This lesson plan for teachers of teenage and adult students at level A2 and above is based on the theme of water shortage. Students will discuss the use of water and give advice on conservation.


This lesson looks at the causes of water shortages locally and internationally, and learners will produce a poster giving advice on saving water in the home or in the school.


Water shortages




60-90 minutes


  • To talk about the use of water in every day life
  • To give advice to others on their role in water conservation

Plan components

Lesson plan: guide for teacher on procedure including answers to tasks.

Download lesson plan 100k pdf

Worksheets: materials which can be printed out for use in class. These worksheets contain:

  • Game boards
  • Picture cards
  • Ten ways to save water

Download worksheets 313k pdf

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Submitted by alicestanleyis… on Wed, 03/24/2010 - 22:50


I used this with a class of eight 11-13 year old Italian learners who are at level A2.  I used miming and realia to elicit verbs and sentences such as 'to water the plants' and 'You are watering the plants'.  I then drilled the form of the Present Continuous questions needed for the Bingo activity, i.e 'Is she watering the plants?' before I gave out the bingo activity materials.  I found this helped as a revision of known lexis, and to introduce new items such as 'to flush the toilet'.  The class was 80 minutes long and there wouldn't have been time to do the poster activity, even if I had intended to.  I found the class enjoyed the topic, and it usefully and realistically revised the structures and uses of the Present Continuous and of 'should' for advice.

A well put together lesson which is well worth the preparation.  It's good to see a lesson at this level that is interesting to younger teenagers.

Submitted by Gulshan Huseynli on Fri, 05/06/2011 - 13:43


Today I used this lesson in my class of teenagers. They liked bingo game with cut-ups and boards and also the activity where they were assigned to put 8 pictures in order according to which they think use the most water. As we don't have enough time I asked them to choose only 3 ones. The activity 10 ways of saving water also was good. But we didn't have time to do the poster and write letter to the local authority.  I also think that these activities beyond my students level. Thank you for this lesson plan.

Submitted by agayeva shefeq7394 on Tue, 05/24/2011 - 10:28


I would like to try this lesson with my 7th form, although I should take into account that in my country it is nearly the end of the shool year.That is why the lesson should have been selected with a lot of attention because students' motivation can be lost easily if given tasks are not appropriate to their grade , it will quickly bore learners.I liked worksheets.They have good organized.Hopefully, they will be helpful.thankss

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