EFL - ESL activities and games using 'a little' or 'a few'

A collection of activities, games and resources that can be used as an A2 level ESL lesson plan to teach students the difference between the quantifiers 'a little' and 'a few'. This plan contains sample board work that you can use as a lead-in activity along with some fun ESL activities and games.

Lead-in activity

The sample board below suggests one way that we could introduce the target language for this lesson. Start off by eliciting whether a little and a few are used with countable or uncountable nouns and ask for examples of nouns we use for each. After that, work with the students to build some statements. Give them the beginning of the statement and attempt to elicit the rest. If you need to bring this board into the classroom for reference, the TEFL Handbook app gives you offline access to all of the ESL resources on this site, plus a lot more.

EFL - ESL Lead-in activity for a little or a few | Elementary

ESL classroom activities

Sentence building 

A writing activity where the students use the newly learned language to create a few statements. 

Tell the students to make sentences using a little and a few, two of each type should be enough. Before they begin, you could add some prompts to the board or use L1 to inspire them.

Let's cook! 

The students learn some new terms related to cooking and then produce some sentences using the target grammar. 

Start by teaching the meaning of fryboilbakepeelchop and serve, along with any supporting vocabulary you feel is necessary. For example, frying panpotplateoven and knife

Then have the students make sentences using a little or a few with each of the verbs. They should make one sentence for each verb. Add a few examples to the board before they begin.

Simple recipe 

Now that students have familiarised themselves with the new vocabulary, they will work in pairs to create a simple cooking recipe. 

Start by eliciting some simple traditional recipes and brainstorming the verbs, vocabulary and ingredients they might need. For example: 

Pizza 
Spaghetti and meatballs 
Hamburger and chips 
Different types of sandwiches 
Soups 
Curry 
Chilli 
Cake 

When you are finished with that, split the class into pairs and have them create a basic recipe. Assign a different dish to each pair.

ESL games: A little or a few

As usual, we only include games that require no more than a whiteboard, markers and dice.

Charades: What am I cooking? 

This fun twist on a classic ESL game has the students play the role of a TV chef. 

Start by dividing the class into two teams. On each turn, they will describe what they are doing while their teammates try to guess what they are cooking. Demo with an assistant first, and give extra points for each correct usage of a little or a few.

More A2 level ESL lesson plans

We hope that you were able to grab a few ideas from this lesson plan. Our suggested next lesson is on questions about the future. Be sure to check out our complete collection of elementary level lesson plans, A2 lower and A2 upper. For other levels, have a look at our entire collection of ESL lesson plans. Also, if you are an iOS or Android user, the best way to view this content is through the TEFL Handbook app. An ESL lesson planner for English teachers, designed for in-class use.

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