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Lesson 8: The Secret of Youth
I do weight-training in the afternoon.

I can read and understand an article about staying young.

INTRODUCE

Many people look for ways to stay young.

PRESENT

STEP A VOCABULARY

I. Listen and repeat.

take a bath

go to bed early

stretch

do weight-training

have a small meal

take a supplement

II. Which of the things above do you do?

III. Practice reading the words.

/b/

/m/

bath

math

bed

met

bug

mug

STEP B GRAMMAR TIP

Use at and in to talk about parts of the day.

In general, you can use in to talk about parts of the day.

 

 

in

the morning


the afternoon


the evening

  • I have a small meal in the morning.
  • I take a bath in the evening.

You can use at to talk about more specific parts of the day. You can also use at with night.

 

 

 

 

at

lunchtime


noon


dinnertime


midnight


night

  • I have a small meal at lunchtime.
  • I take a bath at night.

UNDERSTAND

READING

Saori is reading a magazine article.

I’m 35 years old, but people say I look 25. I take care of my body very well. Here are my secrets:

  • I always eat natto in the morning. It’s really good for your skin.
  • I do weight-training in the afternoon. It helps my posture.
  • I take a bath at night. I relax in the bathtub for one hour.
  • I always go to bed early so I can sleep for at least eight hours.

TRIVIA

In Japanese, you say hayaoki wa sanmon no toku (早起きは三文の徳). In English, there is a similar saying: Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise!

PRACTICE

STEP A EXERCISE

Are the underlined words grammatically correct? If not, correct them.

  1. I do weight-training at the evening.
  2. I take a bath in the morning.
  3. I have a small meal in dinnertime.
  4. I take a supplement at the morning.
  5. I go to bed early at night.

STEP B EXERCISE

Make sentences with at or in using the words in parentheses. The form of some words may need to be changed.

  1. (I / stretch / the evening)
  2. (he / have a small meal / noon)
  3. (I / take a bath / the afternoon)
  4. (she / take a supplement / dinnertime)
  5. (we / do weight-training / the morning)

CHALLENGE

Challenge 1

Your friend just turned 40 and is worried about looking old. He/She asked you for tips on staying young.


Read a blog post about how to stay young. Then, tell your friend about it.

Today's grammar tip

  • at
  • in

Mama in Japan

 

Sometimes being a mother is very stressful. I’m busy, but I try to take care of myself just a little bit each day.

First, I stretch in the morning. Then, I have a big breakfast with my children. After breakfast, I take a supplement for my skin.

I have a healthy meal at lunchtime. I always eat lots of fruits and vegetables.

To exercise, I take a long walk around my neighborhood in the afternoon.

I also use lotion with collagen at night. It really helps my skin stay young!

Challenge 2

Discuss your ideas.

If Time
Allows
1

STAYING YOUNG / GROWING OLD

2

TAKING SUPPLEMENTS

1

STAYING YOUNG / GROWING OLD

  1. What’s the best way to stay young?
  2. Many people say that Japanese people look young. Do you agree?
  3. What’s one bad thing about looking young?
  4. What’s one good thing about growing old?

2TAKING SUPPLEMENTS

  1. Do you take supplements?
  2. What kind of supplements do people usually take in Japan (ex. vitamin C, collagen)?
  3. What do you think is the most useful supplement?
  4. Which is better, taking supplements or eating healthy food?

FEEDBACK

I can read and understand an article about staying young.

LESSON GOAL ACHIEVEMENT

  • 4
    Very Good

    Could complete the task with ease

  • 3
    Good

    Could complete the task with some clarifications

  • 2
    Fair

    Could complete the task with additional instructions

  • 1
    Poor

    Could somehow complete the task with difficulty

PERSONALIZED FEEDBACK

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