Try this activity, watch a great video and learn lots of vocabulary on a surprising topic! Just click through the Sway presentation (< and > symbols, bottom right) and enjoy the lesson, whether you are in your living room, a café or the classroom – just remember your re-usable cup! Note the lesson continues after the video.
You will watch a video for specific information and learn vocabulary on the topic of sea levels and climate change.
- Imagine you have a cool drink with ice. What happens to the drink as the ice melts – does it go up, go down or stay the same?
- Does the same thing happen if the ice in the ocean melts?
While you watch
Watch the video. Do the results of the experiment match what you thought? Do they match what the man in the pub said?
You will look at a graph to check information, watch a video for specific information and learn vocabulary on the topic of food and climate change.
They say the best way to save the planet is to change how we eat. What do you think the following are true or false?
- Eating beef has a bigger impact than eating vegetables.
- Eating farmed fish has a bigger impact than eating beef.
- Farming chickens causes is a bigger cause of climate change than farming cows.
Now look at the graph to check. The answers are also in the key at the bottom of the page.
This lesson plan is based on the excellent campaign ‘I Like Clean Air’ in which London parents and kids fight pollution. Students discuss air pollution, listen to a fantastic song created for the campaign, read and analyse a letter by a child requesting a change to improve air quality and learn how to write a letter asking for something to be done about an issue important to them.
Language level: Pre-Intermediate (A2) upwards
Learner type: Primary and Secondary Young Learners
Time: 90 minutes
- Language: Learners can differentiate between and use correctly complex and simple expressions for a transactional letter.
- Skills: Learners write a letter requesting action to improve their cities air quality
- Content: Learners explore the issue of air quality and become empowered to take action on it.
- PowerPoint Air Quality Lesson
- 1 copy of the song lyrics I Like Clean Air for the teacher
- 1 copy of I Like Clean Air worksheet per student.
- Ask students to discuss in groups what they love about their city and what they don’t love about it. Feedback to class and put ideas on the table in the PowerPoint.
- Tell learners that students in London produced a song about their city. Students Brainstorm 3 things they might love about London and 3 things they don’t love. Feedback to class and add ideas to the table on slide 2.
- Listen to the song. http://www.ilikecleanair.org.uk/clean-air-song/ What is it about?
- Give out the worksheet I Like Clean Air Students read it, predict what the missing words are. They listen to the song again to check.
- Students read the letter on the accompanying PowerPoint slide 4 and answer the following: Who is it from? Who is it to? What is it about? What is the format?
- Elicit from students what expressions the writer of the letter uses to ask someone to do something. Then go to slide 5 on the PowerPoint and students match up the simple and complex phrases according to function. Elicit the pros of more complex language (more precise meaning) and the cons (can be less clear).
- Ask what air quality issues there are in the students’ town or city. Who could they contact to do something about it? Complete the table on slide 6 and add ideas.
- Students write a letter to a person of their choice on an air quality issue of their choice. This can be displayed on the classroom walls for the other students to read and then hand in.
lesson plan Air quality Lesson Plan
PowerPoint Air Quality lesson
Thank you to Shazia from I Like Clean Air for permission to use the materials on http://www.ilikecleanair.org.uk/
How does religion view climate change? In this lesson based on a jigsaw reading, learners investigate what three of the world’s religions say about it. How will there view be different from that of the science academies? Prepare to be surprised when you find out. Students will also learn high level vocabulary on the topic and do a role-play. For C1 level and above.
Check out the lesson plan world-religions-on-climate-change
Download the PowerPoint slides world-religions-on-climate-change
Albena Simeonova and Ruth Buendía both won a prestigious prize for their dedicated work against all odds protecting the environment and the people living in it from ruthless exploitation. In this jigsaw reading lesson we honour their achievements, discover how ordinary people achieve great things and focus on environment-themed vocabulary and talk about people we admire. This lesson can be used with B1 and above, adults and teenagers.
Download the lesson plan: Eco prize-winners
Air pollution is a serious problem. And now we find that car-makers are cheating in their vehicle emissions tests. Outrageous? Yes! Here is a lesson plan dealing with this topic that practices third and mixed conditionals.
Here is a link to the video
Here is a lesson plan based on ordinary people who have done extraordinary things for the world we live in. It’s based on a jigsaw listening, and is suitable for teenagers and adults from B1/intermediate upwards. It is an updated revision of my previous lesson plan ‘Prizewinners’, which proved very popular.
Download the lesson plan:
They make a mess in both town and country. Have you ever been to a beautiful place and seen rubbish everywhere? On the other hand, are they the biggest problem the environment faces? They don’t pollute the air or damage our lungs like car exhaust fumes, we can re-use them and recycle them. Whatever the truth, many places restrict their sale. This lesson is a role play debate. Should we ban their sale or not? Practice language for agreeing and disagreeing, and reaching consensus. For B1 level upwards.
Lesson plan: plastic-bag-role-play
All too often, course books make students write a letter of complaint using the same old contexts every time. An unsatisfactory hotel room, a faulty product or bad service in a restaurant. This time let’s breathe some fresh air into this genre of writing. And do some good for the world we live in at the same time!
Download the lesson plan: A letter of complaint
In this lesson we are encouraged to take action over an important issue; the threat of oil companies like Shell moving into the Arctic to drill for oil with potentially devastating consequences.
The outcome of the lesson is students write a short text persuading people to take action on the course of their choosing. They use language for persuasion which is the language focus of this lesson. Suitable for B1 level and above, teenagers or adults.
A radical, unapologetic eco-lesson, encouraging active citizenship. Use it at an in-company class with the oil industry at your discretion!
Click link for lesson plan document: Taking action over an important issue
It’s got to be one of the best infrastructure developments in cities. Turn up, pay for a bike, ride it to the next drop off point and your there! In terms of reducing pollution, getting fit, and making cities more pleasant places to live, it’s a win win win situation! So next time you do a lesson on travel, or city life, why not try this lesson. And tell me how it goes, I’d love feedback. Did you find the materials user-friendly, did the students find it interesting? Any suggestions? Here is the lesson:
Here is a jigsaw reading on the topic of interesting ways to generate energy, whether it is to power a ship or a disco or charge up your mobile phone!
This lesson plan can be used with B1 level students and above, and the video of the disco that generates electricity from people dancing is a great way to show that sustainable living is FUN!