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Use this lesson with secondary students to look at extreme weather events in relation to the climate crisis.

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

In this lesson, learners will learn extreme weather vocabulary and read and listen to news reports about weather events. They then collaborate in groups and role play an emergency meeting to save their town. This lesson would be suitable as a supplement to a unit on weather, geography or the environment, after a recent extreme weather event, or near World Meteorological Day on 23 March.

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 increasing risk of extreme weather events due to global heating
  • To review vocabulary of weather events, e.g. hurricane; collocations about weather, e.g. heavy rains, advised to stay indoors
  • To listen for specific information
  • To collaborate creatively on an awareness-raising event

Age and level:

Lower secondary learners at upper-intermediate level (CEFR B2)

Time:

90 minutes approximately or two shorter lessons

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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