Sep 30, 2016

Captain America - Civil War: Superlatives

This activity was provided by Vanessa Pontes. Thanks, Vanessa, for sharing such an awesome activity.

1. Review the rules of Superlatives using the following slides: - Slides at the end of the post.

2. Watch the segment once and aks questions about the characters to check if they know all of them.

3. Next, use the following worksheet.  It is possible to change the adjectives and the characters used in the worksheet.

1)  Match:



Black Widow

Iron man

Captain America

Spider- Man


1)   Write sentences using the superlative form:

a) ________________________________________________________________
b) ________________________________________________________________
c) ________________________________________________________________
d) ________________________________________________________________
e) ________________________________________________________________

Sep 15, 2016

The Secret Life of Pets: Simple Present

This activity was provided by Débora Marquat. Thank you, Deby, for sharing. I am sure readers will profit a lot from it.

“Hey there! I'm Deby, a passionate English teacher who loves being creative to prepare fun, entertaining and productive classes for my dear students.”

1) Do you like animation movies? Have you heard about this new one?
2) Let’s meet the characters:
* The pictures of these items are on the worksheet.

3) Watch the movie trailer and write the names of the characters who perform the activities listed below:
___________________________  (to turn on) the radio
 ___________________________  (to eat) a lot
 ___________________________  (to have) a busy day
 ___________________________  (to go) to work everyday
 ___________________________  (to play) video games
 ___________________________  (to talk) to her/his friend in the morning
 ___________________________  (to live) in a castle
 ___________________________  (to wait) for someone
 ___________________________  (to enjoy) rock & roll
 ___________________________  (to hate) squirrels
 ___________________________  (to like) massage
 ___________________________  (to be) very cute

4) Now, rewrite the sentences about the characters:
     Example: Leonard TURNS ON the radio.

5) List 3 things that are true about you and 3 things that aren’t, from task 3:
     Example:        I live in a castle.            I don’t hate squirrels.
6) Talk to your classmates and ask them about the activities from task 3.
     Example: A> Do you go to work everyday?  /   B> Yes, I do. / No, I don’t.

Make a list with:

 3 things that apply to someone > Example: Maria is very cute.

  3 things that don’t apply to someone > Example: Paula doesn’t talk to his friends.

  3 things you share in common with someone > Example: Ricardo and I eat a lot.

Our frequent contributor, Pedro Urbano, suggested/added these tasks to the lesson plan. Thanks, Pedro, once again, for such a precious addition. 

I just loved the activity. If you may, I adapted to class rotation and I would like to share how I did after they completed the exercise 3.

Class rotation
Speaking activities
You can split the class in four big groups after they complete the worksheet (The secret life of Pets), exercise 3. Each group perfoms a different activity. They should perform in 5 minutes. Here are some suggestions of activities:

Station 1
Ss ask the group which animal does a specific activity.
A: Who plays videogames?
B: It’s _______________

Station 2
Ss ask the group Yes-No Questions related to the activities given on the worksheet (The secret life of Pets). If necessary, they must add a time expression.
A: Do you play video games in the morning?
B: Yes, I do./ No, I don’t.
A: Does your _________ like massage?
B: Yes, He does. / No, He doesn’t.

Station 3
True or False?
One student says a true or false sentence about the worksheet (The secret life of Pets). The group must agree or correct the sentence.
A: Max likes massage.
B: No, It’s ________
A: Max waits for someone.
B: That’s correct.

Station 4
2 true facts and 1 lie about you.
A student says three sentences for the group about him/herself. He/She can use the sentences from the exercise 3 of the worksheet (The secret life of Pets) to describe about him or her. Two sentences are true and one is false. The group should guess which sentence is a lie. They have only two chances.

After 5 minutes, the groups change station; they change the activity. Make them try the four activities. It really works.

Pedro Urbano