The children count the number of animals in each picture and fill in the gaps with the corresponding There is/There are phrase and the appropriate number.
Author: Cristina Casado Whittaker and Tracey Chapelton
To introduce or revise the difference between there is and there are
Scrap card or paper and felt-tip pens for the teacher, Blu-tac ®, Jigsaw Sentences Worksheet, coloured pencils
There is and there are
- Before class take some paper or card and cut it into six pieces. Write the numbers 1-6 on the pieces. Next write There is and There are on two big pieces of paper or card.
- Once in class start by sticking the piece of paper that says There is on the board with Blu-tac ® and right beside it stick the number 1. You now have the first part of the sentence: complete it by drawing on the board one snake, one flower, etc in a particular place (in a vase, on a table, etc).
- Repeat the same process with the card that says There are and finish off the jigsaw sentences in various ways using numbers 2 to 6 (for example There are 4 apples on the table. There are 6 eyes in his face.).
- Once the children have understood the construction of the sentences, give out the pieces of card with There is, There are and the numbers 1 to 6 to some children, and tell them to come out to the front of the class.
- Another child then has to make ‘living sentences’ by choosing from his/her classmates who are holding a word and placing them in order in front of the board. The child with There is/are will need to be at the beginning of the sentence, followed by the child with the corresponding number and at the very end he/she has to draw a picture of the item/s to complete the sentence.
- Repeat the process as many times as necessary until the children understand the rule.
Completing the Jigsaw Sentences Worksheet
- Tell the children to look at the pictures and the sentences in the worksheet.
- Children have to count the number of animals in each of the pictures and fill in the gaps with the corresponding There is/There are phrase and the appropiate number.
- You can set the colouring of the worksheet for homework.