Posted 27/6/10
This is one of the most popular viral videos on YouTube in the ‘pets and animals’ category and I’d have to say that it is my all time favourites. In this lesson plan, students have to guess what type of unexpected bodily function they are going to hear and, which panda it comes from.
  • Language level: Elementary (A2) +
  • Learner type: Young learners; Adults; CLIL
  • Time: 30 minutes
  • Activity: Grammar drill; Making questions
  • Topic: Pandas; Unexpected bodily functions
  • Language: Third person singular; Question forms
  • Materials: Video; Images
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Lesson plan outline

  1. Tell your students to imagine that you are all having a day out at the zoo. Ask the following questions:
  2. * Which animals have we already seen?
    * Which were your favourites?
    * Which ones do we still have to see?
  3. Display the first image of the panda cubs and invite students to guess what they are. Make a list of possibilities on the board. Suggestions may include any of the following: Bears, polar bears, moles, mice, rats, porcupines, hippopotamuses, kangaroos.
  4. Tell students that they are going to see the animal in question. Play the video clip but pause it after just a few seconds, before the sneeze at about 10 seconds.
  5. Find out if anyone in the class has seen the clip before – ask students to put up their hands. If anyone has seen the clip before, tell them that they mustn’t tell anyone else what happens.
  6. Elicit the phrase to get a fright. For example, ask students to shout ‘boo’ and then react to it before asking what happened. Note that many students, including advanced ones will want to say you got afraid rather than you got a fright.
  7. Tell students that one of the pandas in the video clip gets a fright as a result of an unexpected bodily function. Ask students if they can suggest or guess what the unexpected bodily function is.
  8. Tell students that you are going to give them 8 possibilities. Beside the paused video, write the words sneeze, hiccup, burp and cough phonetically. Note: Make sure that you drill pronunciation of the third person singular -s, especially in the word sneezes.
  9. Now, using your arm or a stick to point, conduct and drill the following 8 possible outcomes of the clip:
  10. * Baby panda burps and mummy panda gets a fright.
    Mummy panda burps and baby panda gets a fight.
    Baby panda sneezes and mummy panda gets a fright.
    Mummy panda sneezes and baby panda gets a fight.
    Baby panda hiccups and mummy panda gets a fright.
    Mummy panda hiccups and baby panda gets a fight.
    Baby panda coughs and mummy panda gets a fright.
    Mummy panda coughs and baby panda gets a fight.
  11. Ask students to decide which of the 8 outcomes they think is the real one and write it down. Quickly go around the class and ask everyone to read out their predictions.
  12. Play the clip. Students will see that Baby panda sneezes and mummy panda gets a fright.
  13. Display the second image. Ask students to imagine that the pandas in the picture can speak English. Ask everyone to think of a question (or perhaps 2 or 3) that they would like to ask either mummy panda or baby panda. Give examples of themes that they could choose (life in captivity compared with life in the wild, their diet, their habitat, panda diplomacy, etc)
  14. When everyone has thought of a question, ask for two volunteers to come to the front of the class. One volunteer will be mummy panda and the other volunteer will be baby panda. You could also ask for a third volunteer to be daddy panda.
  15. Ask students to address their questions to the human pandas who should improvise the answers. Take a note of all questions that are asked for a correction slot later. This activity can develop a life of its own as questions flow. Teacher input and interference can be kept to a minimum.
Posted 27/6/10

20 Responses to What happens next? I

  1. magda says:

    Jamie you just have to see Dramatic Bushbaby :) maybe an activity would be What has the Bush baby just seen? :D

  2. Jamie Keddie says:

    Hey Magdalena. You mean this:
    Yes – great idea. My favourite one is the dramatic eagle.
    He has just spotted his wife in bed with the owl next door. He has eagle eyes remember!

  3. magda says:

    I can’t stop laughing! :D the Eagle is great!

  4. Marcos says:

    Jamie!!!!! Very nice class. Baby panda sneezes and Jamie teaches :D

  5. Jamie Keddie says:

    Hey Marcos!
    Thank you. Hope all is well in Brazil
    Jamie :-)

  6. Dana says:

    I have to say it’s a pleasure to see you teach, your students are really lucky Jamie!

  7. Marisol says:

    This lesson looks fantastic! Just what I need for my new elementary class at summer school, will try it out and let you know how it goes!

    p.s. your lessons look so engaging – an absolute inspiration to us all!

  8. Jamie Keddie says:

    Hello Marisol
    Would love to know how it works out. Thank you very much for the nice comment. Jamie :-)

  9. Priscila says:

    Congrats Jamie!! I love the way you engage Sts, how do you get to be SO resourceful and creative??

    Keep it up!!

    Priscila- Brasil ESL Teacher

  10. Jamie Keddie says:

    Thank you Priscila
    Resourceful and creative? It comes at a price!
    Jamie :-)

  11. Ewa says:

    Hello, Jamie! I used your lesson today at my classes and it went just great!!! Especially the chanting part- my kids (10-11-year-olds) loved it! Thank you for your ideas :)

  12. Jamie Keddie says:

    Hello Ewa
    Great to hear it went well. Would love to have seen you do it. Make a video next time :)
    Thanks you for the comment

  13. Pat says:

    Hiya Jamie, I live in Argentina and I’m quite fond of your lessons, I experienced them with my students (adults mainly) and they got really involved, Hope to show you soon how we enjoy working with them, You’re quite an inspiration to me! Thanks a lot!!! oh I almost forgot! please tell me when you are coming to Argentina again!!!! please please please! (begging) Cheers, Pat

  14. Jamie Keddie says:

    Thank you Pat. Happy to hear it.
    I had a great time in Argentina. Always hoping to come back.
    In case I forget, the best thing to do is to keep and eye on my events page:
    Jamie :)

  15. Dan Caffers says:

    I will us this one tomorrow with my 11/12 year old Thai students. They will love this. Third person singular is a real issue for Thai kids. Partially due to the lack of pluralisation in the Thai language. Even the most advanced English speakers in my school struggle with the “s” sound.

  16. Jamie Keddie says:

    Hello Dan
    I don’t think I could even watch the video of me doing that drill. It would be too painful!
    I have never stopped using the panda video but have many different ways of doing so. I’ll be sharing some of these on this site very soon.
    Good luck
    Jamie :)
    PS I would suggest changing ‘gets a fright’ to ‘jumps’ or ‘gets a shock’. I think that ‘gets a fright’ is too Scottish!

  17. Aimee says:

    Hi. I was looking for a version of the video without the word “sneeze” at the top, and I found one, in case anyone is interested. Here it is:


  18. Jamie Keddie says:

    Thanks Aimee
    Alternatively, you can play a video in Prezi and it will let you change the title (I think!)

  19. Aimee says:

    I tried this version of this lesson with a new group earlier this week and didn’t really manage to pull it off. :-( I haven’t done chants in class before, so I wasn’t very comfortable, plus trying it with a new group probably didn’t help. But I will try again! I think it’s a great idea, and it lets us use fun words like “burp” and “fart” in class. :-)

    Aimee, still a 12-year-old apparently

  20. Jamie Keddie says:

    Hello Aimee
    This is a bit of a blast from the past. To be honest, I am not sure that I could make it work myself these days – perhaps I am too serious these days :)