Jan 3, 2010

Bolt: Can - Ability

This is funny scene with a lot of action. Bolt is a movie star who has a lot of different super powers, which is great fo the students to practice the use of the modal for ability CAN.

I. Talk to a partner about the following questions:

1- Do you have a pet? (Why/Why not?) Tell your friend about it. If you don't have one, tell your partner about one of your friend's pet.

2- What can he/she do?

3 - Are pets important for people's lives? Why (not)?

II. Watch the movie segment and write in the boxes the initials of the characters who can perform the folowing activities:

B – Bolt

P - Penny

1. Grab a car with the teeth

2. Run faster than cars

3. Ride a scooter

4. Move faster than the cars in the Los Angeles traffic

5. Break through walls

6. Jump very far

7. Destroy machines with the eyes

8. Destroy anything with a super bark

9. Speak English

Now write sentences with CAN (CAN'T), according to the information in the movie segment:

Answer Key:


1. B 2. B 3. P 4. P 5. B 6.B 7.B 8.B 9. P




I.            Students watch the movie segment.

II.    Ask students to stand in a circle. The T reads the activities  in the box below and they have to jump if it refers to Bolt, crouch if it refers to Penny or turn around if it refers to the villains.

1.ride a motorcycle

2. grab a car with the teeth

3. run faster than cars

4. ride a scooter

5. fly a helicopter

6. break through walls

7. jump very high

8. speak english

9. bark very loudly

10.  destroy everything with the eyes


III.   Give each student a sign with one side green (can) and the other red (can’t). Project on the board the activities in the box above and the picture of a character (Bolt, Penny or the villains). The students have to raise the sign according to what the characters can or can’t do in the segment. Ask volunteers to say each of the sentences.

IV.      Tell students to write sentences with CAN or CAN’T according to the movie segment.    Use the slides from activity III.

How to prepare your own video activity:

• Select a segment in which the characters perform activities that show ability

• Prepare a few questions about the content of the segment for the sake of Communication/listening comprehension

• Students do the assessment exercise after they watch the segment


Anonymous said...

Bom dia, por favor, eu gostaria de saber se não há o video disponível deste filme. Obrigada por compartilhar seu trabalho!!

Claudio Azevedo said...

O link foi adicionado. Obrigado por avisar.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for sharing. I love it and I will use it with my second year students of Secondary. But I cannot download the video, just watch it online. Is there a way to download it?



Anonymous said...

Great activity, but I cannot download the video.



Claudio Azevedo said...

The download link has been updated. Check it out. It has been fixed.

Inma said...

Thanks very much Claudio. I am going to use it in my class!

Claudio Azevedo said...

Great. I hope it works :)