Sanjay Dastoor: A skateboard, with a boost (Teens)

“Next time you think about a vehicle, I hope, like us, you’re thinking about something new.” 

Level Goals Themes
Pre-intermediate Comparatives & Superlatives Technology
Vocab Skateboarding & Transport
Energy & Environment

Imagine an electric vehicle that can get you to work — or anywhere in a six-mile radius — quickly, without traffic frustrations or gasoline. Now imagine you can pick it up and carry it with you. Yes, this skateboard could change the face of morning commutes.


  • Do you think that skateboarding is a good form of transport? Why/why not?
  • Can you think of any other types of lightweight, easy to use methods?
  • Do you think it is important to create new types of transport? Why/why not?


  1. The electric skateboard can run for 1000 kilometres.
  2. The parts for the skateboard were bought at a toy store.
  3. The skateboard is too heavy to hold and carry around with you.
  4. It is really expensive to build.
  5. The skateboard cannot easily go up a hill.


Vocab Definition
1. Perspective A. To describe something that can be used without consuming a lot of energy or damaging the environment.
2. Novel concept B. To describe something that can change direction easily
3. Range C. To describe something that can easily be moved.
4. Has gotten D. The total effect something has on the environment/energy use.
5. Performance E. A point of view, opinion
6. Portable F. The distance (Kms) that something can travel
7. Maneuverable G. A new idea
8. Sustainable H. The ability of a machine to do something
9. Footprint (energy) I. Has become


  • Comparatives and Superlatives
Adjective Comparative Superlative
Fast Faster Fastest
Big Bigger Biggest
Easy Easier Easiest
Efficient More efficient The most efficient

Focus on the use of “than” with comparatives. Make sure to give examples. Brainstorm a set of adjectives used for transport and build a comparative/superlative chart on the board with students.


  • Students to complete comparative/superlatives sentences by changing the adjectives into their correct form and filling the gaps.
Fast Than Slow
Good More (x2) Boring
  1. Bicycles are ____________ than skateboards.
  2. Planes are much ___________ efficient than ships
  3. I think that traveling by bus is more _________ than traveling by ship.
  4. Skateboarding is easier to learn _________ rollerblading.
  5. Trains are __________ than planes.
  6. Cars are ___________ than busses, because they are faster, smaller and more comfortable.
  • Brainstorm as many examples of superlative sentences on the board with both superlative adjectives and the use of most.


  • Would you like to skateboard everywhere? Why/Why not?
  • Do you think it is too dangerous?
  • Is skateboarding practical as a form of transport?
  • How much do you think a skateboard like this should cost?
  • Is it better than an electric bicycle? Than an electric car?


  • Skateboarding is a terrible form of transport. It is dangerous and can only be used for one person.
  • Bikes are better! Why would you choose a skateboard when an electric bicycle is clearly a better idea!?

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