Lesson plan overview
Your students will surely have a lot to say about the topic of this lesson: heatwaves. They will learn different ways to say “It’s very hot” and phrases to talk about negative consequences, watch a news report about the heatwaves Europe has been experiencing this summer and discuss the topic as the lesson is packed with speaking activities.
Vocabulary: After an initial discussion, students are learn different ways to say “it’s very hot” (e.g. it’s boiling, it’s a scorcher, it’s like an oven outside). To practise, students are encouraged to use different phrases and talk about the temperature in different places and seasons.
Next, students learn useful phrases to talk about negative consequences (e.g. put a strain on, lead to, result in) and they use them to brainstorm the negative effects of 3 related climate events: droughts, heatwaves and wildfires. Following this activity, students look at other examples of negative consequences and match the words in bold to their definitions (shortage, strain, blackout). This activity serves as a pre-listening activity. As a speaking practice, students complete a few questions given and discuss them. That way they are also asked to predict the information they are going to hear in the video.
Listening: Students watch a news report “Intense European heatwave parches France’s ‘garden’ Loire Valley” (once or twice) and answer 6 questions. After that they discuss the video and make predictions for the future.
Word formation: To further practise the target vocabulary from this lesson, students complete a word formation exercise.
The last activity is a speaking activity: students are asked to create an awareness campaign on one of 3 topics given and present it to the class.
As usual, the lesson concludes with a few moments to reflect and five feedback.
3 research topics are suggested to encourage independent learning that will reinforce the vocabulary and students’ knowledge about the topic.
This lesson works great in combination with other environmental lesson plans such as: “Tackling rising sea levels“, “Stop food waste”, “How we get tree planting wrong”, “Greenwashing” as well as the worksheets “Phrasal verbs: the environment” and “Idioms: the summer”
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