Earth Day lessons and activities are an important part of any Spanish classroom. Not only do they provide an engaging way to learn about environmental issues, but they can also help students build a deeper understanding of the complex global network that is today’s world.
By providing lessons and activities related to environmental issues, Spanish teachers can help students come away with a better appreciation for their own culture while also gaining an appreciation for the cultures of others. Additionally, Earth Day lessons can be structured around topics like climate change and renewable energy sources, which are important conversations to have in today’s world. Teachers not only help their students become more knowledgeable citizens, but also allow them to experience a broader view of today’s complex world.
Ready-to-Teach Lesson Plans and Activities for Earth Week
• 6 Earth Day Spanish Class Activities – Check out this list of activities and instructions for beginner, intermediate and advanced students.
• Puerto Rico: Los desafíos mundiales – El medioambiente Scaffolded Activities – A set of 4 scaffolded activities for novice, intermediate, and intermediate/advanced students. Activities include: los huracanes, Eco-Schools, El Yunque, and la Bahía bioluminiscente.
• Environmental Issues in Spanish Speaking Countries Sub-Plan – By the end of this activity, students will have researched geographical information about a specific Spanish-speaking country, while learning about environmental issues that impact that particular country. Students will also develop prepare a presentation of their findings, in Spanish and English, to practice their writing and speaking skills.
• Spanish Song Agua para la vida by Shaka y Dres Cloze Activity – This is what Spanish teacher Janet W. said about this activity: “So wonderful to find a source of Earth Day-related school-appropriate content. I especially appreciate the multiple versions, so the teacher can choose which works best for any particular level/section. Thank you!”
• Relative Pronouns: The Environment Lesson Plan – In this lesson, students learn about the relative pronouns and use the environment vocabulary to practice. They will use the instructions of several eco-friendly projects to create an oral presentation using relative pronouns. They will also play a game in pairs where they join two sentences using relative pronouns.
• Present Subjunctive with Expressions of Doubt: Environment and Environment Issues and Solutions Lesson Plan – By the end of this lesson, students can describe common environmental issues and the challenges that we face and use common expressions of doubt and possibility to describe current circumstances, especially with the present subjunctive.
• Present Subjunctive with Conjunctions: Caring for the Environment, Endangered Animals Lesson Plan – By the end of this lesson, students can identify and understand common expressions related to the topics of environment and endangered animals. They will also understand when the present subjunctive is being used in combination with certain expressions to signify certain nuances.
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