Theme: “Famous European Explorers”
1. Forming and revising their knowledge about famous explorers.
2. Developing pupils` speaking, reading and communicative skills.
3. Maximize pupils` potential and widen their world outlook.
Equipment: activboard, video, music, handouts, cards.
Warm up (KWL questions)
Speaking (the quote)
Review of vocabulary
A. Matching the words and their definitions
B. Filling the blanks
C. Matching the photos with the explorers
Power Point Presentation about famous European explorers
Filling the table (names, nationalities, lifespan, voyages)
Reciting a poem about Columbus
Watching a video about Columbus
Guessing a puzzle
Power Point Presentation about Columbus Day
Completing the sentences
Good afternoon pupils, colleagues and our guests.
Teacher: Today the theme of our lesson is “Famous European Explorers”
During our lesson I want you to answer three KWL questions:
What do you know?
What do you want to learn?
the last question you will answer in the end of the lesson
Look at the quote of the famous explorer David Livingstone:
I`ll go anywhere as long as it`s forward”
How can you understand it? Pupils give their opinions.
Review of vocabulary
Now we should revise some words which we can use in our discussion, you have stripes with six words and their definitions, your task is to match them. Work in pairs.
Explore (v) –travel across an area in order to learn it.
Explorer (n) – someone who travels around the place that other people don`t know much about.
Route (n) - a road or a path that you use when you go from one place to another.
Voyage (n) –a long journey especially on a ship.
Discovery (n) –the fact of finding or learning about something that was hidden or unknown.
Discover (v) –find something that was unknown before.
Let`s check, if you are right raise your hands.
Filling the blanks:
On your desks there are handouts, look at the first exercise, you have to fill in the blanks, using these words.
The first travelers were explorers who went on trips to find wealth, fame or something else.
He made some voyages to the New World.
James Hudson was a naturalist and he wanted to discover and to explore new plants and animals.
The Silk Road was an important route to China.
The discovery of America changed the history and the geography of the world
Teacher: I want you to look at the pictures of some famous European explorers, do you know who they are?
Marco Polo James Cook C Columbus Magellan John Speke
One pupil goes to the activboard and matches the pictures with the names.
Teacher: We`ll check up it a bit later.
Diana has prepared a presentation about these explorers, you should listen to her very attentively and fill in the table with necessary information, this is the second exercise. Work in pairs.
Presentation about explorers
Filling the blanks
Now let`s check if you were right or wrong. Pupils change their handouts and check their tables.
Teacher: Now I want to talk about the great explorer. It is Christopher Columbus. You will listen to the poem, watch the video and presentation. Be attentive, later you will do some tasks.
Reciting a poem
In fourteen hundred ninety-two
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.
He sailed by night; he sailed by day
He used the stars to find his way.
A compass also helped him know
How to find the way to go.
Ninety sailors were on board;
Some men were worked while others snored.
Then the workers went to sleep;
And others watched the ocean deep.
Day after day they looked for land;
They dreamed of trees and rocks and sand.
October 12 their dream came true,
You never saw a happier crew!
“Indians! Indians!” Columbus cried;
His heart was filled with joyful pride.
But “India” the land was not;
it was the Bahamas, and it was hot.
The Arakawa natives were very nice;
They gave the sailors food and spice.
Columbus sailed on to find some gold
To bring back home, as he`d been told.
He made the trip again and again.
Trading gold to bring to Spain.
The first American? No, not quite,
But Columbus was brave and he was bright.
Watching a video
Video (documental film about Columbus). Pupils watch it.
Guessing a puzzle
Teacher: Look at the third task in your handouts, you should use the second letters of each word from the pictures and guess a puzzle. Can you read it?
C o l u m b u s
d a y
Presentation about Columbus Day
Complete the sentences about Columbus:
Columbus sailed into Atlantic ocean with 3 ships.
Columbus was on the board of Santa Maria.
He became an Admiral of the ocean.
Columbus returned to Spain in 1493.
Columbus Day is celebrated in the USA and in Spain.
This year it has been on the 14 of October.
It became a federal holiday in 1937.
Speaking (working in groups):
Imagine that you were explorers and you have to choose only five things which are more useful and important for you:
compass, tools, water, food, money, fishing net, books, tobacco, musical instruments, money, camera, chocolate, matches, hat, sun glasses, phone, computer,
Begin a sentence: If we were explorers, we would take ….
Pupils work in groups. Then one pupil from each group answers.
Making a conclusion
Teacher: Now I want you to answer the last KWL question.
What have you learned today? Can you answer it?
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