Egzamin ósmoklasisty – exam preparation with Grass Skirts Competition and Storyjumper – “Environment”

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With this lesson idea, I intend to kill two birds with one stone. The aim is to teach ten words related to the environment and practise some basic grammar structures through translation. Using Storyjumper and Grass Skirts may turn the lesson into a fun and beneficial experience.






Split the learners into small groups (2-4 students). Give each team a copy of the example sentences worksheet 1 – example sentences with words (printable) and two sets of cards: the words cards and the definitions cards words and definitions cards (printable) . In order to elicit the meaning of the words in bold, ask the students to read and study the example sentences. Then, based on the sentences, have them match the phrases with their definitions.

In your groups read and study the following sentences. Then match the words with their definitions.


  1. There is a serious problem with deforestation in the area. We’ve already lost thousands of acres of forests.
  2. As fossil fuel reserves decrease, and soon our mines will close, we really need alternative renewable sources of energy.
  3. Did you know that 90% of the rubbish we make goes to landfill sites? I can’t believe we’re not able to recycle more!
  4. It’s winter time, so we’re having quite a high level of air pollution right now. Do you think I should start wearing a mask for protection?
  5. Around a hundred barrels of toxic waste has been stored at the bottom of the lake. This is why swimming is not allowed here.
  6. I’m sorry I’m late, but I got stuck in a traffic jam. I didn’t expect so many cars at this hour.
  7. Earth’s glaciers have been melting as a consequence of global warming.
  8. Look at the sign. It shows that this product is environmentally friendly which means it does not cause any harm to nature.
  9. It’s a very modern building – almost all the electricity is provided by solar energy.
  10. In most fast food restaurants they still have disposable plates and cups. You can only use them once.
deforestation the cutting down of trees in large areas; forest clearing
fossil fuels fuels, such as gas, coal, and oil that were formed underground millions of years ago
landfill/rubbish dump a place where rubbish is stored and buried
air pollution we have it when some unwanted and dangerous substances come into the air
toxic waste rubbish which contains some unwanted and dangerous chemicals
traffic jam a situation of too many cars on a road
global warming a gradual increase in the world temperature
environmentally friendly not harmful to the environment
solar energy/power the energy that comes from the sun and is changed into electricity
disposable it is about products which can be used only once and then they are thrown away

The next stage for the learners is to translate parts of ten different sentences. The aim of the activity is mostly to practise some basic grammar structures. However, as each sentence has one of the newly introduced words included, the task will help the learners remember their meaning. It can be done with some help from Storyjumper. You can arrange the students into two competing groups. Taking turns, the teams are supposed to complete each sentence by translating the words in brackets.

Book titled 'Translate into English'Read this book made on StoryJumper

More Practice – Grass Skirts Competition



  • Copy the worksheet grass skirt competition (printable) onto different coloured paper, one per team of 3-4 students.  Cut under each sentence from right to left leaving the left edge of the paper uncut.
  • Stick the worksheets to the wall in different places of your classroom so that students in each group have a similar distance to their papers.


  • Split your students into teams of 3-4.
    Each team must nominate one student who is the Runner – this student’s task will be to run to the paper, tear off one sentence and bring it to his or her group. Once all the teams have their runners, explain the rules of the competition:
  1. All the teams start the competition when the teacher says ‘Go!’ – the Runners go to their worksheets, tear off one sentence and bring it to their teams.
    2. In groups, students read their sentence and convert it into a passive voice sentence. After they have finished, they raise their hands to indicate they are ready and wait for the teacher.
    3. The teacher monitors the work and comes to the group which first raise their hands and then checks if they have changed the sentence correctly. If they have done it the right way, the teacher says ‘Go!’ and the Runner runs to the paper again and brings a new sentence. If they haven’t done it correctly, the teacher says ‘Not yet!’ which means that the sentence is not correct yet and they must try again.
    4. The winning team is the one which has converted all the sentences first.
  • After there has been the winning team, it is a good idea to encourage the remaining groups to continue the competition for second and third places.

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