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Topic

Climate Change

Grades

9th, 10th, 11th, 12th

Subjects

World Languages, Spanish

Duration

120 minutes

Regional Focus

North America, United States, USA - Northeast, New Jersey

Format

Google Docs, Google Slides

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La Rutina Diaria y el Planeta: Los Plásticos

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Feb 21, 2024
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Synopsis

This lesson explores ways to reduce carbon emissions through the reduction of disposable plastics in daily routines.

 

Step 1 - Inquire: Students watch a music video and identify actions and objects in the daily routine associated with disposable plastics.

 

Step 2 - Investigate: Students learn about the connection between plastics and climate change.

 

Step 3 - Inspire: Students explore efforts in Spanish-speaking countries to reduce plastic consumption, and then complete an individual or group project.

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Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This lesson can easily be integrated into a unit on daily routines, the environment, or the present tense.

  • Students are exposed to ways that Latin American countries are leading the way in solving the plastics problem.

  • The lesson engages students with two games, Quizlet live and Kahoot.

  • The vocabulary related to plastic items is scaffolded so that students can independently navigate the Spanish-language websites and complete the final project with confidence.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The activities presume novice-high Spanish-language proficiency.

  • Students should be familiar with reflexive verbs in the present tense, verbs like gustar to express opinions, and daily routine vocabulary.

  • To prepare to teach this lesson, teachers can learn about plastics and recycling.

  • This NPR/Frontline report from 2020 and this in-depth Greenpeace España report analyze the limits of recycling as a solution to the plastic problem.
  • Bioplastics are made from natural ingredients such as corn. This flier, produced by Break Free From Plastic, provides data about the drawbacks of this solution.

Differentiation

Scientist Notes

We have a problem with plastics; they are everywhere. And they are bad for the climate and our health. This lesson shows how some countries are trying to reduce the use of plastics. This lesson passed our scientific review process.


Tenemos un problema con los plásticos; están por todas partes. Y son malos para el clima y nuestra salud. Esta lección muestra cómo algunos países están tratando de reducir el uso de plásticos. Esta lección pasó nuestro proceso de revisión científica.

Standards

Note On Standards:

This lesson is aligned to New Jersey standards. Review the aligned standards directly in the lesson plan document and teacher slideshow.

Discover more on the New Jersey Climate Education Hub.
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