Number one for English language teachers

Science and nature

From Darwin's theories to cloning and how the brain works; a fascinating range of illustrated activities covering areas of science and the natural world. These resources give students the knowledge, vocabulary and key phrases to understand more about different spheres within science.

Inside Science and nature

  • The History and Science of Tea Webquest

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    In nine webquest worksheets students explore the fascinating history and science behind one of the world’s most popular beverages. Includes a class project where students prepare a presentation on an aspect of tea.

  • Which diet?

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    In this lesson plan, students learn food vocabulary by asking questions about their partner’s diet.

  • Animal life in the Sahara desert

    Author: Katherine Stannett Type: Worksheet Staff Room

    A worksheet with reading and vocabulary activities on the topic of animals that live in the desert.

  • Introduction to Science: Integrated Skills CLIL Lesson

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    This illustrated lesson introduces students to the study of science in English. The first part asks what ’things’ are made of? In the second part students carry out experiments. Includes vocabulary and listening activities.

  • The human body

    Author: Adrian Tennant

    Cross-curricular materials for teaching English through the topic of the human body

  • Natural Materials

    In this lesson plan, students learn about the properties of silk, cotton, wool and leather, how these materials are produced and how they are used. A matching exercise helps students to learn new vocabulary such as ‘cocoon’, ‘crop’, ‘synthetic’ and ‘unravel’. Includes teacher’s notes with a list of useful websites for further study.

  • Whales

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    What type of animals are whales? What are the characteristics of the Blue whale, the Sperm whale and the Bowhead whale? Do whales have teeth? Your students will find out all about these magnificent creatures via a reading text with quiz, comprehension-check questions and a role-play exercise. Teacher’s notes provide full guidance including a list of websites with useful whale video clips.

  • Nutrition: Comparing food

    Level: Pre-intermediate Type: General lesson plan Staff RoomPrint material

    Students practise comparatives in this information gap activity.

  • Sounds and the ear

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    How do sound waves from musical instruments travel to the ear? How does the ear interpret tiny sound vibrations? This worksheet brings science and music together in a short reading text and vocabulary exercise.

  • Water

    Author: Adrian Tennant

    Cross curricular materials for teaching English through the topic of water

  • Nutrition: Integrated Skills CLIL Lesson

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    You are what you eat. In this lesson, students are encouraged to talk about the kinds of food they eat, and the nutritional value of their diets. The food pyramid is given as a guide for healthy eating. Contains reading, speaking, listening and writing exercises as well as a collaborative project. Also includes tips for effective reading, writing, useful phrases and a crossword. A listening exercise gets students to fill in pie charts with nutritional information.

  • The brain

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    In this cerebral series of activities, students learn about their body’s control centre. Includes a trivia quiz, a diagram for students to label, and a reading exercise that teaches about the different parts of the brain and their functions. Also provides useful web links for further study.

  • Bioethics

    In this lesson plan, students read a text and then discuss the difficult ethical questions surrounding genetic engineering and cloning.

  • What to do with a snake bite

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    In this lesson plan students work in pairs to match pictures with captions to learn how to treat a snake bite. Helps students hone their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills.

  • Is the car of tomorrow here today?

    Author: Katherine Stannett Type: Worksheet Staff RoomPrint material

    A reading worksheet on what hybrid cars are and how they work. Student exercises focus on comprehension and discussion.

  • Small can be very, very strong!

    Author: Katherine Stannett Type: Worksheet Staff Room

    A worksheet with reading and vocabulary activities on the topic of the strengths of different animals.

  • The eye

    Author: Adrian Tennant Staff Room

    Clear labelling and vocabulary exercises introduce students to the components and functions of the human eye in this lesson plan. Focuses on key vocabulary such as: ‘pupil’, ‘sclera’, ‘iris’, ‘eyelashes’ and ‘eyelid’. Includes teacher’s notes with a list of useful websites for further study.

  • Water day index

    Webquest: Water

    Level: Intermediate

    Water is amazing stuff - nothing on Earth can live without it. Find out more about water’s properties and why it’s so important in our watery webquest, which celebrates World Water Day (22nd March).

  • Wind

    Author: Adrian Tennant

    Cross-curricular materials for teaching English through the topic of different kinds of wind

  • Charles Darwin

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    Did you know that Charles Darwin was the grandson of the prestigious china maker Josiah Wedgwood, or that he planned to become a doctor but instead chose to study theology? In this lesson plan, students learn about this famed naturalist, his voyages around the globe, and his theory that shook the world.

  • Compare the Planets

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    This lesson plan contains a pairwork activity in which students compare the characteristics of Mercury and Saturn using adverbs of degree.

  • Gregor Mendel: The Father of Modern Genetics

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    This lesson plan has a pairwork activity in which students complete a text about Gregor Mendel and how his experiments with pea plants established our understanding of how genetic inheritance works. Students learn key vocabulary and practise using passive structures.

  • Reading: Trevor Bayliss and the wind-up radio

    Author: Katherine Stannett Staff Room

    A reading worksheet on the invention of the wind-up radio and its uses. Student exercises focus on comprehension and discussion.

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