All Past articles – Page 2

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    Caught in the act

    In this lesson plan, students learn different vocabulary for sporting activities and revise the past continuous.

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    Inventions

    Who invented the teabag? When was the paperclip invented? Which invention might you find in a kitchen and a church? This series of activities gets students in teams to find out the answers to these questions while learning all sorts of fascinating facts! A follow-up activity focuses on past tenses ...

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    Biography and facts about Silvia Alice Earle

    In this lesson plan, pupils learn about a living, female explorer – Silvia Alice Earle, famous for her underwater travels. While learning about her life, pupils practise superlatives and the past tense of such verbs as invent, experience and discover.

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    Experiments: Magnetic pennies

    A fun Science Museum experiment that gets students thinking about magnets and how they work. The step by step teaching notes and worksheets help teachers and pupils get the most from the experiment and develop language learning skills. The lesson culminates in an open-ended investigation. Key vocabulary and practical teacher’s ...

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    Experiments: Ear gongs

    In this experiment, pupils see how sounds travel much more effectively through materials such as metal and string than through air. Matching and gap-fill activities help students revise relevant vocabulary and verbs in the imperative. Students then complete a report using present and past tenses. Key vocabulary and practical teacher’s ...

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    Experiments: 3D shadows

    In this experiment, pupils learn how to produce the illusion of a 3D shadow using two different coloured light sources and colour-filtered glasses. Matching and gap-fill activities help students revise related vocabulary and prepositional phrases. Students then discuss the outcome of the experiment with a partner and write a report ...

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    Experiments: Shape-shifting slime

    In this experiment, students transform a boring polystyrene cup into something more interesting. Matching and gap-fill activities help students revise related vocabulary and verbs in the imperative. Students then discuss the outcome of the experiment with a partner and write a report using the past tense. Key vocabulary and practical ...

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    Mingling puzzle: Past perfect and past simple

    A mingling game at upper intermediate level to practise the past perfect and past simple.

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    Experiments: Nails trick

    In this experiment, students attempt to defy gravity by balancing 14 nails on the head of one nail. Matching and gap-fill activities help students revise related vocabulary and verbs in the imperative. Students then write a report of the experiment using the past tense. Key vocabulary and practical teacher's notes ...

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    Experiments: 360-degree periscope

    In this experiment, students build a periscope and explore the effects of mirrors on the passage of light. The accompanying activities practise preposition phrases and writing a scientific report. Students predict the results of the experiment using future tense. Key vocabulary and practical teacher’s notes are included.

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    Experiments: Rocket mice

    This fun experiment reinforces vocabulary and concepts associated with forces. Students make a rocket mouse and learn how to make it fly with the help of a plastic bottle. Matching and gap-fill activities help students revise and consolidate concepts connected to forces. Students then talk about their experiment and write ...

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    Dictionary skills: Part six

    The sixth set of worksheets in this comprehensive series of dictionary skills lesson plans by Tim Bowen.

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    Dictionary skills: Part five

    The fifth set of worksheets in this comprehensive series of dictionary skills lesson plans by Tim Bowen.

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    How an Engine Works

    Show your students how a petrol engine really works in this set of resources.

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    Dictionary skills: Part four

    The fourth set of worksheets in this comprehensive series of dictionary skills lesson plans by Tim Bowen.

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    How Oil and Gas were Formed

    Students learn how oil and gas were formed over two million years ago.

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    Dictionary skills: Part three

    The third set of worksheets in this comprehensive series of dictionary skills lesson plans by Tim Bowen.

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    Dictionary skills: Part two

    The second set of worksheets in this comprehensive series of dictionary skills lesson plans by Tim Bowen.

  • Photo of the Macmillan English dictionary.
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    Dictionary skills: Part one

    The first set of worksheets in a new series of dictionary skills lesson plans by Tim Bowen.

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    Lesson Share: Grammar activities: I have never ...

    An activity to revise the present perfect and to share personal information.