The Great “Earth Day” Lesson Challenge: Great Barrier Reef

“There’s a long list of threats to the Great Barrier Reef, but by far the biggest one is climate change.”

—Professor Terry Hughes, James Cook University

Earth Day 2017

The global coordinator of Earth Day has declared a three-year Earth Day campaign dedicated to Environmental & Climate Literacy. As a teacher, you have an important role to play in making sure that students are educated enough about climate change to take action.

The Great Barrier Reef

Have you heard the devastating news about the Great Barrier Reef? A recent survey shows that two-thirds of the world’s largest coral reef has been damaged in consecutive mass bleaching events in 2016 and 2017. Environmentalists say climate change is the biggest threat to this natural wonder, and many say it can’t recover unless we act now.

A Lesson Challenge

At ESL Library, we believe that every day is Earth Day. Over the years, we have developed numerous lessons to get students talking about environmental issues. Our newest addition to our Environment Lesson Collection is a Famous Places lesson about the Great Barrier Reef.

The ESL Library team also believes that Earth Day is a great day to start important conversations that could spark change. This year, we challenge teachers all over the world to try our Great Barrier Reef lesson during the week leading up to Saturday, April 22. This lesson includes a review of modals of advice and is suitable for intermediate to advanced English learners.

We recommend that teachers use our Famous Places lesson on the Great Barrier Reef with our Grammar Practice Worksheets lesson on Modals of Advice and our Discussion Starters lesson on Climate Change.

Are you in?


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    Donald Kinney says:

    Apr 17, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    A Great Campaign!


    • Tanya Trusler says:

      Apr 17, 2017 at 7:54 pm

      Thank you, Donald! We hope a lot of teachers get involved.


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