The topic of new things is perfect either before or just after New Year’s Day. It could also be timely for the start of a new school year. There are a lot of expressions and idioms using the word new. Here is a short list if you’d like to teach some:
- as good as new
- new blood
- (It’s) a whole new ball game. (Variations: I also see ballgame written as one word, and different can be used instead of new.)
- What else is new?
Check out my Good as New_handout for a group activity.
For more fun contexts, consider some other ideas:
- Look at a site like eBay and compare similar items that are brand new or like new. Are any used items really as good as new?
- Have sports fans discuss drafts and trades. Which teams were looking for new blood?
- Look at a popular TV show or film series and name members of the original cast. Who was brought on later as new blood? (Star Wars could be an example.)
- Search for an appropriate list of game-changing inventions. You can even limit the list to inventions unveiled over the past year. Here’s one list for the past 100 years. In what way is it a whole new ball game with these inventions in our lives?