Level 1 Unit 1
Lesson 1: Pronouns and Be
Hi, I’m Ben!
In the first movie, the students will meet BrainPOP ESL’s main characters, and also be introduced to the fundamental sounds and structures of the English language.
Personal Pronouns
Be: Present Tense, Affirmative
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Lesson 2: Be (Negative)
It Isn’t a Flower!
When Moby feels confused, his friends try to help him. The second movie uses an anecdote to introduce the negative form of the verb be.
Be: Present Tense, Negative
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Lesson 3: Be (Questions)
Who is a Magician?
In this lesson, Ben is surprised to learn that Moby is a magician. Through Ben’s questions, the students are introduced to the interrogative utilizing the verb be.
Be: Yes/No Questions
Be: Wh- Questions
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Lesson 4: Adjectives and Prepositions
Under the Big Desk!
When Ben’s small, red book disappears, the students follow him on his search, learning adjectives and prepositions of place along the way.
Adjectives: form and place in the sentence
Prepositions: basic prepositions of place
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Lesson 5: Commands
Run! Don’t Stop!
Ben coaches Moby in the Robot Olympics, as the students learn the structure of commands in English.
Commands: Affirmative
Commands: Negative
Commands: using “let’s” to make suggestions and requests
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Level 1 Unit 2Back to top
Lesson 1: Present Progressive
I’m Cleaning Now
While Ben is cleaning the room, Moby and the others are having fun outside. As Moby realizes that friendship means helping one another, our ESL students learn the Present Progressive.
Present Progressive: Affirmative
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Lesson 2: Present Progressive (Neg)
You’re Not Listening
A museum and its dinosaur exhibit serve as a setting for Ben and Moby to tackle museum regulations, and for our ESL students to learn the Present Progressive in the negative.
Present Progressive: Negative
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Lesson 3: Present Progressive (Ques)
Who’s Making Noise?
Why is Moby making so much noise? What is he cooking? As our ESL students find the answers to these questions, they also learn to ask such questions themselves.
Present Progressive: Yes/No Questions
Present Progressive: Wh- Questions
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Lesson 4: Stative Verbs
I Love The Poppers!
As Ben and Moby are listening to a rock band they love, they see that Mother is coming home. Now only Moby can save the day! The movie introduces the ESL students to the difference between Stative Verbs and verbs that take the –ing form.
Stative Verbs: Present Tense
Stative Verbs and Present Progressive, Compared
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Lesson 5: Flashback!
Ben Needs Help
Moby seems to be too busy to help his good friend Ben, but their friendship is so strong that Ben doesn’t take no for an answer. The movie reviews many of the lexical items and grammatical points in the unit.
Present Progressive: Review
Stative Verbs: Review
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Lesson 1: Definite and Indefinite Articles
An Egg in an Igloo
On a cloudy day, the two friends take a large beach umbrella and go out for a picnic. As our students find out if the umbrella was useful or not, they learn about the importance of these small words: the articles.
Definite Articles
Indefinite Articles
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Lesson 2: Adjectives and Nouns
Friends are Fair!
Inspired by the players, the cheerleaders and the spectators at a basketball game they watch on TV, Ben and Moby want to play the game too. This lesson is about plural nouns alongside a review and expansion on the subject of adjectives.
Adjectives II
Nouns: Singular and Plural
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Lesson 3: There is / There are
There are Monsters!
There are strange creatures in the park when Ben and Moby go there with their telescope. The lesson focuses on there is and there are in the positive, negative and question forms.
There is / There are
There isn’t /aren’t / There is no / There are no
Is there? / Are there?
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Lesson 4: Count / Non-count Nouns
Any Cookies?
“Is there any food in the house?” Ben and Moby return home and ask the same old question that children and teenagers all over the world ask. The lesson focuses on the differences between count and non-count nouns and on the use of some and any.
Count Nouns
Non-count Nouns
Some and Any
How much and How many
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Lesson 5: Flashback!
Let’s Go Outside!
What happens when Ben and Moby are tired of watching TV and venture out to do something more exciting? The lesson reviews much of the vocabulary, nouns, some determiners and there is/are.
Count and Non-Count Nouns: Review
There is / There are: Review
Singular and Plural Nouns: Review
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Lesson 1: Present Simple
We Like Mike!
Mike, Ben’s good friend, goes to Spain every summer. Mike’s weekly letters from Spain are a good opportunity to talk about languages and habitual activities using the Present Simple in the affirmative.
Present Simple: Affirmative
Time terms: every day, every week, every summer
Present Simple and Present Progressive, Compared
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Lesson 2: Present Simple (Negative)
We Don’t Need One
Moby wants to join Ben’s cool rock band. As Moby tries to see how he can be useful to the band, ESL students learn the Present Simple in the negative and are introduced to the structure of agent nouns in English.
Present Simple: Negative
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Lesson 3: Present Simple (Questions)
Does He Bite?
Together with Ben, we meet a new character, Moby’s pet dog. As Ben inquires about the dog’s habits, our ESL students learn how to build questions in the Present Simple.
Present Simple: Yes/No Questions
Present Simple: Wh- Questions
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Lesson 4: Have / Has
We Have a Good Time
Does Ben have a best friend? Ben tackles that question while Moby waits in anticipation for the inevitable and comforting answer. While Ben searches for his best friend, our ESL students learnhave/has in the Present Simple.
Have / Has: Affirmative
Have / Has: Negative
Have / Has: Questions
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Lesson 5: Flashback!
An Apple a Day…
This lesson focuses on the saying “An apple a day, keeps the doctor away” and its implications for both Ben and Moby. The lesson is a review of the Present Simple.
Present Simple: Review
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Lesson 1: Possessives
My Mom’s Pictures
Ben calls Moby to come and join him as he looks through his mother’s pictures. As the two friends look at the old pictures of the family and themselves, our students learn the possessives: the possessive adjective and the possessive noun.
Possessive Adjectives
Possessive Nouns
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Lesson 2: Tag Questions
It’s Nice, Isn’t It?
It’s Ed’s birthday, so Ben and Moby go to the mall to look for a gift for their friend. They don’t know what to get with the little money they have. While Ben tries to decide what he and Moby should get, he seeks Moby’s opinion by using tag questions.
Tag Questions using Be
Tag Questions using Do
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Lesson 3: Past Simple Be
I Was Shy
Who was the troublemaker when Ben and Moby were little kids? Was it Ben or Moby? It seems that Ben has lost his memory. While Moby helps Ben recall the facts, our students take their initial steps in the past tense with the verb be.
Past Simple Be: Affirmative
Past Simple Be: Negative
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Lesson 4: Past Simple Be (Questions)
Was it an Accident?
Moby had an accident and Ben wants to find out where, when and how it happened. Moby is a bit reluctant to disclose the circumstances but Ben insists. As Ben continues to inquire, our students are introduced to questions in the past simple using the verb be.
Past Simple Be: Yes/No Questions
Past Simple Be: Wh- Questions
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Lesson 5: Flashback!
Happy Birthday!
It’s Nikki’s birthday and Ben and Moby want to surprise her with something special. But, as often happens, good intentions don’t always work out. This setting serves as a springboard to review the topics of the unit, namely: the different forms of the possessive, tag questions and be in the past.
Past Simple, Be: Review
Tag Questions: Review
Possessives: Review
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Lesson 1: Past Simple (Regular Verbs)
The Thief Walked In!
Something strange happened to Ben last night when he arrived home from school. As Ben relates his scary experience to his best friend Moby, our students find out what happened and why Ben was so scared. Meanwhile, they are exposed to the Past Simple affirmative form of regular verbs.
Past Simple: Regular Verbs
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Lesson 2: Past Simple (Irregular Verbs)
I Had a Cool Dream!
Ben dreamed he was a sailor, sailing on his ship around the world with his good friend Moby. But when he woke up he realized that it was really just a dream. Or was it? As our ESL students follow Ben and Moby in Ben’s dream, they learn some irregular verbs in the past and some nationalities.
Past Simple: Irregular Verbs
Nationalities I
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Lesson 3: Past Simple (Negative)
I Didn’t Sleep
What happened when Ben didn’t sleep on Sunday night? As one thing led to another, each day that week brought its new unfortunate incident all because of that one sleepless night on Sunday. This movie is about school, the days of the week and the negative form of the Past Simple.
Past Simple: Negative
Days of the week
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Lesson 4: Past Simple (Questions)
What Did You Bring?
It’s spring, just the right time to go camping. As Ben and Moby sit outside their tents they look through their bags to see what they brought. What did they bring? Moby has three strange items in his bag. Why did he bring them? As our ESL students ask and find answers to these questions, they learn the four seasons and are introduced to the question form in the Past Simple.
Past Simple: Yes/No Questions
Past Simple: Wh- Questions
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Lesson 5: Flashback!
Who Had the Keys?
What happened when Ben and Moby had to go to a party and couldn’t find the house keys? Who had the keys last? At first the two friends blame each other, but then they retrace their steps from the moment they opened the door. As we follow the two in their search for the lost keys, our students review the Past Simple and find out where the keys were.
Past Simple: Review
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