As Ben and Moby are listening to a rock band they love, they see that Mother is coming home. Now only Moby can save the day! The movie introduces the ESL students to the difference between Stative Verbs and verbs that take the –ing form.
Moby seems to be too busy to help his good friend Ben, but their friendship is so strong that Ben doesn't take no for an answer. The movie reviews many of the lexical items and grammatical points in the unit.
On a cloudy day, the two friends take a large beach umbrella and go out for a picnic. As our students find out if the umbrella was useful or not, they learn about the importance of these small words: the articles.
Inspired by the players, the cheerleaders and the spectators at a basketball game they watch on TV, Ben and Moby want to play the game too.This lesson is about plural nouns alongside a review and expansion on the subject of adjectives.
Adjectives II Nouns: Singular and Plural
"Is there any food in the house?" Ben and Moby return home and ask the same old question that children and teenagers all over the world ask.The lesson focuses on the differences between count and non-count nouns and on the use of some and any.
Count Nouns Non-count Nouns Some and Any How much and How many
Mike, Ben's good friend, goes to Spain every summer. Mike's weekly letters from Spain are a good opportunity to talk about languages and habitual activities using the Present Simple in the affirmative.
Present Simple: Affirmative Time terms: every day, every week, every summer
Moby wants to join Ben's cool rock band. As Moby tries to see how he can be useful to the band, ESL students learn the Present Simple in the negative and are introduced to the structure of agent nouns in English.
Does Ben have a best friend? Ben tackles that question while Moby waits in anticipation for the inevitable and comforting answer. While Ben searches for his best friend, our ESL students learn have/has in the Present Simple.
Have / Has: Affirmative Have / Has: Negative Have / Has: Questions
Ben calls Moby to come and join him as he looks through his mother's pictures.As the two friends look at the old pictures of the family and themselves, our students learn the possessives: the possessive adjective and the possessive noun.
It's Ed's birthday, so Ben and Moby go to the mall to look for a gift for their friend. They don't know what to get with the little money they have. While Ben tries to decide what he and Moby should get, he seeks Moby’s opinion by using tag questions.
Tag Questions using Be Tag Questions using Do
Who was the troublemaker when Ben and Moby were little kids? Was it Ben or Moby? It seems that Ben has lost his memory. While Moby helps Ben recall the facts, our students take their initial steps in the past tense with the verb be.
Past Simple Be: Affirmative Past Simple Be: Negative
Moby had an accident and Ben wants to find out where, when and how it happened. Moby is a bit reluctant to disclose the circumstances but Ben insists. As Ben continues to inquire, our students are introduced to questions in the past simple using the verb be.
Past Simple Be: Yes/No Questions Past Simple Be: Wh- Questions
It's Nikki's birthday and Ben and Moby want to surprise her with something special. But, as often happens, good intentions don't always work out. This setting serves as a springboard to review the topics of the unit, namely: the different forms of the possessive, tag questions and be in the past.
Past Simple, Be (Review) Tag Questions (Review) Possessives (Review)
Something strange happened to Ben last night when he arrived home from school. As Ben relates his scary experience to his best friend Moby, our students find out what happened and why Ben was so scared. Meanwhile, they are exposed to the Past Simple affirmative form of regular verbs.
Ben dreamed he was a sailor, sailing on his ship around the world with his good friend Moby. But when he woke up he realized that it was really just a dream. Or was it? As our ESL students follow Ben and Moby in Ben's dream, they learn some irregular verbs in the past and some nationalities.
Past Simple: Irregular Verbs Nationalities I
What happened when Ben didn't sleep on Sunday night? As one thing led to another, each day that week brought its new unfortunate incident all because of that one sleepless night on Sunday. This movie is about school, the days of the week and the negative form of the Past Simple.
Past Simple: Negative Days of the week
It's spring, just the right time to go camping. As Ben and Moby sit outside their tents they look through their bags to see what they brought. What did they bring? Moby has three strange items in his bag. Why did he bring them? As our ESL students ask and find answers to these questions, they learn the four seasons and are introduced to the question form in the Past Simple.
Past Simple: Yes/No Questions Past Simple: Wh- Questions
What happened when Ben and Moby had to go to a party and couldn't find the house keys? Who had the keys last? At first the two friends blame each other, but then they retrace their steps from the moment they opened the door. As we follow the two in their search for the lost keys, our students review the Past Simple and find out where the keys were.
Ben shows Moby his big postcard collection. As the two friends go over Ben's collection, they count the postcards and talk about the different countries. Ben explains how he looks up information about these countries and learns geography through his hobby. Moby and our ESL students learn why hobbies are worthwhile, as well as a few phrasal verbs, counting up to a hundred and some more nationalities.
Phrasal Verbs Nationalities II Numbers 1-100
The librarian wants to open a new research library and needs help putting the books in alphabetical order. The work must be finished before three o'clock. Ben and Moby are eager to help, but will they be able to do all the work in time? This setting is a good opportunity to introduce the demonstratives, to teach how to tell time and to remind our students of the correct order of the alphabet.
This / That / These / Those Alphabetical Order Telling Time
Ben reads Moby a scary story when they're on their camping trip at night. Ben falls asleep in the middle of the story. He hears weird noises. Is it the new Frankenstein monster? As our ESL students follow Ben and Moby deep into the forest, they learn more irregular verbs in the Past Simple tense and are introduced to object pronouns.
Object Pronouns Irregular Verbs II
Nikki has a new puppy and Ben is looking after it. Moby is interested to find out what the cute puppy can do. Together with Moby, our students learn about different kinds of mammals. They also learn about reflexive pronouns and the modal verb can in its positive, negative and interrogative forms.
Ben and Moby decide to take Fighter to the school dog show. Fighter has an hour to practice. His chances of winning seem very promising, but can he perform his tricks when it’s show time? As we follow Fighter's training, our ESL students review the grammatical points in the unit.
Phrasal Verbs (Review) Can: Present Simple (Review) Object Pronouns (Review) This / That / These / Those (Review) Reflexive Pronouns (Review)
Ben and Moby are at a school fair called "Jobs of the Future." As they walk around, they get a glimpse of what their friends are going to be in the future. Thinking about their future careers is exciting to both of them. This is an opportunity for our ESL students to join Ben and Moby and learn to use the future tense in English. This lesson also introduces our students to the possessive pronouns. The future is theirs!
Future: Going to Possessive Pronouns
There are elections for school president and Ben wants to be elected. He already has some ideas of what he will do as school president. However, when Moby opens the box of suggestions sent by the students, Ben realizes it won't be so easy to please everyone.
Ben wants to fly like the birds, but realizes it is impossible. He and Moby discuss people's interest in flying. They talk about Leonardo da Vinci's plans and thoughts, and the Wright Brothers' first successful flights. Maybe they will be able to build an airplane one day!
Can: Past Simple Can: Future Ordinal Numbers
Ben and Moby are learning about William Shakespeare. Everyone in class has to present a short part of one of the plays. Ben had to work hard to learn his part. Moby already knows his part! It’s very scary.
Ben's Uncle Joe has a farm and a restaurant. He grows everything he cooks on his farm. Ben, Moby and friends visit Uncle Joe's restaurant. The waiter shows them to their table and just as they choose their food, Uncle Joe whispers something in Ben's ear. As the students follow Ben and Moby on their visit to the restaurant, they review the grammar points in the unit.
Ben and his team are running in the marathon next week. While Ben is busy practicing, Moby and the ESL students learn what a marathon is. When Ben unexpectedly fails to finish the city marathon, he realizes that he will have to practice really hard for next year's marathon. But next year he won't be alone.
Ben and Moby must practice for the dance on Saturday night. As Ben and Moby practice the steps, Moby learns what he must and mustn't do at the dance. Meanwhile, the students are also exposed to some polite expressions.
Must / Mustn't Polite Expressions and Requests
Cousin Larry, who's living in England, sends Ben a letter to say he's sorry that he won't be at grandmother's birthday party on 9/3. Ben and Moby look at the date and realize they have to organize the birthday party very quickly. When everything is ready, they learn they didn't have to work so quickly. Thanks to grandma's birthday and Ben's mistake, our ESL students learn about adverbs, the months and the English calendar.
Adverbs that describe verbs Adverbs that describe whole statements Months of the year Dates
Ben decided to build a tree house, but it isn’t going well. Moby comes to help! They have to plan and measure carefully. Together they build a great tree house. This is the second lesson on adverbs. It focuses on adverbs that modify adjectives and other adverbs. It also introduces the adverb well.
Adverbs that describe adjectives Adverbs that describe other adverbs
Ben is spending this year's 4th of July with his grandmother who lives in an old age home. The old age home is having a party, and Ben and Moby are going to help! While Ben and Moby are preparing for the party, we review the different topics presented in the unit, and learn a bit about American history and customs.
Adverb (Review) Present Progressive (Future Intent) (Review) Must / Mustn't (Review) Polite Expressions and Requests (Review)
Ben had a very strange experience. While he was putting on his clothes to go out, the weather kept changing. One minute the sun was shining, so Ben was going to go outside in his shorts. The next minute it was snowing, so he had to put on his coat and scarf. As the students learn why the weather kept changing, they are also introduced to the past progressive. This lesson focuses on the Past Progressive when it comes on its own or with another action that interrupts it.
Past Progressive Past Progressive (Interrupted Action)
Nikki has a new pet, a cat she named Lucky. Unfortunately, while Nikki was doing her homework last night, the cat ran away. Nikki's very sad, so her friends, Ben, Moby, Fighter and Ed, decide to help her look for the cat. They search everywhere. Where could she be? While the students accompany the friends on their search, they learn how to use the Past Progressive with actions that take place simultaneously.
Past Progressive (Parallel Actions)
Something is wrong with Fighter. He doesn't want to go for a walk, play, or eat. Ben and Moby are worried, and they decide to use the scientific method to find out what might be bothering Fighter. They make their hypothesis and conduct different experiments. As the students accompany Ben and Moby, they are exposed to the scientific method and learn the modals may, might, and (be) supposed to.
May and Might Supposed to Scientific Method
Ben doesn't feel well and Moby gives him some good advice about what he should do to get better. Things change when Ben realizes he has a fever. Now Ben ought to go to the doctor and follow her advice. As we accompany Ben to the doctor, the students learn the modals should, ought to and had better.
Ed needs somebody to babysit for his little sister, Abby. He calls Ben and Moby to see if they might be able to help. Ben isn’t sure that’s a good idea. He remembers what happened last time he and Moby babysat for Abby. As the students learn what happened, they review the grammar points presented in the unit.
Past Progressive (Review) Past Progressive (Interrupted Action) (Review) Past Progressive (Parallel Actions) (Review) May and Might (Review) Supposed to (Review) Should (Review) Ought to (Review) Had better (Review)
Ben and Moby go out shopping for lunch. Walking along the aisles at the supermarket makes both friends very hungry, but they're anxious to choose food items that will be both tastier and cheaper than others. As the students follow Ben and Moby at the supermarket, they learn how to use the comparative form of adjectives and adverbs.
As Ben, Moby, Nikki, and Ed look through a book of world records, they come across the strangest records. They learn about the heaviest lemon, the longest snake, and the fastest woman athlete. This inspires Moby to look for a record he can set, too. As our students follow Ben and his friends, they learn the superlative form of adjectives and adverbs.
Ben and Moby are out in the woods on a beautiful day in autumn. Ben is amazed by the beauty of the nature around him, but Moby thinks that taking a walk in the woods is very boring. Ben does his best to show Moby how exciting nature can be, but Moby isn't persuaded until something really frightening happens. In this lesson, the students learn the difference between adjectives that end in –ing and –ed.
Adjectives that end in –ed and -ing
Ben and Moby are going on a vacation. They are going to the beach for a whole week. Ben thinks they should catch the early bus, so they decide to meet at the bus station in the morning. While the friends are busy packing and planning their vacation, the students learn about word order and different prepositions of time.
Moby is helping Ben pick pictures for the yearbook. As they look through the photos, they remember funny, memorable, and silly situations.They look at the different categories in the yearbook and wonder who they should vote for this year. Moby is frustrated until he finds a suitable category for himself, too. This is a flashback lesson in which students practice and use the language points they learned throughout this unit.
Comparative Adjectives Comparative Adverbs Superlative Adjectives Superlative Adverbs Adjectives that end in –ed and -ing Word Order Prepositions of Time
Ben and Moby prepared a science project for their class about the life cycle of a butterfly. As they present their work to their classmates, the students learn about the butterfly life cycle while reviewing the past tense.
Review of the Past Tense (Past Progressive and Past Simple)
Ben and Moby are going to see a movie, but they can’t decide which one to see. After checking out the movie posters, they finally agree on one they think they will both enjoy. In this lesson, the students review the different ways to express the future in English.
Ben and Moby are packing their lunches for a picnic. Moby reminds Ben about recycling, using eco-friendly products, and being “green.” While the students learn along with Ben, they review the use of modal auxiliary verbs, as well.
Ben and Moby discuss the problem of endangered species and what is done to help save them. As students learn about the animals, they also learn to identify and practice the passive voice in the present simple.
Ben decides to join a long line of famous inventors. He and Moby discuss some inventions and the problems that were solved as a result. As Ben and Moby discover that being an inventor isn't easy, our students learn the passive in the past simple.
Ben and Moby create a comic book about life in the future. In it they describe everything from how vacations might be spent, to the ways music will be played. While the two friends explore these ideas, students are introduced to the Passive Voice in the Future and with different Modals.
Ben and Moby are deciding which music to download to Ben’s new music player. As they listen to different types of music, our students review the Passive Voice in Present and Past Simple, Present and Past Progressive, Future Tenses and Modals.
While visiting a carnival, a fortune teller uses a crystal ball to tell Ben about his future. While Ben’s future achievements are impressive, Moby’s are even more so. Who is this mysterious fortune teller? Students connect the dots to find out, while also learning about connecting words, or conjunctions.In the lesson plan, students will learn and use new vocabulary in multiple contexts. They will demonstrate an understanding of the different types of conjunctions, and listen for the correct conjunctions in a cloze activity while watching the movie.
Where is Moby? The clever robot hides by blending into Ben’s bedroom. Upon revealing himself, the two friends explore camouflage—what it is and why being invisible helps both predators and prey survive. What unusual animal changes color with its mood? Students find out and discover negative prefixes, too.In the lesson plan, students will explore, share, compare, and summarize the new content-specific vocabulary about camouflage in a word map activity. Students will also identify the negative prefixes used in the movie.
Summer has gone by quickly and Ben and Moby return to school tomorrow. From multi-colored notebooks to prewashed jeans, Ben has gone overboard with his back-to-school shopping! Students review Ben’s purchases and prefixes, too.In the lesson plan, students will sort new vocabulary words into categories in an open word sort. Students will also identify the prefixes in the movie and classify them on a chart, and explain a word with a prefix in a creative presentation.
Ben is suffering from a painful tooth. Is it a cavity? He is fearful that it might be. Luckily Moby comes with Ben to the dentist to offer his support. Students discover that a visit to the dentist can be painless as is learning about suffixes! In the lesson plan, students will participate in a Story Impression activity which integrates new vocabulary words. Students will then identify the suffixes in the movie and classify them on a chart, and predict what they think will happen in the movie based on their own background knowledge.
It’s stormy out and Moby is unhappy. But Ben convinces him that there are endless ways to have fun indoors, too. The friends decide to play a charades game that is both fun and educational. As students play alongside Ben and Moby, they review the unit’s grammatical points.In this lesson plan, students will sort new vocabulary words according to parts of speech in a closed word sort. They will also identify the affixes (prefixes and suffixes) and conjunctions in the movie. Finally, students will write and present a dialogue using the theme of the movie, Fun and Games.
Panting and puffing, Moby follows Ben up a mountain. Ben points out that it’s no Mount Everest. But, as Ben shares his knowledge of the tallest mountain in the world, students practice the present perfect and past simple.
Someone has been playing tricks on Ben and his friends, but who is it? Magnifying glass in hand, Ben plays the part of the detective. Will he crack the mystery? Students find out as they solve the mystery of present perfect progressive.
Moby plans to sell a toy train at Ben’s garage sale. But when Ben expresses interest in it, Moby offers it to him for free. As Ben gives a brief history of trains, students review the present and past perfect.
“Keep pedaling!” encourages Ben as Moby grunts and groans his way up a big hill. At the top, Moby wonders “What’s the point?” As Ben reminds him of the benefits of exercise and how our heart works, students listen for gerunds. It’s not until they zoom downhill that Moby truly understands why he went through all that hard work.
Ben and Moby are rowing merrily along when out of the pond jumps a cute, little fish. Moby wants to keep it as a pet, but Ben explains that taking an animal out of its natural habitat can lead to problems. As Moby learns about the pond and food chains, students listen for prepositions and gerunds.
What’s the probability that Moby will get one of the very few orange gumballs in the gumball machine? Ben calculates and discovers it’s not very likely. Moby’s only hope is that some of the green gumballs disappear. Will that happen? Watch to find out and practice infinitives along the way.
Everyone likes the idea of baking a cake, but no one wants to help. No one helps Ben shop. No one helps Ben bake. And, no one helps Ben clean up. But when it comes to EAT the cake, suddenly everyone wants to help!
Ben is trying to paint Moby’s portrait, but Moby won’t stay still! If he can just get Moby to focus on something, then maybe he has a chance. Listen for first conditional and time clauses as Ben shares his knowledge of art history with Moby. This does the trick! The big question is… what style is Ben painting Moby? Watch to find out.
First Conditional and Time Clauses
Tired of shoveling snow, Ben and Moby imagine living on a tropical island with its warm, gentle breezes and nothing to do but relax all day, drinking out of coconuts and swimming in the sea. If only it weren’t a dream! As you soak up the tropical sun with Ben and Moby, listen for second conditionals.
As they explore an ancient Egypt museum exhibit, Ben and Moby imagine what life was like at the time of pyramids, pharaohs, and mummies. Watch to find out why mummies and Moby don’t mix. And, practice the third conditional along the way.
Which toy plane will Ben and Moby enter in the contest? They experiment with each but in the end, Moby comes up with a creative solution. Zoom in on this movie and practice the different forms and meanings of wish and hope.
Lights! Camera! Action! Ben and Moby are filming a movie about their school for new students. The two are having so much fun reminiscing about their school days, that they don’t realize the mistake they’ve made. What is it? Watch to find out, and be sure to listen for relative pronouns and the phrase “used to.”
A true friend, Ben comes over to help Nikki who is suffering from a whopper of a cold. At first she is grateful for his efforts, but soon her demands spin out of control, leaving Ben feeling exhausted and unappreciated… until the very end. Take note of the questions and demands written by Nikki and reported by Ben.
Glow-in-the-dark wallpaper is just what the old tree house needs to make it a fun place to hang out again. But it’s trickier than it sounds. Ben and Moby will need to use their geometry smarts to calculate out how much wall paper they’ll need to make the tree house glow.
Review: Relative Pronouns Review: Used to Review: Reported Speech Review: Idioms