EARTH DAY

ACTIVITIES

April 22nd
9th grade

Objectives
• Raising student’s awareness about environmental issues;
• Recognizing how human activities can have adverse environmental consequences;

• Identifying things that can be done to preserve Earth;
• Understanding the basic concept of sustainability; • Developing student’s creativity; • Improving speaking and writing skills.

Key words/concepts
• Climate change • Resources/ diminishing resources • Sustainability/ sustainable future • Green jobs • Fossil fuels • Over-exploitation

• Renewable energies
• Habitat destruction • Ecological footprint • Ecovillage

Plan
Students have some previous knowledge on the subject as they studied the topic “Environment” in the 7th and 8th grades. • Brainstorming about environmental threats. Students are asked to reflect on the damage man has done to the environment.
ozone depletion, pollution, toxic waste, overfishing, global warming, sea level rise, desertification, habitat loss, new diseases, animal extiction, destruction of the rainforest, polar sea ice loss, soil erosion …)

(possible answers: deforestation, acid rain, climate change,

OR • Students are shown the following word cloud and try to detect the environmental threats in it: http://www.wordle.net/show/wrdl/5115799/environmental_threats (downloadable);

• Students solve a vocabulary worksheet in order to apply some of the above words / expressions (ws 1).
• Students watch the following video and identify the wrong actions (ws 2).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXntPfWi8H0&feature=related

• Students are asked to visit the following site to find out information about “sustainability” (homework activity) (ws 3)
http://www.centerforsustainability.org/resources.php?root=96&category=96

• Reading comprehension/ grammar activities: students read the text “Findhorn Ecovillage” and solve the exercises. Passive voice is introduced. (ws 4)

• Writing activity: topics in the worksheet “let’s talk about the environment” can be used as writing prompt(s).
OR • Speaking activity: the Earth Summit will take place in Rio, Brazil (Rio+20) from 20th to 22nd June this year. The topic will be “Sustainable Development”. Students are asked to imagine they will have the opportunity to be chosen to take part in the summit by making speech under the title “The Future we want” (if you had 2 minutes to tell the world about the future you want, what would you say?). This activity can also be a writing one.

Cross-curriculum activities
• Subjects: Geography and Science
Some ideas: → Students create environmental bilingual posters for the school exhition; → A poster contest; → Creating simple environmental messages and leaving them in specific places in school (visit http://www.dn.pt/inicio/portugal/interior.aspx?content_id=2372537 to find out more informatin about this activity)

Interesting Sites for Students
• Find out about your ecological footprint. Visit www.footprint.org and take the quiz! • Go Green! Plan your eco-holidays here :http://www.zmar.eu/187/ecotourism.htm • What will Earth be like in 2050? Watch this video at Discovery Channel:
http://dsc.discovery.com/videos/future-energy-2050-videos/#fbid=RM5aT_-KZGL

• How green are you? Take this quiz: http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/globalwarming/quiz-going-green/ • Take a look at a vision of how we might live in years to come:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/7348940.stm