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Life skills Photocopiable worksheets 1 Recognising good work 2 Achieving your goals 3 Saving money 4 Being flexible 5 Taking responsibility 6 Being assertive


Life skills Recognising good work

Wherever you go there are people doing good work which makes other people's lives better. Saying thank you is a simple way to give this work the recognition it deserves.

1 Think about the photostory on page 18 of the student's book. 1 Imagine you are Megan. Why do you want Mr Lane to open the cafe? 2 Imagine you are Mr Lane. How do you feel when you open the cafe?

2 Look at this poster. What does Quickshop Supermarket want people to do?

3 What examples of local heroes does the poster mention?

4 Read these posts on the Quickshop website.

Who are Julie and Milo going to nominate for the award?

Quickshop’s Local Heroes!

Everybody knows a commu nity hero. The teen next door who spends her summe rs volunteering at the hospital. The neighbour wh o cleans the school every morning. The friend who em pties the litter bins around the town centre. Quickshop has jus t celebrated its 50th birthday, and to celebrate we want to give a special award to the people who work quietly to make many of our lives better.

Local Heroes are ev erywhere – we jus t need your help to find them!

5 Answer the questions about Julie and Milo’s

nominations. 1 What do John and Mrs Wilkins do? 2 Why do John and Mrs Wilkins do these things? 3 Is a local hero award a good way to say thank you to John and Mrs Wilkins? What other ways could Julie and Milo say thank you to them?


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Work with a partner. Think of somebody to nominate for a local hero award. What do they do? Why do they do it? Is a local hero award a good way to say thank you to your nominee? Can you think of another way to say thank you?


Tell the rest of your class about your local hero and what ‘award’ you can give them. SPEAKING

TIPS FOR RECOGNISING GOOD WORK 1 Make a list of all the activities you do and who makes these activities possible.

2 It's nice to explain why you are thanking somebody: ‘Because of you, I can...’

3 Sometimes simply saying ‘Thank you’ with a smile is enough!


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Quickshop HOME





My uncle John organises our football team. He does everything. We have football practice twice a week and he teaches us how to play better and to understand that winning isn’t everything. On Sundays, he drives us to the matches in a minibus, shouts encouragement and after the game takes the shirts home to wash them. - Julie Mrs Wilkins is the lollipop lady at the primary school. Every morning and every afternoon, she helps the younger children cross the road because it’s very dangerous for them. My mum says that Mrs Wilkins helped her cross the road when she was little, which is a long time ago! In the sun, wind and rain, Mrs Wilkins is always there, making sure everyone gets to school safely. - Milo PHOTOCOPIABLE

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Life skills Achieving your goals

We often think that we'd like to be better at something, but making the change can be difficult. However, with a bit of hard work and some careful planning, anyone can achieve their goals.

1 Think about the photostory on page 36 of the

student's book. 1 Imagine you are Megan. How do you feel when you don’t think you can meet Gregory Harris? 2 How do you feel when you meet Gregory Harris? 3 Imagine you are Gregory Harris. How did you feel before you became a famous actor? 4 How do you feel now you are a famous actor?

4 Alex is shy, so people often think she’s

unfriendly. As a result, she doesn’t have many friends. She’d like to make more friends, so she’s going to follow the advice in Exercise 3. Complete her notes with your own ideas.

1. 2. 3. Start on Monday 12th. 4. 5. Tell my friend Katy and Mum about the plan. Update them every week. 6. Review the plan with Katy or Mum every Sunday. 7. Set up calendar on mobile to remind me of plan every day. 8. Ice cream on Sunday every week I complete plan! :)

2 It’s not always easy to get what we want. Look

back through the first three units of the book. Which of the people you read about found it difficult to achieve their goals?


SPEAKING Work with a partner. What do you think of this advice? Are there any ideas you don’t think are good?

How to make a plan and get what you want! 1 Divide your main goal into smaller goals. 2 Make a weekly plan of action for each small goal.


6 Read the list below. Choose one of the good

habits you would like to have. Make notes like Alex’s about how you’re going to achieve it. ● Doing your homework before watching TV or chatting with friends. ● Reading a book for pleasure. ● Eating less junk food, soft drinks and sweets. ● (own idea) …

3 Take the first step! 4 Be ready for problems. 5 Ask friends and family for encouragement. 6 Review how well you’re doing and make any changes to your plan.

7 Stay focused! 8 Reward yourself!

Compare your notes for Alex’s plan with a partner. SPEAKING


Work in pairs. Can you make any changes to improve the plan? Do you think your partner can achieve his / her goal?


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TIPS FOR ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS 1 Making a plan is a good way to ensure you have a clear idea of what you want to achieve. The clearer your idea is, the more likely you are to achieve it.

2 Be realistic when setting goals. Changing how you behave takes time.

3 Reward yourself when you achieve something,

but don’t feel too bad and punish yourself when you don’t. Rethink your plan and start again!


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Life skills Saving money

Planning how you spend your money means that you can save money. Saving money means you can’t always do what you want now, but can do better things in the future.

1 Think about the photostory on page 54 of the

student's book. Imagine you are Luke. 1 How do you feel when you can’t go to the concert? 2 How do you feel when your friends give you the money to buy a ticket?

2 You have £8. How will you spend it? Look at

the choices below. You must choose one option from each section.


(* = free, ** = £1, ** = £2, *** = £3) Computer games • Play the games you have. • Borrow games from friends. • Buy used games. • Buy new games. Clothes • Wear what you have. • Buy second-hand clothes. • Buy cheap clothes. • Buy designer clothes.

* ** *** ****

Food • • • •

* ** *** ****

Only eat at home. Buy chocolate or sweets once a week. Go for a burger once a week. Go to a pizza place once a week.

Mobile phone • Only use free wi-fi and never use any data or make calls. • Make calls, but only use free wi-fi. • Make calls, but have limited data usage. (3 hours a week). • Make calls and have unlimited data usage. Save to buy a new computer • Save a little. Buy a new computer in 3 years. • Save a good amount. Buy a new computer in 18 months. • Save a lot. Buy a new computer in 6 months. • Borrow the money. Have no money for your phone for 1 year.


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SPEAKING Compare your spending choices with a partner. Explain how you made your decisions.

4 Complete your choices again, but this time you

only have £5 to spend. Was it more difficult this time?


SPEAKING Discuss these questions with your partner. 1 Why is it useful to have a spending plan? 2 Are you saving money? What for? 3 What do you do when you have no money? 4 Do you have a spending plan? 5 Do you think having a spending plan is something that can help you organise your money better?

TIPS FOR NOT MAKING JUDGEMENTS 1 Saving for a reason is good, but don’t forget to have money for unplanned events.

2 Try to save a small amount regularly, or save

half of any money you get for your birthday. Make sure you still have money to spend each week, or to buy yourself a birthday present.

3 Open a bank account. It’s easier to know how much you have saved and harder to waste money if you have to go to the bank to get the money.

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Life skills Being flexible

Being flexible means being open to changing your plans or ideas. We can't always do what we want, often because friends or family have different ideas or plans. But we can be positive about changing our plans or ideas.

1 Think about the photostory on page 72 of the student's book. Imagine you are Megan. 1 How do you feel when nobody can meet for a picnic? 2 How do you feel when Ryan, Luke, and Olivia come to the park?


Discuss these questions with a partner. How does Jade feel? How do you think Jade will feel if she stays at home? 3 How does Nicole feel after her conversation with Jane? 4 What do you think will happen if Jade goes to Steve's house? 5 Which is the best option? SPEAKING

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4 What will happen if you are not flexible in each

of these situations? How will you feel if you're not flexible? 1 You want to go shopping for new trainers on Saturday, but all your friends say they have homework to do and want to go on Sunday. 2 Your friend wants to start a band. You've always wanted to be a singer, but your friend has already asked somebody else. She has asked you to play the drums. 3 You spend a long time writing a story for homework. Your teacher says that it's very good, but then suggests changing the ending. 4 You want to celebrate your birthday at the new pizza place in town, but when you call to book a table, they tell you that it's full that day. They offer you a table for the next weekend.

2 Jade is phoning her best friend, Nicole. What does Jade want to do?

Jade: I've just got home from the shops. I got Urban Quest. Nicole: The new computer game? Wow! I've heard it's amazing. Jade: Me too. So, I thought that maybe this afternoon–


Discuss with a partner what you would actually do in each of the situations in Exercise 4.


SPEAKING Work in groups of two or three. Think of a situation like those in Exercise 4 in which somebody has to decide if they are going to change their plans or ideas. Role play the situation.

Nicole: Sorry, I can't. I'm going to see Steve this afternoon. Jade: Come on! This is Urban Quest! Nicole: No, he's been really bored since he broke his leg playing basketball, and I promised I'd go. Jade: Nicole, listen. I've been excited about this for weeks and weeks. You, me, the big TV in the lounge and the best computer game of the year. Nicole: Really sorry, Jade. I promised.


Jade: Mum said we can order pizzas if you come.

1 If you're not sure what to do, ask for some time

Nicole: I'd like to, but I can't. Why don't you come to Steve's too? I'm sure we can play there.

2 Try to imagine how you'll feel if you aren't

Jade: But Steve's terrible at computer games! It'll be boring. And he doesn't have a big TV. Please! I'm going crazy! Playing alone isn't as much fun. Nicole: I know, but why don't you come anyway? We can play at your house next weekend. Jade: I don't know...



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to think before making a decision.

flexible. We often forget that being inflexible can leave us feeling alone or frustrated until it's too late.

3 Don't allow wanting to do something different than your family or friends to become an argument. It's hardly ever that important.


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Life skills Taking responsibility

Taking responsibility when something goes wrong isn't always easy. But taking responsibility often stops problems getting bigger over time and people are more likely to respect and trust us.

1 Think about the photostory on page 90 of the

student's book. 1 Imagine you are Ryan. How do you feel when you see the scratch on the car? 2 Imagine you are the headmistress. How do you feel when Ryan tells you about the scratch? How would you feel if Ryan didn't tell you about it?

2 Amy is telling her friend about an exam she has

failed. What excuses does she give for not studying? Mum and Dad are going to go crazy. Know what? They'll probably say I can't visit my cousins in the holidays as I have to study, which isn't fair. I never get good marks with Mr Jones. He just doesn't like me very much, and that's that. I didn't have time to study last weekend as it was my birthday. I spent Saturday deciding what to wear for the party, and then I was organising what time we were meeting for the cinema, and calling the pizza place to get a table. Then, on Sunday, people were phoning me all day to wish me a happy birthday. I can't turn my phone off, or say, ‘Thank you, but I can't talk, I have an exam tomorrow!’ when people are being nice enough to call me, can I? And then it was the first episode of Lost Kings on Sunday night and I was too tired to study after that. Mum had forgotten to leave me money for the bus that morning, so I had to walk to school. I needed to leave the house earlier to get to school on time and I didn't have time to study.


Work in pairs. Discuss these questions with your partner. 1 Do you think any of Amy's excuses are good reasons for not studying? 2 What should Amy say to her parents when they ask her why she didn't study?


Here are some common excuses. Can you think of a time when you have said any of these things? Tell your partner about what happened. I didn't see it. The teacher never told me. Homework? What homework?? A ghost did it. It just broke. I can’t find it. He started it. They made me do it. She was doing it, so I did it, too. The dog ate it.



5 Think about your answers for Exercise 4. What might be a more responsible thing to say if a similar situation happens to you?


SPEAKING Work in pairs. Taking responsibility changes as we get older. In each of the situations, what might a child (aged 5), a teen (aged 14) and an adult say and do? 1 You borrow a T-shirt from a friend. After eating a hamburger, you see tomato ketchup on the shirt. 2 In the supermarket, you drop a jar of jam on the floor and it breaks. 3 You arrive late for school/work.

TIPS FOR TAKING RESPONSIBILITY 1 Telling someone what happened is usually the

best way to show you're taking responsibility. If you can't do that, write a letter or an email.

2 Don't be surprised if the person you need

to talk to is angry or upset at first. Stay calm and they will realise that you are taking responsibility.

3 It's important to be sincere when taking

responsibility. Don't make excuses – just say what happened.


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Life skills Being assertive


You're being assertive when you clearly say what you want or think, but respect what other people want or think as well. Being passive or aggressive can be damaging to you or the people around you. But being assertive means you let people know what you want or think, which is more likely to have positive results for everyone.

1 Think about the photostory on page 108 of the

student's book. 1 Imagine you are Megan. How do you feel when you read the newspaper report about wild teenagers? 2 Imagine you are Nigel Forsyth. How do you feel when you speak to Megan? How has your opinion of young people changed?

2 Read the following situations. Decide which

answer is passive, which is aggressive and which is assertive. 1 A classmate wants to copy your homework. a Say 'no', and in the class shout, 'Somebody's not clever enough to do the homework!' b Give the classmate your homework. They might say bad things about you if you don't. c Say 'no' and explain you don't think it's the right thing to do. 2 Your best friend promises to call you but doesn’t. a Feel hurt, but don't say anything about it. b Call your friend and say, 'You said you were going to call me. Is everything OK?' c Don't let your friend explain, but stop talking to him/her. 3 You are in class and you don't understand what the teacher has asked you to do. a Sit and wait. You can follow what everyone else does. b Write a note about the teacher's bad hair and pass it round the class. c Put your hand up and say, 'Sorry, I didn't understand. Can you explain what we have to do again?' 4 You want permission from your parents to stay out late. a Just stay out late and tell your parents that you didn't see the time. b Don't ask. They never give you permission to do anything so why ask? c Tell your parents what time the film you want to see finishes and ask to go. 5 You’re in a bookshop looking for a book you want but can't find. a Say, 'I can’t find anything here! I'm going to a better shop.' b Ask the shop assistant to help you find the book. c Look on all the shelves again. You don't want to ask for help and look stupid.


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3 To be assertive, you can explain your situation

honestly and then ask a yes/no question. Match the yes/no questions (a-c) to the correct situations (1-3). a Is it OK if I go? b Can you show me where it is? c Do you want me to help you talk to the teacher? 1 I'm looking for a book called Many Reasons. 2 I'd like to see a film on Saturday, but it finishes quite late. 3 Sorry, I don't think that's right.

4 Work in pairs. Act out one of these situations

three times – once being passive, once being aggressive and once being assertive. ● You’re working on a group project for school, but you are doing much more work than the other members of the group. ● You asked your parents to sign a permission form for a school trip but they haven't signed it yet. ● You’re leaving a shop and notice that you have paid twice for something.

5 Perform your situation to another pair, but don't

tell them if you are being passive, aggressive or assertive. After you finish, the other pair guesses which one you are acting.

TIPS FOR BEING ASSERTIVE 1 Remember that having a different point of

view doesn’t mean you are right and the other person is wrong.

2 Be honest and tell others how you feel or what you want.

3 Look at the other person and speak in a normal voice.


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