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Time Idioms & Storytelling: Engage Students with a Captivating Song


Discover the magic of storytelling and idioms in this engaging song-based lesson plan. Your students will dive into the world of time idioms, unraveling their meanings and sparking their creativity. This step-by-step lesson plan features the heartfelt song “Want That Back” by Brett Eldredge, which serves as an inspiring backdrop to an unforgettable learning experience.

Students GUESS the meaning of idioms related to time; WATCH an edited video from the music video and WRITE a narrative including one of the idioms; WORK with an interactive worksheet (lyrics).

Language level: B1+B2
Learner type: All ages
Skills: speaking, reading, listening, writing 
Topic: Time Idioms
Materials: edited music video, Music Video, interactive worksheet, genially presentation
Duration: about an hour
Downloadable materials: Instructions.pdf, Worksheet.pdf

   - Master time idioms: Students will learn and understand various time idioms, enhancing their vocabulary and language expression capabilities.

   - Develop narrative writing skills: Through the creative writing activity, students will practice crafting compelling narratives that incorporate the learned idioms, improving their storytelling and writing abilities.

   - Strengthen integrated language skills: By engaging in speaking, listening, reading, and writing tasks throughout the lesson, students will reinforce their overall language proficiency in a cohesive and enjoyable manner..

Welcome to the Song Activity Factory! Here, we follow the rules of The Creative Jedi Code:


Step 1 (5 – 7 min)

Slide 01 (genial.ly presentation LINK)
Screen-share the idiom; KILL TIME. Ask students if they know what it means. If they don’t, ask them to guess.

Write their guesses on the board.
Have a vote on the most plausible meaning, but DON’T give the right definition. They are going to discover it by doing the exercise in step 2.

Step 2 (7 min)

Slide 02 with the three idioms related to time and meanings. Have students read the idioms and guess what they mean.
Matching exercise. Students match the idioms and their meanings individually.

ex2. students complete the sentences with the idioms.
Correct the exercises.

Step 3 (10 min)

Slide 03. Students watch the story in the video (edited music video with different background music.) In the video, the 4 friends make a time capsule. Ask your students if they know what it is.
In pairs (breakout rooms), students write a short narrative retelling the story and including one of the three idioms they worked with in step 2.

Step 4 (7 min)

Students read their narratives, (or share them to a collaborative google doc for everyone to read)
Have a vote on the most creative, the funniest, etc.

Step 5 (7 min)

Slide 03 with incomplete sentences from the song.
Students complete the sentences with their own ideas, individually.
You can hide the TV full of stations that tell you how to _______________.
Being rich was ___________________ and a cheap six-pack
Yeah, the shine of a new summer, barefoot baseball with my _______________
Have students read their sentences.

Step 6 (5 min)

Play the song and have students write down the real sentences. (play the song 2x)

Correct the exercise.

Step 7 (10 – 15 min)

Work with the lyrics. Interactive worksheet LINK or pdf worksheet LINK)
Students read the lyrics and complete them with the words in the box. Then, Listen to the song and check!

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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