Mahdieh Noori Mahdieh Noori

Reading, a healthy heart
Elementary, A1/A2 level


In this lesson, students will work on some health issues and healthy and unhealthy activities. They read a text about "a healthy heart" and do gist and scan reading. Finally they talk about their own lifestyle and decide who has the healthiest lifestyle in class.


Abc healthy and unhealthy activities
Abc Matching activity
Abc The text

Main Aims

  • To provide gist and scan reading practice using a text about a healthy heart in the context of mind and body

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide fluency speaking practice in a conversation in the context of healthy and unhealthy lifestyle
  • To provide clarification of healthy and unhealthy lifestyle in the context of mind and body


Warmer/Lead-in (2-4 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

- Students will see some pics and try to make guesses about the teacher. -They try to come up with healthy and unhealthy lifestyle activities

Pre-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To prepare students for the text and make it accessible and prep-teach vocabulary

- Students match some healthy and unhealthy activities with some pictures in pairs. - While getting feedback, the teacher teaches the blocking words while checking the answers. - The students will put these activities in the healthy and unhealthy table in pairs. -They check the answers on the board.

While-Reading (8-9 minutes) • To provide students with less challenging gist reading tasks

- Students will see a picture in order to come up with "heart attack". - They will be given the reading text without the pictures and as gist reading, they should match each paragraph with each picture individually. -They check answers in pairs. - The teacher will ask justification.

While-Reading (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with more challenging scan reading tasks

- The students will read the text again to answer some questions. - They check their answers in groups. - Justify answers with the teacher.

Post-Reading (9-12 minutes) • To provide with an opportunity to respond to the text and expand on what they've learned

- The students will get back to the chart they made and start talking about their own lifestyle - In groups, they decide who has the healthiest lifestyle, they introduce that person to the class and will say why he/she is the healthiest person.

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