In this lesson plan on extinction, students will learn a lot of related vocabulary, watch a video featuring David Attenborough and work on a group project on the protection of wildlife.
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The pre‐class worksheet starts with a vocabulary task. First, students get a list of sentences that they need to complete by choosing the correct words. Next, working on the same sentences, they have to find the synonyms of words such as protect, protection, unspoiled, etc. Thanks to these two activities, students will learn a lot of vocabulary connected with nature, e.g. extinction, species, wildlife, biodiversity, habitat, etc.
This part of the lesson plan starts with a pronunciation task. Students have to repeat after a teacher the list of words (including commonly mispronounced words such as wilderness or species). Next, they discuss the questions which check whether they know who David Attenborough is.
Listening comprehension (video) and group project
When it comes to the first listening comprehension task, students just watch the first part of the video and summarize what crisis David Attenborough and other speakers talk about. Before watching the second part, they have to brainstorm the ways humans destroy ecosystems. Then, they watch the second part and do a true or false exercise. Again, before watching the last part of the video (comprehension questions), students brainstorm the ways we can safeguard our planet. Next, students complete and discuss some statements connected with the protection of our planet. This lesson plan on extinction ends with the wildlife project. Students work in pairs or groups and come up with a small local initiative that could help protect wildlife. Finally, they share their initiative with the whole class. Encourage other students to comment on the initiatives of other groups.
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