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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

National Love Our Children Day began in America in 2004. It falls on the first Saturday in April. Its aim is to honour and celebrate America’s children and stress the importance of love as they grow up. It also wants to promote the strengthening of families and raise awareness of the need to protect children from the harmful sides of society. Some people could argue that every day should be Love Our Children Day. For many children around the world, this is true. However, there are millions of other children who are less fortunate and grow up without a loving and caring childhood. Healthy, happy and well-adjusted children provide the basis for a safe society for future generations when they become parents.

National Love Our Children Day was started by the non-profit organization Love Our Children USA. It helps to organize events across America to make children feel special. Their website advises us to: “Spend the day with the children and teens in your life! Shower them with special attention. Take them to a movie, game, fair, concert, shopping or out to lunch. Do something special together or buy them something they've been wanting for a long time - just because you love them!” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also had words of advice: He said: “All of our children deserve the love, encouragement, and respect they need to reach their full potential – today and every day of the year.”

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

stress the importance of love

a.

of families

2

promote the strengthening

b.

as they grow up

3.

protect children from the

c.

adjusted children

4.

children who are less

d.

for a safe society

5.

Healthy, happy and well-

e.

harmful sides of society

6.

provide the basis

f.

fortunate

 

Paragraph 2

1.

make children

a.

lunch

2

Shower them with

b.

full potential

3.

out to

c.

special attention

4.

words of

d.

every day

5.

they need to reach their

e.

feel special

6.

today and

f.

advice


LISTENING GAP FILL

National Love Our Children Day began in America in 2004. It __________________ Saturday in April. Its aim is to honour and celebrate America’s children and stress the importance __________________ grow up. It also wants to promote the strengthening of families and raise awareness __________________ protect children from the harmful sides of society. Some people could __________________ should be Love Our Children Day. For many children around the world, this is true. However, there are millions of other children __________________ and grow up without a loving and caring childhood. Healthy, happy and well-adjusted children provide __________________ society for future generations when they become parents.

National Love Our Children Day was started __________________ organization Love Our Children USA. It helps to organize events across America to __________________ special. Their website advises us to: “Spend the day with the children and teens in your life! Shower __________________ attention. Take them to a movie, game, fair, concert, shopping __________________. Do something special together or buy them something they've been wanting for a long time - just because you love them!” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg __________________ advice: He said: “All of our children deserve the love, encouragement, and respect they need __________________ potential – today and every day of the year.”


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

National Love Our Children Day began in America in 2004. It __________ on the first Saturday in April. Its __________ is to honour and celebrate America’s children and stress the importance of love as they grow up. It also wants to __________ the strengthening of families and raise awareness of the need to protect children from the harmful __________ of society. Some people could __________ that every day should be Love Our Children Day. For many children around the world, this is __________. However, there are millions of other children who are less fortunate and grow up without a loving and __________ childhood. Healthy, happy and well-adjusted children provide the __________ for a safe society for future generations when they become parents.

 

 

 

true
promote
falls
sides
basis
caring
aim
argue

National Love Our Children Day was __________ by the non-profit organization Love Our Children USA. It helps to organize events __________ America to make children feel special. Their website advises us to: “Spend the day with the children and __________ in your life! Shower them with special attention. Take them to a movie, game, fair, concert, shopping or out to __________. Do something special together or buy them something they've been __________ for a long time - just because you love them!” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also had words of __________: He said: “All of our children __________ the love, encouragement, and respect they need to reach their __________ potential – today and every day of the year.”

 

 

lunch
 
across
deserve
teens
advice
started
full
wanting


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

National Love Our Children Day began in America in 2004. It falling / falls on the first Saturday in April. Its aim is to honour and celebrate America’s children and stress the importance by / of love as they grow up. It also wants to promote the strengthening / strength of families and raise awareness of the need to protect children from the harmful tops / sides of society. Some people could argue that every day should be Love Our Children Day. For many children around the / a world, this is true. However, there are millions of another / other children who are less fortunate and grow up without a lover / loving and caring childhood. Healthy, happy and well-adjusted children provide the basis at / for a safe society for future generations when they become parents.

National Love Our Children Day was starting / started by the non-profit organization Love Our Children USA. It helps to organize events across America to make children feel / feeling special. Their website advises us to: “Spend the day with the children and teens in yours / your life! Shower / Bath them with special attention. Take them to a movie, game, fair, concert, shopping or out / in to lunch. Do something special together or buy them something they've been wanting for a long time - just because you love them!” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also had words of advise / advice: He said: “All of our children deserve / reserve the love, encouragement, and respect they need to reach their fully / full potential – today and every day of the year.”


MULTIPLE CHOICE

National Love Our Children Day began in America in 2004. It (1) ____ on the first Saturday in April. Its aim is to honour and celebrate America’s children and stress (2) ____ importance of love as they grow up. It also wants to promote the strengthening (3) ____ families and raise awareness of the need to protect children from the harmful sides of society. Some people could argue that every day (4) ____ be Love Our Children Day. For many children around the world, this is true. However, there are millions of other children who are (5) ____ fortunate and grow up without a loving and caring childhood. Healthy, happy and well-adjusted children provide the basis for a (6) ____ society for future generations when they become parents.

National Love Our Children Day was started by the non-profit organization Love Our Children USA. It helps (7) ____ organize events across America to make children feel special. Their website (8) ____ us to: “Spend the day with the children and teens in your life! Shower them with special attention. Take them to a movie, game, fair, concert, shopping or (9) ____ to lunch. Do something special together or buy them something they've been (10) ____ for a long time - just because you love them!” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also had words of advice: He said: “All of our children (11) ____ the love, encouragement, and respect they need to reach their (12) ____ potential – today and every day of the year.”

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

fells

(b)

fallen

(c)

falling

(d)

falls

2.

(a)

the

(b)

a

(c)

an

(d)

all

3.

(a)

at

(b)

to

(c)

of

(d)

as

4.

(a)

have

(b)

should

(c)

might

(d)

will

5.

(a)

less

(b)

lease

(c)

lest

(d)

lees

6.

(a)

safety

(b)

safe

(c)

safest

(d)

save

7.

(a)

of

(b)

at

(c)

by

(d)

to

8.

(a)

advisory

(b)

advise

(c)

advises

(d)

advice

9.

(a)

in

(b)

out

(c)

up

(d)

down

10.

(a)

wanting

(b)

wants

(c)

wanted

(d)

want

11.

(a)

reserve

(b)

preserve

(c)

deserve

(d)

serve

12.

(a)

fully

(b)

filling

(c)

filled

(d)

full


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

It allsf on the first Saturday in April

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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Paragraph 2

7.

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8.

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9.

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10.

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11.

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12.

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PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

day with the children and teens in your life! Shower them with special attention. Take them to a

1  )

National Love Our Children Day began in America in 2004. It falls on the first Saturday in April. Its aim is to

(    )

National Love Our Children Day was started by the non-profit organization Love Our Children USA. It helps to

(    )

they've been wanting for a long time - just because you love them!” New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg also

(    )

organize events across America to make children feel special. Their website advises us to: “Spend the

(    )

basis for a safe society for future generations when they become parents.

(    )

honour and celebrate America’s children and stress the importance of love as they grow

(    )

fortunate and grow up without a loving and caring childhood. Healthy, happy and well-adjusted children provide the

(    )

had words of advice: He said: “All of our children deserve the love, encouragement, and respect they need

(    )

up. It also wants to promote the strengthening of families and raise awareness of the need to protect children from the

(    )

to reach their full potential – today and every day of the year.”

(    )

children around the world, this is true. However, there are millions of other children who are less

(    )

movie, game, fair, concert, shopping or out to lunch. Do something special together or buy them something

(    )

harmful sides of society. Some people could argue that every day should be Love Our Children Day. For many


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

April    in    Saturday    first    the    on    falls    It

2.

of    up    love    stress    as    the    they    importance    grow

3.

harmful    the    from    children    protect    society    of    sides

4.

who   fortunate   millions   children   less   are   other   are   there   of

5.

society    basis    for    for    future    a    generations    safe    the

6.

across    to    America    organize    It    events    helps

7.

in   your   life   Spend   the   day   with   the   children   and   teens

8.

them    Shower    attention    special    with

9.

time    long    a    for    wanting    been    they've    something

10.

they    to    their    potential    need    reach    full


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 NATIONAL LOVE OUR CHILDREN DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about National Love Our Children 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 National Love Our Children 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 National Love Our Children Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about National Love Our Children 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 National Love Our Children 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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