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Teaching Resource: THE BIOGEOCHEMICAL CYCLE OF CARBON The greenhouse effect and human artificial activities

Subject taught
- Biology


Type of Product
- Web Site/Portal

Language Skills Developed
- Reading

Transferable/Scientific Skills Developed
• To observe, analyze and describe phenomena belonging 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 To make it clear that the greenhouse effect, within certain limits, is a natural phenomenon that allows the heat necessary for the development of all life forms to be retained on Earth. Unfortunately, this limit has been largely exceeded in recent years, causing a worrying increase in the average temperature across our planet. According to many scientists’ opinion, greenhouse gas emissions such as methane, carbon dioxide (CO2), nitrous oxide have been significantly increasing due to industrial activities and deforestation. In particular, carbon dioxide is the main cause of global warming and in recent years it has reached levels never reached before. It is continuously produced in all combustion phenomena: from industrial exhausts to means of transport, to heating systems and domestic air conditioning In particular, this resource examines deforestation and the consequences it has on the atmosphere and on the presence of CO2 in the atmosphere. 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 Knowing the greenhouse effect and its consequences, identifying the relationships between human behavior and climate change 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 discussion with the class How to use it In the first meeting, the teacher guides the students in the analysis of the resource, also recalling the topics learned previously with the study of the other resources. The teacher then divides the class into small groups that will have to study and collect data about deforestation in a specific geographical area In addition, they will have to produce a short report with personal suggestions for solving the problem or part of it. In the second meeting, after a brainstorming, data and possible solutions will be compared. Possible difficulties for the students The resource does not present particular linguistic or comprehension problems.