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    CLIL 1 Biology Extinction

    CLIL 2 Geography European Contrasts

    CLIL 3 Maths Measurements: metric vs. imperial

    CLIL 4 Maths Algebra: word problems

    CLIL 5 Physics Black Holes

    CLIL 6 Literature The Diary of Samuel Pepys

    CLIL 7 Literature John Keats

    CLIL 8 History Queen Elizabeth I and The Golden Age

    CLIL 9 History The American Revolution

    CLIL 10 Politics The G8

    CLIL 11 Earth Sciences Petroleum

    CLIL 12 Chemistry Enzymes

    CLIL 13 Biology DNA and Genetic Engineering

    CLIL 14 History of Art John Constable

    CLIL 15 Philosophy Two British Philosophers



    Think of an animal that is in danger of becoming extinct. Do some research and write a short text about it. Answer these questions: Whyistheanimalatrisk? Whataretheenvironmentalfactorsaffectingit? Cananythingsavetheanimalfrombecomingextinct?

    Extinction1 How many extinct species can you think of? Do you know how to say

    them in English?

    2 Read the text about extinction and write the questions in the correct spaces (14).

    How do we know about species which no longerexist? Whatisextinction? Whatcausesextinction? Whatdowemeanbyoccasionalcatastrophes?

    3 Answer the questions.1 Whatarethedifferentscientificopinionsonthecausesofextinction?2 Whatenvironmentalfactorscancauseextinction?3 Whydosomespeciessurvivewhenhabitatconditionschange?4 Whatcancauseverysuddenextinctions?5 Whatarefossils?

    (4) ______________________________ Thanks to fossils! Fossils are the preserved remains of creatures that existed long ago. They can be millions of years old, and they can tell us a lot about extinct species.

    (1) __________________________________________ It is when a plant, an animal, or a way of life stops existing.

    (2) __________________________________________ Scientists are divided on this question. Some think extinction is a natural part of the evolution process and that all species will become extinct one day. Others think occasional catastrophes cause extinction.

    (3) __________________________________________ Environmentalchangeduetofactorssuchasthe

    climate, urbanization, and mining. When habitat conditions change quickly, it is difficult for some species to adapt and survive. When a species cant evolve quickly enough, it becomes extinct.

    Overexploitation of resources can cause extinction, such as too much fishing in the sea or hunting.


    CollisionofcometsorasteroidswiththeEarth can cause very sudden extinctions.

    Life first appeared on the Earth 3 billion years ago. Of all the species that have lived on the Earth since then, only about one in a thousand is still living today. All the others are extinct.

    Glossary: no longer non pioccasional occasionale, sporadicoappeared comparve billion miliardimining estrazione dei mineraliadapt adattarsisurvive sopravvivereove rexploitation ipersfruttamento,

    depauperamentohunting cacciadisease malattiesudden improvviseremains resti

    The Dodo

    Going, going, gone!




    1CLIL Biology

  • 1 Match the words (17) to the definitions (ag).1 hill a a piece of land surroundedbywater2 wood b a high area of rockwithaverticalside3 cliff c averyhighpart of the Earths surface4 mountain d asmallriver5 stream e an area of land covered with trees6 loch f an area of land higher than the

    surrounding land7 island g a Scottish lake

    2 Read the text about two archipelagos. Where are the Arcipelago Toscano and the Shetland Islands?

    3 Read the text again. True or false? Write T or F. Correctthefalse sentences.

    1 Europe is bigger than the other four continents.2 An archipelago is a group of islands.3 OnceItalyandCorsicawereonthesameland.4 IntheShetlandIslandsonlyafewislandshave

    peopleon them.5 TheseaaroundtheShetlandsislovelytoswimin.

    4 Answer the questions.1 WhichistheoldestpartofElba?2 Whatisthenameofthehighestmountain?3 WhydidNapoleongototheisland?4 Whataretheeconomicresourcesofthe

    ShetlandIslands?5 Whatisthemostfamousproductofthe


    What do you think?1 HaveyouvisitedanyplacesinEurope


    2 Whatwerethebiggestdifferencesyoufound?

    Comparing the five continents of our planet, you can see that Europe is the smallest by far. However, if you travel from north to south, or from east to west, you will find enormous differences in landscape, climate and culture. Looking at two archipelagos, one off the west coast of central Italy and one off the north coast of Scotland, we can see an excellent example of this diversity: the Arcipelago Toscano and the Shetland Islands.

    The Arcipelago Toscano is made up of six islands. The biggest and most important is the Isola dElba. Geologically, Elba is what remains of a long stretch of land which connected Italy and Corsica. The oldest part, 400 million years old, is in the east, where the hills are rich in iron, once the main resource of the island. The west is the most recent part, and includes the highest mountain, Monte Capanne. In the centre there is a flat area where we find the most important towns. The island has a source of fresh water named after Napoleone Bonaparte, exiled there in 1814. The white sandy beaches, the Mediterranean climate and the deliciouslocal Aleatico wine are irresistible tourist attractions.

    The Shetland archipelago is made up of more than a hundred islands, but only fifteen are inhabited. Very few trees grow here because the wind always blows. Hills covered in heather overlook rocky crags, cliffs and pebble beaches, where you can see seals and otters. Fishing has been the main resource of the island for a long time, but the discovery of North Sea oil in the 1970s changed the economy. Tourism is also very important and more than half of the population depend on it for their jobs. The breeding of Shetland ponies, sheep farming, and the production and transformation of the world-famous Shetland wool are other economic activities. The weather is very cold in winter and cool in the summer: the beaches are fabulous, but dont expect to swim there because in the summer the water is only 14C!

    European Contrasts



    Glossary: hill collina cliff scoglierastream ruscello surrounded circondatorock roccia side lato surface superficiecovered ricoperta lake lagocomparing confrontando by far di gran lungalandscape paesaggio made up of composto distretch distesa iron ferro main principaleflat pianeggiante, basso source sorgenteexiled esiliato blows soffiaheather erica overlook sovrastanocrag dirupo pebble beaches spiagge di sassolini seal foca otter lontr oil petrolio breeding allevamento wool lana

    Arcipelago Toscano

    Shetland Islands



    1lessonCLIL Geography 2

  • DOING CONVERSIONS1 km = 0.625 mile 30.5 cm = 1 foot 2.54 cm = 1 inch 1 kg = 2.2lb 4.5 litres = 1 gallon 1 litre = 1.75 pints

    Example:1 foot = 30.5 cm

    Toconvertfromfeettocentimetres, we multiplyby30.5e.g. 2 feet = 2 30.5 = 61 cm

    Toconvertfromcentimetrestofeet, we divideby30.5e.g. 885 cm = 885 30.5 = 29 feet





    Measurements: metric vs. imperial

    Most countries in the world use the metric system of measurement. Inthepast,theUnitedKingdomusedtheimperialsystem.Britishpeoplestillusesomeimperialmeasurementstoday,suchasmiles to expressdistance,andpintstoexpresscapacity.

    1 Write the Italian translations of these units of measurement.foot(ft) pound(lb) gram(g) centimetre(cm) kilogram(kg) litre(l) mile(m) centilitre(cl) kilometre(km) pint(pt) inch(in) gallon(gal) metre(m)

    2 Now write the units of measurement from Ex.1 in the correct column.





    3 Which units would you use to describe the following? Give each answer in both metric and imperial.

    1 the distance from Rome to Florence 2 a bag of flour3 a bottle of milk4 thesizeofyourcomputerscreen5 thesizeofyourbedroom6 yourheight

    4 Read the conversion rules. True or false? Write T or F. Correct thefalse sentences.

    1 To convertfrompoundstokilograms,wemultiplyby2.22 Toconvertfromlitrestopints,wedivideby1.753 Toconvertfromlitrestogallons,wedivideby4.54 Toconvertfrominchestocentimetres,wemultiplyby2.545 To convertfrommilestokilometres,wedivideby1.6

    5 Now do the conversion exercises.1 Robis5.5feettall.Whatishisheightinmetres?2 Susanssonweighs30kilograms.Whatishisweight

    inpounds?3 Helenruns3.5mileseveryday.Howfardoessherun

    inkilometres?4 Idrink2litresofwateraday.HowmuchdoIdrinkin

    pints?5 Wevegota32-inchtelevisionscreen.Whatisitssize

    incentimetres?6 The cars fuel tankcapacityis56litres.Howmany

    gallons canithold?

    Glossary: measurements misuremet ric system of measurement

    sistema metrico decimalelength lunghezza weight pesoflour farina height altezzafuel tank serbatoio del carburantehold contenere




    3CLIL Maths


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