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Teaching Resource: THE BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLE OF CARBON What is global warming

Subject taught
- Biology
- Chemistry


Type of Product
- Articles
- Videos

Language Skills Developed
- Listening
- Reading

Transferable/Scientific Skills Developed
To observe, analyse and describe phenomena belonging to natural reality and to the aspects of daily life To formulate hypothesis and verify them To use simple schematizations and modelling To acquire and understand information and know how toconnect it To face problematic situations.

General aims This teaching resource represents a starting point, a useful introduction to deal with the topic of the whole learning unit. It aims to raise students' awareness about environmental issues, to solicit questions, curiosities, reflections, to formulate hypotheses and verify them, using simple schemes and models. It also aims to recognize the main interactions between the natural world and the human community, identifying the problems of human intervention in different ecosystems. The resource in question (National Geographic 22/01/19) begins with a video that clearly and effectively presents the problem. Greenhouse gases are the principal factors responsible for climate change. Their increase in the atmosphere has very serious consequences, not only for the environment but also for human health. The article highlights the effects produced by the rise of temperatures and how this is also responsible for extreme weather events, the changes in populations and wildlife, the rising of the sea level and a number of other impacts. Linguistic aims • To improve language skills in L2 • To enrich scientific vocabulary • To know how to move from one linguistic register to another • To produce clear and coherent texts in L2 (104) • To summarize written texts Subject specific aims • To understand the meaning of global warming • To understand the issues related to it • To know how to identify the causes that determine it Target group age 14-15 years old Level of competence in English (CEFR) B1 Time required to use the resource with the students 2 h : 1h presentation and analysis of the resource and 1h comparison and discussion The teacher introduces and analyzes the topic and divides the class into small groups that have to study the resource at home and integrate it with personal research. The teacher can also provide a series of extra images to encourage next brainstorming. Students confront each other in small groups and together they must formulate a questionnaire that will be proposed to the other groups during the next meeting. For the presentation of the questionnaires they will use Kahoot (game-based learning platform, very effective and fun to propose quizzes). At the end, each group must build its own work on what has been studied and learned in relation to this resource. This work will be included in the final one which will cover the entire learning unit. The work can be produced in Power Points, through videos, audio interviews, animations ..., in this way digital skills are further developed Possible difficulties for the students The resource does not present any particular issues for the students