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Teaching Resource: THE BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLE OF CARBON The green house effect 1

Subject taught
- Biology


Type of Product
- Videos

Language Skills Developed
- Listening
- Reading

Transferable/Scientific Skills Developed
To observe, analyze 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 to connect it To face problematic situations

General aims The general aim is to stimulate the students to a sensible and concrete awareness regarding global issues about the development and conservation of life on our planet. The greenhouse effect is an increasingly current problem about whose effects on the climate people are worrying more and more. Its consequences led to climate change and worsening in many areas of our planet. Drought seems to be one of the main consequences with disastrous effects both for fauna and, especially, for vegetation. Linguistic aims • Improving language skills in L2 • Enriching scientific vocabulary • Knowing how to move from one linguistic register to another • Producing clear and coherent texts in L2 • Summarizing written texts Subject specific aims • To understand the role the atmosphere is playing in the greenhouse effect; • To understand the functioning of a greenhouse; • To identify the greenhouse gases present in the atmosphere and understand how they are mainly responsible for the rise of temperature; • To understand how different human actions are responsible for the increase in the concentration of greenhouse gases, especially CO2, • To understand what possible measures can be undertaken to protect our planet. Target group age 14-15 age 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 1h confrontation and discussion with the class How to use it This resource is very simple, it serves as an introduction. In a clear and simple way, a cartoon explains what the greenhouse effect is, why it is called in this way and what causes are determining it. After the video, the teacher divides the class into small groups who have to analyze and study the proposed resource by building a list with all the new vocabulary acquired. Furthermore, after examining some images provided by the teacher, they must build a short questionnaire which can be formulated with open or closed questions. In addition, students will have to produce a short report with personal suggestions to solve the problem or part of it. In the second meeting, after a brainstorming, analysis, resource data and possible solutions will be compared and the questionnaires produced by the various groups will be administered. All the work will then 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, so that digital skills are further encouraged. The work will be presented to different classes Possible difficulties for the students It is an easy resource that does not present difficulties for students neither for the contents nor for the language