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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Earth Day is an annual event that aims to inspire awareness of and appreciation for our environment. It was founded in 1969 by peace activist John McConnell. He introduced the idea of a global holiday called "Earth Day" at a UN conference on the environment in 1969. The first Earth Day celebration was in 1970. It was quickly adopted by the United Nations. In 1971, then Secretary-General U Thant proclaimed that Earth Day should be held every year. He said: “May there only be peaceful and cheerful Earth Days to come for our beautiful Spaceship Earth as it continues to spin and circle in frigid space with its warm and fragile cargo of animate life.” It marked the birth of the modern environmental movement.

Earth Day is now observed in 175 countries around the world. It is one of the largest events in the United Nation’s annual calendar. Earth Day is coordinated by the non-profit Earth Day Network. They say more than a half billion people every year celebrate it. Earth Day has got countries to act together to help save our planet. The 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro was the result of an earlier Earth Day campaign. Earth Day 2000 highlighted the urgent need for clean and green energy. Earth Day 2007 was huge, with an estimated billion people participating in thousands of activities. The 2009 Disney movie ‘Earth’ raises awareness of the many ways people can help our planet on Earth Day.

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted sites.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

appreciation

a.

be held every year

2

He introduced the idea of

b.

cargo

3.

It was quickly adopted

c.

movement

4.

Earth Day should

d.

for our environment

5.

fragile

e.

a global holiday

6.

the modern environmental

f.

by the United Nations

 

Paragraph 2

1.

observed in

a.

for clean and green energy

2

the United Nation’s annual

b.

billion people

3.

Earth Day has got countries

c.

help our planet

4.

the urgent need

d.

to act together

5.

an estimated

e.

175 countries

6.

the many ways people can

f.

calendar


LISTENING GAP FILL

Earth Day is an annual event ______________________ awareness of and appreciation for our environment. It was founded in 1969 ______________________ John McConnell. He introduced the idea of a global holiday called "Earth Day" at a UN conference on the environment in 1969. The first Earth Day celebration was in 1970. It was ______________________ the United Nations. In 1971, then Secretary-General U Thant proclaimed that Earth Day should be held every year. He said: “______________________ peaceful and cheerful Earth Days to come for our beautiful Spaceship Earth ______________________ and circle in frigid space with its warm and fragile cargo of animate life.” It ______________________ the modern environmental movement.

Earth Day is now observed in 175 countries around the world. It is one ______________________ in the United Nation’s annual calendar. Earth Day is coordinated by the non-profit Earth Day Network. They ______________________ half billion people every year celebrate it. Earth Day has got countries ______________________ help save our planet. The 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro was the ______________________ Earth Day campaign. Earth Day 2000 highlighted the urgent need for clean and green energy. Earth Day 2007 ______________________ estimated billion people participating in thousands of activities. The 2009 Disney movie ‘Earth’ raises awareness ______________________ people can help our planet on Earth Day.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Earth Day is an annual event that aims to __________ awareness of and appreciation for our environment. It was __________ in 1969 by peace activist John McConnell. He introduced the idea of a global holiday __________ "Earth Day" at a UN conference on the environment in 1969. The first Earth Day celebration was in 1970. It was quickly __________ by the United Nations. In 1971, then Secretary-General U Thant proclaimed that Earth Day should be __________ every year. He said: “May there only be peaceful and __________ Earth Days to come for our beautiful Spaceship Earth as it continues to spin and __________ in frigid space with its warm and fragile cargo of animate life.” It marked the birth of the modern environmental __________.

 

 

 

cheerful
adopted
called
movement
inspire
held
circle
founded

Earth Day is now __________ in 175 countries around the world. It is one of the largest events in the United Nation’s annual __________. Earth Day is coordinated by the non-profit Earth Day Network. They say more than a __________ billion people every year celebrate it. Earth Day has got countries to __________ together to help save our planet. The 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro was the result of an __________ Earth Day campaign. Earth Day 2000 highlighted the __________ need for clean and green energy. Earth Day 2007 was huge, with an estimated billion people participating in thousands of __________. The 2009 Disney movie ‘Earth’ __________ awareness of the many ways people can help our planet on Earth Day.

 

 

urgent
 
half
raises
calendar
earlier
observed
activities
act


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

Earth Day is an annual event that aims / aiming to inspire awareness of and appreciation for our environment. It was finding / founded in 1969 by peace activist John McConnell. He introduced the idea of a global holiday called / calling "Earth Day" at a UN conference in / on the environment in 1969. The first Earth Day celebration was in 1970. It was quickly adopted to / by the United Nations. In 1971, then Secretary-General U Thant proclaimed that Earth Day should be held every / all year. He said: “May there only be peaceful and cheerful Earth Days to come for our beautiful Spaceship Earth as it continues to spin and circle in frigid space with their / its warm and fragile cargo of animate life.” It marked the born / birth of the modern environmental movement.

Earth Day is now observed in 175 countries around the world. It is one of the largest events in / at the United Nation’s annual calendar. Earth Day is coordinated / coordination by the non-profit Earth Day Network. They say more than a half billion people every year celebrate them / it. Earth Day has got country / countries to act together to help save our planet. The 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro was the result for / of an earlier Earth Day campaign. Earth Day 2000 highlighted the urgent need for clean and green energetic / energy. Earth Day 2007 was huge, with an estimated billion people participating in thousands of / by activities. The 2009 Disney movie ‘Earth’ raises awareness of the many way / ways people can help our planet on Earth Day.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Earth Day is an (1) ____ event that aims to inspire awareness of and appreciation for our environment. It was founded in 1969 by peace (2) ____ John McConnell. He introduced the idea of a global holiday called "Earth Day" at a UN conference on the environment in 1969. The (3) ____ Earth Day celebration was in 1970. It was quickly adopted by the United Nations. In 1971, (4) ____ Secretary-General U Thant proclaimed that Earth Day should be held every year. He said: “(5) ____ there only be peaceful and cheerful Earth Days to come for our beautiful Spaceship Earth as it continues to spin and circle in frigid space with its warm and fragile cargo of animate life.” It marked the (6) ____ of the modern environmental movement.

Earth Day is now observed in 175 countries around the world. It is one of the largest events (7) ____ the United Nation’s annual calendar. Earth Day is coordinated by the non-profit Earth Day Network. (8) ____ say more than a half billion people every year celebrate it. Earth Day has got countries to act together to help (9) ____ our planet. The 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro was the result of an earlier Earth Day campaign. Earth Day 2000 highlighted the urgent need (10) ____ clean and green energy. Earth Day 2007 was huge, with an estimated billion people participating (11) ____ thousands of activities. The 2009 Disney movie ‘Earth’ raises awareness of the (12) ____ ways people can help our planet on Earth Day.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

annual

(b)

annually

(c)

annuals

(d)

annul

2.

(a)

activity

(b)

activism

(c)

activist

(d)

actively

3.

(a)

firsts

(b)

first

(c)

firstly

(d)

first-time

4.

(a)

that

(b)

when

(c)

there

(d)

then

5.

(a)

March

(b)

May

(c)

Say

(d)

Could

6.

(a)

birth

(b)

born

(c)

birthing

(d)

give birth

7.

(a)

at

(b)

to

(c)

in

(d)

as

8.

(a)

We

(b)

He

(c)

Them

(d)

They

9.

(a)

save

(b)

savings

(c)

saver

(d)

saviour

10.

(a)

from

(b)

for

(c)

to

(d)

with

11.

(a)

on

(b)

to

(c)

as

(d)

in

12.

(a)

much

(b)

any

(c)

many

(d)

some


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

an nanalu event

2.

peace siaittvc

3.

ddteopa by the United Nations

4.

spin and ilcerc

5.

fragile orcga

6.

the btrhi of the modern environmental movement

 

Paragraph 2

7.

now sevebdro in 175 countries

8.

the non-ioprft Earth Day Network

9.

help save our ntaepl

10.

the ngertu need for clean and green energy

11.

an sadtmiete billion people

12.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

called "Earth Day" at a UN conference on the environment in 1969. The first Earth Day celebration was in

(    )

that Earth Day should be held every year. He said: “May there only be peaceful and cheerful Earth Days to come for

(    )

United Nation’s annual calendar. Earth Day is coordinated by the non-profit Earth Day Network. They say more than a half

(    )

billion people every year celebrate it. Earth Day has got countries to act together to help save our

(    )

of animate life.” It marked the birth of the modern environmental movement.

(    )

huge, with an estimated billion people participating in thousands of activities. The 2009 Disney

(    )

environment. It was founded in 1969 by peace activist John McConnell. He introduced the idea of a global holiday

1  )

Earth Day is an annual event that aims to inspire awareness of and appreciation for our

(    )

1970. It was quickly adopted by the United Nations. In 1971, then Secretary-General U Thant proclaimed

(    )

our beautiful Spaceship Earth as it continues to spin and circle in frigid space with its warm and fragile cargo

(    )

campaign. Earth Day 2000 highlighted the urgent need for clean and green energy. Earth Day 2007 was

(    )

movie ‘Earth’ raises awareness of the many ways people can help our planet on Earth Day.

(    )

planet. The 1992 UN Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro was the result of an earlier Earth Day

(    )

Earth Day is now observed in 175 countries around the world. It is one of the largest events in the


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

an    awareness    inspire    to    aims    that    event    annual

2.

global    a    of    idea    the    introduced    He    holiday

3.

adopted    quickly    was    It    Nations    United    the    by

4.

of    cargo    fragile    and    warm    its    life    animate

5.

environmental    the    of    modern    movement    birth    the

6.

Earth    countries    175    in    observed    now    is    Day

7.

coordinated    profit    by    Earth    the    Day    non    Network    -

8.

together    planet    to    countries    help    to    save    act    our

9.

and    clean    for    need    urgent    the    energy    green

10.

planet    our    help    can    people    ways    many    the


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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THE EARTH DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about Earth Day in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about Earth Day for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about Earth Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Earth Day. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about Earth Day. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.


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