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Dumb Ways to Die – #ESL lesson plan

  • Look at this picture. What do you think happened to the characters?

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This picture is from a song called ‘Dumb Ways to Die’.

  • What do you think it means by ‘dumb’?

– dumb is an adjective to describe someone or something as silly or stupid.

  • Look at these 4 pictures and discuss in pairs how you think the four characters died.

  • Now listen to the song and check if you were right. (First 20 seconds only)

– Class feedback – did you guess correctly?

  • Now listen to the rest of the song. There are 17 MORE ways to die. Try to remember as many as possible.
  • Discuss with your partner and write down as many ‘Dumb Ways to Die’ that you can remember.

– Class feedback – how many did you remember?

  • Read the lyrics to the song and insert the correct missing word to the end of each sentence.
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Dumb Ways to Die

Set fire to your                                    
Poke a stick at a grizzly                                 
Eat medicine that’s out of                   
Use your private parts as piranha                  

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die, dumb ways to di-i-i-ie, so many dumb ways to die

Get your toast out with a                    
Do your own electrical                                    
Teach yourself how to                                    
Eat a two week old unrefrigerated                 

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die, dumb ways to di-i-i-ie, so many dumb ways to die

Invite a psycho-killer                          
Scratch a drug dealer’s brand new                
Take your helmet off in outer             
Use your clothes dryer as a hiding                 

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die, dumb ways to di-i-i-ie, so many dumb ways to die

Keep a rattlesnake as a                                 
Sell both your kidneys on the                         
Eat a tube of                           
“I wonder what’s this red button do?”

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die, dumb ways to di-i-i-ie, so many dumb ways to die

Dress up like a moose during hunting                                    
Disturb a nest of wasps for no good                          
Stand on the edge of a train station                           
Drive around the boom gates at a level crossing
Run across the tracks between the platforms
They may not rhyme but they’re quite possibly

Dumbest ways to die
Dumbest ways to die
Dumbest ways to di-i-i-ie
So many dumb
So many dumb ways to die

“Be safe around trains. A message from Metro.”

– Pair feedback – check with the person next to you and compare your answers.

  • Now listen to the song again and check your answers.
  • Follow on task – in groups discuss and think of 4 more ‘Dumb Ways to Die’.

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