In loving memory of Molly “Gran” Warren
Artwork by Ivan Solé Martínez
Level: Lower Intermediate
The main object of the activity is to make students aware, in a pleasant way, of the need to respect Nature and look after the environment. I have also tried to encourage student motivation towards Natural History and Science, which explains why I am dealing with a few basic concepts and some specific vocabulary belonging to those fields.
Warming up activity: Find out whether your students like going to the country. Let them tell you about any excursions they have made... the itineraries, the activities, the stories, etc. Then explain the following situation: A group of students living in an industrial town travel by coach to “The Woods”, a lovely spot in the country where they intend to carry out a number of activities...
The Boardgame: Make groups of 4/5 students and do the “Starting Out Activity”. Afterwards, students take it in turns to throw the dice and ‑starting at the “Town”‑ move their counters on the board. On their way to the country and back, the students will be asked to perform some tasks and answer some questions. The tasks vary (see separate sheets) and must be done ‑one at a time‑ whenever a student lands on boxes No. 6, 16, 26 or 36. Should the students succeed, they get a piece from a puzzle that will eventually be completed. A very special task awaits those who land on “The Woods”. Students who land on box No. 11 will be slightly delayed: they miss a turn because of a flat tyre in their coach. Whenever a student lands on any of the other boxes s/he must try a question. If his/her‑answers are correct, again s/he gets a piece from the puzzle. There are 35 pieces in all. Obviously, the teacher should have cut them out beforehand. Game ends when the students have won all the pieces. Then they proceed to do the puzzle. This portrays a country scene. The students describe it and comment on it. Do they notice anything wrong or unusual? What do they think is the “moral” of it all?
Post‑activity: To round off the activity, the students could make a wallchart on the topics of country life and/or environment protection. Why not organize an excursion too? Don’t forget your cameras!
STARTING OUT ACTIVITY
Give stds. a copy of the grid below. Allow them 1 minute to write lists of words according to the categories given. Read their answers. The student with the most correct words will be the first to throw the dice. Should there be a draw, toss a coin to decide who plays first.
WHAT´ S IN THE COUNTRYSIDE?
8) Name an infectious disease (Flu, Measles, Mumps...)
23) What's the percentage of water ín the human body? (About 70%)
BOX No. 6.
BOX No. 16.
Rocks are very interesting to look at, there are so many of them! Try and find the names of 9 minerals in the letter soup . If you need a clue, you may be interested to know that the letters around the box are the first two of the words you are looking for.
BOX No. 26
BOX No. 36.
"THE WOODS "
At one point during their rambles through the woods, the students meet Mrs Warren, a lady who has always lived far from the bustle and hustle of big cities. She talks to the kids, who learn that she had been a farmer for some time. Read her story.
* STARTING OUT ACTIVITY
* BOX No. 6.
* BOX No. 16.
* BOX No. 26.
* BOX No. 36.
SUNFLOWER, TULIP, VIOLET.
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