World Environment Day is a fantastic opportunity to devote time and effort to important environmental issues. Here’s how to celebrate on the 5th of June with your young English language learners using activities from Ladybird Readers BBC Earth books.
This year, the theme for World Environment Day is: Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.
This theme can be used to explore different ecosystems and inspire students to get involved with ecosystem restoration. To get you started, we’ve compiled a selection of Ladybird Readers and correlating activities that can help you cover this topic in your classroom.
1. Test your forest vocabulary
Introduce vocabulary associated with forests using these downloadable flashcards. They can be used to role-play scenes from the story, as prompts to ask children to name the picture and as talking points about the subject matter.
2. Discover forests of the world.
Using the map below, introduce the different types of forests to your pupils and discuss where they are located across the world. Chat through the three different types of forests and help them understand how each of them is unique.
3. Ask questions about forests.
Use these questions to consider why forests are important and help them understand what we can do to restore them.
4. Watch the forests video
Sign in to the website to watch the BBC Earth: Forests video with your young learners. They will love watching the ducks in the forest and this can be a fantastic talking point to talk about wildlife and their environments together.
5. Learn mountain vocabulary
Introduce vocabulary associated with forests using these downloadable flashcards. From animals that reside in these locales to the weather conditions, these detailed cards are a great way to capture their attention.
Use the map below to introduce the many mountain ranges on Earth. It will help them understand how expansive the world is and learn some of the biggest ranges across the globe.
7. Play true or false
Use these statements to discuss the problems mountains are facing, such as deforestation and changing weather conditions, and what we can do to help.
8. Watch a mountains video
Sign in to the website to watch the BBC Earth: Mountains video with your learners. With stunning cinematography and fun scenes of baboons, it’s a great way to get them to understand the environment.
What else can you do to celebrate World Environment Day?
You can visit the World Environment Day website for many more ideas and discussion points. You can also download the Ecosystem Restoration Playbook to help identify opportunities in your area and find partners and support. It will also show you how to relieve pressure on ecosystems through personal actions, and by encouraging everyone to get serious about sustainability.