Zero Conditional

Cause and Effect

Target Structure: Zero Conditional

Lesson Topic: Cause and Effect

Duration 1 hour – 1.5 hours

What happens if you heat an ice cube? What do you do when you feel stressed or angry? In this engaging English lesson, your students will learn how to show cause and effect using the zero conditional. They will start looking at how we can use the zero conditional for scientific facts, then talk about how they react to different emotions.

This lesson is in the following categories: Conditionals, Grammar Classes

Target Structure

Zero Conditional for facts

  • If you heat ice, it melts.
  • If you mix red and blue, you get purple.

Zero Conditional for situations

  • If I feel angry, I listen to music.
  • When I am hungry, I eat.

Zero Conditional Questions

  • What do you do when you feel hungry?
  • What do you do if you feel happy?


Scientific vocabulary

  • to heat
  • to grow
  • to melt
  • to float

Vocabulary from text

  • culture
  • alone
  • to distract
  • to disappear
  • environment
  • to calm down
  • upset


  • stressed
  • angry
  • hungry
  • happy
  • afraid
  • bored
  • tired



  • Cause and Effect (warm up and grammar introduction)
  • Creating a Hypothesis (grammar practice)
  • Matching (vocabulary)
  • Dealing with Stress (reading)
  • How do they deal? (reading comprehension)
  • What do you do when…? (grammar practice)
  • Interview (speaking)