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Use this lesson plan with your primary learners to explore ways of making the classroom more environmentally friendly.

A teacher on a rock in a shallow river explaining something to his primary students

The Climate Action in Language Education series

This lesson is part of our series of 'Climate Action in Language Education' teaching materials. There are twelve lesson plans in the series, available for teachers of primary, secondary and adult learners of English. See the full list of lesson plans in this series.

About this lesson plan

This lesson focuses on green classrooms, encouraging learners to think about ways in which they can make their classroom greener. By teaching primary children more about this topic, we can help them to develop the vocabulary they need to take part in important dialogues around sustainability in the future and help them understand that they can do their bit to make their world greener.

The lesson begins with a warmer to introduce the topic. This is followed by a photo-based activity to recycle vocabulary related to classrooms. Learners then talk about green classrooms before doing a ‘find the differences’ activity, where they examine two illustrations of classrooms, one of which has several green elements. Learners finish this section of the lesson with a guided discussion about each of the green aspects in the classroom. The lesson finishes with a poster activity in which learners work in small groups to share ideas for how to make a green classroom and then make a ‘Do and don’t’ poster.

The lesson plan and student materials have been designed to be used in either face-to-face classrooms or remote teaching contexts.

Aims:

  • To raise awareness of sustainability issues
  • To review and learn vocabulary related to the classroom
  • To develop creativity and critical thinking
  • To promote communication and collaborative skills
  • To develop speaking and visual literacy skills

Age and level:

Primary learners aged 6–8 years at CEFR A1 level and above

Time:

1 hour 15 minutes approximately 

Materials:

The materials can be downloaded below in PDF format

  • Lesson plan for remote teaching contexts
  • Lesson plan for face-to-face classroom teaching
  • Remote teaching class presentation
  • Student worksheets
Downloads

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