Earth Day is an annual event celebrated around the world on April 22 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, it now includes events coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network in more than 193 countries.
On Earth Day, April 22, 2020, we have two crises: the climate crisis and the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. The latter reminds us of what’s at stake in our fight for the planet.
What can our teaching tribute be on this 50th Earth Day 2020? I would like to share a simple lesson plan so that our students reflect on the topic and work on two skills of the language: reading and writing:
- Ask students to test their knowledge of the Earth by taking one of the quizzes they can find here.
- Send them a copy of this worksheet and tell them that they should fill it in. Set a deadline so that you can collect all worksheets in a few days.
- Ask each student to write his /her answer to a pair of questions another student posed.
- Collect all answers, do the necessary corrections and share the questions and answers with all students.
- Finally, ask each student to write a paragraph about the most impressive fact they have learnt by doing this activity. Encourage them to suggest a possible way-out to the issue they have written about.
I hope you will have a Happy Earth Day.
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