How to live 100 years and more

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longevity lesson plan


This flipped lesson plan is based on a video about the Blue Zones, i.e. places in the world where people live the longest, and factors that contribute to good health and a long life. This longevity lesson plan will make your students work at home on a video as well as on forming nouns from adjectives. In class, students will have plenty of opportunities to talk, and learn some phrases connected with health, as well as practice their word formation skills.

B2 / Upper Intermediate45 minFlipped LessonUnlimited Plan

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


First, at home students need to read a short text about Dan Buettner who is an author of such bestsellers as The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, The Blue Zones Solution: Eating and Living Like the World’s Healthiest People, and answer two questions to check whether they understand the term Blue Zones. Next, they study a short table presenting how we form nouns from adjectives in English. To put it in practice, students have to complete one word formation task. Finally, they watch a video and answer some comprehension questions.


You start your classes with one activity which aim is to verify what students remember from the video they’ve watched at home. The video presented the so-called Power 9, i.e. 9 aspects we need to follow to have a healthy and long life. Students need to look at the list, discuss and give more details about each point. Moreover, they also need to say which of these principles they find most important to follow. Next, students move to a word formation task. They have to change the form of the words in bold to express a similar meaning in the second sentence. After doing that, students discuss the sentences they formed as all of them are connected with the topic of this lesson plan and concern a healthy lifestyle and longevity.
The last two tasks deal with various phrases that we can use when talking about our good shape, health and energy. There are such phrases as be up and about, be as fit as a fiddle, walk with a spring in one’s step, etc. Students have to match underlined phrases in six first sentences to underlined words and phrases in six other sentences that have similar meanings. Finally, this longevity lesson plan ends with a short discussion with questions containing phrases from the previous exercise.



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  1. Cecilia

    Thank you so much for all the efforts!

    1. Justa

      Thank you Cecilia 🙂

  2. Hana

    Dear Justa, I love your lessons and they have been a life saver! I just wanted to check is there a way we can download the e-lesson plans´power point presentations? I need it to be more organized and effective.
    Thank you and I hope you got back from Argentina safe and sound.

    1. Justa

      Hi Hana! Thank your for your comment. Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, we had to cancel our trip, but hope to do it in the future when we are all safe again 🙂
      When it comes to e-lesson plans, you have two options to get an editable version of this presentation:
      1. Click File > Make a copy > Entire presentation [this way you’ll get your own Google Drive version]
      2. Click File > Download > Microsoft Powerpoint

  3. Aisling

    Hi Justa, thanks for all the lessons. I’m wondering about the last section, the phrase to ‘make someone up and about’ sounds strange to my ears. I’m British and I’m pretty sure we don’t use this collocation. I think we’d use ‘get someone up and about’ though.

    1. Justa

      Thank you for the comment, Aisling! Yeah, I’ve just changed it in all worksheets and I assume I used ‘make’ because I thought about a completely different aspect, but now I can see that it doesn’t work there. Still, hope you enjoyed this lesson plan 🙂

  4. Ann

    This was a great lesson! I love that you include popular idioms and its meaning. The ESL students were not familar with phrases like “fit as a fiddle”. They then saw Pink mentioning this expression in her interview with Ellen and instantly related back to this lesson.

    The video with Ellen is here:

    1. Justa

      Glad to hear that! And thanks for the link 🙂

  5. Hazel

    Hello – I really like this lesson and there are lots of potential follow-up activities, if students are interested. I think there is a small typo on the last sentence on slide 15 of the eLesson Plan – shouldn’t it be “… going every day is their willingness ……”?

    1. Stan

      Good to hear that Hazel! I think there are many ways you can develop a follow-up topic/lesson. BTW – I agree we were missing an article or possessive determiner there. We’ve just fixed that so thanks for letting us know.

  6. Joanne

    This is a great lesson and video, However, I can’t put on subtitles or a find a transcript for it. Am I missing something or are they simply not available?

  7. Stan

    Unfortunately, that’s true. The video has no subtitles added (even auto-generated ones).


    I would like to know if I can download the worksheets free

    It is an excellent unit! Congratulations

    1. Justa

      This lesson plan is only available for our Unlimited Plan subscribers. If you want to become one, you can read more about the benefits of this plan here. Or you can browse through our librery of free lesson plans.

  9. ozzysem

    that is awesome thanks for your efforts

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