Tell My Story, Blind Date – SoulPancake

Can you guess the age, likes and their past just by looking at them? The simple answer is no.

This video from Soul Pancake shows how wrong first impressions can be. Two people who have never met each other try to guess things about each other. They then find out how wrong they are. However, by the end of the video they have formed a very personal connection with each other. 

Students will discuss first impressions. Then they will watch and answer questions on the video. Reading the transcript after will help with comprehension and the video also has subtitles. After the students will discuss some of the question raised in the video.

First Impressions - JPGAre You Judging a Book Transcript - JPG

Are You Judging a Book Transcript – PDF

Are You Judging a Book Transcript – Word

Are You Judging a Book Worksheet – PDF

Are You Judging a Book Worksheet – Word

 

CLAW MACHINES ARE RIGGED – VOX

This video from Vox by Phil Edwards  explains the history of ‘Claw’ or ‘Crane’ games and why they are made so that you will probably never win.

Students will talk about gaming and gambling and try to summarise the history of claw machines in America by watching the video.

Questions

Have you ever won anything? What did you win and how did you win it?

Do you like to play games? What games are you good at?

Do you have good hand, eye co-ordination?

What stuffed animals and toys do you, did you, have?

Crane Machines Crane Machines Transcript

Crane Machines Transcript – PDF

Crane Machines Worksheet – PDF

Crane Machines Worksheet – Word 

Crane Machines Transcript – Word

 

 

 

 

GUDETAMA

In this video from Vox they discuss what has made the Japanese Sanrio character Gudetama so popular, They talk about how and why Japanese Kawaii culture developed and how the Japanese notion of cuteness isn’t as simple as the ideas of good and evil in American culture.

Students will discuss characters, cuteness and the stress of modern life.

Gudetama -PDF

Gudetama-Word

Gudetama Transcript – PDF

Gudetama Transcript – Word

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Goosebumps – NPR

In this lesson based on a video from NPR Skunkbear they talk about why we still get goosebumps although they have no purpose. Students will talk about fears and react to quotes from famous people on the subject of fear.

Why Do We Get Goosebumps PDF

Why Do We Get Goosebumps WORD

Why Do We Get Goosebumps – Transcript WORD

Continue reading “Goosebumps – NPR”

For Kids, How Much Screen Time is Too Much?

In this video, from NPR advice is given on how to best use smart phones with children. However, the advice is good for people of any age. In the lesson plan students will discuss differences in life over the past five years, how they use time and their relationships with screens. Enjoy!

Screen Time Lesson-Word

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Strawberries Will Save The World

This is documentary by Yoko Okumura about her mother, Yuko. Yuko is obsessed by strawberries. she loves them and loving strawberries can save the world. The passion for strawberries is real and you can feel it when Yuko talks about her favorite fruit. Students will of course discuss fruit but also passions and what makes them happy. 

Strawberries Will Save the World – Word File

Strawberries Will Save the World – PDF File

Strawberries Will Save the World – Transcript – Word File

Strawberries Will Save the World – Transcript – PDF File

 

The Dogist

This video by E.J. McLeavey-Fisher is about an Instagramer who takes pictures of dogs in New York. In the film the Instagramer explains how he gets nice pictures of dogs and why he enjoys doing it. Students will discuss pets, Instagram and what they would do if they suddenly had a lot of free time. 

The Dogist -Lesson PDF

The Dogist -Lesson Word File

The Dogist – Transcript PDF

The Dogist – Transcript Word

 

Dog image by A_Peach on Flickr

 

Lili – An Animation about Childhood

In this beautiful animated stop motion short by Tom and Hani, a girl is having trouble giving up on childhood. She wants to stay with her toys. Students will discuss the movie, childhood memories, growing up and, with the grammar ‘used to’ tell others about how life and they were different when they were children.

Plan:

  1. Start with the warm up picture worksheet
  2. Introduce the movie with the worksheet and discuss
  3. Watch movie
  4. Follow up with more discussion questions


<p><a href=”https://vimeo.com/242934453″>Lili</a&gt; from <a href=”https://vimeo.com/tomandhani”>TOM &amp; HANI</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Childhood WarmUp Photos – Word

Childhood WarmUp Photos – PDF

Lili Lesson Plan – Word

Lili Lesson Plan – PDF

Enjoy!

Wales – Lonely Planet

In this video from Lonely Planet they explore what to do on a trip to Wales. Students will discuss travel and what there is to do in there own countries on holiday. Discussion, vocabulary and listening questions on the worksheets in both Word and PDF. Full transcript of the video.

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Wales Worksheet PDF

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Wales Worksheet Word

 

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What do you think is a very beautiful natural place to go on holiday in your country?

Where do you want to go on holiday next? Why?

What is your dream holiday? What do you want to do?

Do you prefer a relaxing or active vacation? Why?

What area’s or place’s local food and drink do you like?

Which city is your favorite to visit? How come?

Do you prefer to go to hot or cold countries on holiday?

 

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Niger Wrestlers Face Off in Championship Event

In this video from Al Jazeera English they show and talk about the national sport of Niger – wrestling. Students will discuss sport, practice and preparation. This is an easy class, suitable for lower level students.

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Photo by Joris-Jan van den Boom on Flickr