Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Milky Way Quiz (powerpoint)

The aim of the following quiz is to test your students' knowledge on the Milky Way Galaxy, and revise relevant vocabulary. It contains twenty questions. There is a scoreboard to keep track of points in case you would like to do the quiz as a team game.


Friday, December 2, 2016

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Grammar and Vocabulary Jeopardy Game (powerpoint)

Game categories:
  • Present Simple or Continuous
  • Present Tenses: Stative Verbs
  • Personality Adjectives
  • Word formation: Negative prefixes
  • Phrasal Verbs with Up


You can also download the game here.

Monday, November 7, 2016

Wonderful Tonight (song worksheet)

Here is a worksheet based on Eric Clapton's song Wonderful Tonight. There are five tasks: Listen and put the pictures in the correct order, Rewrite the words in rhyming pairs, Listen and complete the lyrics, Answer the questions, and Write questions in the Present Tenses. B/W copy and Answer Key provided.


To download the worksheet, click here. The preview looks a little messed up but when you open the file after downloading, it is all right.

To view an online version, click here.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

The Milky Way (video)

The Milky Way is our home galaxy. It can be seen in the sky if the night is dark enough, a cloudy white stripe of stars too far to be seen individually with the naked eye.

Listening comprehension cloze test
For full screen view, click here.



Listening comprehension True/False statements

Worksheet
Here is a worksheet based on a video about our galaxy, the Milky Way. There are two listening comprehension exercises (gap-fill and True/False) and a vocabulary exercise (students complete a number of sentences using the words given in a box). Answer Key provided.


To download the worksheet, click here. (The preview looks a little messed up but when you open the file after downloading, it is OK.)

Quiz
Milky Way Quiz: Test Your Galaxy Smarts

Monday, October 10, 2016

Passive Voice Jeopardy Game (powerpoint)

Game Categories:
  • Passive Verb Tenses
  • Active to Passive
  • Active to Passive Questions
  • Passive Reporting Structures
  • Passive to Active. 

You can also download the PowerPoint here.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Grammar Review Jeopardy Game (powerpoint)

Game categories:
  • Verb Tenses
  • Comparison
  • The Passive
  • Countable / Uncountable Nouns
  • Question Tags


You can also download the powerpoint here.

To play the game online, click here.

Monday, September 19, 2016

How Smart Are Orangutans? (TED Ed video)

Along with humans, orangutans belong to the Hominidae family tree, which stretches back 14 million years. But it’s not just their striking red hair that makes orangutans unique among our great ape cousins. Lu Gao shares some amazing facts about these incredibly intelligent great apes from Asia.

Pre-watching vocabulary task
For full screen view, click here.



Listening comprehension cloze test
For full screen view, click here.



Listening comprehension True/False statements


Orangutan Quizzes

FREE Interactive Orangutans Quiz
Orangutan Quiz
Orang Utan fun trivia quiz
QuizMoz Orangutan Quiz


Worksheet 

Here is a worksheet based on the animated TED Ed video about how smart orangutans are. There are two listening comprehension exercises (gap-fill and True/False) and a vocabulary exercise (crossword puzzle). B/W copy and Answer Key provided.


To download the worksheet, click here.

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

How Tsunamis Work

Here is a TED Ed video about how tsunamis work. Watch the video and do the tasks below.

For full screen view click here.




Worksheet
Here is a worksheet based on a TED Ed video about how tsunamis work. There is a vocabulary matching exercise and two listening comprehension exercises (gap-fill and True/False). B/W copy and Answer Key provided.



To download the worksheet click here.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

The Grasshopper and the Ant



Here is a worksheet based on an animated video of the famous Aesop fable, The Grasshopper and the Ant. There is a grammar exercise to revise reporting verbs and Reported Speech as well as a vocabulary exercise (crossword puzzle). Answer key provided.


To download the worksheet click here.


Friday, July 29, 2016

Animal Similes

A simile is a word or phrase that compares something to something else, using the words like or as, for example, a face like a mask or as white as snowWe can use similes to make descriptions more emphatic or vivid.
Animal similes usually compare people to animals. The following exercise will help you revise some of the most common animal similes.

For full screen view click here


Worksheet 

Here is a worksheet to help your students revise some of the most common animal similes.


To download the worksheet click here.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

King Tut and His Treasures

The pharaoh Tutankhamun is one of the most famous Egyptian rulers in history. Known by many as 'King Tut,' Tutankhamun is most famous for the incredible treasures in his tomb. Undisturbed for over 3,000 years until archaeologist Howard Carter uncovered it in 1922, thousands of priceless artifacts lay inside, ready to tell the story of the life and death of the pharaoh.





Worksheet

Here is a worksheet based on the video above. There are two listening comprehension exercises (gap-fill and True/False) and a vocabulary exercise (crossword puzzle). B/W copy and Answer Key provided.


To download the worksheet click here.


Wednesday, May 18, 2016

American History X (movie trailer)

A former neo-nazi skinhead tries to prevent his younger brother from going down the same wrong path that he did.

 

Worksheet
Here is a worksheet based on the trailer of the film American History X. There is a gap-fill exercise and a set of comprehension questions for class discussion. Answer key as well as some teacher's notes are provided.


To download the worksheet click here.

 

Monday, May 16, 2016

The Dog and the Hummingbird (the story of an unlikely friendship)

April 26, 2016. A rescued dog saves a baby hummingbird from death and the two become unlikely best friends.

Task 1.
For full screen view click here.


Task 2.

Worksheet
Here is a worksheet based on the video above. There are two comprehension exercises (gap-fill and  True/False) and a vocabulary exercise (crossword puzzle). Answer key included.


To download the worksheet click here.

 

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Octopus Escapes from Aquarium (video)

April 12, 2016. Inky the octopus has successfully escaped an aquarium and re-entered the ocean.

Task 1.
For full screen view click here. To check your answers click here.


Task 2.

Worksheet
Here is a worksheet based on a short BBC video about the escape of an octopus from a New Zealand aquarium. There is a vocabulary matching exercise as a pre-listening activity, a True/False comprehension exercise, a grammar exercise (students are given the transcript and are asked to put the verbs in brackets in the correct tense, active or passive) and finally there is a trivia quiz about octopuses. Answer key included.  


To download the worksheet click here.

Octopus Trivia Quizzes
The Ultimate Octopus Quiz - HowStuffWorks
Octopus Quiz - Fun Facts you Need to Know!
An Octopus is Amazing Quiz
The Giant Pacific Octopus Trivia Quiz - Fun Trivia Games 

Friday, April 8, 2016

Global executions hit 25-year high (video)

April 06, 2016. Amnesty International says there were more executions worldwide in 2015 than in any year since 1990. Paul Chapman reports. (SOURCE: Reuters)





Here is a worksheet based on the video above. It contains a vocabulary gap-fill exercise as a pre-watching activity and a True/False comprehension exercise.


To download the worksheet click here.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

History through the eyes of the potato (TED-Ed video)

Baked or fried, boiled or roasted, as chips or fries; at some point in your life you’ve probably eaten a potato. But potatoes have played a much more significant role in our history than just that of the dietary staple we have come to know and love today. Leo Bear-McGuinness shares how without the potato, our modern civilization might not exist at all. (SOURCE: TED-Ed)

Task 1. Pre-watching vocabulary activity

For full screen view click here.


Task 2. Watch the video (English subtitles available) and decide whether the following statements are True or False.


Here is a worksheet based on the video above. It contains a vocabulary matching exercise, a True/False exercise, a set of comprehension questions and a vocabulary gap-fill exercise.


To download the worksheet click here.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Cliff Divers Jump 30 Metres from Victoria Falls! (video)

March 18, 2016. Two cliff divers have practised their skills near Victoria Falls as they leap 30 metres into the Zambezi River.

Task 1

For full screen view click here.


Task 2




Vocabulary
  • Caution is care that you take in order to avoid danger or mistakes. e.g. You should use caution when operating the electric saw.
  • When you cast/throw caution to the wind(s), you stop being careful and do something that you know has risks. e.g. After thinking about it for years, he finally threw/cast caution to the wind, quit his job, and started his own company.
  • If you up something, you make it higher. e.g. The restaurant upped [=increased] its prices.
  • When you tackle something difficult, you deal with it. e.g. We found new ways to tackle the problem.
  • A boundary is something (such as a river, a fence, or an imaginary line) that shows where an area ends and another area begins. e.g. Those two trees mark the boundary of our property.


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Victoria Falls (multiple choice quiz)


WORKSHEET
Here is a worksheet based on the activities above.


To download the worksheet click here.


Victoria Falls (multiple choice quiz)

How much do you know about Victoria Falls? Take the quiz below and find out.



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Monday, February 29, 2016

The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde (worksheet)

Here is a worksheet based on an animated film of The Selfish Giant, the famous story written by Oscar Wilde. It contains a gap-fill exercise, a crossword puzzle and an exercise in which students are asked to write suitable comprehension questions for a set of statements about the story practising wh-questions in the Past Simple and Continuous mainly.


To download the worksheet click here.

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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Sparrow defies nature and joins Japanese family

Feb 08, 2016. A sparrow has become the newest member of an elderly couple in Japan. Julie Noce reports. (Reuters)

For full screen view click here.

Task 2

Watch the video again and answer the following questions.
  1. What is Yoshiko's job?
  2. How did she meet Pee-chan?
  3. How long has the sparrow been living with the elderly couple?
  4. How does it spend its days?
  5. Do Mr and Mrs Fujino have any little grandchildren?
  6. How does Yoshiko feel about having the sparrow at home?
  7. When are Japanese people allowed to capture sparrows as pets?

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Britain hit by 100-mile band of snow

Here is a short video to help you revise some weather vocabulary.
Jan 17. A band of snow and ice brings freezing temperatures to Britain. Report by Conor Mcnally.

For full screen view click here.

Monday, January 18, 2016