Shop ’til You Drop!! Shopping in America

ROLE PLAY: It’s Chritmas Eve! You need to buy presents for your entire family AND get food for the party AND buy a new party outfit. Plan your day in Austria…where would you go to buy these things?

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Let’s name some American stereotypes. Do any of these stereotypes match up with the shopping lifestyle?

“Retail therapy. Shopping. Eye candy bliss. As you travel the country near and far for business or pleasure, you’ll most like engage in a certain American pastime: Shopping at the mall” –

Shopping Mall

Some people find it overwhelming enough to need to tips:

Walmart, A new Kind of Store:

But it does give rise to some bad stereotypes…

Malls in the USA:

Malls near me:

ROLE PLAY 2: The same situation as above, but this time use one of the mall websites. Where would you shop in America?


What is allowed? What is not allowed?

What do you think each of these signs means?

Now if you were to run your own country, what would you allow??


Discussing Art

Discussion qwuestions (from ESL Lesson Plans):

1) Have you got any pictures on your wall at home? In your room? How did you choose them?
2) How important is art to you?
3) Have you ever been to an art gallery or museum? Did you enjoy it?
4) Do you think art gallieries and museums should be free?
5) What type of art is your favorite? (abstract, classical, sculpture etc.)
6) Who is your favorite artist? What is your favorite piece of art?

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The Great Wave off Kanagawa: Katsushika Hokusai, Japan, 1830-1833

Nighthawks: Edward Hopper, America, 1942

Poppies Blooming, Claude Monet, France, 1873

Self-Portrait, Frida Kahlo, 1940

Jackson Pollock, America, 1940

Venus de Milo, 130-100 BC, Greece, Alexandros from Antioch

The Kiss, Gustav Klimt, Austria, 1907

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Reconstruction of the temple in Jerusalem, 1460


What can be art?
Architecture? Books? Poetry?
Video Games?


Weather Keywords

First a look at the weather:

Tornado Season in the Midwest:
The Great Plains, where tornados are made!

What’s the difference between a hurricane and a tornado?

Activity: Guess what the weather idiom means!

1) I see him once in a blue moon.

2) I am up on cloud nine today!

3) She’s a real fair-weather friend.

4) It’s raining cat’s and dogs today!

5) It never rains, but it pours!

6) You think we’re ok, but it’s just the eye of the storm.

7) I am really feeling under the weather today.

8) I am completely snowed in at work!

9) What’s up with him? He’s got a face like thunder today.

10) She completely stole my thunder tonight!

11) Can we take a rain-check on that?

12) I am saving my money for a rainy day.

13) That exam was a breeze!

14) He threw caution to the wind when he quit his job!

15) He caused a real storm in a teacup over his lost sock.

Unscramble the names:

The USA vs. UK

1) Here is a powerpoint showing some words, stereotypes and foods that differ between the USA and UK. See if you can guess which is which:

The UK vs USA