Cuisenaire rods for storytelling

This lesson plan for teachers of teenagers and adults at level B1/B2 and above explores the theme of telling the tale ‘The Little Red Riding Hood’ with Cuisenaire rods. Students will have an opportunity to tell a story.


The ability to tell stories, jokes and anecdotes is an important part of our everyday communication both in and out of the language classroom.
During this lesson, learners will have the opportunity to tell a story as it is happening, use new vocabulary and re-tell the story orally or in writing using narrative tenses. There will be the chance to use time phrases in a context which they have created themselves.
The lesson plan includes some follow-up tasks which focus on language form.


Telling the tale ‘The Little Red Riding Hood’ with Cuisenaire rods




60-90 mins


  • To develop the ability to tell a story
  • To use the continuous form in present and past


Lesson plan: guide for teacher on procedure including worksheet tasks, answers to tasks and example text.

Download lesson plan 123k pdf 

Worksheets: exercises which can be printed out for use in class. The worksheet contains:

  • A dialogue
  • 2 follow-up language focus tasks
  • Example story text

Download worksheets 71k pdf

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