2011 marks the 40th anniversary of Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men. All Mr Men and Little Miss images are available as high resolution downloads from this site. I wrote and asked permission to upload this lesson plan but didn’t hear back. I promise to take it down if they send along Mr Heavy.
- Language level: Beginner – Pre-intermediate (A1 – A2)
- Learner type: Young learners; Teens; Adults
- Time: 20 minute
- Activity: Word game
- Topic: Children’s books
- Language: Descriptive adjectives that end in –y (happy, noisy, sleepy, grumpy, etc.)
- Materials: Slideshow
Lesson plan outline
- Ask students to think of as many 2-syllable adjectives that end in -y as possible (hungry, thirsty, tidy, sunny, cloudy, etc.) Write these on the board.
- Make sure that the following are also included:
- Not quiet (noisy)
- You have a lot to do. You are … (busy)
- You are only interested in food or money (greedy)
- You don’t like working or doing anything energetic. All you want to do is lie on the sofa or stay in bed (lazy)
- You want to know things about other people – things that are none of your business (nosy/nosey)
- You don’t laugh. You are in a bad mood (grumpy)
- This means thin but in a negative way (skinny)
- The opposite of sad (happy)
- You break things. You drop things. You walk into things (clumsy)
- If someone or something makes you laugh it is … (funny)
- The opposite of tidy (messy)
- If someone isn’t being serious when you want them to be serious, you say: “Don’t be …” (silly)
- Ask students if they know about the Mr Men. Roger Hargreaves created the first character – Mr Tickle – in 1971. Since then, the list of Mr Men and Little Miss characters has grown. They have also become quite international. See Wikipedia for more.
- Tell students that you have a game for them. Show them the 12 book covers (Slides 1 to 12 in the PDF slideshow) and ask them to guess the names of the Mr Men which are covered up. Students should write down their answers. You can put students into pairs or groups for this.
- Use the images on Slide 14 to Slide 37 to go over the answers and find out who the winners are.
- Write all the Mr Men’s names of scrap pieces of paper. Distribute them among students randomly. Ask students to write a short ‘Day in the life’ composition about their Mr Man.
Noisy, Busy, Greedy, Lazy, Nosy/Nosey, Grumpy, Skinny, Happy, Clumsy, Funny, Messy, Silly
To do this, give definitions or prompts and elicit the adjectives from students when possible. For example:
Note: point out that all Mr Man names consist of 2-syllable adjectives that end in –y.
- The composition should be in the present tense. (He gets up very late. He doesn’t go to work. He sits on the sofa all day watching daytime TV. After lunch he has a three-hour siesta, etc.)
- Students must not use their Mr Man’s adjective in the composition. They should always refer to him as he.
- Ask students to read out their compositions. Other students should listen and write down which Mr Man they think is being described.
At the beginning of this activity (step 1) use a game to introduce 2-syllable adjectives that end in –y. After giving a few examples of your own (happy, easy, pretty, etc.) invite students to think of their own and describe, define and/or contextualise them for the rest of the class. Points are awarded if:
- A student can think of an adjective that no one else knows (and in your opinion has described/defined/contextualised it well.)
- A student successfully manages to guess another student’s adjective.
- Use the images for an observation game: name a Mr Man and ask students to describe, from memory, what he looks like (This is good for describing shape, appearance, facial expressions, physical features, colour, clothes, etc.)
- Give students a list of 2-syllable adjectives that end in –y. Ask students to create their own Mr Men. They should design book covers and write a short story (see page 4). Alternatively, make use of this online Mr Man design application.
Note that this word cloud contains some adjectives which are not suitable for younger learners. Can you spot them?
Some example Mr Men drawings by adult learners: