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25th June World Wasp Day Animals

Why not World Wasp Day?

World Bee Day is May the 20th as anyone who has used the lesson on this will know. And why wouldn’t there be a day for these wonderful honey-producing, fruit tree-pollinating, civilization-supporting yet threatened insects? 

But why isn’t there a world wasp day? Is it their fearsome appearance? Is it the way they bully you as you try to enjoy a picnic? Is it that many of us don’t know that wasps, just like bees, are vital pollinators, as well as being a natural garden pest control? 

How could you encourage appreciation of wasps in the language class and even debate the idea (mad as it might sound to some) of World Wasp Day with your students without creating the furore usually associated with, well, a wasp flying into the classroom through an open window? This is what I would do.

So, I declare 25th of June World Wasp Day! Just remember, if you ever see this day on the UN calendar of international days, you saw it here first! 

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10 October halloween

Halloween: green is the new orange

Are you getting ready for your Halloween-themed classes? You probably want to focus on the fun element, yet may also wish to look at reducing the environmental impact of the festivals we celebrate.

In this lesson your students can:

  • talk about Halloween
  • study an infographic about the waste created by Halloween
  • investigate ways to enjoy festivals while minimising the environmental impact

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10 October October 19th World Food Day

October 19th World Food Day for a #ZeroHungerWorld

Why not mark this day with this lesson on the topic of food and it’s impact on the world we live in? This lesson for teenagers and adults B1 and above includes:

  • personalised discussion on the food we eat
  • listening practice with a video about food and its impact on the environment
  • discussion on what we learn from the video
  • further information about World Food Day

Click below for the presentation which includes teacher notes

Classroom presentation with teacher notes