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Parts of a house 7 days lesson plan


Teaching exterior parts of the house came all naturally from drawing with the ruler containing basic shapes. Triangle made a ROOF, rectangle  served for a WALL, small square for a WINDOW.  And that was quite enough for the first day of introduction.


Why not try a rhymed dance of the following kind:

In and Out the Doors
(sung to “Go In and Out the Window”)

Step in and out the front door.
(take a step forward, then back)
Step in and out the front door.
Step in and out the front door.
Then make a doorbell sound.
(say “ding dong”)

Jump in and out the back door.
(jump forward, then back)
Jump in and out the back door.
Jump in and out the back door.
Bend down and touch the ground.
(touch ground with hand)

Slide in and out the side door.
(slide to one side, then other)
Slide in and out the side door.
Slide in and out the side door.
And then turn all around.
(turn around)

Step in and out the front door.
Jump in and out the back door.
Slide in and out the side door.
Then sit yourself right down.
(sit down)


The chance of learning something new  that appeared so naturally was to use or to lose.  I chose the first and invented some more game activities around the HOUSE  theme in order to encourage memorization. What I made were two cards – first represented six monsters – just shapeless pieces of colorful cardboard that I decorated with moving eyes, some with one big eye, others with several small ones. The point was to make them attractive and evoke the desire of role-play communication that would disguise learning aspect.

The kid was introduces to Mr. Brown, Mr. Yellow, Mr. Blue , Mr. Red, Mr. Green and Mr. Purple. We counted their eyes, tried to untouched them (how could we do without!) and then they told us about their problem. They have been to a visit to one Earth house and lost their hairs! And they ast the kid so so very much about help in finding the lost hairs.

(Here comes another card with a house drown on it and different color hairs glued in the parts of the house we need to practice. For the hairs I used some strips of paper for quilling, but it could be piece of thread or whatever you’d find.)

The dialog develops in such a way, then:


- Mr. Brown, Mr. Brown, your brown hair is on the ROOF!

- Oh, thanks a million!


Mr. Red, Mr. Red, your red hair  is on the CHIMNEY!

- Oh, thanks a lot!

… and so on, here the HOUSE words were 6: CHIMNEY, ROOF, WALL, DOOR, WINDOW, STAIRS.

First dialog was pronounced by me, but the little one tried to repeat it and at the end I just gave him out the new HOUSE words, and he managed the rest by himself.

We played, then we switched to a different game, but the two card stayed in the nearby access for a few days, giving the kid possibility to review the words any time he likes. And it happened, to my great joy!


Why not make a small task? Take a sheet of paper, divide it into squares (not many but not less than 9). In some draw things, belonging to the house exterior, in others – having no relation. Stick on the other side an envelope with cut out cardboard part of the house, corresponding to the images.  When playing, just show the kig the board and say: “Let’s build a house! Look at the pictures, what would you need for your house?”

And for every correct answer give out a corresponding cut-out cardboard piece. Then you can glue them to a blank paper sheet to make a cut-out.


Do you know why flip-flap books are so popular with kids? It’s because of the mysteries they hide under the flaps. Mystery and secret are very strong motivations for youngsters, they are the very implementation of their instinct of exploring everything new.  So, let’s play and learn making use of this instinct.  What I do is draw a house on a sheet of paper – I don’t need it colorful, but this time I need it big enough to be spectacular. I put it on the bottom of a deep dish or any suitable recipient, cover it with a transparent file taken from some toy package,  cover the paper and hide the whole of a house with a share of semolina.

And while your little explorer dig out the hidden treasure, you read him a small poem about what he sees:

It is a ROOF

It is waterproof


It’s for smoke, not for me,

It is a WALL

And it mustn’t fall


Look out, is it windy?

These are stairs

To go up and down , both ways,

It is a DOOR

What  is it for?

or friends to let in

Are you there? Come in!

You probably will have a possibility to repeat this poem once the house is digged out. I did.

This entertainment is also to stay on the close distance and return to for several consecutive days, revising  target words.


From a cornflakes box (I admire them a lot for white and high quality cardboard and never throw away without making any use of them) I cut out a dimensional house where the only thing added was a balcony. It was interesting but plainly white- inadmissible thing for childhood times! So, with a set of paints we enjoyed a lop painting WALLS, DOOR, STAIRS, BALCONY, ROOF and CHIMNEY. And only here I realized that my child doesn’t know what’s for “CHIMNEY” in his own language – he kept calling it “chimney” in Russian when boasting with his brightly-colored house  to his dad. As you understand, new words stayed with us this day, too, but in a new image.


Why not just remunerate oneself and listen to the song from You Tube. Moreover, you understand what it’s about ;)

The House Song

And if stopping here seems impossible, so much you’ve got involved into the house learning, that “The three little pigs” tale is just what you need – it would combine (from teacher’s point of view) – parts of the house, if you try and insist that the pigs made their roof of straw, and walls of straw, and the door of straw… and materials house can be made of. It would also be fun for a babe, stories always are.

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