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The Greenhouse Effect

Subject taught
- Biology

Link
https://www.nationalgeographic.org/encyclopedia/greenhouse-effect/

Type of Product
- Web Site/Portal

Language Skills Developed
- Reading
- Speaking
- Writing

Transferable/Scientific Skills Developed
Students will develop self-motivation, analytical skills, critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills.

Description
General aims
Students will be able to explain the phenomenon, its causes and effects and provide solutions to related problems in their context. They will acquire the basic English vocabulary connected with the topic (greenhouse effect). Students will develop positive learning habits such as organisational and problem-solving skills.
Linguistic aims
Students will be able to:
- read English texts with ease
- reflect on their reading experience and share it with their peers
- get the main ideas from a text
- comprehend the topic correctly
- translate words connected with the topic (greenhouse effect) from English into their mother tongue.
Subject specific aims
Students will be able to:
- explain the phenomenon, its causes and effects
- provide solutions to related problems in their context
- act pro-socially and prevent the phenomenon
Target groups age:
Students from high school 16-18+ years old. What is more, this web site can be used by anyone who wants to do extend knowledge about the greenhouse effect.
Level of competence in English (CEFR)
B1+/B2
Time required to use the resource with the students: 2 or 3 hours
The material can be divided into three parts. This way the teacher can use the resource with the students in three lessons.

How to use it
The teacher can ask the students to familiarize themselves with the first part of the website at home. Thus, students will learn about the phenomenon (causes, effects and solutions). Students will get familiar with the English vocabulary – the embedded dictionary will enable students to understand the text and the introductory pictures will make it memorable and help students to retain the new words.
In the classroom the teacher will check students’ understanding of the text through true/false sentences about the text or questions:
What is the greenhouse effect? What is global warming?
Why does it happen? What are its causes?
What are the effects of global warming
What can we do about it?
Students give the answers supported by examples. The teacher should point the good answers on the web site and show students examples. The teacher highlights some new words for students in English and students should find the translation these words into the mother tongue and write down the new words in English in the notebook with the right translation.
As a second class teachers can select and have one of the lessons in the resources in the classroom resources section (lessons). These lessons provide teachers with lesson plans accompanied by videos, pictures and articles on the topic. For instance, students can learn about droughts and the link between climate change and water access through videos, articles or pictures. Students can also analyse a real-world environmental case of ‘building an oil pipeline through British Columbia’ and identify its impact and the consequences of the stakeholders’ decisions.
As a third class, students will focus on the phenomenon in their context,
work in groups and create a poster (The greenhouse effect in my city/ What
are its causes/ What are its effects/How can we stop this?). Then they will
present them in class to their peers. Discussions will folow.

Possible difficulties for the students
Students who have poor knowledge of English can have problems with understanding the content.

Comments
The resource provides interesting self-directed learning. The strengths of the web site lie in the rich content, clarity of explanations and its teaching materials. There are: - clear accessible explanations - the phenomenon is described in its complexity: causes, effects, solutions - in depth related resources - embedded dictionary with clear and easy explanations - examples illustrated by pictures, videos - lesson plans easy to adapt to any contexts This web site is scientifically reliable and can be recommended to students; it is well-organised and accessible. The consistent design allows the user to focus on the meaning. The layout highlights the most important points. It introduces students to the subject with an encyclopedia entry where students get familiar with the vocabulary and then guides them into the topic by explaining the phenomenon, presenting its causes and solutions. Its embedded dictionary facilitates understanding so when students come across words they do not know they can click on the work and have it clarified. The resource is visually appealing to students as it provides suggestive pictures illustrating the greenhouse effect (causes, solutions). The resource has also in-depth related resources on the topic (climate change, the industrial revolution, Carbon dioxide levels, etc) as well as teaching materials (lesson plans, articles). The resources can be used as support for a range of learning activities (self- study, project work). The suggested lesson plans can inspire and motivate teachers in their work. The weakness: some handouts are not accessible.

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The Greenhouse Effect