Lessons

Environment & Science

You Can Live Without Producing Trash

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teenagers, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a girl who lives a zero-waste lifestyle. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about the environment, global issues, and zero-waste. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features an activity on question formation in the past simple. In the cooperation activity, students can do a quiz & review.
Speaking:
Environment, Global Issues, Zero-Waste
Viewing:
Number Matching, Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Verbs, Phrasal Verbs, Image Matching, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
Questions in Past Simple (W/H Questions)
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review
Type of video: Story / Interview
Length of video: 4:37
Topics: Environment, Global Issues, Zero-Waste
A girl who studied environmental sciences at NYU realized she was a hypocrite when she opened her fridge one day and noticed that everything was pacakged in plastic. This inspired her to pursue a zero-waste lifestyle. Just how hard is it?

Microbrewery Makes Biodegradable 6-Pack Packaging

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a microbrewery in Florida which produces biodegradable and edible six-pack rings made from grains. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about the ocean and eco-friendliness. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features how to use the phrase 'even if'. There is also a quiz & review section with a bonus activity. Interactive Lesson Available!
Speaking:
Ocean, Eco-Friendliness
Viewing:
Finish the Sentences, True / False
Vocabulary:
Images, Verbs, Adjectives, Nouns, Context Usage
Grammar:
Usage of 'Even if...'
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: News Report, Short Company Story
Length of video: 2:38
Topics: Eco-Innovation, Microbrewery
Freethink presents the microbrewery 'Saltwater Brewery' who produces six-pack rings which are biodegradable and ecofriendly. The founders were worried their plastic six-pack rings were polluting the oceans and harming wildlife. These ecofriendly six pack rings aren’t just biodegradable - they’re edible.

Bamboo Bicycles in Ghana Helping the Community

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a company in rural Ghana which manufactures bamboo bicycles for the local community. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about bicycles and community projects. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. There is a pronunciation exercise included. The grammar exercise features the past modal using would + have + past participle. There is also a quiz & review section with a bonus activity. Interactive Lesson Available!
Speaking:
Bicycles, Bamboo, Community
Viewing:
Short Answers, Choose the Correct Word
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Verbs, Adjectives, Context Usage, Tongue Twister
Grammar:
Past Modal [Would + Have + Past Participle]
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: Cinematic Story
Length of video: 2:42
Topics: Eco-Innovation, Bamboo, Bicycles
Gret Big Story presents a social enterprise in a rural community in Ghana which produces bamboo bicycles for the locals.

Coffee Grounds in Berlin Becoming Reusable Cups

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a startup in Berlin which is turning coffee grounds into reusable cups and saucers. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about coffee. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features defining and non-defining relative clauses. There is also a quiz & review section with a bonus activity. Interactive Lesson Available!
Speaking:
Coffee, Cafes
Viewing:
Short Answers, List Steps in Order
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Images, Verbs, Phrasal Verbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Compound Adjectives / Defining & Non-defining Relative Clauses
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: News Report / Informational
Length of video: 3:24
Topics: Eco-Innovation, Coffee
Kaffeeform, a Berlin-based start-up, has been creating coffee cups from recycled coffee grounds for the past three years. With the help of courier services, the company picks up used coffee grounds from cafés all across Berlin to create these eco-friendly cups.

Space Hotels Aren't Sci-Fi Anymore

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about space hotels. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about hotels and outer space. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms from the video. The grammar exercise features the second conditional. It includes a quiz and review with a bonus activity.
Speaking:
Hotels, Outer Space
Viewing:
Multiple Choice, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Phrasal Verbs
Grammar:
Second Conditional
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: News Report / Interview
Length of video: 4:29
Topics: Space Technology, Hotels
Imagine looking down at planet Earth from a bedroom in space. Sounds like a sci-fi story, but Robert Bigelow, a real estate mogul, is serious about getting the first space hotels up and running.

What does a cashless future mean? | The Economist

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise on finance and a cashless future. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about finance, the economy, money, and digital payments. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features the difference between 'would' and 'used to' for the past. There is also a quiz & review section which includes bonus activities.
Speaking:
Cashless Future, Economy, Credit Cards, Cash
Viewing:
Short Answers, Numbers
Vocabulary:
Adjectives, Verbs, Nouns, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
How to Use 'used to' and 'would' in the past
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activities
Type of video: Informational / Educational
Length of video: 5:21
Topics: Cash, Credit Cards, Economy, Finance
Many countries are going cashless at great speed. What are the advantages of ditching hard cash and what are the dangers?

Yellowstone National Park Vacation Travel Guide | Expedia

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise on the sights and attractions of Yellowstone National Park in the USA. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about nature and natural parks. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. There is also a quiz & review section which includes some bonus activities.
Speaking:
Yellowstone National Park, Nature
Viewing:
Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Images, Matching, Missing Letters, Context Usage
Grammar:
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Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activities
Type of video: Travel Guide
Length of video: 8:33
Topics: Yellowstone National Park Travel Guide
Yellowstone National Park showcases the splendor of North American wilderness from its mountains to its valleys and its streams in between. You won’t want to miss this!

The History of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the history of the first moon landing in 1969. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other activities about the moon and the landing. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms, expressions, and phrases from the video. The grammar exercise features the usage of the conjunction "unless". There is also a quiz & review section which includes a bonus activity. Interactive Lesson Available!
Speaking:
Moon & Moon Landing
Viewing:
Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Definition Matching, Nouns, Context Usage
Grammar:
Usage of the Conjunction "Unless"
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity
Type of video: News Report
Length of video: 3:49
Topics: The History of the First Moon Landing
July 20th, 2019 marked 50 years since the greatest technological achievement in human history. At 4:17 in the afternoon EST, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed and stepped foot on the moon. Up until today, NASA’s Apollo 11 mission continues to inspire America's next steps into space. In this video, you'll also hear about NASA's future plans for the moon.

Chernobyl (2019) | Official Trailer | HBO

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a trailer and do a listening exercise for the HBO hit series 'Chernobyl'. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about the Chernobyl disaster, nuclear energy, and radiation. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and phrases from the trailer. The grammar exercise features how to use nothing, anything, no and any. There is also a Chernobyl 'Extra Facts' section, a quiz & review, and two bonus activities.
Speaking:
Chernobyl, Nuclear Energy, Radiation
Viewing:
Multiple Choice
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Verbs, How to Use 'In terms of,' Context Usage
Grammar:
How to Use Nothing, Anything, No, and Any
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activities
Type of video: Movie Trailer
Length of video: 2:38
Topics: Chernobyl, Nuclear Disaster
On April 26, 1986, the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Ukraine, Soviet Union suffered a massive explosion that released radioactive material across Belarus, Russia and Ukraine and as far as Scandinavia and western Europe.

Causes and Effects of Climate Change | National Geographic

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about the causes and effects of climate change. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about climate, pollution, greenhouse gases, and climate change. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to this topic. The grammar activity features an exercise on present perfect to express change. In the cooperation activity students can do a quiz & review.
Speaking:
Climate Change, Global Warming, Climate Conditions
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Verbs, Verb + Noun Combinations, Context Usage
Grammar:
Present Perfect (Expressing change)
Cooperation:
Quiz & Review
Type of video: Educational / Informational
Length of video: 3:04
Topics: Climate Change
What causes climate change (also known as global warming)? And what are the effects of climate change? Learn the human impact and consequences of climate change for the environment, and our lives.

Living Off the Grid in Paradise

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about what it's like to live off the Grid in New Zealand. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about lifestyles and living in the wilderness. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to this topic. The grammar activity features an exercise on "if it wasn't for" in the second conditional. In the cooperation activity students can make a summary and do a quiz & review.
Speaking:
Living off the grid, Lifestyles
Viewing:
Short Answers
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Adjectives, Phrases, Context Usage
Grammar:
"if it wasn't for..." in the second conditional
Cooperation:
Summary, Quiz & Review
Type of video: Story / Short Documentary
Length of video: 3:41
Topics: Living off the grid, Wilderness, Lifestyles
Warrick Mitchell shows you his way of life in Fiordland, New Zealand, which is home to only a few dozen people. Life here can be challenging, but rewarding, in this beautiful corner of New Zealand.

What will SpaceX do when they get to Mars?

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video about SpaceX and Mars. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about Mars. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and expressions related to this topic. The grammar activity features an exercise on conjunctions. In the cooperation activity students can make a summary and do a quiz & review.
Speaking:
Mars
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Nouns, Adjectives, Verbs, Context Usage
Grammar:
Conjunctions
Cooperation:
Summary, Quiz & Review
Type of video: Informational
Length of video: 5:02
Topics: Mars, Space Exploration
With SpaceX aiming to send the first humans to Mars in 2024, they will need to set up the essentials like water and power before they get there. This video looks at what the first Martian base might look like and how the astronauts will get their food on Mars.

How San Francisco Is Becoming A Zero Waste City

In this ESL lesson plan for adults or teens, students watch a video clip about San Francisco, which is working to become a zero-waste city. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about the environment, global issues, and zero-waste. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features an activity on relative pronouns. In the cooperation activity, students work together to do a role play interview.
Speaking:
Environment, Global Issues, Zero-Waste
Viewing:
Number Matching, Short Answers, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Images & Concept Checking Questions
Grammar:
Relative Pronouns
Cooperation:
Public Speech, Role-Play Interview
Type of video: Documentary / News Report / Interview
Length of video: 4:15
Topics: Environment, Global Issues, Recycling, Zero-Waste
A reporter goes to San Francisco - a city paving the way for becoming a zero-waste city. They've doubled their recycling rate since the private company 'Recology' transformed recycling in the city. The value lies in modern composting facilities.

7 Billion: How Did We Get So Big So Fast?

In this ESL lesson plan for teens and adults, students watch a video clip about population through a demonstration using glasses of water. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about the environment, global issues, and overpopulation. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to these topics. The grammar exercise features comparative adjectives. In the cooperation activity, students can do time travel activity, discuss other global issues, and create news reports.
Speaking:
Overpopulation, Global Issues
Viewing:
True / False, Number Matching, Post-Viewing Discussion
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Expressions, Adjective Opposites
Grammar:
Comparative Adjectives
Cooperation:
Time Travel, Discussing Global Issues, News Reports
Type of video: Informational
Length of video: 2:33
Topics: Population, Global Issues
Get an overview of how population is growing and what we can expect for the future. A demonstration done using glasses of water and birth rates and death rates.

Storm Surges Can Be the Deadliest Part of a Hurricane

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the danger of storm surges and the impact of hurricanes. It includes discussion questions and conversation activities about natural disasters and hurricanes. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms related to this topic. The grammar exercise features expressing cause and effect with -ing clauses and 'which.' In the cooperation activity students issue an evacuation order.
Speaking:
Hurricanes, Science
Viewing:
Short Answers, True / False
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, World-Building
Grammar:
Expressing Cause & Effect with -ing and 'which' clauses
Cooperation:
Issuing an Evacuation Order
Type of video: Educational
Length of video: 4:00
Topics: Hurricanes, Storm Surges, Natural Disasters
While storm surges have proven to be the deadliest part of a hurricane, many people may not even know what they are or what they mean. Storm surges from hurricanes are nothing to take lightly, even if you're not in the path of the hurricane. What exactly makes them so deadly?