1.5: Likes and dislikes

Lesson overview

Theme:Being comfortable with difference
Age Group:Year 1
Learning Area:English

Content descriptor

Students make short presentations using some introduced text structures and language.

Teachers notes

Teachers should ensure that the likes and dislikes of each student are treated sensitively and discussed using appropriate language.


  • Butcher’s paper
  • Access to YouTube for ESL rap/ song/ video “Do you like it?


  1. Introduce this activity by explaining that different people have different individual likes and dislikes.
  2. Distribute the handout: Likes and dislikes [DOC] and ask students to complete the column entitled “Me”, filling in the names of food, sport, music and TV shows that they personally like and dislike.
  3. Then ask students to form pairs and find out from their partner the names of food, sport, music or TV shows they like and dislike. Students should write this information on the Handout in the column entitled “My friend”.
  4. Using the information from the completed handouts, ask students to complete the statements:
    1. I am like _________ because I _______.
      Example: I am like Dina because I like pizza.
    2. I am not like _________ because I _______.
      Example: I am not like Dina because I like soccer and she likes basketball.
  5. After this activity, ask students to share their findings about their similarities and differences. You may wish to record the findings on the board or on butcher’s paper.
  6. Lead a class discussion on other ways in which people are similar and different. Ask students to brainstorm positive things about being similar and about being different. Record students’ responses on the board or on butcher’s paper.
  7. Play and listen to ESL rap/ song “Do you like it?” On the whiteboard or butcher’s paper, make a mind map with groups e.g. animals, insects, people, food, drinks, activities, sports, school subjects. Brainstorm all the items that the students can recall that were mentioned in the song and ask them to classify into the appropriate group.