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

In the BrainPOP ELL movie, The Future is Ours (L2U2L1), Ben and Moby are at a school job fair, thinking about their future careers! In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-8, students will use possessive pronouns in interactive activities and create a project to teach the concept to the class.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Use possessive pronouns in sentences.
  2. Identify the difference between possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives.
  3. Create a project to teach the class about possessive pronouns.



Possessive Pronouns: mine, yours, his, hers, its, ours, theirs
Possessive Adjectives: my, your, his, her, its, our, their

Lesson Procedure:

  1. Is This Mine or Yours? Ask the students to each put something that they own into a large box or bag, such as a pen, eraser, key, drawing, sweater, a piece of fruit, etc. Then have students take turns pulling something from the bag, using possessive pronouns to ask questions or make statements. For example: Whose book is this? It's not mine. It's hers!
  2. It's His. It's Hers. After watching the movie The Future is Ours (L2U2L1), Divide the class into small groups and have them brainstorm words they know that have to do with jobs or professions. They can list words they saw in the movie. Have each group choose four professions and write each one on a separate index card. Then, on additional index cards, students write words or draw pictures of items related to each profession. For example, for astronaut, related words and pictures might include space, a planet, a star, the sun, an astronaut's suit, a space ship. Encourage students to make as many related cards for each profession as they can think of. Now have each student in a group wear or hold up one of the profession cards. The other students in that group take turns assigning related words and pictures to each “professional.” The players select cards from a pile, decide who they belong to, and hand them to that student, using a sentence that includes possessive pronouns and adjectives. For example: This is a space ship. It's his. This is a musician's guitar. It's hers.
  3. You're the Teacher. Assign one of the following “lessons” for each student or pair to teach to the rest of the class. Encourage them to be as creative as possible. a) Represent and illustrate the possessive pronouns; b) Teach the difference between possessive pronouns and possessive adjectives; c) Teach the difference between it's and its. d). Teach the difference between their, they're and there.


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