This is a Flipped Classroom lesson plan. In a nutshell, it means that first part of the lesson needs to be done by students at home. Learn more about flipped classroom and how we implement it in those lesson plans in our post.


This flipped classroom worksheet is about beekeeping in cities and bees’ impact on our lives. The worksheet is based on a TED talk (13-min long) by Noah Wilson-Rich who thinks that urban beekeeping plays a role in revitalizing cities as well as a species.


Pre-class activities include a task in which students have to guess the synonyms of the provided words. To make it easier, they have the first letter of each word. After completing the task with their own guesses, they should watch the first part of the video and check their answers by finding right words in the video. 

Next, they move to a listening comprehension activity. They need to watch the whole video and answer 6 questions. You can check their answer at the beginning of the class or make your students compare and check their answers in pairs.


First of all, during the class, students need to discuss the speaker’s ideas. They get questions about beekeeping in cities, protection of bees and their own attitude towards urban gardens. These questions should not only check whether they have done their homework, but also engage them further in the topic.  

Then, there is a task focusing on animal similes. First, students look at one phrase and its meaning. After studying it, they need to complete other phrases with animals from the box.  

Finally, there is a practical exercise. Students choose 3 of the animal similes they’ve completed. They work in pairs and tell stories or describe situations and use selected similes.


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  1. I love this topic as it’s very current but please can we check grammar/sentence structure in the questions in the student version?

    For example: 3b Why do beehives in the cities are hidden?

    Also, quick questions in regards to the use of ”the cities”, are they specific cities or cities in general? If they are cities in general, please take out the article ”the” in the questions – thank you!

    Love this website – the content is fantastic. Thanks for all your hard work!

    1. OMG 🤦🤦🤦 what an embarrassment! I don’t know how this version went live. Sorry for that and thanks for pointing it out. I went through those worksheets a second ago, updated the files and posted new versions.

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