Unit 1 – Actions – Dolphins Show ESL Kids Lesson


Unit 1: Actions – Dolphin show


  • This lesson teaches ESL/EFL young learners action verb vocabulary and the use of the modal verb ‘can/cannot’ to talk about abilities.
  • The lesson also teaches children action verbs in the present simple tense.
  • This ESL kids lesson also introduces the pronoun ‘they’ which is used in the 3rd person plural.

Main Lesson Materials & Study Steps

actions-dolphins video lesson

1st –This cartoon animated video features a short dialogue, followed by vocabulary and sentence breakdown. It is essential for introducing the words, phrases, grammar, spelling and sentences of the lesson in context. Watch repeatedly to master the content. The video plays on any device.

actions-dolphins game

2nd – Then the student plays this fun game after watching the video, to practice the contents of the lesson. The student’s score is recorded in the Learning Management System (LMS). This game can only be played on a PC, not mobile devices.

actions-dolphins test

3rd – Finally the learner takes this test of the unit. The score of this test is captured in the LMS and gives educators an idea of how well their learner is doing. The test opens on any device – mobile & PC.

Worksheets for the Unit

The worksheets below are useful for offline and classroom activities. These printable exercises directly correlate with the above lesson 'Actions - Dolphins Show'. Every worksheet comes with an answer sheet on the second page for educators.

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Lesson Story:

Freddie, Lisa and parents are watching a dolphin show. It is an exciting day out for the kids as they watch in amazement at some of the things dolphins can do. Lisa is so excited she tries to feed the dolphins and a happy dolphin makes a big splash.


action verbs - jump, swim, write, read, stand, fly, can, can’t, cannot, walk

Key Sentences/Grammar

  • I can't jump that high.
  • They can swim and jump at the same time.
  • Dolphins can do many things.
  • Dolphins can't fly.
  • Can they read and write?

Expressions with modal verbs 'can'.

  • Dolphins can swim.
  • Dolphins can't fly.


  • Dolphins can't fly. / Dolphins cannot fly.

Pronoun 'they' for 3rd Person Plural

  • They can't fly.

This lesson is part of the Level 2 English course.

Download Level 2 Course Manual

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