Use this lesson plan in face-to-face, online or hybrid teaching to help your students consider the impact of Covid-19 on the environment.


During this lesson, students will consider the impact that the pandemic had on the environment and ask themselves if they want to go back to ‘normal’, to life as it was before the pandemic.

They begin by watching a clever animated cartoon showing how the planet healed while humans were in lockdown. Next, they will study some useful compound nouns and apply these to examples of life before and during the pandemic. The focus from here on is about the future, including a discussion and a video from Friends of the Earth. Finally, students will send some ideas to the United Nations in the form of a simple manifesto, with photos and hopes for the future.  


Students will:

  • learn vocabulary (compound nouns) associated with the environment
  • improve listening, speaking and writing skills
  • develop more awareness of the environment, in the past and future 

Age and level

Secondary students at CEFR level B1.2 and above


45–55 minutes


The lesson plan and student worksheet can be downloaded below in PDF format

In addition, you will need the following video links:

Excellent sources for optional reading:

Important: Please read

Included in the teachers' notes for each lesson, you will find:

  • Guidance and advice on managing group and pair work activities in face-to-face classrooms with physical distancing protocols.
  • Guidance and advice for what teachers need to know and do before and at the beginning of an online class. Please read the lesson instructions carefully before using them. They are for guidance only, and designed to be used with the most common online platforms. You may need to adapt the lesson to the format and online platform you are working with.

A combination of the lesson plan for online teaching and the lesson plan for face-to-face teaching can be used in 'hybrid' situations, where some students in the class are studying from home and others are physically in the classroom. Classroom material for the online lesson is provided as a PDF.

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Submitted by Julio J. Geronimo on Wed, 01/12/2022 - 12:40

Thank you for this Lesson Plan. It's interesting.

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