10 Things You Didn’t Know About Music! A Top 10 Lesson Plan For ELT


This STEP-BY-STEP LESSON PLAN features the Video about 10 facts You Didn’t KNow About Music. Students TALK about singers and bands, READ facts about them and DO a matching exercise, WATCH the video (without subtitles) to check, DO a true/false exercise with the facts and WATCH another video with subtitles to check, TALK in pairs about the most interesting facts and share with other pairs, RESEARCH the Internet to find more interesting facts about music and share with class( it can be done as homework).

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

Language level: B2 and above
Learner type: All ages
Skills: listening, reading, speaking and writing
Topic: Interesting Facts about Music
Materials: genially presentation, Youtube Videos, Qr Code/ link, worksheet (pdf)
Duration: 40 min - 1 hour
Downloadable materials: instructions.pdf, worksheet.pdf

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Step 1 (5 min)

Show slide 1 of the genially presentation (link) and ask students if they know who the bands and singers are. Have them also say what they know about them and give examples of songs. Ask them if they like their songs and why (not).

Step 2 (7 min)

Matching exercise. (slide 2) Individually, students match the singers and bands to the facts.

Step 3 (5 min)

Before watching the video to check their answers, have some students share and explain their choices. Get a general view of what the class thinks about the facts.

Students watch the video 10 facts About Music (without subtitles) to check their answers.

Sources for the facts: link 1  link 2

Answers: The Beatles (A) Britney Spears (B) Metallica (D) Eminem (B)

Step 4 (5 min)

Share the link to the true or false exercise and have students write their answers on a sheet of paper; or students can scan the qr code below

You can also print this worksheet cut out (print one page for 3 students and cut) pdf LINK. Students watch the video again (without subtitles), to choose TRUE/FALSE about the statements.

If you are teaching face2face, have students compare their answers in pairs before playing the video with subtitles for them to check their answers).

Answers. 1.F 2F 3T 4T 5T 6F 7T 8T 9F 10T

Step 5 (10 min)

In pairs (breakout rooms), students talk about the most interesting facts from the list and say why.

Step 6 (7 min)

The pairs share their ideas and the class votes on the most interesting fact .

Step 7 (Homework or in-class work OPTIONAL)

Ask your students to find out more interesting facts about music to share in the next class.

As an alternative, and if you still have some time to spare, (IN CLASS) you can divide your class into groups. They search the Internet to find 2 more interesting facts about music to share with the class.

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




Happy teaching!  🙂

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