Carnivores vs. herbivores

      This lesson focuses on the difference between carnivores and herbivores. Students watch the video Triumph of the Herbivores, available from BBC Earth, about how herbivores escape being eaten by carnivores and then do one of the suggested follow-up activities.

      Topic: Animals; carnivores and herbivores

      Age: Teenage/adult

      Level: B1 and up

      Time: 45 – 60 mins


      • To practise listening for specific information
      • To discuss interesting facts about animals


      • To promote critical thinking skills (categorising and classifying)
      • To learn vocabulary related to animals including names of animals
      • To learn vocabulary related to food

      Youtube video: Triumph of the herbivores – Life of Mammals from BBC Earth

      Online game: http://switchzoo.com/games/pleasedofeedtheanimals.htm

      Plan components
      Lesson plan: download

      Worksheets: download

      By Leo Selivan

      The plans and worksheets are downloadable and in pdf format - right click on the attachment and save it on your computer.

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      Average: 3.6 (32 votes)


      ebriceno's picture
      Submitted on 24 July, 2013 - 15:53

      I consider this to be an excelent teaching material, especially because it helps me emphasise a multi task learning goal. It is of outmost importance the fact that it includes a video to complement the learning process. I has help me a lot with the young/mid-age adult learners.

      Paul Braddock's picture
      Paul Braddock
      TE Team
      Submitted on 25 July, 2013 - 09:25

      Hi again ebrecino - Thank you for your positive comments. I'm glad you like the lesson plan.


      froman1004's picture
      Submitted on 19 August, 2013 - 03:09

      Excelent lesson planning

      marianat's picture
      Submitted on 9 October, 2013 - 09:37

      Great lesson, thank you! However, I cannot find the video, please help!

      Thank you

      Sally Trowbridge's picture
      Sally Trowbridge
      TE Team
      Submitted on 11 October, 2013 - 08:01

      Good to hear that you like the lesson. The link to the video is working now.
      Best wishes,

      lloydmorin's picture
      Submitted on 1 December, 2013 - 18:58

      I found one minor error in the answers:

      'hoof (plural hooves) - two hard pointed growths on the heads of some animals

      horns - the hard part on the bottom of some animals’ foot'

      The definitions probably just got mixed up.

      Sally Trowbridge's picture
      Sally Trowbridge
      TE Team
      Submitted on 2 December, 2013 - 10:16

      Thanks! We've updated the lesson plan so the answers should be correct now.