Feb 28, 2017

Abraham Lincoln - Vampire Hunter: Expressing Preference with Prefer





Grammar Reference:
Expressing preference:


We use prefer to say we like one thing or activity more than another. We can use a prepositional phrase with to when we compare two things or actions:

Examples:


I prefer tea to coffee.

We prefer going by ferry to flying.

We don’t use than after prefer:

She prefers books to magazines.


NotShe prefers books than magazines.

She’s not keen on coffee. She prefers to drink tea. (or She prefers drinking tea to coffee.)



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I. Make guesses to express preferences. Use the words in column one and decide the correct order of preferences:

1. HISTORY - MEN / LEGENDS
Ex: History prefers _______________________ to ______________________.

2. HISTORY - NOBILITY / BRUTALITY
_______________________________________________________________ .

3. HISTORY - QUIET DEEDS / SOARING SPEECHES 
_______________________________________________________________ .

II. Discuss with a partner. What you prefer? Follow the examples.

1. Fruit / Meat
Ex: I prefer meat to food.
2. Dancing / Singing

3. Hot / Cold Weather

4. Watching / Playing Sports

5. Hotels / Camping

6. Brazilian / American Music

7. Traveling by car / Plane

8. Comedies / Thrillers

9. Movies / Theater

10. TV / Video Games

Answer key:
Ex: I
History prefers legends to men.
It prefers nobility to brutality.
It prefers soaring speeches to quiet deeds.
Ex: Answers will vary.

Feb 15, 2017

Zootopia: Animals - Vocabulary

This activity is for very young learners. It is kinesthetic and fun.




I.              Brainstorm names of animals.

II.            Slides with farm and zoo animals. Give each student a letter, F (farm) or Z (zoo). Tell students to stand up and touch their toes if the animal projected on the board corresponds to the category they have (farm or zoo animal).

III.           Students watch the movie segment.


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IV.          Project on the board the following chart and ask students to say what they have seen in the segment (T: Is there a black cow?...)


a rabbit

 giraffes

a lion

a hippo

squirrels

a bear

a rhino

a gazelle


V.              Slides with the animals in IV. Tell students to make a line to participate in a game. The T projects the pictures and vocabulary from the chart in IV. The first student in line chooses the ball that corresponds to the scene they’ve watched (green – there is, yellow – there isn’t, red – there are, blue – there aren’t) and tries to throw it into a basket. When he/she hits the basket, he/she has to say a complete sentence (e.g. There is a chicken.). 

VI. Ask students to write sentences about the items in  IV, using There is (isn’t) or There are (aren’t).

NO WORKSHEET NEEDED

POWER POINT SLIDES - Slides prepared by reader Katy Piauhy, who kindly shared it with us. Thanks, Katy.

MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - ZOOTOPIA