1 Introduce the topic of World Environment Day (WED). Ask students what they think the purpose is of World Environment Day.
Put your students in groups of 3 – 4 and ask the students to brainstorm the topic in small groups:
- Problems facing the environment
Things we can do to help
After 5 minutes, open class feedback with the whole class.
2 Now in the same groups, tell the students that they will be producing a poster for WED about the top 5 environmental problems today. First, they will carry out a webquest to find out information.
3 Give the students the World Environment Day Worksheets 1 and 2. Students need to find the specific information on the websites in order to complete the worksheets. They can also use these websites as a source of information for their poster.
4 Give class feedback on the Worksheets.
5 Introduce the task of producing a poster to celebrate WED in their school. This could be done on paper/card, or could be done on a website like glogster (www.glogster.com).
The poster will list the top 5 environmental problems, and the top 5 environmental actions that people can take to look after the environment. Your students can include pictures and text. Ask them to think carefully about their message and the aim of the poster: to educate other students in their school about World Environment Day/environmental problems and what they can do. Their posters can be displayed around the school or put up on their school website.
4. Writing / Speaking: Students write a survey in small groups, to find out what their classmates currently do to look after the environment.
Students carry out their survey by asking their questions to a number of their classmates.
Further Web Resources
Rhythms of the Earth 2012 WED song. Students can listen to this song that was made for the 2012 WED:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQe9uZwmOrc
2 Ocean Minutes – Jim Toomey http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4fNW8spFS_o A 2 minute film about the importance of marine coastal environments