Teaching Resources for Scuola secondaria di primo livello - May

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Teaching resources

Families come in all shapes and sizes. On May 15th we celebrate them all with UN's International Day of Families and see just how well we can talk about our relatives in English!

  • Different families
    Age appropriate worksheet at A2 level on extended family vocabulary. With key
  • Family Tree Lesson
    A lesson that includes activities, games and a worksheet to learn vocabulary and read about family members.
  • Extended family
    Students read clues and come up with answers to fill in a family tree.
World Travel

Discovery, excitement, cultural exchange, danger, learning...
All this and more is associated with travelling. From backpacking to luxury travels, take your students on an adventure this month with our resources about World Travel!

May Day

May Day on May 1st is a celebration of Spring. In the UK, May Day rites and celebrations include Morris dancing, dancing around a Maypole and crowning a May Queen.

  • May Day Wordsearch
    A wordsearch for the vocabulary of May Day or International Labour Day with Answer Keys |Starter/Beginner - Advanced
  • May Day Worksheet
    An age apropriate worksheet for SSPG students, at A1- A2 level, on May Day origins and traditions (reading text with comprehension and fun activities). Plus teaching notes.
Mother's Day

Mother's Day is celebrated during the month of May in many parts of the world. It is a day when people honor their mother, as well as motherhood and maternal bonds. Mothers appreciate receiving cards and flowers on this day.

  • Mother's Day Wordsearch
    A wordsearch for the vocabulary of Mother's Day. | Starter/Beginner - Advanced
  • Mother's Day Worksheet
    An age apropriate worksheet for SSPG ss, at A1- A2 level, on Mother's Day around the world (reading text with comprehension and make a Mother's Day card activity). Plus teaching notes.
  • Mother's Day Poem
    A poem to act as inspiration for students to write their own. | Pre-Intermediate - Upper Intermediate
Summer sports

Summer spectator sports events in the UK.

  • Uk Summer Sports
    An age apropriate worksheet for SSPG ss, at A1- A2 level, on Summer spectator sports events in the UK - Royal Windsor Horse Show, Wimbledon, Henley Regatta (vocabulary , reading text with comprehension and fun activities). Plus teaching notes.

Author of the month

Louisa May Alcott (November 29, 1832 - March 6, 1888)

Louisa May Alcott was born in Pennsylvania, USA in 1832. She began writing stories at a young age. Little Women is an autobiographical novel about growing up with her three sisters. During the American Civil War Alcott worked as a nurse. Throughout her life she was a women's rights activist and fought to abolish slavery.

Little Women

Little Women: The story of the four March sisters and their loves, problems and adventures is sometimes sad, often funny but always charming. Louisa May Alcott wrote Little Women in 1868. It is also a film starring Winona Ryder and Susan Sarandon.

Jonathan Swift

Jonathan Swift was born in Dublin in 1667 and came of age at the height of the Glorious Revolution. He was a great literary figure even in his time, but we know very little about his private life. Swift died in a mental institution struck down by an illness, but he wasn’t mad when he wrote Gulliver’s Travels, a satire on politics, and a timeless book for children.

Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels: Gulliver travels across the sea from England and has an accident. He arrives in a country of very, very small people. What will they do with him? How will he talk to them? And why are the Big-enders fighting the Little-enders?

Word of the month


Improve your students' vocabulary with a word for every month and activities to go with it! This month: ancestor.

ancestor noun [countable]
1) a member of your family who lived a long time ago → descendant
My ancestors were French.

2) an animal that lived in the past, that modern animals have developed from
Lions and house cats evolved from a common ancestor (=the same ancestor).

Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 6th Edition.

  • Word of the Month Activities for May
    A worksheet for students at A1-A2 level on words related to family history: distant cousins, great grandparents, descendants, emigrate etc.. With key.

Memorable: [adjective]: very good, enjoyable, or unusual, and worth remembering. 
We want to make this a truly memorable day for our mother.

Definition from the Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English 6th Edition.

Idiom of the month

It runs in the family: if something such as a quality, disease, or skill "runs in the family", it means that many people in that family have it.

Example: Emily and her mother are both very beautiful. Good looks must run in the family.

Off the beaten track/patha place that is off the beaten track is not well known and is far away from the places that people usually visit.

We found a lovely little restaurant off the beaten track, which wasn't touristic at all!

City of the month


Ancient, mysterious, and arguably the most famous prehistoric monument in Europe, Stonehenge has astouded and confused people for centuries.Who built it? How? For what purpose? Find out more in this video, and you'll understand why this mystical place is also a very popular destination for families with children of all ages.

  • Stonehenge
    Watch this video with your students to inspire them to discover Stonehenge.
  • Stonehenge Worksheet
    Download the Worksheet to use in class together with the video.
The Costwolds

Traveling the world is not just about visiting famous big cities. It is especially nice to discover hidden treasures in the countryside where ancient customs and traditions are still alive. This month, visit the Cotswolds with your class through our video of the month and discover the outstanding natural beauty of the English countryside.

  • The Cotswolds
    Use this video to inspire your students to discover hidden treasures in the English countryside.
  • The Cotswolds Worksheet
    Download this Worksheet to use in class together with the video.

Did you know?

Love and family life

Although she wrote a lot about love and family life, Louisa May Alcott herself was never married. However, she took care of her orphaned niece after the mother, Alcott's youngest sister, passed away.

The longest flight

The longest flight in the world today is from Auckland (New Zealand) to Dubai (United Arab Emirates). It lasts about 17 hours and covers approximately 14,200km).

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