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Heatwaves and the changing climate

Course: Weekly lessons, Unit: Science, technology, and environment

  • 70 mins
  • In class
  • Reading
  • A2


Learning goals:

  • Understand and respond to an article on heatwaves and climate change
  • Be able to identify and use vocabulary related to climate change

Published by

EF Education First


Success criteria:

  • Identify the main ideas in the article
  • Correctly answer detailed questions about the article
  • Infer meaning of new words from the article
  • Share information and opinions on heatwaves and climate change

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Activities (12)

Introduction

Introduction

Recommendations

  • 2 mins
  • Class
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

No instructions

 

Warm up

Warm up

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Group, Class
  • Core
  • Video


Student instructions

Watch the video. Discuss the questions your teacher asks you.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce the topic of heatwaves and climate change using a short video of a wildfire. This prepares students for the Lead in and Read activities.
Use the following questions as prompts for a short discussion.

 

Lead in

Lead in

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core
  • Text entry, mixed


Student instructions

Look at the two maps showing temperatures in 1976 and 2018. Orange and red colours show hotter than normal temperatures. Blue colours show colder than normal temperatures. Then discuss and make notes on the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to activate students' knowledge of vocabulary related to extreme weather and climate change. It also prepares them further for the Read activity.

 

Read: Main ideas

Read: Main ideas

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Gap fill, closed


Student instructions

Match the main ideas to the paragraphs. There is one idea that you don't need.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to identify the main ideas in a text.
Students can read the reference material 'Skimming' to find out more about how to read for main ideas. Encourage them to not look up new words or focus on details. Explain that they will read the article again in later activities.

 

Language

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Core
  • Matching, closed


Student instructions

Look at the key language in bold in the article. Then match the definitions to the words.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to introduce students to key language from the article.
Encourage students to refer to the article and find clues that may help them guess the meaning of the new words.

 

Practice

Recommendations

  • 5 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Group
  • Support
  • Gap fill, closed


Student instructions

Fill in the gaps to complete the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to practise using the vocabulary from Language.
Extension
Have students work in pairs and discuss the questions. Encourage them to look up information online if necessary.

 

Read: Detail

Read: Detail

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Core
  • Multiple choice, closed


Student instructions

Read the article again and answer the questions.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to understand specific information in the article.
Extension
Have fast finishers write more questions about the text for the others, then have them ask the class at the end of the activity.

 

Language extension 1

Language extension 1

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Pair
  • Challenge
  • Sequencing, closed


Student instructions

There are a lot of ways to say the weather is hot. Put the words in the correct order to make sentences.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to present students with different ways of saying that they are feeling hot, or that the weather is hot.
Explain to students that talking about the weather is a common way to start a conversation or make small talk in English-speaking countries.

 

Language extension 2

Language extension 2

Recommendations

  • 6 mins
  • Individual, Pair, Class
  • Challenge
  • Text entry, model


Student instructions

Read about connecting words, then try writing your own sentences connecting the ideas. Use a different connector in each sentence.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to study connecting words used in the text and do a short practice activity.
This may be too challenging for students who are weaker grammatically. The activity could be skipped, or weaker students could be paired with stronger ones.

 

Respond

Respond

Recommendations

  • 8 mins
  • Pair, Group, Class
  • Core
  • Discussion


Student instructions

Read the questions and think about what you want to say. Then share your opinions with others.


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to give a personal response to the topic of the article.
Have students read the questions individually first and think about what they want to say. Encourage them to think about how they could use language they have studied in the lesson.

 

Follow up

Follow up

Recommendations

  • 13 mins
  • Individual, Pair
  • Challenge
  • Writing, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is to write a message about the effects of climate change and heatwaves, and what can be done to help.
Have students refer to the points that were discussed in the article and Respond activity to help them with ideas.

 

Exit ticket

Exit ticket

Recommendations

  • 4 mins
  • Individual
  • Core
  • Text entry, open


Student instructions

No instructions


Teacher notes

The aim of this activity is for students to review and practise using a new word that they learned during the lesson.

 
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