Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8, K-3

In the BrainPOP ELL movie, You’re Not Listening (L1U2L2), Ben and his friends get in trouble at the museum for not paying attention to the rules. The movie introduces the present progressive negative as Ben and his friends learn the museum rules. In this lesson plan, adaptable for grades K-8, students play games using the negative form of the present progressive.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Construct sentences using the affirmative and negative forms of the present progressive.
  2. Respond to negative imperatives using the present progressive negative.
  3. Respond to prompts using an alternate way of saying sentences in the present progressive negative.


Lesson Procedure:

  1. Don’t talk! Say negative imperatives, directed at individual students, such as: Don’t talk! Don’t touch!  Don’t run!  Don’t sleep!  Don’t play! Don’t look! Students respond by answering in the present progressive negative: I’m not talking. Other students can add: She’s not talking. We’re not talking, etc.
  2. You’re not, you aren’t. Remind students that there are two ways to say the present progressive in the negative (except with “I”). Practice this in a repeated viewing of the movie and/or Grammar. Pause each time Ben uses the negative present progressive, and ask students to say it the other way. For example, when Ben says, “You’re not listening to the teacher,” the students will say, “You aren’t listening to the teacher.”

BrainPOP ELL Movies
I’m Cleaning Now (L1U2L1)