Use demonstratives

I can use this, that, these, and those to point out a person, place, or thing.

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Use demonstratives

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This lesson explains demonstratives, a concept that students use without realizing it, particularly in speech. Demonstratives are words that refer to a specific object: this, that, these, those. Usage depends on singular/plural and distance. A short poem is included which illustrates the use of different demonstratives.



Learning objective

Students will be able to use demonstratives to identify and point out a person, place, or thing.


Students will name the objects or animals in the pictures. They will be introduced to demonstratives and will circle the demonstratives in sentences.


Should you use this or these? When do you use that or those? Choose the demonstrative that corresponds with the four image prompts. Put a magnifying glass on all the demonstratives used in the short poem. Choose the best word to complete each of the ten sentences.


Review demonstratives with 10 questions.

Teaching tips

Invite students up to the board to choose the demonstrative that best completes the sentence.

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