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#136 Did you know? (high intermediate)

This lesson really does what education is all about - teaching language but also teaching and fostering knowledge and curiosity.

It is based around 44 questions that elicit amazing facts about the world around us. 


1.  Write, "Did you know ......?" on the board.   Make a few statements about the world around us that will surprise students. ex.  "Did you know that 70% of all fresh water is in Canada?"

Ask students if they can come up with their own - "Did you know ...?" statements.  Ask them to share theirs.


2. Give out the handout and in groups, students brainstorm and try to fill in the blanks with the correct answers.  To make things more interactive, give some groups the first sheet and others the second (so they'll have to listen to each other later on).  Set a time limit for this activity of 10 - 15 minutes.  Alternatively, you could just play the powerpoint with the questions and prompt students as a whole group. 


3.  Play the video or powerpoint, pausing before each question and asking what students think the answer is. Show the correct answer. They'll be amazed!  Keep going over the answers but pausing for discussion as necessary.




1.  Ask students to use their laptops/tablets to research online and find other "Did you know ..." facts. The Guinness book of World Records is perfect for this. Have the students in small groups present them to the class. 

2.  Watch the iconic Did You Know  video


Resources:      Did you know handout    |   Did you know questions ppt   |    Did you know answers ppt    |    Did you know questions and answers ppt   |    10,000 Quiz questions |  Video download   |  More "facts" ppts

Comment by Heemal on April 4, 2013 at 1:43pm

impressive!! looks so simple.! which level of students did you /or anyone try this?? was wondering in my country at which level it would work best ..

Comment by ddeubel on April 4, 2013 at 2:45pm

Heemal,   I listed it in the title as high intermediate level.  But because there is so much strong context through the photos - might be used with low int / intermediate students teens or adults.

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