking skill through asking and answering the teacher’s questions relating to the story.

+ practice listening skill by listening to the teacher telling the story in detail.

+ working together.

–         Language:

+ Vocabulary: Identify some animals: rabbit, turtoise, pig, cow, goat, hop, race, draw a line, take a nap and some sounds of animals.

–         Education:

Give the meaning of the story to children “Patience makes perfect!”

IV. Teaching aids:

+ Pictures, black board, chalk.

  1. I.                  Content:




  1. 1.    Warm- up

– Greeting.

Saying Hello to the class and have them reply.

2. Prepare students to listen to the story.

– Ask Ss “ Do you like story?”

– Introduce the title of the story “ The Rabbit and The Tortoise” by using the picture with the title.

– Ask Ss some questions to analyze the picture.

+ Where is the Rabbit?

+ Where is the Tortoise?

+ What are the names of other animals?

– Have Ss repeat some key words of the story “ Rabbit, Tortoise”.

3. While- telling story


  • Refer to the pictures at the same time as reading.
  • Use different voices for different characters.
  • Use actions as well as explainations to illustrate the content of the story.
  • Always ask questions to analyze the pictures, have Ss imitate what the characters do and have Ss guess what happens next.
  • Have Ss describe the sounds of animals such as oink, bleat, moo and pronounce some new words or phrases in the story such as hop, race, draw a line, take a nap.
  • Ss can answer in their first language, therefore, T should  reformulate it into English.
  • Always use signal words to make the story naturally such as then, afterthat, surprisingly, 

*Example of two first picture:

– First picture:


-What is he doing?

T explains he just awakes so he feels very sleepy.

–         Second Picture:


-Explain  the new word “ hop”. Teacher describes the action of hopping and then ask Ss to guess. ( Ss can answer in first language, Teacher should reformulate it into English. )

+ Hop (v): nhảy lò cò

-Ask Ss the names of the rest animals and have Ss describe the sounds of these animals.

The goat;   “Hi! Oink,oink”

The pig:           “Hi! Bleat,bleat”

The cow:    “Hi!Moo,Moo”.

  • Ø Note: Animals makes different sounds in different countries, Teacher should explain for Ss and give the words in English.

4. After telling story

– Summarize the story by having Ss answer some questions about the content of the story.

+ Do you like story?

+ How many characters in the story? Who are they? Show the characters in the pictures again.

+ Who is the winner? The loser? Why?

– Give the meaning of the story to the Ss.

* Meaning of the story: Patience makes perfect; So, always try to study well!

Have Ss play a role.

– T prepares some hats with the images of the animals in the story.

– Distribute these hats to Ss.

– Have Ss play a role and ask them to try to imitate the voice of the animals.

-To motivate Ss, draw Ss’attention to the story and lead in the lesson naturally.

-Recall some existing vocabulary

– Make Ss have fun with the pictures, the story.

-Ensure all Ss are actively involved.

– Help Ss understand the story deeply.

-Help Ss brainstorm, think about the animals in their real life.

-Help Ss see the difference of the sounds of animals between their mother tongue and the foreign language.

-Help Ss follow the story easily.

-Make sure that Ss understand and remember the main content of the story.

-Help Ss understand and apply the meaning of the story to their life.

-Help Ss practice speaking, be motivated and remember the story longer.



4 thoughts on “The Rabbit and The Tortoise

  1. Hi
    Thank for your sharing. It’s really an useful and interesting lesson. I like the style of this teacher. She’s very confident and active. She uses body language as well as her action to help Ss guess the new word. Both of them are very clear and easy to understand.
    About the lesson plan, I think it’s quite good. We can teach immediately if we have this lesson plan. Because, it’s very detail and clear. However, only one thing, about the meaning, I think that “Patience makes perfect!” is not enough. This story also teach us a lesson about the bad effect of arrogance and the subjective.
    That’s my opinion. Thanks againy for the interesting video!

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  3. Hi loveagain92,
    I had seen their video and I very like teacher here. She has good voice: clear, aloud. She teaches very funny, consonantly for primary pupils and all students here are funny too. Your story is so legible and I like the way teacher tells this story, one more time, very like her voice. She explains characters in funny ways, calls students act as characters and do comprehensive task and gives gifts so excited.
    I very like this video and I think all of you are so good ^^. You match all requirements of storytelling about voice, picture, explaining new word, summing up story, task…and I don’t know say something more. So good!
    Your lesson plan is so details.
    Thanks for sharing this video.
    Have a nice day!

  4. hello! I love the pictures you useed to retell the story, i would like to have this material to help my student to retell this fable.

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