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

In the BrainPOP ELL movie, What Will I Do? (L2U2L2), Ben is running for school president. He uses the future tense to describe his many goals, but realizes it won’t be easy to please everyone! In this lesson plan, which is adaptable for grades K-8, students are prompted to use the future tense construction of will + verb to make predictions, write dialogues, follow instructions, and create a game about the future.

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

Students will:

  1. Predict the content of the movie using will + verb.
  2. Role-play a dialogue in response to oral prompts.
  3. Follow multi-step oral instructions to construct a game with manipulatives.



will, won’t, predict, promise, election, president, fortune

Lesson Procedure:

  1. Predictions. Before starting the movie What Will I Do? (L2U2L2), pause at the opening screen with Ben and Moby and the "Vote for Ben" poster. Ask the class to predict what they think this movie will be about, and what will happen. Play the movie and pause right after Ben says, "I will be a really good president. What will I do? That's a good question." Have partners do a quick Say Something about things they think Ben will do as school president. Then, to continue the movie, turn off the sound and closed captions until Moby brings out the suggestion box. Ben will mention three ideas (healthy food, more computers in the library, and more trips). With the sound and closed captions off, pause the movie at each of the three ideas, and have students write what they think Ben says, using the future tense will + verb. As you replay the section with sound and closed captions back on, students compare what they wrote to what Ben actually said.
  2. Promises, Promises. Explain to students that the verb will is also used to make promises. In pairs, students listen as you read different scenarios. Then with their partners, they create a two-line dialogue in response to each situation, using will/won’t + verb in their promises. Model the first example: Mary came home very late. Her father was worried. What promise did Mary make? Mini dialogue: Father: I was very worried about you, Mary. Mary: I promise I won’t come home late again. Read the other scenarios and have partners create dialogues: a. Ben’s room is a mess! His mom is not happy. What will Ben promise? b. Tim fell asleep in class. His teacher caught him. What will Tim promise? c. Nikki forgot to feed her dog. Her mom is not pleased. What will Nikki promise?
  3. Paper Fortune Teller. Construct paper fortune tellers with your students. Many text and/or video instructions are available on the internet. Video instructions could also be used as an effective and fun listening activity for your students. Make sure that the students write complete sentences for the fortunes, using will + verb. And then have fun playing with a partner!


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