Who does what? – YouTube technique

In this YouTube-based activity, students watch a scene from an animated film and observe the actions performed by characters. The activity is suitable for low level primary students since the focus here is not on listening.

Leo Selivan

The technique can be used to review present tenses and vocabulary for daily routines and adapted for other cartoons or films.



  • Put students in pairs and hand out the worksheet. Ask students to tell their partner whether their mother or father does any of the activities in the box in the morning (can be changed to other family members / carers if necessary). Circulate and monitor.
  • Ask students if they have seen other cartoons from the Wallace & Gromit series. If they haven’t, explain who Wallace and Gromit are. Use a picture if possible. Explain that Wallace is a crazy scientist and Gromit is his loyal dog.
  • Tell the students to watch the scene carefully and mark W (Wallace) or G (Gromit) next to the activities in the box.
  • After watching, ask students to check the answers with their partner before checking it with the whole class. Encourage students to practise the 3rd person singular while checking their answers e.g. ‘Wallace reads the newspaper’.


W: wakes up, gets up, gets dressed, reads the post, eats toast
G: drinks tea, makes some toast, checks the calendar, collects the post, makes breakfast, reads the newspaper

Extension: language focus

You can draw students’ attention to the difference between wake up and get up by asking what happens first and how much time passes between the two. Also point out that toast in English is not countable. We make some toast or have a piece of toast for breakfast. Make a toast means raise a glass and drink to someone’s health, happiness, etc. Please note that the verbs in the activity are in the 3rd person singular. Students at this stage may have not mastered the third person singular ending; therefore the verbs are deliberately given with an –s at the end to aid the correct use during pair work.

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Submitted by Nicola Crowley on Mon, 06/20/2011 - 17:56


I love this activity. I stole it from Leo a year ago and used it with many classes including an elementary level class of football coaches!

Submitted by Mr. Carpin on Fri, 06/24/2011 - 00:10


Congrats for the idea! It looks so good and enjoyable doing in class!

Submitted by Sevak on Tue, 02/14/2012 - 15:45


I absolutely loved this one :) Thanks a lot for sharing! Will definitely try out :)

Submitted by Sally Trowbridge (not verified) on Fri, 02/17/2012 - 08:21

In reply to by Sevak


Thanks for your comments. Let us know how the activity goes in class.


Submitted by leosel on Mon, 02/20/2012 - 17:42

In reply to by Sally Trowbridge (not verified)


Dear all

Thank you for your comments and Sally, special thanks to you for taking the initiative and replying - I should really learn to respond more promptly to comments. Was just checking out your Parkour and Famous paintings lesson plans. Good stuff!



Submitted by tarzanwithkilt on Mon, 11/02/2015 - 19:37


I am going to use it tomorrow with my new students.

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