Use this lesson to explore the theme of friends from an older generation in face-to-face classrooms or online teaching with your primary students.

A young girl is reading a book with an older woman
Karen Elliot


In this lesson, learners explore the theme of intergenerational friendships through the topic of grandfriends, or friends from an older generation such as a grandparent, neighbour or family friend. They listen as the teacher describes the lives of three grandfriends, choosing the pictures which correspond to each person. They use the information to invent a grandfriend, or to describe a grandparent or an older person they know.

There are two versions of this lesson - one designed for use in face-to-face classrooms, and another to be used in online teaching contexts.

Learning outcomes:

  • Listen to short descriptions of people and identify key information
  • Use the present simple to describe where people live, their pets, what they like and what they do

Age and level:

5-8 (A1)


Approximately 45-55 minutes


Materials can be downloaded below in PDF format.

  • Lesson plan for face-to-face teaching
  • Lesson plan for online teaching
  • Student Worksheet
  • Template

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