This lesson plan for primary learners is about teachers and is ideal for celebrating World Teachers' Day on 5 October. 

In 1994 UNESCO declared 5 October as being World Teachers' Day. In this lesson primary learners do a series of simple and supported vocabulary and grammar activities which lead to them writing about their ideal teacher. At the end of the lesson they draw pictures of their ideal teacher and they make a classroom display of their texts and pictures.


  • To revise adjectives, verbs and nouns
  • To learn how to express ideas about an ideal teacher
  • To develop writing skills
  • To have an opportunity to be creative in a supported way
  • To contribute to a class display

Age group

CEFR level A2+

60 minutes

The lesson plan, worksheet and answers can be downloaded in PDF format below. In addition, you will need paper and colour pencils or crayons. 

Katherine Bilsborough


Some of the words would be tough for most of my elementary students to guess, but I think this would also be a great exercise for junior high. They also have very strong opinions about what teachers should and shouldn't do and this is a good way to allow them to express themselves in a positive, constructive way.

Watching this course plan and activities designed, I felt touched.
Yes, what an ideal teacher are described like, aren't from teachers', parents' and adults' eyes, but from children's own eyes.
It may be a sentence concerning their well-being situation, a caressing gently contributing to their confidence's constructions, or a soft voice singing-out a beautiful song, which would be deeply stored in children's minds and influencing their life-long time.
Yes, giving a time to our children, making a plan in course for encouraging their free expressions, and designing out a series of activities associating their group-working in commenting us would be compared to the self-cultivations of our own literacies. From this course, we can learn more from our own students interactively.
Furthermore, I found the adjectives were all designed as for the cultivations of emotional intelligences of our children - not to say the wisdoms in making relationships, but one type of emotional expressions. Some practical behaviours, according to emotional functions, have also been described out by applying some 'verbs'. This point is what I felt very happy to see, of which standards of 'deal teacher' have been reflected out from cognitive approach to behaviourism. We can further think out more words to associate their free expressions, from their real life-demands.
Thanks for giving a chance to appreciate this beautiful teaching-art !

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