Level 2 Unit 1
Lesson 1: Phrasal Verbs
Take Up a Hobby!
Ben shows Moby his big postcard collection. As the two friends go over Ben’s collection, they count the postcards and talk about the different countries. Ben explains how he looks up information about these countries and learns geography through his hobby. Moby and our ESL students learn why hobbies are worthwhile, as well as a few phrasal verbs, counting up to a hundred and some more nationalities.
Phrasal Verbs
Nationalities II
Numbers 1-100
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Lesson 2: This / That / These / Those
Where Do These Go?
The librarian wants to open a new research library and needs help putting the books in alphabetical order. The work must be finished before three o’clock. Ben and Moby are eager to help, but will they be able to do all the work in time? This setting is a good opportunity to introduce the demonstratives, to teach how to tell time and to remind our students of the correct order of the alphabet.
This / That / These / Those
Alphabetical Order
Telling Time
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Lesson 3: Object Pronouns
Monsters Scare Me!
Ben reads Moby a scary story when they’re on their camping trip at night. Ben falls asleep in the middle of the story. He hears weird noises. Is it the new Frankenstein monster? As our ESL students follow Ben and Moby deep into the forest, they learn more irregular verbs in the Past Simple tense and are introduced to object pronouns.
Object Pronouns
Irregular Verbs II
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Lesson 4: Reflexives and Can
Can It Feed Itself?
Nikki has a new puppy and Ben is looking after it. Moby is interested to find out what the cute puppy can do. Together with Moby, our students learn about different kinds of mammals. They also learn about reflexive pronouns and the modal verb can in its positive, negative and interrogative forms.
Can: Present Simple
Reflexive Pronouns
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Lesson 5: Flashback!
Old Dog, New Tricks
Ben and Moby decide to take Fighter to the school dog show. Fighter has an hour to practice. His chances of winning seem very promising, but can he perform his tricks when it’s show time? As we follow Fighter’s training, our ESL students review the grammatical points in the unit.
Phrasal Verbs: Review
Can: Present Simple, Review
Object Pronouns: Review
This / That / These / Those: Review
Reflexive Pronouns: Review
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Level 2 Unit 2Back to top
Lesson 1: Going to/Possessive Pronouns
The Future is Ours!
Ben and Moby are at a school fair called “Jobs of the Future.” As they walk around, they get a glimpse of what their friends are going to be in the future. Thinking about their future careers is exciting to both of them. This is an opportunity for our ESL students to join Ben and Moby and learn to use the future tense in English. This lesson also introduces our students to the possessive pronouns. The future is theirs!
Future: Going to
Possessive Pronouns
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Lesson 2: Future: Will
What Will I Do?
There are elections for school president and Ben wants to be elected. He already has some ideas of what he will do as school president. However, when Moby opens the box of suggestions sent by the students, Ben realizes it won’t be so easy to please everyone.
Future: Will
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Lesson 3: The Modal “Can”
People Can’t Fly!
Ben wants to fly like the birds, but realizes it is impossible. He and Moby discuss people’s interest in flying. They talk about Leonardo da Vinci’s plans and thoughts, and the Wright Brothers’ first successful flights. Maybe they will be able to build an airplane one day!
Can: Past Simple
Can: Future
Ordinal Numbers
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Lesson 4: The Modal “Have to”
I Have to Practice
Ben and Moby are learning about William Shakespeare. Everyone in class has to present a short part of one of the plays. Ben had to work hard to learn his part. Moby already knows his part! It’s very scary.
Have to
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Lesson 5: Flashback!
We Can Be Waiters
Ben’s Uncle Joe has a farm and a restaurant. He grows everything he cooks on his farm. Ben, Moby and friends visit Uncle Joe’s restaurant. The waiter shows them to their table and just as they choose their food, Uncle Joe whispers something in Ben’s ear. As the students follow Ben and Moby on their visit to the restaurant, they review the grammar points in the unit.
Future Tense: Review
Modals: Review
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Level 2 Unit 3Back to top
Lesson 1: Present Prog. (Future Intent)
I’m Running a Race!
Ben and his team are running in the marathon next week. While Ben is busy practicing, Moby and the ESL students learn what a marathon is. When Ben unexpectedly fails to finish the city marathon, he realizes that he will have to practice really hard for next year’s marathon. But next year he won’t be alone.
Present Progressive (Future Intent)
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Lesson 2: Must / Mustn’t
You Must be Polite!
Ben and Moby must practice for the dance on Saturday night. As Ben and Moby practice the steps, Moby learns what he must and mustn’t do at the dance. Meanwhile, the students are also exposed to some polite expressions.
Must / Mustn’t
Polite Expressions and Requests
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Lesson 3: Adverbs
A Late Date Mistake
Cousin Larry, who’s living in England, sends Ben a letter to say he’s sorry that he won’t be at grandmother’s birthday party on 9/3. Ben and Moby look at the date and realize they have to organize the birthday party very quickly. When everything is ready, they learn they didn’t have to work so quickly. Thanks to grandma’s birthday and Ben’s mistake, our ESL students learn about adverbs, the months and the English calendar.
Adverbs that describe verbs
Adverbs that describe whole statements
Months of the year
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Lesson 4: More Adverbs
It’s Almost Perfect!
Ben decided to build a tree house, but it isn’t going well. Moby comes to help! They have to plan and measure carefully. Together they build a great tree house. This is the second lesson on adverbs. It focuses on adverbs that modify adjectives and other adverbs. It also introduces the adverb well.
Adverbs that describe adjectives
Adverbs that describe other adverbs
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Lesson 5: Flashback!
Fun on the 4th
Ben is spending this year’s 4th of July with his grandmother who lives in an old age home. The old age home is having a party, and Ben and Moby are going to help! While Ben and Moby are preparing for the party, we review the different topics presented in the unit, and learn a bit about American history and customs.
Adverbs: Review
Present Progressive (Future Intent): Review
Must / Mustn’t: Review
Polite Expressions and Requests: Review
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Level 2 Unit 4Back to top
Lesson 1: Past Prog.: Interrupted Action
Suddenly it Started
Ben had a very strange experience. While he was putting on his clothes to go out, the weather kept changing. One minute the sun was shining, so Ben was going to go outside in his shorts. The next minute it was snowing, so he had to put on his coat and scarf. As the students learn why the weather kept changing, they are also introduced to the past progressive. This lesson focuses on the Past Progressive when it comes on its own or with another action that interrupts it.
Past Progressive
Past Progressive (Interrupted Action)
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Lesson 2: Past Prog.: Parallel Actions
Looking for Lucky
Nikki has a new pet, a cat she named Lucky. Unfortunately, while Nikki was doing her homework last night, the cat ran away. Nikki’s very sad, so her friends, Ben, Moby, Fighter and Ed, decide to help her look for the cat. They search everywhere. Where could she be? While the students accompany the friends on their search, they learn how to use the Past Progressive with actions that take place simultaneously.
Past Progressive (Parallel Actions)
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Lesson 3: May/Might, (Be) Supposed to
This Might Solve It!
Something is wrong with Fighter. He doesn’t want to go for a walk, play, or eat. Ben and Moby are worried, and they decide to use the scientific method to find out what might be bothering Fighter. They make their hypothesis and conduct different experiments. As the students accompany Ben and Moby, they are exposed to the scientific method and learn the modalsmaymight, and (be) supposed to.
May and Might
Supposed to
Scientific Method
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Lesson 4: Should/Ought to/Had better
I Should See a Doctor
Ben doesn’t feel well and Moby gives him some good advice about what he should do to get better. Things change when Ben realizes he has a fever. Now Ben ought to go to the doctor and follow her advice. As we accompany Ben to the doctor, the students learn the modals should,ought to and had better.
Ought to
Had better
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Lesson 5: Flashback!
We Might Babysit
Ed needs somebody to babysit for his little sister, Abby. He calls Ben and Moby to see if they might be able to help. Ben isn’t sure that’s a good idea. He remembers what happened last time he and Moby babysat for Abby. As the students learn what happened, they review the grammar points presented in the unit.
Past Progressive: Review
Past Progressive (Interrupted Action): Review
Past Progressive (Parallel Action): Review
May and Might: Review
Supposed to: Review
Should: Review
Ought to: Review
Had better: Review
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