Lesson Plan for Reflexive Pronouns

Hello teacher friends!

I wanted to share my Lesson Plan for Reflexive Pronouns. It follows the Reflexive Pronoun unit that I use as a sub-plan and that I hand out to all participants that have taken one of the Fun To Teach workshops.  This alternate form can be used by anyone using their own picture cards.                                            

Reflexive Pronouns
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Hope it is something you can use.


This lesson is intended for teachers of English learners in elementary grades 1st – 5th who are at an Early Intermediate to Early Advanced English proficiency level.  This lesson can be used for small groups or in whole class settings and is appropriate for all genders and nationalities.  A simple change of picture cards may be needed to meet cultural standards


At the conclusion of this lesson, students will be able to differentiate between the reflexive pronouns.

Listing of student outcomes

Students will communicate effectively 80% of the time when using reflexive pronouns to describe what people are doing in pictures.

Teacher and student roles and activities:

Introduction:  Teacher: 

Briefly introduce reflexive pronouns and describe their meaning.

The lesson: 

Present the pronoun chart in detail.  Explicitly teaching when to use “it” (I can do it myself.) and when not to (He can shave himself.)

The teacher writes the subject pronoun and the corresponding reflexive pronoun on the board.

Students discuss the meaning of the reflexive pronoun.  The teacher checks for student understanding.

Click here if you would like to see the Reflexive Pronoun Unit at my store on Teachers Pay Teachers!


• Introduce the chant while the students listen for the reflexive pronouns.

• Call Back: Students repeat lines after the teacher.

•Students raise their hands every time they hear a reflexive pronoun.

• Teacher passes out the reflexive pronoun word cards one per student. The teacher recites the chant. Students hold up their reflexive pronoun cards when they hear their words.

The Activity: 

The teacher introduces the following prompt and replies.

Prompt: Who do/does _____ see in the mirror?             

Reply: _____ see/sees _____in the mirror.

Hold up one reflexive pronoun card at a time.  Students practice by looking at the card and speaking the prompt and replies. Have your kids ‘Call Back’ by repeating after the teacher until they successfully repeat the structure. Continue the practice by having a girl pretend to look in the mirror, a boy look in the mirror, and two students look in the mirror, etc.

The Game: 

Divide the class into 2 lines and name the first person on each line as the team leader.

• Beginning with the team leader the teacher reads and shows one of the picture cards. The first student to give the corresponding reflexive pronoun wins and goes to the end of their line

• The next student in line plays against the remaining student

• The team that has the leader back to the front of the line wins!

Wrap up: 

Refer to the objective.   

Parting Passport: The teacher asks the students to say their favorite line of the day using a reflexive pronoun.


The overarching theme of the lesson is the introduction and practice of reflexive pronouns in oral conversation for English language learners at the intermediate/early advanced level of English.


35-minute lesson

  • Introduction: 3-5 minutes
  • The lesson:  5-10 minutes
  • The Chant:  5 minutes
  • The Activity:  5 minutes
  • The Game:  10 – 12 minutes
  • Wrap up: 3-5 minutes


Picture cards, reflexive pronoun cards, and chant for reflexive pronouns.  Optional: mirrors


Write the reflexive pronoun chart on board or display it with on an overhead or document camera (see chart below).  Copy and cut the cards.   Print copies of the chant.

Pre and Post Assessment measures

Students are given a variety of pictures requiring the use of reflexive pronouns.

Students orally describe what is happening to the people in each picture.

The teacher records the proper and improper oral use of reflexive pronouns.

Finally, teaching Reflexive Pronouns can be fun and engage the interest of your ELs. This lesson makes it easy to scaffold for all your language levels. Click here if you would like to see the Reflexive Pronoun Unit at my store on Teachers Pay Teachers!

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