What is it for?

What is it for?

Lesson overview

In this A2 English lesson, the student will learn and practice vocabulary used to talk about DIY projects. They will learn how to express purpose using to and for.


Do you know what DIY is? If you don’t know, join this lesson to find out! If you know, don’t hesitate to complete this lesson to learn to talk about DIY projects in English. You will learn names of some objects and tools. You will be able to use ‘to’ and ‘for’ to explain what certain objects are for and why we use them.



The lesson starts with a brainstorming exercise in which the student needs to come up with as many things we can make from plastic bottles as they can.


Video: Creative plastic bottle ideas

The student watches the video “Creative plastic bottle ideas” and names the things made out of plastic bottles they saw in the video. They learn what DIY means from the video.


Vocabulary: tools

The student is presented with images of DIY tools to match them with their names (screw gun, drill, brush, glue gun, etc.). 


To vs for

Next, the student learns how to express the purpose of an action and the reason why we do something by using to and for. These two are then contrasted in an exercise in which the student transforms the to-sentences to for-sentences without changing their meaning. Then, they complete the rules with the missing words and mark statements about the use of to and for as true or false. They further practice to  and for by choosing the correct alternative in sentence examples.
Furthermore, they practice using them in speech by answering some why-questions using to and for.


The purpose of tools

The final exercises conveniently encompass DIY vocabulary and practicing to/for. Based on images, the student decides which tool is used and for what purpose.



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