Lessons

Environment & Science - Intermediate

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+

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+

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+