Breaking News – the Coronavirus!
understand the basic principles of acute respiratory infections;
understand how to assess the risk of infection and basic hygiene measures to protect against infection;
to develop listening for gist and details;
to develop student’s reading skills;
to practice speaking and giving opinions


1. Cards with words; student worksheets; a recording of a song; a video.
2. Internet links a) video
b) a song

Warm up
When do we have to call a doctor?
What does the doctor examine?
What does he diagnose?
Introducing the topic «The Coronavirus»

1. Vocabulary

The students get cards with words and phrases and give the explanation of them in English.

  • Fever — (an illness or a medical condition in which you have a very high temperature)
  • Cough — (a medical condition that makes you cough a lot)
  • Shortness of breath — (the feeling of not getting enough air when you are breathing)
  • Muscle ache — (fairly strong pain in muscles)
  • Сonfusion — (a state in which people do not understand what is happening or what they should do) Headache — (pain inside your head)
  • Sore throat — (a condition in which your throat is red and feels painful, especially when you swallow)

2. Reading

Students read the text and check if there were right answering the questions at the beginning of the lesson (warming up)

When we are ill, we call the doctor, and he examines us and diagnoses the illness (or disease). When we have a headache, a stomachache, a sore throat, a cold or a pain in some part of the body, we call a doctor. He takes our temperature and our pulse. He examines our heart, our lungs, our stomach or the part where we have a pain and tells us what is the matter with us. He says: “You have a slight temperature”, or “You have the flu”, or “You have caught a cold”.

3. Answer the questions.

When do people most often feel ill with the flu?
Have you ever fallen ill with the flu?
What are the symptoms of the flu? Do you sneeze or cough?
Was your nose running?
Did you have a high temperature?
Did you have a fever? Did you call a doctor?

4. Write symptoms of the flu:

High temperature that lasts at least five days.
Pain in the muscles and joints.
General weakness.
Loss of appetite.
A cough that may last more than two weeks.
Runny nose.

5. CORONAVIRUS (COVID – 19) (staying healthy)

The students look at the slide and express their opinion what it is in the picture and answer the questions. 3e
What is the virus? (a very small living thing that causes infectious illnesses)
 What do you know about the coronavirus? (students’ answers)
It can be scary to hear about a disease outbreak, but learning the facts can help ease your mind.

6. You can help stop COVID – 19 by knowing signs and symptoms. What are the symptoms? (Slide2):
Shortness of breath

But these symptoms do not necessarily mean you have the illness.

7. Compare the symptoms of the flue and the coronavirus and analyze the data.
The students make a conclusion:
The symptoms of COVID – 19   are similar to other illnesses that are much more common, such as a cold and the flu.

8. Watch a video (a movie transcript is given) and answer the question:
How to prevent the spread of the coronavirus?
What must you do?
Why is it important to get the facts and ask questions about the coronavirus?
Where can you find the truthful information?

9. Let’s sing our song “Wash Your Hands Song” with Miss Jenny (link — and try to think of more ideas when you must wash your hands)

10. Summarize the main points of protection (Presentation)    

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after going to the bathroom; before eating; and after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing. If soap and water aren’t available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
  • Don’t touch your face (especially your eyes, nose and mouth)
  • Stay home for any respiratory illness (and consult your doctor)  
  • If you are at school you should tell school staff as soon as you don’t feel well
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Facemasks should be used by people who show symptoms of COVID-19 to help prevent the spread of the disease to others. (Health workers should wear masks!)
  • Clean frequently touched objects and surfaces.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Air the room
  • Look for truthful information

10. Now you know the rules how not to get sick.  Your home task is to draw a poster “How I Can Help Protect Myself”

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