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?
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

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.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 18+. Viewer discretion is advised due to graphic imagery.

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.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

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.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

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.
*Most suitable for intermediate - upper intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+

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.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

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.
*Suitable for pre-intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

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?
*Most suitable for advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

What It's Like to Fly Into a Hurricane

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about a pilot who actually flies an airplane through a hurricane. 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 questions in the past simple. In the cooperation activity students discuss dangerous and risky jobs.
Speaking:
Hurricanes, Dangerous Jobs
Viewing:
Making Questions Based on the Video
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Extra Hurricane-related Vocabulary
Grammar:
Past Simple Questions
Cooperation:
Discussing Dangerous and Risky Jobs
Type of video: Story
Length of video: 2:36
Topics: Hurricanes, Dangerous Jobs
Justin Kibber, a 'Hurricane Hunter,' talks about his experience flying through Hurricane Earl, and what is what like to be in the eye of the storm. Discuss the topic of hurricanes in general with your students and other adrenaline-filled jobs out there in the world.
*Most suitable for intermediate - advanced students. Suitable for ages 14+

Learning About Hurricanes

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a video and do a listening exercise about the basics 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 superlative adjectives. In the cooperation activity students create a public statement.
Speaking:
Hurricanes, Natural Disasters
Viewing:
Number Matching, Fill-in-the-Blanks, Sentence Matching
Vocabulary:
Definitions, Context Usage, Synonyms, Adjective Opposites
Grammar:
Superlative Adjectives
Cooperation:
Creating a Public Statement
Type of video: Educational
Length of video: 2:17
Topics: Hurricanes, Natural Disasters
A short and simple video about the basics of hurricanes. Teach your students how they are formed, the most essential vocabulary terms associated with them, while also discussing how to prepare for hurricanes and what the impacts of them can be.
*Most suitable for pre-intermediate - intermediate students. Suitable for ages 14+