Teaching With Songs: Music Video Lottery with Greyson Chance


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Whether you teach English online or not, teaching with songs has a wider scope than you might think, and it does not only mean gap-fill!. Check my older posts and don’t be afraid to try something new!

This week, the Song Activity Factory features an activity called Music Video Lottery

I hope YOU and your students have a BLAST with it!

photo by sarahparker1028


This song-based STEP-BY-STEP LESSON PLAN  for ENGLISH language TEACHING features the lyrics and music video for “Holy Feeling” by Greyson Chance. Students REVIEW parts of the body, LISTEN to the song and identify body parts, PLAY a music video lottery team game with things that appear in the video, and DO an exercise with the lyrics (interactive worksheet).

OBS: This lesson plan was made for ONLINE TEACHING, but it can be modified for face-to-face instruction, as well.

Language level: B1
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening and writing
Language/grammar: parts of the body
Materials: YouTube video, genially presentation and Interactive Worksheet
Duration: about 1 hour 
Download your free teaching resources:  instructions


Step 1 Warm up (5 min)

Write BODY on the board and ask students to give you words for the parts of the body. Write them on the board. Make sure you include the following words, too: eyes, skin, knees, lungs, heart, arms

Step 2 (2 min)

Divide students into pairs or trios (it can also be done individually, depending on the number of students), and tell them they are going to listen to a song and that 6 parts of the body will be mentioned in it. Their job is to identify them. Tell students to write down the words they find on a sheet of paper to share with their teammates later.

Step 3 (9 min)

Play the song twice. 

Step 4 (5 min)

Put the teams in breakout rooms for them to compare their words, and decide on their final answer. Tell them to decide who is going to be the captain for the group.

Step 5 (5 min)

Back to the main room, have the team captains send you the answers via chat box privately. Award points for the right words. The team with more right words wins!

Step 6 (10 min) Music Video Lottery

Tell students they are going to watch the music video for the song. However, before watching the video, they are going to do a Music Video Lottery. You can use the same teams from before or make new ones.

Show the slide with the pictures. (TV, hammer, guitar, flower, violin, piano, ballerina, policeman, horse and painting) Explain that only five of those things will appear on the video. Their task is to choose the things and come up with reasons why they chose them. (The aim here is for them to use their imagination to come up with creative reasons why those things would appear on the video). Tell them that the crazier the better!

Step 7 (7 min)

Put the groups in breakout rooms and give them 5 min to choose the pictures.

When the time’s up, have the group captains send their list of things via chat box privately, for you to check later who got more right things. Have students from the groups explain their choices.

Step 8 (5 min) 

Play the music video for them to check (or share the link for them to watch on their devices)

Answer: piano, violin, painting, ballerina, hammer

Step 9 OPTIONAL (10 min)

Interactive worksheet. Share the link to the worksheet and Play the song for your students.

Instructions: Students listen to the song “Holy Feeling” by Greyson Chance, identify the wrong words in the lyrics and Write the right words.

To check their works, tell students to click FINISH!! And then CHECK MY ANSWERS!

This song-based lesson plan is sure to spice up your classes! However, would you like to think, feel and act more creatively on your own to be able to turn ANY song you want into an engaging lesson plan?
HERE are TIME-SAVING ideas that do the heavy work so you can focus on the most important: INSPIRING and MOTIVATING YOUR STUDENTS to learn CREATIVELY!


That’s it for this week! I hope this activity is helpful and enjoyable! 


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Happy teaching!  🙂

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