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Why Use Nature Discussion Questions?
Many students who are learning to speak English will benefit from the opportunity to engage in realistic and authentic conversations with others. It is important, however, for students to have practice talking about topics that are of genuine interest to them. One topic that interests many individuals is nature and the natural world. So many people love to be outdoors and to think about aspects of nature including plant life, animal life, and ecology or environmental issues. For ESL students who were born in different countries, it can also be interesting to talk about differences in nature based on geography, as well as different cultural norms in terms of relating to nature and the environment. The discussion questions in this lesson will get your students talking to one another about nature. You can pose these questions to your students or have them pose questions to each other in an effort to lead to genuine and engaging conversation that simultaneously allows them to practice their language and to talk about things that are of real interest to them.
Nature Discussion Questions
Questions About Plants
- What plants do you like to look at?
- Do you like to work in the garden? Why or why not? What kind of gardening do you like to do?
- What is your favorite tree? Why do you love this tree so much?
- What is your favorite vegetable to eat? How does this vegetable grow?
- What kind of flowers do you love? What do you love about these flowers?
- What kinds of plants grow in your home country? How do the plants in the United States look similar to or different from the plants in your home country?
- Where do you like to go to look at plants?
- Do you like to keep plants in your home? Why or why not?
- What do you do when you are having trouble growing a particular plant or flower? How do you help it stay alive?
- Describe a time you have enjoyed being outdoors among plants, trees or flowers. Who were you with? What did you see? What did the experience feel like?
Questions About Animals
- What kinds of animals do you love? What do you love about these animals?
- Are there animals that you dislike or fear? If so, which animals, and why? How long have you disliked them?
- What is your opinion about keeping animals as pets? Describe any pets you have now or have had in the past, and tell what you loved about them.
- What is your opinion about keeping animals in the zoo?
- What animals exist in your home country? Where do you see these animals?
- What are wild animals? What makes us consider some animals to be wild?
- What are farm animals? Why are certain animals useful on the farm?
- What are domestic animals? Why do people like to keep certain kinds of animals as pets?
- What is your opinion about vegetarianism? Why do some people choose not to eat animal products?
- If you could see any animal in the world, what would you choose to see and why?
Questions About the Environment
- What are some of the things humans have done or are doing to damage the environment? Why do people do these things?
- What are some of the things humans have done or are doing to protect the environment? Why do people do these things?
- What do you do to help conserve the environment and protect nature? Why and how do you do these things?
- What are some of the things you wish people would do differently to protect the environment?
- What kinds of environments do you find most beautiful, and why?
- Describe a time that you have been in a really beautiful or meaningful environment. Describe what you liked about this environment and what the experience meant to you.
- How is the environment of your home country similar to the environment in the United States? How is it different?
- How is the relationship between humans and the environment in your home country similar to the relationship between humans and the environment in the United States? How is it different?
- If you could send future generations one message about the environment, what would you tell them and why?
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