Fireworks – did you welcome the new year with a bang?

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A lesson by Tabea Heimbach.

Do you have any New Year’s resolutions? How about being more environmental friendly? Help your students to create more awareness about the past New Year’s Eve (NYE) celebrations. This lesson focuses on the environmental impact of fireworks. Use the materials to find out about your students’ NYE traditions. Use the first class in the New Year as an opportunity to reflect on this past NYE and think about alternative ways to have fun next year without fireworks.

With this lesson your students will:

  • Find out more about the environmental impact of fireworks
  • Practice listening comprehension with a short video
  • Learn vocabulary on the topic of sustainability and environmental pollution
  • Discuss how they could celebrate NYE in the following year without using firecrackers

Material: Projector, an internet connection and the slides below

Level B1 upwards, young learners.

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Fake or Fir this Christmas? #sustainablechristmastree

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I’m delighted to post a lesson by Tabea Heimbach, a teacher in Portugal with a passion for environmental issues. A wonderful lesson!

Over the last years, Christmas has changed from a peaceful holiday to a stressful period involving high consumerism and social pressure. As the end of the year arises it is time to reflect on our good and bad habits considering this period. What do we really need? And in the face of climate change, how can we keep our carbon footprint to the minimum? This lecture focuses on the environmental impact of Christmas trees. Use the materials to find out whether your students have a real or artificial tree, where they got it from and if they are aware of their tree’s carbon footprint. Use your last class before Christmas or the first class in the new year, as an opportunity to discuss alternative solutions that can help them make a better choice in the following year.

With this lesson your students will:
• Find out more about the carbon footprint of Christmas trees
• Practise listening comprehension with a 3-minute video
• Learn vocabulary on the topic of sustainability and Christmas
• Discuss how they could change their habits in this or the following year to reduce their carbon footprint.

Materials: A projector, an internet connection and the slides below.
Level: B1 upwards, young learners and adults.

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November – Black Friday or #BuyNothingDay?

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Black Friday is coming. Did you know that for many people it is international Buy Nothing Day? Why do people choose this? Find out more with this lesson Suitable for classes B1 upwards. Learners will:

  • discuss shopping habits
  • analyse an image about Buy Nothing Day
  • Persuade their friends to have a day without shopping

It contains teacher’s notes, lasts between 45 minutes and an hour and requires these slides, a projector and an internet connection. Expand below for the classroom slides.

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