‘Eco-friendly Earthship home in Ontario’

gp1974 April 20, 2018


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Task description & scene summary

Task description:
Students watch and listen in order to complete two kinds of tasks - multiple choice and fill in the gap. The main goal is to teach vocabulary related to the environment and numbers.
Scene summary:
Craig is giving a short tour of the eco-friendly Earthship home he and his wife Connie built out of tires, bottles, cans, dirt and concrete.
Video length: 2 minutes 27 seconds
Video genre: Documentary film
Lesson type: Basic listening comprehension - Hearing check ("Can you make out the words being said?")
Student types:
Copyright license: iSLCollective Copyright License
First published: 2018-04-20, 12:22:22 (GMT+1)

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Video quiz questions (printable)

1) What is the cost of the Earthship home?

  • $7,000
  • $70,000
  • $17,000

2) Fill the gap.

Fill the gap: It’s like a big battery which saves ________________________ and gives it back to you.

3) In the wintertime the house stays between … .

  • 70-72 degrees
  • 20-27 degrees
  • 17-70 degrees

4) In the bathroom they have … .

  • a composting toilet, but no water
  • a composting toilet and bottled water
  • a composting toilet and rainwater

5) Fill the gap.

Fill the gap: In the concrete wall there are plenty of colourful ________________________

6) What fruit and vegetables do they grow inside the house?

  • potatoes, zucchini, broccoli, garlic and bananas
  • potatoes, tomatoes, onions, zucchini and bananas
  • potatoes, tomatoes, garlic, apples and bananas

7) Which sentence is true about the Earthship house?

  • The labour costs were much higher than the cost of materials.
  • The materials for the house were more expensive than for a typical house of the same size.
  • It used to be a fabulous house to live in.

Lesson plan


1. Listening for the main idea Read the title of this video. What materials do you think they used to build this house? Watch this video and check your answers.

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