Museum from the Future

Theresa Dash - author of the lesson   Theresa I January 04, 2021
General English, Speaking Lessons
Past, Future, Stories
B1 Intermediate
Past Simple, Used to / Get used to
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary, Listening
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
Museum from the Future | Easy English Lesson Plan

Lesson Overview

Only time will tell! In this lesson, students will discuss the future and life on Earth. This lesson features a video of a museum from the future that depicts funny stories of people and their lives from the past. Students will learn and practice the simple past tense and vocabulary relating to this topic. The lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Students will delve into the simple past tense, mastering its use to narrate past events, describe states and habits, and distinguish between "used to" and "would" for talking about the past. This focus will help them articulate stories and experiences more accurately.

  • Listening: Through a video featuring a whimsical look at objects and habits from our current era as viewed from the future, learners will enhance their ability to understand and interpret spoken English. The content will serve as a springboard for further discussion and analysis, sharpening their listening comprehension in a creative context.

  • Speaking: This lesson offers numerous opportunities for speaking practice, from warm-up discussions about symbols of our times to more in-depth debates on how lifestyles might change in the future. Students will engage in activities that encourage them to express opinions, share personal stories, and debate on a range of topics related to the lesson's theme.

  • Vocabulary: New vocabulary will be introduced and practiced, focusing on adjectives and phrases relevant to discussing past habits, technology, and lifestyle changes. Examples from the lesson include "outdoorsy," "hectic," "back-to-nature," and specific terms mentioned in the video, like "Rubik’s Cube" and "emojis," enriching students' lexical resources.

  • Homework: To consolidate the lesson's learning objectives, students will be assigned tasks that include choosing correct adjectives to describe lifestyles, identifying incorrect past simple forms, completing sentences with the past simple tense, choosing between "used to" and "would" for various scenarios, and creating narratives based on personal experiences.


The video presents a short commercial in which a museum from the future depicts stories of life on Earth in a humorous way. Learn about a torture device, an unsolvable game, and the clothing item that caused a civil war.

Video Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

behold [verb]: to observe or see
bounty [noun]: something in large amounts
unsolvable [adjective]: not possible to be solved
device [noun]: a machine or a piece of equipment
at a time [idiom]: during one period of time; at a specific time
vast [adjective]: huge
Chia Pet [noun]: figurines that sprouted chia and looked like animal fur, popular in the United States
hectic [adjective]: very busy
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