Sep 2, 2008

Bee Movie: Simple Present

I simply love this animated movie. Bee Movie is really special, funny and carries a great message for everyone. I use one of the scenes to practice the simple present tense.


Martin Benson (Dad) and Janet Benson (Mom)

Check the characters who perform the following activities. Write (B) if it is Barry, (A) if it is Adam, (D) if it is Dad, and (M) if it is Mom.

( B ) wear only black and yellow clothes
( ) comb the hair in the morning
( ) spray honey deodorant every day
( ) serve breakfast
( ) use antennas to communicate
( ) sharpen the stinger
( ) read the newspaper during breakfast
( ) read the newspaper in the street
( ) like flying around the house
( ) drive a red car very fast in the city
( ) pick up a friend to go to school
( ) park the car perfectly

I. Write down sentences saying what the Bensons and Adam do everyday.

Ex: 1 - Barry wears only black and yellow clothes.
2 - __________________________________
3 - __________________________________

II . Write down 3 things The Bensons or Adam don’t do in the morning.

Ex: 1 – Adam doesn’t have breakfast with the Bensons.
2 – ______________________________________
3 - ______________________________________

How to prepare your own video activity:
Grammar Goal: Simple Present Tense - Affirmative and Negative Statements
• Select a scene in which the characters’ routines are evident
• Identify the characters in the segment
• List some of the activities the characters perform in the segment
• Students write the name of the characters who perform such activities
• Students write complete sentences, using the simple present tense




dyego said...

hello, Mr Azevedo.

Is there a way to enlarge this video?

Again, congratz for the good job. :)

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thank you, Dyego. Wneh you mean enlarge, you mean just the size of the movie screen, right? If that's it, try it now. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

I'm a TESOL teacher in China, changed occupation due to failing economy... anyway, I've been a movie buff since I was a kid, associate manager for Blockbuster video in which I was the walking film guide / cross reference, and started to use film in my classroom as well which, yes, Chinese students really maintain interest.

Film is the best tool in keeping teaching in classroom fun and entertaining.

I too have a blog describing my life in Sichuan, China.

Claudio Azevedo said...

I'll, check your blog out. It must be very interesting to be a TESOL teacher in China. See you around.

Vicky said...

Hi, I´m from Buenos Aires and have some suggestions for movies with their activities - are you interested? If so, how can I send them to you?

Vicky said...

Hi, I´m from Buenos Aires and I´ve found your blog really helpful. I have some suggestions of other movies + activities - are you interested? If so, let me know how I can send them to you

Claudio Azevedo said...

Hi Vicky. Of course I'm interested. If you wish, I can publish them with your credit, of course. I'd be pleased to receive them at Let me know what would like me to do with them for I don't want to get credits on your behalf. Isn't sharing just wonderful?

Cela said...

Hi, Cláudio.
How are you doing?

First of all, let me tell how much I love this blog :). I've been using the segments since July last year, when I atented your workshop in BSB. Thumbs up for u!!!

Now, I'm trying to watch the bee movie segment again but it seems to be ''gone''. Do you know what the problem may be?

bjos and Thanks,

Claudio Azevedo said...

Hi, Celina,
Thanks for the feedback. I also don't know what happened with the videos. It is probably a blogger problem. It has happened once and after a few days they becama available too. It is a pity that it has happened, but all videos provide readers with the same message. I hope they fix it soon, See you.

Claudio Azevedo said...

Hi Celina, I just tried it now and it is working. Check it out. See you.

Yesbahia said...

I liked the film because the story of a bee, but I never watched the film, but from the trailer it's seems to be cool!

Rafael Silva - Bahia, Brazil

Yesbahia said...

This film is very very very "bee"utiful!we liked the colors variation very much, specially the the yellow and black clothes.

Students at Wizard - Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

Claudio Azevedo said...

Dear Rafael,
You should definetely see the film. It is great. Thanks for the comment! Come back often.

Claudio Azevedo said...

Dear Wizard students in Salvador,
I also love this movie.I'm glad you like it. Hey, I miss Salvador, the city I was born. See you.

Yesbahia said...

Hi! My name's Amanda. I liked the movie very much, BEEcause the bee is yellow and black. It's fat, nice and cute.
I'm beeutiful!

Amanda - Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
Student at Wizard Itapuã

Claudio Azevedo said...

Dear Amanda,
I love your comment BEEcause you write very well. I love Itapuan. Have a nice Easter.

Yesbahia said...

Hi, Claudio! My name's Carol. I think the film is very nice. I study at Wizard Itapuã in Salvador.
I hope I can see Bee Movie 2 here.



Claudio Azevedo said...

Hi Carol, I'm happy you like it. See you!!

Yesbahia said...

HI, Claudio!

Sorry, but I didn't like the movie, but the idea was cool.

Your blog is very nice and we love you.

Kisses and more kisses!

Students at Wizard Itapuã (1º ano A)

Claudio Azevedo said...

Really??? I Love the movie. But I'm glad you like the blog. Thanks for the visit.

Yesbahia said...

Hi! My name is Flávia. I liked to watch this film very much. I hope I can watch it again.



Yesbahia said...

Hi, Cláudio!

I never watched this movie but this bit seems to be cool.

Have a nice day!


Yesbahia said...

Hey, man!

Please show me a video by Lady Gaga like Paparazzi and telephone, featuring Beyoncé (pliz, pliz, pliz....)

I We like her a lot.

Students at Wizard, Marízia Maior, Itapuã (1º ano B)

Yesbahia said...

What's up, Cláudio?

We liked this part of this film. It's very interesting and very fun!

We want to watch all the film next time in our English class, but our teacher Tarcísio is bad :(

So long!

Students at Wizard,Itapuã (7º ano A)

Claudio Azevedo said...

Hi Guys,
Tarcisio can't be a bad teacher. All he wants to do is to use the class time to teach English. Why don't you rent the movie and watch it at home? That's what I ask my students to do. Say hello to your teacher!

Claudio Azevedo said...

Dear marizia,
O also like Lady Gaga, but this is a movie segments blog. I can't help you with that! See you.

Claudio Azevedo said...

Jamile and Flavia,
I'm glad you like it. See you around!

rebecca said...

Hi Claudio, I noticed when I was working with a student on this lesson you wrote "sharpen the sting" I always heard this part referred to as the stinger.


Claudio Azevedo said...

Hi Rebecca,
Accordi g to Cambridge Dictionary, both are ok. In the US - stinger. In GB - sting. See you.

Teacher Cris said...

Hi Claudio, how are yoy? First of all, I want you to know that I love your blog. I've been using it since last August. Now I want to know how I can do the download of these videos!!Thanks!! :)

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks, Cris,

Great to hear that. Check out this pist about downloading the segmets and let me know if you manage it, please.

Teacher Cris said...

Hi Claudio!

I didn't get it. When I try to download, there's this message "This clip is not available from this site". But it's ok, I'll try another way. Thank you anyway, ok!!!

we are what we are said...

Thanks. Im learning to teach with movies. I didn't like it. It was impossible for me. Thanks.

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks, and it is great to hear that!

Sofia Garcia said...

Great place

Anonymous said...

I work with an iPad and cannot download the movies.can you teach me how to do it?

Claudio Azevedo said...

Sorry, I do not know how to download videos with an I-pad.

Anonymous said...

thanks a lot for all your videos! they are great and really helpful!

Marcela Golcberg said...

Thanks so much for sharing all your material!! Keep it up!!!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much! I appreciate your work :) said...

This is really fabulous post to practice present simple tense. Thank you so much for sharing it.

Ariana Mariela Wolf said...


Are there the answers about exercises in somewhere?

Claudio Azevedo said...

On the worksheet.