2-Page Mini Lessons

Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a slippery ketchup bottle that will help the zero-waste economy.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the threat to the world from bio-terrorism .
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on there being an eighth continent, called Zealandia.

Zealandia – The eighth continent?

19th February - "Easier"
We may have to change our thinking about how many continents there are. Geologists say there is an eighth continent - Zealandia.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a study that says marriage makes you less stressed.

Marriage makes you less stressed

17th February - "Harder"
A new study suggests that marital bliss has beneficial health effects. The research is from Carnegie Mellon University in the USA.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a new, super-thin material that cools buildings.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a new director for the upcoming Batman movie.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on Kenya's High Court saying the world's largest refugee camp must stay open.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a TV maker that illegally tracked and sold people's viewing data.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on eating disorders in models being a serious problem.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on how astronauts' brains change shape during spaceflight.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on Starbucks plan to employ 10,000 refugees around the world.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the number of people at the Washington D.C. Women's March.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on scientists saying the apocalypse is 30 seconds closer on the Doomsday Clock because of Donald Trump.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on cats being just as clever as dogs.

Cats are just as clever as dogs, says study

28th January - "Harder"
For whatever reason, people assume dogs are more intelligent creatures than cats. This notion has been called into question by scientists in Japan.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on worries about microplastics in our seafood.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a city's plans to plant 3 million trees.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on how ants use the Sun to get from A to B.

Ants use the Sun to get from A to B

22nd January - "Easier"
Ants are some of the most impressive creatures on this planet. There are so many things we do not know about them.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a report that says eating chili peppers helps you live longer.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on eight billionaires being as rich as half of the people in the world.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the animal rights pressure group buying shares in Louis Vuitton.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a super-strong spider web silk that scientists have made.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on news that weekend-only exercise is good for you.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on an article about how imaginary zombies would wipe out nearly all humans in 100 days.

Zombies would wipe out humans in 100 days

10th January - "Easier"
Everyone knows that zombies only exist in horror movies. Or do they? A new article predicts that imaginary zombies would kill almost everyone on Earth in just 100 days.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on how using cotton buds could damage your hearing.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on how language barriers are holding back science around the world.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on tensions between the USA and Russia over election hacking allegations.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the Japanese Prime Minister's visit to Pearl Harbor.




Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on smartphone toilet paper at airport in Tokyo, Japan.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on women being better doctors than men but getting paid less.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the UK's Prince Harry promising to make a difference.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the genetic code of a seahorse.

Scientists unlock secrets to seahorses

17th December - "Easier"
For the first time, scientists have unlocked the secrets to one of the world's most recognizable but least understood fish – the seahorse.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a Syrian refugee being the top student in an Australia school.

Syrian refugee top student in Australia school

15th December - "Harder"
A Syrian refugee who could hardly speak a word of English two years ago has just passed his school exams in Australia with flying colours and is in the top 4 per cent of all graduates in Melbourne.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on why children in Venezuela will be getting toys from the government this Christmas.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the Ivory Coast getting three-word postal addresses.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on 1.2 million people accepting a birthday party invitation.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a new store lets you shop, walk out and pay later.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on U.S. military veterans joining a protest against an oil pipeline.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on Thailand's new king.

Thailand has a new king

3rd December - "Harder"
Thailand has a new king after Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, 64, accepted an invitation from parliament to succeed his father.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on Christmas cards that show images of war.

Christmas cards show nativity in war zone

1st December - "Easier"
A charity has released a series of Christmas cards with a difference. They have traditional Christmas scenes from the Holy Land but they also contain images of the war in Syria.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the Indian leader's plans to make his country a cashless society.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the effects of a low social status on your health.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a man who sold firewood to pay for his dead wife's medical bills.

Man sells firewood to pay wife's medical bills

25th November - "Harder"
An Internet campaign has come to the rescue of 80-year-old man in the USA who was reduced to selling firewood on the roadside to try and pay for his wife's medical bills.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on why we will get better weather forecasts in the future.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on emergency junk food flown to an earthquake-hit town in New Zealand.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on how scientists modified plants to grow more crops.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the perfect cup of coffee.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on Israel backing bill to make the call to prayer in mosques quieter.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on boys and girls reacting differently to stress.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on world leaders' reactions to Donald Trump's victory.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on Indian cities experiencing hazardous air quality.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on calls for Daylight Saving Time to be scrapped.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the need for a world policeman.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the UAE's new law that encourages the nation to read.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on how to slow down the aging process.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a train company that is asking women not to put on make-up while riding its trains.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on Myanmar and Iraq being the world's most generous countries.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on British people committing micro crimes.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the idea that dogs might dream about their human owners.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the Philippines moving away from from USA towards China.

Philippines to split from USA

22nd October - "Easier"
The president of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte has announced his country will move away from the USA and work more closely with China.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on Shanghai IKEA banning old people from dating.




Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on teenage drivers being the most at risk of crashing.

Teen drivers most at risk of crashing

18th October - "Easier"
Teenage drivers are still the most likely to crash, according to a new study. Teen drivers are 1.6 times more likely to be in a traffic accident than adult drivers.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the Nigeria president saying wife belongs in the kitchen.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on sweet potato scientists winning the World Food Prize.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on Samsung's Galaxy Note 7 mobile phone catching fire.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on scientists testing vegetable gardens for Mars.

Vegetable gardens tested for Mars

10th October - "Easier"
Researchers from the U.S. space agency NASA are currently trying to find out what kind of plants could grow in the red soil on Mars.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on girls doing 160 million more hours of household chores than boys.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on why the world needs 69 million more teachers.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on Donald Trump being under fire for not paying tax for 19 years.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on Pakistan's cinemas banning Indian movies.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on male models earning 75% less than female models.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on how giving babies peanuts and eggs may help to avoid food allergies.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on research that sad movies can help reduce pain.

Sad movies help reduce pain

24th September - "Harder"
Watching sad movies can sometimes be just what the doctor ordered and may increase our tolerance to pain.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on Internet addiction being a sign of mental health problems.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the first all-hijab collection at the New York Fashion Week.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on dolphins having a language that may have grammar.

Dolphin language may have grammar

15th September - "Easier"
Humans may not be the only ones to use grammar and vocabulary to speak and communicate. Scientists believe dolphins also use words and sentences to speak to each other.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a new ceasefire in Syria.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a famous photo Facebook took off its website and then put back after people complained.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on how you need to wear the right shoes to be an investment banker.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a poll that asked why children go to school.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on why authorities in Hawaii may ban swimming with dolphins.

Swimming with dolphins may be banned

31st August - "Harder"
Authorities in Hawaii are proposing a ban on the popular tourist activity of swimming with dolphins off the Hawaiian coast.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the peace deal between the Colombian government and the FARC rebel group.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on divorce being seasonal.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on what scientists think the 5,300-year-old Iceman wore.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on July being the hottest month in recorded history.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on no more need for sewing because of self-repairing clothes.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a possible benefit of online gaming.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on people who read living longer.

People who read live longer

10th August - "Easier"
New research shows that people who read a lot live longer. The study was carried out by researchers from Yale University.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on how men are better than women at making up after a fight.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on predictions for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Rio Olympics medal predictions

4th August - "Easier"
The worldwide banking company Goldman Sachs has made predictions about how many medals different countries will win at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on how dietary supplements could be bad for you.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a report that says office workers need one hour of exercise a day.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on New Zealand aiming to get rid of all non-native pests by 2050.




Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on why not to feed chocolate to dogs.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the creation of the perfect body to survive traffic accidents.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on Melania Trump using a speech that was plagiarised in parts from a Michelle Obama speech.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on Turkey's failed coup attempt.

6,000 held after failed Turkey coup

20th July - "Harder"
The Turkish government is increasing its efforts to detain those it deems responsible for the weekend's failed coup attempt.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on why researchers recommend more outdoor learning for children at school.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on Boris Johnson – UK's controversial new foreign secretary.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a woman who had to go on her honeymoon without her husband.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on Pokemon Go being the next big thing online and offline.

Pokemon Go is the next big thing

12th July - "Harder"
The Japanese games giant Nintendo has released an app that is taking the world by storm with an augmented reality game called Pokemon Go.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on Toyota's decision to close elevators at its main office to save money.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a town that will use silent fireworks for stressed dogs.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a man from the UAE mistaken for an ISIS member because he wore a white robe and spoke Arabic.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on plants making intelligent decisions.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a company that pays its workers to sleep.

Company pays its workers to sleep

2nd July - "Easier"
A company in the USA is paying its employees to sleep more. Staff at the insurance company Aetna will get $300 a year extra.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on how card games can help patients recover from stroke.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a scary glass slide 300 metres above the street.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the UK voting to leave the European Union.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a new method fraudsters are using to trick people online.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on record numbers of refugees.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the possibility of contacting ET one day.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on an Italian restaurant that has been named as the best in the world.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on gay men being refused as blood donors after the Orlando shooting.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on why the UK voting to leave the EU might be bad for science.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on CO2 emissions being turned into stone.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the arrest of the world's 'most wanted' people smuggler.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on Swiss people voting no to a free monthly income for all.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the passing of boxing legend Muhammad Ali.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the mobile-friendly Breaking News English website.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the shooting of a gorilla at a zoo in the USA.

U.S. police to look into shooting of zoo gorilla

2nd June - "Easier"
Police in the US state of Ohio are going to look into the shooting of a 17-year-old gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo. They will investigate the facts around the killing of Harambe the gorilla.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a new, inflatable form of accommodation in space.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the global anger over a racist advert in China.

Anger over racist Chinese advert

29th May - "Easier"
There is a lot of anger on social media because of an advertisement for a Chinese detergent. Some newspapers are saying it could be the most racist advert ever.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on one solution to the growing problem of drink spiking.

New product tests for spiked drinks

27th May - "Harder"
A British businessman has developed a product that helps people test drinks they think might have been drugged, or 'spiked'.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on President Obama's visit to Hiroshima.

President Obama to visit Hiroshima

25th May - "Easier"
On Friday, U.S. President Barack Obama will become the first American president to visit the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on why women who wear cosmetics are paid more.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a device that gives shoppers an electric shock to stop buying things.

Get an electric shock to stop buying things

21st May - "Easier"
A British firm has developed a new product to help us save money. The product is a wristband that gives us an electric shock if we spend too much money.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on how see-through wood will change our lives.

Scientists make see-through wood

19th May - "Harder"
Scientists have come up with a revolutionary new use for wood. They have devised a way to make it transparent.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on an abandoned puppy who got a job at a baseball club.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the oldest woman to give birth.

72-year-old woman gives birth

15th May - "Harder"
A 72-year-old woman from Amritsar, India is celebrating the birth of her first child. Daljinder Kaur and her husband Mohinder Singh Gill, 79, posed for photos...
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on why Budweiser is changing its name to 'America'.

Budweiser beer renamed 'America'

13th May - "Easier"
One of the word's most famous beer companies is changing the name of its best-selling beer. Budweiser is going to be called 'America'.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on why men developed deeper voices.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on Russian gun maker Kalashnikov branching out into fashion.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on an Italian court that said stealing food is not a crime.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the English football Leicester City in a football fairytale Premier League championship win.

Leicester City in football fairytale win

5th May - "Easier"
Football fans in the English city of Leicester have been celebrating a fairytale win for their club. Leicester City won England's Premier League for the first time.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a British princess appearing on the cover of Vogue magazine.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a new gym for artificial intelligence robots.

New gym opens to train robots

1st May - "Easier"
A group of business people has opened a kind of gym for robots. The group is headed by Elon Musk, who is the boss of the electric car company Tesla Motors.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the energy crisis behind Venezuela's two-day working week.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on problems getting treatment for eating disorders in Japan.

Worries over eating disorders in Japan

27th April - "Easier"
A health group in Japan is worried about people with eating disorders. The Japan Society for Eating Disorders (JSED) said that most people...
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on an international team of scientists discovering a huge coral reef in the Amazon River.

Massive coral reef found in Amazon River

25th April - "Harder"
An international team of scientists has discovered a huge coral reef in the Amazon River. The team from the universities of Georgia in the USA and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil...
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on the death of the rock superstar Prince. RIP.

Rock superstar Prince dies at 57

23rd April - "Easier"
The rock superstar Prince has died at the age of 57. He passed away on Thursday at his home in Minneapolis.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on a report that says over-the-counter medicine may shrink the brain.

Over-the-counter medicine may shrink brain

21st April - "Harder"
Over-the-counter (OTC) medicine is a common part of our lives. Many of us pop into the local pharmacy for cold and headache tablets, cough syrups or allergy treatments.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on all-yo-can-eat fries.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on why the Czech Republic is to be renamed Czechia.
Free 2-page printable mini-lesson on an Ancient mummy found wearing what look like Adidas boots.

Ancient mummy found wearing Adidas boots

15th April - "Easier"
An ancient mummy that was found in Mongolia has gone viral online because it seems to be wearing Adidas boots. Many people have been tweeting that...