Here are two lesson activities that encourage pupils to communicate
ideas to each other about global warming. They can easily be adapted
to teach other subject matter.
Activity 1- Draw that map!
Pupils team up in pairs or small groups.
One pupil holds onto a colour picture showing predicted global
climate and environment change in the year 2050.
Others in the group have a plain template map of the world.
The pupil with the colour picture must NOT let the others see.
The pupil with the coloured map must describe it to the other
pupils in as much detail as possible.
Remember the pupil with the colour picture must NOT let the
others see their map.
The pupils with the black and white map should try to reproduce
the coloured map using felt-tips or colouring pencils.
Compare maps at the end.
For more able groups, do not let anyone show their maps to each
other until the end of the activity.
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Activity 2 - The four walls
Pupils often find it difficult to summarise information. This activity
is aimed at developing this skill, and can easily be adapted to
many other topics.
On each of four walls a document is posted. Working in groups of
about five, pupils are asked to summarise the information.
Pupils appoint a 'scribe.' This person needs to write down
information. They cannot leave their seat.
In turn, one person at a time goes up to one of the four walls.
They must commit to memory the important points contained in
On returning to the group they must explain the important ideas
to the scribe.
When all four walls have been visited by the individual members
of the group, the information must be put into a sensible order
All members of the group now need to produce a very brief summary.
Pages for the walls are available as a PDF
file or as a webpage (HTML).