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Move A Word
An activity that focuses on conjunctions.
Intermediate
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Back To Basics
A self-described shaman who discovered the healing powers of herbs while seeing visions on his sickbed; a former consultant for IBM who ditched PowerPoint presentations to drive across Africa and an artist from Luxembourg who is a qualified plumber. (Migration, alternative lifestyles, conjunctions.)
Advanced
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Mayor For A Year
A freckled-faced three-year-old boy has got a few valuable pieces of advice from his six-year-old brother since he succeeded his elder brother as mayor of a small town in northern Minnesota. (Sequencing, vocabulary)
Pre-Intermediate
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Loch Ness Monster Lives
The world's most dedicated Loch Ness monster hunter has scotched reports that has finally given up looking for the legendary Scottish beast after a quarter of a century of searching. (Loch Ness monster, mythical water creatures, adverbs.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Create Your Own Monster
A warmer that promotes discussion and creativity and helps students use and review adjectives and the simple present tense.
Elementary
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Rent a Chicken
A Pennsylvania husband and wife rent chickens to customers. They rent chickens to about 200 customers in 12 US states and also Ontario and Prince Edward Island in Canada. (Vocabulary, farming, where food comes from)
Elementary
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Apostrophes For Possession
This is an all levels Punctuation Worksheet from Anna Grammar that looks at how the apostrophe is used to show who things belong to.
Intermediate
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Tish the Fish
Read about goldfish invasions, goldfish rescues and one fish that despite spending his life going around in circles, he still achieved international fame, unlike some of us. (Goldfish, world records, word order)
Pre-Intermediate
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Confusables - Whose and Who's? - Anna Worksheet
A worksheet looking at whose or who's.
Whose is a interrogative pronoun that means 'of which person'. Whose is used to ask which person owns or has something. Who's going to admit to getting this wrong?
Intermediate
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Demining Animals
Eight dogs have finished their difficult training. They are part of Thailand's battle to get rid of land-mines. Find out about two other animals that are used for "demining" (Landmine clearance, sorting information, 'adjective + for + object pattern'.)
Elementary
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I Love Reading
This warmer can be used at most levels in celebration of the enjoyment and importance of reading.
Elementary
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Square Dancing Disturbance
Chinese-style square dancing is becoming much more popular for the elderly, with millions taking to parks and plazas across China, swiveling their hips and rolling their arms - but it's not to everyone's liking.
Intermediate
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Fleeing Yemen
The rocket that tore through a minivan outside the Aden Grand Hotel last week killing nine men, women and children was a clear message that it was time to leave. Yemen's civil war had come too close for comfort. (Discussion, sequencing)
Advanced
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Lunching Billionaire Style
A bidder appears to have won lunch with billionaire Warren Buffett after bidding in a week-long auction on eBay Inc.'s Web site. As in previous years, the billionaire will host the winner and up to seven friends for lunch in either Omaha, Nebraska, where Buffett lives and works.(Charity auctions, business, brainstorming, finding the main idea, true or false, summarizing, peer editing, past perfect.)
Intermediate
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A Prince Among Men
Read articles about Prince William, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II of England, and share information about him to build a picture of what he is like. (Prince William, Queen Elizabeth, sharing information, family)
Pre-Intermediate
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A Hairy Issue
Here's a little marital tip: When financial experts say couples should compromise on absolutely everything, there are times when you just need to split hairs. For instance, just try to tell your spouse how much he or she should spend on getting their hair done. (vocabulary hunt, second conditional)
Upper-Intermediate
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Village Heroes
A warmer about a charity organisation in Ghana. This ice-breaker gives students practice reading for understanding and practice asking and answering questions.
Intermediate
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Subject and Object Pronouns
An All Levels Worksheet from Anna Grammar looking at pronoun use: how we replace nouns or noun phrases to make what we say sound less repetitive.
Intermediate
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Never Too Old To Graduate
This lesson is about graduating at 90 and an 85-year-old Argentine grandmother who got her degree in journalism. Maybe there is still time. (Old age, learning, retirement, education.)
Elementary
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Coyotes Moving In
Police caught a young female coyote outside a cafe in lower Manhattan, the latest in a series of coyote sightings in New York City. (Coyotes, wild animals living in cities, sharing information.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Children Cut Things Closer
Children may cut things closer than their parents realize when it comes to guessing how far cars are from an intersection or how long it takes to safely reach the other side, a small study suggests. (Traffic safety and children.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Kitchen
The kitchen is a room where you cook food. This vocabulary worksheet looks at where you can cook and what with.
Pre-Intermediate
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Which Character From A Book Are You?
This is a warmer for Book Week at your school.
Pre-Intermediate
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A Harry Potter "LARP"
Clad in robes and pointed hats, would-be sorcerers wave their wands and cast spells as they hone their magic skills at their very own College of Wizardry. Role playing witches and wizards in Poland or visiting Diagon Alley in Florida are two of the opportunities available to Harry Potter fans. (Live action role playing, Harry Potter, amusement parks, Hogwarts.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Scarecrow Town
Tsukimi Ayano made her first scarecrow 13 years ago. The straw scarecrow looked like her father, so she made more. Today, the tiny village of Nagoro is full of her scarecrows in houses, fields, trees, streets and at a bus stop. (Scarecrows, migration, families, apostrophe for possession.)
Elementary
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Punctuation - Question Marks
We use a question mark "?" to show that we are asking a question. This worksheet from Anna Grammar gives students punctuation practice using "?s" .
Intermediate
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It's Raining Cats and Tourists...
An army of feral cats rules a remote island in southern Japan. There are six cats for every person in the village. (Cats, cat control, collective nouns.)
Pre-Intermediate
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World Leaders: Lee Kuan Yew
This warmer gets students to read and think about the life of a famous person and focus on the use of prepositions.
Intermediate
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Teeth or Web?
Spider silk may lose its claim as the strongest known natural material after researchers found that limpet teeth have more mettle. (Natural materials and strength, minerals, similes, modal verbs - may, might, could.)
Upper-Intermediate
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London's Perilous Past
Londoners in the 17th century were never far from danger as plague, infant mortality and angry mobs menaced the capital, burial records showed. This research is a window into one of the most turbulent periods of London's past. (London, history, seventeenth century.)
Intermediate
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Find Your Other Half - Subordinating Conjunctions
This warmer looks at the problem of plastic waste and is an enjoyable way for students to practice use of subordinating conjunctions if, because, until.
Intermediate
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Punctuation - Exclamation Marks
We use an exclamation mark (!) to signal a warning or show frustration or anger to the reader. This worksheet looks at how to use exclamation marks.
Intermediate
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NOPE
The desperate cry of a mother finding her 17-year-old son dead from a painkiller and another prescription drug instantly silences hundreds of students who listen to her 911 call. That recording is the gut-punch that anchors a new educational program aimed at combating the rising abuse of prescription opioid abuse among U.S. young adults. (Drug overdoses, teenagers, anti-drug education programs.)
Advanced
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The Home Office - Max Vocabulary Worksheet
The office is a room in a home with a desk for business. This vocabulary worksheet looks at all the things you might find in a home office.
Pre-Intermediate
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Men Give Birth
A hospital in eastern China is offering fathers-to-be a chance to experience the pain of childbirth after several new moms complained they got little sympathy from their partners. (Childbirth, expectant fathers, discussion.)
Intermediate
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Find Your Other Half - Coordinating Conjunctions
This Pre-Intermediate and above warmer is an enjoyable way for students to practice use of coordinating conjunctions and, but, so.
Pre-Intermediate
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Anna Grammar Worksheet - Or and Yet
In this worksheet we look at "or" and "yet" as coordinating conjunctions.
Elementary
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Better Late Than Never
An overdue copy of "Gone with the Wind" has been returned to a high school library in Washington state, 65 years past its due date. (Libraries and late returns, borrowing books, scanning, jigsaw reading, role play and dialog, saying sorry.
Pre-Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Christmas
An All Levels Max Vocabulary Worksheet all about Christmas. We hope you enjoy it!
Pre-Intermediate
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The World's Best Santa
Santas from eight countries like Japan, Sweden, Australia and France competed to find out who was the best Santa. They competed in porridge-eating, sledge racing and other sports. The winner for 2014 is from Japan. (Class vote, discussion, ordering questions, comprehension, true or false.)
Elementary
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First Jobs
It doesn't matter how famous, or how important or how rich the person is - almost everyone likes to remember their first job, which was usually very menial and low-paid... This month we ask famous authors what their first jobs were...(Sharing experiences, First jobs, Famous writers, work vocabulary.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Famous Cities - Port Vila, Vanuatu
This warmer is an enjoyable way for students to find out about Port Vila and the Pacific. Students will scan for information in separate articles and then share and discuss what they have learnt.
Intermediate
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Self-publishing?
For any author frustrated by rejections from publishing houses or wanting to cut out the middle man, there has never been an easier or cheaper time to self-publish. A host of free self-publishing platforms offered by Amazon, Apple and specialists like Smashwords have created new opportunities. (Self-publishing, books, drawing a process diagram.)
Advanced
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Air Rage
An argument over leg room and reclining seats forced a Florida-bound flight from New York to divert to a different airport late on Monday, the third such incident of a midair disruption caused by passengers in about a week. (Flying, midair arguments, prepositions, role-plays.)
Intermediate
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Just Don't Go There
If Halloween is supposed to be spooky, some Halloween costumes this year will be terrifying. Some trick-or-treaters will dress as emergency careworkers for people who are sick with Ebola. (Halloween and costumes, Ebola, appropriacy of what people do.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Teamwork
If you want to witness effective teamwork, you might be as apt to find it among the fishy denizens of a coral reef as in the office where you work. Scientists have found the coral trout recruits moray eels to help hunt for prey, with both ending up well fed. Aquarium experiments showed that the trout are choosy in picking the best eel partner for the job. (Animal behavior, coral trout and moray eels, participles as compound adjectives.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Calling "Party Intervention Patrol"
A teenager who threw a party with underage drinking and drug use while his parents were away called police to intervene after a rowdy throng broke a neighbor's fence and fights broke out. (Parties and teenagers, organizing a party, vocabulary hunt.)
Intermediate
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Max Vocabulary Worksheet - Dining Rooms
This vocabulary worksheet looks at the dining room or dining. Another student worksheet in our "homes" series. 
Pre-Intermediate
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Wanderlust
For Americans looking to retire abroad, deciding where to live can be a challenge. But Lynne and Tim Martin took that question off the table by deciding to retire everywhere and anywhere. (Retirement and travel, word families.)
Advanced
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Silly Story (1)
This warmer gets learners chatting! This is a good ice-breaker for the presentation of simple past for the narration of a story and the language of shopping.
Intermediate
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