ТЕМА УРОКУ: Навколишнє середовище: як зберегти його здоровим для людей
ПРАКТИЧНА: робота над навчальним текстом з метою розширення словникового запасу учнів та підготовки до творчого письма ;
РОЗВИВАЮЧА: розвивати швидку мовленнєву реакцію, навики зв'язного висловлювання, навики словникової роботи ;.
ОСВІТНЯ: розширювати знання учнів про небезпеку забруднення навколишнього середовища та наслідки від забруднення, оволодіння лексикою ;
ВИХОВНА : переконати учнів у необхідності берегти Землю.
ОБЛАДНАННЯ: слайди магнітофон картки з завданнями малюнки, підручник New Pre-Intermediate (OUP) .
ХІД УРОКУ :
STEP 1: INTRODUCTION TO THE TOPIC
Today we are going to discuss a very important topic, our environment and a great number of problems connected with the world around us. The aim of our lesson is written on the board. Our homework was to read the text, learn the words, answer the questions and be ready to discuss the main ideas of it.
A healthy environment supports personal health; a damaged environment ruins it. (a photo of ' The Earth eyes'). You can see a very impressive but gloomy photo: the picture of suffering Earth. Look at the picture, it doesn't take much time to understand that the Earth we live on is in danger. You can read the words 'Environment: to live or to die?'
(The beginning of slide show). (1) How old is the Earth? Some of the scientists consider that it is about 4,600,000 years old. If we compare the age of the Earth with the life span ( life expectancy) of a human being, it could be equal to 46 years old. People of this age have some particular problems with health and the same problems our environment has. We deal with them in our everyday life: breathe in the polluted air, listen to TV news about droughts, floods and famine in different parts of the world. We eat unhealthy food and drink dirty water. We and our environment are really part of a single world. (2) If the air is fresh, our lungs can be healthy. (3) If the water is pure, you can drink it without fear. (4) If we are surrounded by natural beauty, we feel happy. (5) If there are a lot of forests and greenery, the views are enjoyable. (6) If we take care of every little bird in frosty, snowy forests and mountains, every roe in the Carpathian mountains, we'll survive. (7) We'll have enough sea food and fish if we take care of the seas and oceans.
In our textbooks (SB p. 92) there is a quotation. Read it, please :
'Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish has been caught will we realize that we can't eat money.'
Our tasks are to decide:
Who said these words :
a) a political leader; d) an African fisherman;
b) a member of Greenpeace; e) a Greek philosopher;
c) an American Indian; f) a French farmer
When it was said :
a) in the 5-th century BC;
b) in the 19-th century;
c) in the 20-th century.
The pupils read the quotation and suggest their ideas. After the discussion we pass over to the next step of the lesson.
STEP 2: WORK IN GROUPS
The aim of the task is to train the vocabulary of the Unit and to prepare the pupils for further discussion.
The class is united into 4 groups and each group is given the following tasks (See the cards 1,2,3,4):
Find a word to the following definitions.
Form nouns from the following adjectives/ verbs.
Underline the synonyms / opposites.
Comment the quotation.
(the work is done while the slide of a sea coast is being demonstrated and eco music is played)
All the pupils are involved in work, they fulfill their group tasks (but they don't comment the last quotation), check and correct the mistakes of their friends. After the fulfillment of the tasks we start doing
LISTENING AND DISCUSSION OF THE TEXT
'The Man Who Planted Trees'
The aim of the task isto develop comprehensive and speaking skills.
For thousands of years people tried to make their life safe and protected and they always understood the importance of green forests which were the most essential part of their life.
(Slide show) Before listening and discussing the text, let's have a look at these pictures of forests. We'll see European and even Asian, unusual for us, forests.
(1) Let's have a walk along green, summer forest and
(2) have a rest on a forest gathering.
(3) Let's travel along Carpathian mountains or
(4) wander along the mysterious paths from fairy tales.
(5) This bamboo forest is unusual for us but it's the habitat for pandas and exotic birds. Pandas could become extinct species in the wild because bamboo trees are being chopped down.
(6) After Asia we'll return to our native forests and enjoy the autumn beauty of them
(7) and stop here, on a sun-lit forest clearing to discuss the importance of healthy environment.
The pupils continue working in groups. All of them listen to the text, after listening they answer the questions according to the parts of the text: e.g. Group 1 – questions to part 1, etc. If a pupil from another group has something to add, he/
she can do it. While working with the text the teacher pays special attention to the trained vocabulary.
THE MAN WHO PLANTED TREES
About forty years ago, I was taking a long trip on foot over mountain heights quite unknown to tourists. All around was barren and colourless land. Nothing grew there but wild lavender.
After five hours' walking I had still not found water. All about me was the same dryness, the same coarse grasses. I thought I saw in the distance a small black silhouette. It was a shepherd. Thirty sheep were lying about him on the baking earth. He gave me a drink and took me to his cottage on the plain.
I felt peace in the presence of this man. I asked if I might rest here for- a day. He found it quite natural—or, to be more exact, he gave me the impression that nothing could surprise him. I didn't actually need to rest, but I was interested and wished to know more about him.
1. Giono wrote the story in 1953. In which year does the actual story begin?
2. The story takes place in France. Which part of France do you think it is? Why? What is the countryside like?
3. Why do you think the writer is interested in the shepherd? What do you think he likes about his lifestyle?
I noticed that he carried for a stick an iron thick as my thumb and about a metre and a half long. He began thrusting his iron rod into the earth, making a hole in which he planted an acorn; then he refilled the hole. He was planting oak trees.
After the midday meal he resumed his planting. I suppose I must have been fairly insistent in my questioning, for he answered me. For three years had been planting trees in this wilderness. He had planted one hundred thousand. Of the hundred thousand, twenty thousand had sprouted. Of the twenty thousand he still expected to lose half. There remained ten thousand oak trees to grow where nothing had grown before.
That was when I began to wonder about the age of this man. He was obviously over fifty. Fifty-five he told me. His name was Elza Bouffier. I told him that in thirty years his ten thousand oaks would be magnificent. He answered that if God granted him life, in another thirty years he would have planted so many more that these ten thousand would be like a drop of water in the ocean.
The next day we parted.
4. How old do you think the writer was at the time of the story? A boy in his teens? In his twenties? Middle-aged? Older? Why?
5. How old will Elzeard be in thirty years time? What year will it be?
6. What do you think Elzeard's ambition is? What is his vision of the future?
I had seen too many men die during those five years not to imagine easily that Elzard Bouffier was dead, especially since, at twenty, one regards men of fifty as old men with nothing left to do but die. Не was not dead. As a matter of fact, he was extremely well. Нe had changed jobs. Нe had got rid of the sheep because they threatened his young trees. For, he told me, the war had disturbed him not at all. Нe had imperturbably continued to plant.
The oaks were then ten years old and taller than both of us. It was an impressive spectacle. I was literally speechless, and as he did not talk, we spent the whole day walking in silence through his forest. It measured eleven kilometres in length and three kilometres at its greatest width. When you remembered that all this had come from the hands and the soul of this one man, you understood that men could be as effective as God in ways other than destruction.
7. Why did the writer think that Elzeard might have died'?
8. How had the war affected Elzeard?
9. Why is the writer speechless?
10. What thoughts about human behaviour does he have in the last sentence?
The bus put me down in Vergons. In 1913 this village of ten or twelve houses had three inhabitants. All about them nettles were feeding upon the remains of abandoned houses. Now everything had changed.
Even the air. Instead of the harsh dry winds, a gentle breeze was blowing, laden with scents. A sound like water came from the mountains: it was the wind in the forest. Most amazing of all, I heard the actual sound of water falling into a pool. I saw a fountain had been built. Ruins had been cleared away, and five houses restored. Now there were twenty-eight inhabitants, four of them young married couples. It was now a village where one would like to live.
When I think that one man was able to cause this land of Canaan to grow from wasteland, I am convinced that in spite of everything, humanity is good.
Elzeard Bouffier died peacefully in his sleep in 1947.
11. What has happened in the writer's life that could have made him pessimistic?
Is he in fact pessimistic about the world? Give a reason for your answer.
12. How is it that so many people owe their happiness to one man? What are the results of his tree-planting?