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  • 1. 2nd ESO Practice English students and their bit with the EnvironmentBy Nieves Abellán Moll. English Language teacher in IES La Mola.Environment is always an interesting subject our students in 2nd ESO Practice Englishenjoy working. This year we have devoted quite enough sessions to this issue, dealingwith the four skills, speaking, listening, writing and reading and also with vocabulary.To start with we had a vocabulary session with our British conversational assistant, LucyCurtis. We worked on the most important words using matching exercises and answeringorally to questions about their personal way of recycling. The worksheets we did were W1and W2. We also listened to Jack Johnson’s “The Tree R’s song” and tried to read the lyricsfrom a worksheet and sing (W3). We also enjoyed watching the video of the song wherethere are no subtitles but the lyrics are shown in the images themselves which makes itquite difficult and funny at the same time to follow them.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1yBQv1hLRY&feature=related During next session we watched another video from Youtube. This time was ananimated short story called The Whispering palms. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJtlanzlgFw It shows how Mori’s family learnt to live by means of using, reusing and recyclingwhat nature offers them. First, we watched the video without subtitles in English, thenwith them and finally, after checking they had already a general understanding, theyworked on a reading comprehension with questions about it. (W4). As students showed an amazing enthusiastic attitude when working with thesevideos, we also offered them another animated video of a song called Recycle Rex Son.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DAvCsLPCGVE. Before watching it, they hadto fill in the gaps of the missing words in an individual worksheet with the written lyrics
  • 2. and once checked and understood, we saw the video and tried to sing the song. It wasquite funny! (W5) To finish with this subject of Environment, students visited a webpage called 55ways to save energy http://www.ronitbaras.com/focus-on-the-family/kids-children/55-ways-to-save-the-environment-and-make-a-difference/ . Afterreading and understanding most of them, each student had to choose three of them andlook for a suitable logo in the net to illustrate their sentences. Obviously, they had toadapt those sentences to the idea they wanted to express and have them correctedafterwards. Then we wrote them on small colourful cards and spread them on a nice bigposter next to the logos. You can see it hanging on the wall in our school corridor. Youcan bet we feel proud about having done a good job!
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  • 6. (W4)THE WHISPERING PALMS, by Deepa Gagwani and Tina SuchanekMori was a little girl with big brown eyes. She lived with her parents in a beautiful coconutgrove next to a small blue lake.Every morning, she balanced a big empty basket on her head as she walked down to thelake. Her mother followed with the laundry and her father brought the big fishing net. Hermother washed the clothes on a stone next to the lake, while her father went fishing. Hedragged the net ashore and they collected the fish in a big basket. Sometimes a turtle gotstuck in the net, but Mori always hurried to the rescue.One sunny morning, while fishing with her father, Mori said: “If we catch so many fish, oneday there won’t be any left!” Her mother laughed and sent her off to school.Under the shade of the trees, Mori’s mother fell into an uneasy sleep. Se dreamt of a lakewith no fish, while the wind in the palm leaves whispered: “The waters and the land havealways taken care of your family, so you have to take care of them in return.” She awokewith tears in her eyes, for she didn’t know how to bring up Mori without selling enoughfish. All afternoon she sat, weaving coconut mats and thinking about her dream.That night Mori heard her parents whisper as the oil lamp burned deep into the night. Thenext morning, her father gave her a smaller basket. “How can we carry all the fish in thislittle basket?” Mori asked. “We will only take as many fish as will fit inside this basket,” hereplied. Mori was puzzled.When she came back from school, she was happy to find her mother making soap and oilfrom the coconuts. Mori swiftly climbed up a tree to get more coconuts, but her mothercautioned: “Don’t pluck them; we must only use what the tree gives us”. Her father added:“We have taken only fallen coconuts for these things. Look, we’ve even made this soapwith a jasmine flower inside!”From that day on, the family made brooms from the palm leaves and wove mats fromcoconut fiber. They took soap, oil and only a small number of fish to the market. WhenMori grew older, she loved to carve tiny turtles out of coconut shells and always wore onearound her neck. 1. VOCABULARY. Translate into Spanish the following words: coconut grove tears big empty basket to bring up laundry weaving coconut mats fishing net puzzled dragged ashore soap got stuck swiftly shade Don’t pluck them uneasy sleep brooms wind carve whispered coconut shells have always taken care of
  • 7. 2. Answer the following questions:1. Where did Mori live?..................................................................................................................2. What did Mori do every morning?.................................................................................................................3. What did her mother do?..................................................................................................................4. What did her father do?..................................................................................................................5. Why did Mori’s mother wake up with tears in her eyes?..................................................................................................................6. What did her father give Mori the following morning?..................................................................................................................7. What things did they do from coconuts from that day on? What other thingsdid they do from the coconut fiber and from the palm leaves?……………………………………………………………………………………....................................................................................................................
  • 8. (W5)RECYCLE REXWho knew it wasn’t rightJust to toss out of sightBut now I’m gonna keep it cleanI’m gonna start recycling.A little here, a little thereWill help the rivers and the airDo it now, start todayClose the loop; it’s the only wayIt’s such an easy thing to doAnd it begins with me and youWe can make a differenceWe can make old newRECYCLE, REDUCE, REUSEAND CLOSE THE LOOP, WE CAN CLOSE THE LOOP (2)Plastic, bottles, aluminium foil,Glass containers and motor oilPapers, cans, that old magazineWe got one land, let’s keep it cleanSo bug your neighbour, tell a friendCircles never really endDon’t just toss it, keep it newWe can do it, so can you!Don’t wait! It’s something we must doRight now the earth depends on youYou can make a differenceYou can make old newRECYCLE, REDUCE, REUSEAND CLOSE THE LOOP, WE CAN CLOSE THE LOOP (3)
  • 9. RECYCLE REXWho knew it wasn’t rightJust to toss out of sightBut now I’m gonna keep it …………I’m gonna start…………….A little here, a little thereWill help the ………… and the ………Do it now, start todayClose the loop; it’s the only wayIt’s such an easy thing to doAnd it begins with me and youWe can make a ………….We can make …………new………………., …………………., ………………………,AND CLOSE THE LOOP, WE CAN CLOSE THE LOOP (2)Plastic,…………… , aluminium foil,Glass ……………and motor oilPapers, cans, that old …………….We got one land, let’s keep it cleanSo bug your………………, tell a friendCircle never really endDon’t just toss it, keep it ………….We can do it, so can you!Don’t wait! It’s something we …………….doRight now the earth depends on youYou can make a ………………..You can make ………… new…………………., ……………………….., ……………………..AND CLOSE THE LOOP, WE CAN CLOSE THE LOOP (3)Fill in the gaps with the following words:Cleanair,REDUCEBottlesContainersmagazinenewmust REDUCEdifferencerecyclingREUSE neighbourdifferenceoldRECYCLE oldriversRECYCLEREUSE