Use this lesson with secondary students to promote upcycling and its role in sustainability. 

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 upcycling, encouraging learners to think about ways in which they can upcycle common objects. By teaching teenagers 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 crossword with key ‘green’ vocabulary and a text analysis activity to model language they need for the last activity of the lesson. Learners play an upcycling speaking game, where they start thinking creatively about the possibilities that upcycling offers. In the final part of the lesson, learners work in pairs or small groups to plan, prepare, research and present their ideas for an upcycling project.

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


  • To raise awareness of sustainability issues
  • To review and learn vocabulary related to giving instructions
  • To develop creativity and critical thinking
  • To promote communication and collaborative skills
  • To develop speaking and reading skills

Age and level:

Upper secondary learners at intermediate level (CEFR B1)


90 minutes approximately


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

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