Category Archives: Original Lesson Plans

Eco-Travel Project (11th grade)

You must create a vacation plan and beautiful marketing poster that will be attractive to students from our school. To do so, use the template provided:

1 – Click on this link to download the template. Save it on the desktop (or better, on a pen drive) and give it a file name that includes your teachers name.

2 – When it is time to submit your project, upload your file on the Hub website (click here).

3 – Here is the Rubric for this project.

More information:

Watch this video about a cool Eco-travel opportunity in Chile

And, read this article from WWF with tips for traveling.


Art Appreciation – 10th Grade Final English Evaluation

This year’s final project for 10th grade will be about evaluating art. Here are some useful links:

Rubric and Instructions

Remember that you have THREE things to prepare for:

The panel:

-Practice by looking up new examples of art on the internet and analyzing them with your friends. (You can see winning art from ArtPrize here.) Remember to make comments about all three “C’s” and learn relevant vocabulary to help you express your ideas.

The formal presentation:

-Prepare your powerpoint according to the instructions.

When you finish your PowerPoint for the individual Formal Presentation, INCLUDE YOUR TEACHER’s NAME AND YOUR CURSO IN THE FILE NAME, and please send it to the English Hub Website here. 

The vocabulary quiz:

-Complete the vocabulary worksheet by thinking of terms that are related to YOUR favorite kinds of art, or the art you might see in the panel. You can steal terms from Quizlet and use that website to study: Useful Vocabulary. 

You MUST have the original paper to complete the quiz. If not, you will receive a list of words from Mr. VanderZee based on the website.

See schedule below:

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Older Students Teaching the Younger Ones

To start the year, a couple of our classes had special projects to reinforce basic vocabulary and also give instructions and use English in an authentic way during special activities with their younger peers. 9th graders prepared paper dolls and “Guess Who” games to help teach first graders clothing vocabulary, and 12th grade students prepared children’s poetry to share with some 3rd and 4th grade classes. Enjoy the pictures and resource links below!

To learn more about poetry for Children, we used some wonderful resources from the website of acclaimed North American children’s poet Shel Silverstein, check it out!

6th and 7th Grade Infographics

Instructions for 6th and 7th grade Infographic Project:

Consider the example above. What makes it an infographic? What could you add to make it more informative?

1. Download the vertical or horizontal template to your computer:

Vertical Infographic

Horizontal Infographic

2. Create your infographic. You MUST include:

-one of the boxes with your names and teacher in a corner

-the box with the sources, in any place you prefer

3. When you are completely finished, upload the file to this link.



Complementario Instagram Contest

Next month, to prepare for our English Day Trivia Contest, I will post fun facts about the English Day countries on Instagram. Some of you prepared something similar last year. The idea is to use powerpoint to produce 3, 4, or 5 squares with attractive images and text that share something interesting about the country. (See examples below.)

At random times in the next two months, I will post your images on the Hub Instagram, and the country with the most total likes for their images will earn points for English Day, and I will bring homemade brownies or cookies to the winners in this class. So having 5 is an advantage, and make sure they are attractive so that your classmates will “like” each of your posts.

This is your ONLY class to work on these images. So, make sure to be efficient and make all 5 if you have time. Finally, it is MANDATORY to include a reference to show where you got the information. If you do not have any source, I will not post your image. Also, you may not just copy and paste one image or infographic you found online. You have to create something new. When you download the file, you will see my examples and the way I combined text and images as an example.

First, download this file as the template (the slides must be squares!). Then make your images, and email the file to Mr. VanderZee at the end of the hour (








9th Grade Minimum Wage Project

Your job is to compare the minimum wage and cost of living in Chile with those statistics from the English Day countries.

You can find information about the national minimum wage for each country on this spreadsheet.

Then, you can use this website to find out what the costs of living are in cities in your assigned country. You do NOT need to create an account to access the information. Choose an attractive city where you might be able to survive on the minimum wage. This other tool also gives some specific prices you can use to estimate rent, transportation, and food costs.

You can download or made a copy of this spreadsheet to compare costs between Chile and your country.


Here is the link to the video we saw in class.

We Are All Sisters and Brothers

Last week the 2nd grade students visited the Hub with their religion teachers to finish their lesson “We are all sisters and brothers.” The students discussed how God made everything and everyone, and so even people who are different than us are our brothers and sisters.

First, we watched and discussed the awesome YouTube video “Ode to Earth” showcasing some of the most unique people and places in creation. Then, we identified ways we are different from one another in the class–some are the oldest in their family, and some are the youngest. Some have a pet dog, others do not. Some are taller than others, and we have different hair and different favorite colors. Students were challenged to find someone different than themselves in each category, and tell one another “God made you, and you are my brother/sister.”

Next, we considered people from around the world. Students looked at pictures around the classroom showing diverse families from many countries. After observing similarities and differences in the pictures, students marked a paper under each one with a colorful fingerprint to show “These are my brothers and sisters” while repeating the phrase. When they had used all ten fingers, they knew it was time to return to our circle. We discussed some of the things we saw that surprised us and remembered that God made all these people.

Finally, we reviewed a PowerPoint with faces inspired by the photographs of Jorge Brantmayer and recited to each image “This is my sister/brother because God made him/her.” Finally, students approached a projected wall of many faces, choose someone different from themselves, and recited the same phrase individually, marking that face with a post-it.