Climate change and Greta Thunberg

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Vocabulary - environment

climate change lesson plan


This climate change lesson plan touches upon the environmental issues and is based on a speech by Greta Thunberg, a Swedish schoolgirl who began protesting about the need for immediate action to combat climate change outside the Swedish parliament.

B2 / Upper Intermediate75 minStandard LessonPrintable & Digital$6 Plan


The worksheet starts with two vocabulary activities. The first exercise is all about words which are usually used when talking about the environment. Students see groups of words. There are four words in each group. They have to find one word in each group which is different from the rest.

The next task is based on the odd words from the previous exercise. Now, students have to complete the given expressions with words which were different in each group in ex. 1. Then, students move to a pair discussion. They get five statements to discuss. All these sentences include words from previous exercises.


The reading part is not very extensive. It focuses on a short bio of Greta Thunberg. Before giving your students the text you can ask them whether they’ve heard about Greta and her activity. In this task students need to read the text and match some highlighted words with their meanings. This way they learn more about the activist and get some background information before watching her speech.


Finally, students watch a speech by Greta Thunberg that she made during the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference. There is only one exercise connected with the video. Students get a list of quotes from the speech. They have to read them and answer questions related to each quote. This climate change lesson plan is prepared for B2 students and should take around 60/75 minutes depending on students’ engagement.



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  1. Thank you for sharing this beneficial lesson. I’m interested in creating lessons like this myself! May i ask how long it takes you to create such content?


    1. Chris, it’s hard to say exactly. However, if you think about the whole process I believe it takes us at least 8 hrs of work to develop a lesson plan from scratch.


  2. Definitely not going to use this propaganda tool in my class! No, thank you 🙂


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