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This lesson has a distinct vocabulary focus and gets students thinking about root words and collocations/word associations. They gain an awareness of how words can be used in many ways.... It uses the amazing video - Words. 

(WARNING:  use this version, NOT the youtube version. I've edited the youtube version which contains an image inappropriate for teaching). Or use the ppt below.


1. Put on the board, the words from the worksheet: Play | Blow | Break | Split | Run | Fly | Fall | Light


Give pairs or groups one word and ask them to write down examples of what you can do with these verbs. Record their answers on the board. 


2. Give the worksheet. Ask the students to go through the worksheet and underline the words associated with the key word. Check responses. You might just have students do this in pairs / groups, one for each word, as above. 


3. Watch the video. Students note the correct word associations. Watch again, pausing the video and having students state the correct answer.


4. Extension.  Students play charades and the others guess what they are acting out from the worksheet... Keep track of points if you want to make this competitive. 


Other "word" resources. See our main vocabulary discussion, full of ideas. Also, Jon Anderson's amazing Word Count. Also, see some other amazing RadioLab videos that work for teaching English HERE.


Resources:  Lesson worksheet  |  Video download  |  PPT version

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Here are some more lesson plans and options for teaching with this amazing video. 

Also download the video and extra ppt here.


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