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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

April 14 is Plant Appreciation Day (PAD). This is when you appreciate just how important plants are to us. Few of us ever stop to think just how vital plants are to our survival. Without them, we wouldn’t be here. Plants change the CO2 in the air into oxygen. No plants, no oxygen. Plants also improve our daily lives. Most of us have a plant or many plants we like to look after. Some of us even talk to our plants. On PAD, say some nice things to the plants in your life, or treat them to some plant food. The PAD website has a few other suggestions, such as growing your own vegetables and giving them to the poor. Another idea is to plant a tree for every year you’ve been on the planet. Plants are so important for our future.

What are plants exactly? They don’t all grow in pots. Plants are living organisms belonging to the Plantae kingdom. They include trees, bushes, vines, ferns, grasses, herbs, mosses, and green algae. People who study plants are called botanists. They say there are 350,000 species of plants in the world. Plants are important for all of our food. We eat fruit, vegetables and grains, and the animals we eat also eat plants. We also need plants to breathe. Plants have a system called photosynthesis which provides us with oxygen. Plants also provide us with materials for building things, like wood; and medicines. Even the energy we use is from plants. Oil is a fossil fuel from plants that died millions of years ago. We really need to appreciate plants more.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

appreciate just how important

a.

stop to think

2

Few of us ever

b.

been on the planet

3.

Plants change the CO2 in the

c.

important for our future

4.

Some of us even

d.

plants are

5.

plant a tree for every year you’ve

e.

air into oxygen

6.

Plants are so

f.

talk to our plants

 

Paragraph 2

1.

They don’t all

a.

species of plants

2

People who study plants are

b.

building things

3.

there are 350,000

c.

called botanists

4.

Plants have a system called

d.

fossil fuel

5.

materials for

e.

grow in pots

6.

Oil is a

f.

photosynthesis


LISTENING GAP FILL

April 14 is Plant Appreciation Day (PAD). This is __________________ just how important plants are to us. Few of us ever stop to think just how vital __________________ survival. Without them, we wouldn’t be here. Plants change the CO2 in the air into oxygen. No plants, no oxygen. Plants __________________ daily lives. Most of us have a plant or many plants we like to look after. Some of __________________ plants. On PAD, say some nice things to the plants in your life, __________________ some plant food. The PAD website has a few other suggestions, such as growing your own vegetables and giving them to the poor. Another __________________ tree for every year you’ve been on the planet. Plants are so important for our future.

What are plants exactly? They __________________ pots. Plants are living organisms belonging to the Plantae kingdom. They include trees, bushes, vines, ferns, __________________, and green algae. People who study plants are called botanists. They say there are __________________ plants in the world. Plants are important for all of our food. We eat fruit, vegetables and grains, and the animals we eat also eat plants. We also need __________________. Plants have a system called photosynthesis which provides us with oxygen. Plants also provide us with materials __________________, like wood; and medicines. Even the energy we use is from plants. __________________ from plants that died millions of years ago. We really need to appreciate plants more.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

April 14 is Plant Appreciation Day (PAD). This is when you __________ just how important plants are to us. Few of us ever stop to think just how __________ plants are to our survival. Without them, we wouldn’t be here. Plants change the CO2 in the air into __________. No plants, no oxygen. Plants also improve our daily lives. Most of us have a plant or many plants we like to look after. Some of us even __________ to our plants. On PAD, say some __________ things to the plants in your life, or __________ them to some plant food. The PAD website has a few other suggestions, such as growing your own vegetables and giving them to the __________. Another idea is to plant a tree for every year you’ve been on the __________. Plants are so important for our future.

 

 

 

poor
oxygen
appreciate
planet
nice
vital
treat
talk

What are plants __________? They don’t all grow in pots. Plants are living organisms belonging to the Plantae kingdom. They include trees, __________, vines, ferns, grasses, herbs, mosses, and green algae. People who study plants are called __________. They say there are 350,000 species of plants in the world. Plants are important for all of our food. We eat fruit, vegetables and __________, and the animals we eat also eat plants. We also need plants to __________. Plants have a system called photosynthesis which provides us with __________. Plants also provide us with materials for building things, like wood; and medicines. Even the __________ we use is from plants. Oil is a fossil __________ from plants that died millions of years ago. We really need to appreciate plants more.

 

 

botanists
 
oxygen
exactly
fuel
bushes
breathe
grains
energy


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

April 14 is Plant Appreciation Day (PAD). This is when you appreciation / appreciate just how important plants are to us. Few / Several of us ever stop to think just how vital plants are to our survival. Without them, we wouldn’t be here / there. Plants change the CO2 in the air into oxygen. No plants, no oxygen. Plants also improve our / their daily lives. Most of us have a plant or many plants we like to look before / after. Some of us even talk to our plants. On PAD, say some nice things to the plants in your life, or treat / threat them to some plant food. The PAD website has a few other suggestions, such as growing your own vegetables and giving them to the poverty / poor. Another idea is to plant a tree for every year you’ve been on the planet. Plants are so / such important for our future.

What are plants exact / exactly? They don’t all grow in pots. Plants are living organisms belonging / belong to the Plantae kingdom. They include trees, bushes, vines, ferns, grasses, herbs, mosses, and green algae. People who study plants are called botany / botanists. They say there are 350,000 species of plants in the world. Plants are important for all of our food. We eat fruit, vegetables and grains, and the animals we eat / ate also eat plants. We also need plants to breathe / breath. Plants have a system called photosynthesis which provides us with oxygen. Plants also provide us / them with materials for building things, like wood; and medicines. Even the energy we use is from plants. Oil is a fossil fuels / fuel from plants that died millions of years ago / before. We really need to appreciate plants more.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

April 14 is Plant Appreciation Day (PAD). This is when you appreciate just (1) ____ important plants are to us. Few of us ever stop to think just how vital plants are to our (2) ____. Without them, we wouldn’t be here. Plants change the CO2 in the air into oxygen. No plants, no oxygen. Plants also improve our (3) ____ lives. Most of us have a plant or many plants we like to look after. Some of us even (4) ____ to our plants. On PAD, say some nice things to the plants in your life, or treat them to some plant food. The PAD website has a (5) ____ other suggestions, such as growing your own vegetables and giving them to the poor. Another idea is to plant a tree for every year you’ve been on the planet. Plants are so (6) ____ for our future.

What are plants exactly? They don’t all (7) ____ in pots. Plants are living organisms belonging to the Plantae kingdom. They include trees, bushes, vines, ferns, grasses, (8) ____, mosses, and green algae. People who study plants are called botanists. They say there are 350,000 species of plants in the world. Plants are important (9) ____ all of our food. We eat fruit, vegetables and grains, and the animals we eat also eat plants. We also need plants to (10) ____. Plants have a system called photosynthesis which provides us with oxygen. Plants also provide (11) ____ with materials for building things, like wood; and medicines. Even the energy we use is from plants. Oil is a fossil fuel from plants that died millions of years ago. We really (12) ____ to appreciate plants more.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

what

(b)

how

(c)

which

(d)

why

2.

(a)

survives

(b)

survived

(c)

survivor

(d)

survival

3.

(a)

daily

(b)

daytime

(c)

days

(d)

day

4.

(a)

walk

(b)

stalk

(c)

talk

(d)

chalk

5.

(a)

few

(b)

number

(c)

several

(d)

many

6.

(a)

importance

(b)

importantly

(c)

imports

(d)

important

7.

(a)

growth

(b)

growing

(c)

grow

(d)

grew

8.

(a)

herbivores

(b)

herbs

(c)

herbaceous

(d)

herb

9.

(a)

from

(b)

for

(c)

of

(d)

off

10.

(a)

breathe

(b)

breathing

(c)

breathed

(d)

breath

11.

(a)

them

(b)

him

(c)

us

(d)

they

12.

(a)

necessary

(b)

needy

(c)

needing

(d)

need


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

how livat plants are

2.

No plants, no xyegon

3.

ttrea them to some plant food

4.

ignrowg your own vegetables

5.

lnatp a tree

6.

so important for our ertuuf

 

Paragraph 2

7.

grow in tpos

8.

People who study plants are called sonbasitt

9.

We also need plants to etbhera

10.

materials for bildigun things

11.

ifloss fuel

12.

We really need to eiaetapcpr plants more


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

are called botanists. They say there are 350,000 species of plants in the world. Plants are important for all of our

(    )

things to the plants in your life, or treat them to some plant food. The PAD website has a few other

(    )

us have a plant or many plants we like to look after. Some of us even talk to our plants. On PAD, say some nice

(    )

materials for building things, like wood; and medicines. Even the energy we use is from plants. Oil is a fossil

(    )

kingdom. They include trees, bushes, vines, ferns, grasses, herbs, mosses, and green algae. People who study plants

(    )

breathe. Plants have a system called photosynthesis which provides us with oxygen. Plants also provide us with

(    )

fuel from plants that died millions of years ago. We really need to appreciate plants more.

(    )

of us ever stop to think just how vital plants are to our survival. Without them, we wouldn’t be here. Plants change the CO2

(    )

in the air into oxygen. No plants, no oxygen. Plants also improve our daily lives. Most of

(    )

What are plants exactly? They don’t all grow in pots. Plants are living organisms belonging to the Plantae

(    )

tree for every year you’ve been on the planet. Plants are so important for our future.

1  )

April 14 is Plant Appreciation Day (PAD). This is when you appreciate just how important plants are to us. Few

(    )

suggestions, such as growing your own vegetables and giving them to the poor. Another idea is to plant a

(    )

food. We eat fruit, vegetables and grains, and the animals we eat also eat plants. We also need plants to


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

important     how     just     appreciate     are     plants

2.

of     to     us     think     ever     Few     stop

3.

CO2     oxygen     in     Plants     the     change     air     the     into

4.

even     us     of     Some     plants     our     to     talk

5.

important     our     Plants     so     for     future     are

6.

all     don’t     They     pots     in     grow

7.

who     plants     called     People     study     are     botanists

8.

of     all     for     important     are     Plants     food     our

9.

We     breathe     to     plants     need     also

10.

really     to     plants     We     need     appreciate     more


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.

________________________________________________________

6.

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THE PLANT APPRECIATION DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about Plant Appreciation 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 Plant Appreciation 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 Plant Appreciation Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about Plant Appreciation 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 Plant Appreciation 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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