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
Lesson plan outline
- Tell your students to imagine that you are all having a day out at the zoo. Ask the following questions:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Now, using your arm or a stick to point, conduct and drill the following 8 possible outcomes of the clip:
- 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.
- Play the clip. Students will see that Baby panda sneezes and mummy panda gets a fright.
- 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)
- 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.
- 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.
* Which animals have we already seen?
* Which were your favourites?
* Which ones do we still have to see?
* 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.