Daylight saving time
Lesson plan overview
This ESL lesson plan is about daylight saving time and the effect changing the clocks twice a year has on us. Students will learn interesting expressions, will watch a short video and will debate the subject of daylight saving time. This lesson will work well in combination with “Phrasal verbs: sleep” and “Idioms: time“.
Speaking: The lesson starts with an initial discussion, which also introduces key vocabulary for this lesson (spring forward, fall back, standard time, daylight saving time). Students discuss the questions in pairs or small groups.
Listening: Next, students watch a video “It’s that time of year again: inside the daylight saving time debate”, and complete extracts from the text with the words they hear. After that they talk about different aspects of daylight saving time.
Vocabulary: Students learn a few expressions related to sleep (a late riser, a morning person, a night owl, oversleep, disrupt sleeping patterns). They look at 6 sentences, each one containing a different expression, and then complete the definitions given, To practise, students choose the correct option to complete 3 sentences, and then they discuss 3 questions given.
Confusing expressions: in time and on time. Students learn the difference between in time and on time and practice with a gap-fill activity.
Debate: Finally, students prepare a debate about daylight saving time. To revise and practise the key vocabulary from this lesson, you can use the set of conversation cards.
Teacher’s lesson plan
Student’s interactive PDF
Conversation cards PDF
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Conversation cards PDF
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