During the last school year, Classes 1^B and 1^C of junior High school of IC “R. Moro”, Taranto – Italy, developed a C.l.I.L. activity about: “Our carbon foot print”.
Following their previous knowledge about the water cycle and some ecological issues, they were guided by their teachers to carry out a general brainstorming concerning the environment and other related topics; they learned about ecosystems: atmosphere, soil, water and living beings, they studied the carbon cycle and found out that carbon is present in the natural environment.
Step by step, they built up their vocabulary, they worked in pairs and in small groups and had great time too. Learning by doing they created posters and slogans and it was really amusing for them;
They tested and graded their carbon footprint and understood how fast we consume resources and generate waste.
They debated about Global warming, pollution, recycling, the ozone layer and deforestation; they focused on What to do to reduce our carbon footprint and Why, filled in charts with missing information and learnt how they can make a difference in the world to preserve our wonderful natural beauties.
They children used Google Classroom app to keep in touch with their teachers and their classmates and share their activities with them.
Now they are aware that the environmental implications are in our everyday activities It would be a big mistake not doing anything to help our planet, they promised they won’t give up and they hope they can change our world, but above all they are very proud of learning all the above improving their English knowledge.