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Teaching Resource: THE BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLE OF CARBON The green house effect 2

Subject taught
- Biology


Type of Product
- Web Site/Portal

Language Skills Developed
- 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 how a greenhouse works; • To identify the greenhouse gases present in the atmosphere and understand how they are mainly responsible for the rise in temperature; • To understand how different anthropogenic 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 3 h ? 2h presentation and analysis of the resource 1h discussion with the class How to use it After a brief introduction relating to the presentation of this resource, the teacher divides the class into small groups that must read, understand and produce two schemes on the subject. In the first scheme, the thermal balance of the Earth must be highlighted, in the second, the changes in CO2 concentrations emitted into the atmosphere since 1800 to today must be analyzed. For this second scheme, students must integrate the examined resource with a personal research and build the related chart. They then have to compare their data with the other groups and start a comparison and discussion on the issue. This work must also result in the final product that students will present at the end of the entire learning unit. The work can be produced in Power Point, through videos, audio interviews, animations. In this way, students further enhance their digital skills. The work will be presented to different classes Possible difficulties for the students The difficulty could be understanding the phenomena that underlie the delicate thermal balance