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The Life Cycle of Plastic Bottles

We've all been told that we should recycle plastic bottles and containers. But what actually happens to the plastic if we just throw it away? The following TEDed lesson traces the life cycles of three different plastic bottles, shedding light on the dangers these disposables present to our world.

The video is accompanied by animation making its message crystal clear: when it comes to plastic there is really no other way than recycling. 
Below you can find the worksheets I've prepared for the video. They are suitable for B1 level.

If you decide to use them,  please let me know how the lesson went. :-)
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Valentine's Day Videos and Activities

Celebrating Valentine's Day on February the 14th? 
Here you can find a Valentine's Day cloze with the story of Valentine suitable for young teens at B1 level and a love song to work on its rhyming pattern and sing.

Photocopiable handouts can be downloaded from the last page of the presentation or from here.

Older students will appreciate this video from, which explains why we celebrate Valentine's Day on February 14th and where the holiday customs come from.

or this one

If you decide to use the worksheets leave me a comment and tell me how it went.

Better Internet for Kids

On Safer Internet Day (SID) 2018 (Tuesday, 6 February), an EU-wide series of initiatives entitled #SaferInternet4EU was launched at an event at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.

Throughout 2018, a range of #SaferInternet4EU initiatives will reach children, young people, parents, teachers, and other EU citizens to become empowered and responsible digital users. It will cover a wide range of topics, such as critical thinking, media literacy and digital skills necessary to identify and combat fake news and the risks brought by emerging online technologies and connected devices; and provide tips on cyber hygiene.

A number of initiatives will be launching as part of the campaign, including:
a European contest to reward high quality resources and inspiring initiatives pursuing Better Internet for Kids objectives. The competition will cover three categories: professionals, teachers and youth.a massive open online course (MOOC) on child online safety with resources and activities for onl…

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley Revisited

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley can be described as the first great horror story. Published in 1818 it has remained popular untill this day and has formed the basis for a number of films.

The film adaptations tend to present the monster as an evil character, but the book itself tells us a different story…

The following video presents an abridged version of the story for B1 students. Text and audio is taken from Opportunities Pre-Intermediate, Longman.

I designed the worksheets in 2015 but some minor changes were needed in order for the tasks to work better. I also added a key to the tasks to make it more teacher friendly.

The worksheets include Think-Tac-Toe homework activities which allow students to choose how they will show what they are learning, by giving them a variety of activities to select from. (For more information on Think-Tac-Toe activities you can visit one of my older posts on differentiated instruction.)

This is Britain: Christmas

On day 1 of my Advent Calendar you can find a "This is Britain" video on YouTube about Christmas customs and traditions including that of Advent Calendars. 

Below you can find the worksheets I prepared to accompany the video. Can you think of a more appropriate way to start the festive season? 

Advent Calendar ELT Activities

Who can resist the daily surprises Advent Calendars hide behind their small doors? They not only count the days till Christmas but they are great fun too so why not use them in the classroom?

In the calendar that follows there is a new activity behind each door, from crossword puzzles and trivia quizes to filling in Christmas songs lyrics and making easy Christmas crafts.
Day 1: This is Britain Christmas video  Day 2: Print and solve a crossword Day 3: Make easy candy cane sleighs to give as Christmas presents Day 4: Print and solve a Christmas cloze  Day 5: Write an email to Santa Day 6: What are you going to do this Christmas? Online matching activity Day 7: Solve an online Christmas Crossword Puzzle Day 8: Play a Christmas quiz with your friends Day 9: Make a pop-up Christmas card Day 10: Make a sock snowman Day 11: Fill in the missing lyrics of Last Christmas (online game) Day 12: Play a Christmas quiz with your friends Day 13: Another online Christmas crossword puzzle Day 14: Write some Christm…

Thanksgiving Day Activities and Worksheets

Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday celebrated mainly in the United States on the fourth Thursday of November. It is a special day for families and people travel long distances to be with their loved ones on this day. It also marks the beginning of the Christmas festive season. 

Thanksgiving Day is a holiday so often depicted in American films and TV series that many Greek students are familiar with it, although they don't exactly know what it is about. 

In the following presentation you will find activities on the origins of this popular holiday, suitable for pre-Intermediate young teenagers. The worksheets are downloadable - just make sure you open the presentation in a new window.