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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

Over seventy per cent of the Earth’s surface is ocean. Many of our oceans are being damaged by human activity. On June 8, we recognize the importance of the oceans with World Ocean Day. This important day in the environmental calendar began on 8 June 1992. It was started by a group of environmentalists at the Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. On World Ocean Day, activities take place around the world. These let us appreciate how important the oceans are to us and how they are essential for our survival. It is a day for us to learn more  about the diversity of life in the oceans and how our actions are killing many species. The day also hopes to raise awareness that our oceans are an important part of keeping our planet at the right temperature.

The world's oceans are under serious threat today. Over-fishing, pollution and global warming are just a few of the things damaging the seas. Climate change means sea levels are rising. Scientists say that within fifty years, many of today’s countries will be under water. A warming world also changes the way ocean water circulates. If parts of the world become too warm, ocean temperatures could change and cause havoc to the world’s weather patterns. Changing water temperatures could also make many marine species extinct. Oceans are becoming saltier because of global warming. This is killing many coral reefs, which lead to many species of ocean life dying. We really need to start thinking about how our lives damage the oceans.

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

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

seventy per cent of the Earth’s

a.

the oceans are

2

oceans are being damaged

b.

the right temperature

3.

It was started by a group

c.

surface is ocean

4.

appreciate how important

d.

of environmentalists

5.

the diversity of

e.

by human activity

6.

keeping our planet at

f.

life in the oceans

 

Paragraph 2

1.

The world's oceans are under

a.

start thinking

2

Climate change means sea

b.

world’s weather patterns

3.

a few of the things

c.

serious threat today

4.

cause havoc to the

d.

damaging the seas

5.

Oceans are becoming saltier

e.

levels are rising

6.

We really need to

f.

because of global warming


LISTENING GAP FILL

Over seventy per cent of the Earth’s __________________. Many of our oceans are being damaged by human activity. On June 8, we _____________________ of the oceans with World Ocean Day. This important day in the environmental calendar began on 8 June 1992. It was started by a ____________________ at the Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. On World Ocean Day, activities take place around the world. These __________________ important the oceans are to us and how they are essential for our survival. It is a day for us to learn more  about __________________ in the oceans and how our actions are killing many species. The day also hopes to raise awareness that our oceans are __________________ keeping our planet at the right temperature.

The world's oceans __________________ threat today. Over-fishing, pollution and global warming are just a few of the things damaging the seas. Climate change means __________________. Scientists say that within fifty years, many of today’s countries will be under water. A warming world ____________________ ocean water circulates. If parts of the world become too warm, ocean temperatures could change and __________________ world’s weather patterns. Changing water temperatures could also make __________________ extinct. Oceans are becoming saltier because of global warming. This is killing many coral reefs, which lead to many species of __________________. We really need to start thinking about how our lives damage the oceans.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

Over seventy per cent of the Earth’s __________ is ocean. Many of our oceans are being damaged by human __________. On June 8, we recognize the importance of the oceans with World Ocean Day. This important day in the environmental __________ began on 8 June 1992. It was started by a group of environmentalists at the Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. On World Ocean Day, __________ take place around the world. These let us appreciate how important the oceans are to us and how they are __________ for our survival. It is a day for us to learn more  about the __________ of life in the oceans and how our actions are killing many species. The day also hopes to __________ awareness that our oceans are an important part of keeping our planet at the __________ temperature.

 

 

 

essential
activity
activities
right
surface
diversity
raise
calendar

The world's oceans are under serious __________ today. Over-fishing, pollution and global warming are just a few of the things __________ the seas. Climate change means sea levels are rising. Scientists say that __________ fifty years, many of today’s countries will be under water. A warming world also changes the way ocean water __________. If parts of the world become too warm, ocean temperatures could change and cause __________ to the world’s weather patterns. Changing water temperatures could also make many marine species __________. Oceans are becoming saltier because of global warming. This is killing many coral reefs, which lead to many species of ocean life __________. We really need to start thinking about how our lives __________ the oceans.

 

 

havoc
 
damage
damaging
circulates
threat
dying
within
extinct


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

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

Over seventy per cent of the Earth’s surface is oceans / ocean. Many of our oceans are being damaged by human activity. On June 8, we recognize the important / importance of the oceans with World Ocean Day. This important day in the environmental calendar began on 8 June 1992. It was started by a group of environmentally / environmentalists at the Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. On World Ocean Day, activities take / make place around the world. These let us appreciate how important the oceans are to us and how they are essential for our survive / survival. It is a day for us to learn more  about the diversity of life in the oceans and how our action / actions are killing many species. The day also hopes to raise / rise awareness that our oceans are an important part of keeping our planet at the right / rightly temperature.

The world's oceans are under / over serious threat today. Over-fishing, pollution and global warming are just a two / few of the things damaging the seas. Climate change means sea levels are raised / rising. Scientists say that within fifty years, many of today’s countries will be under water. A warming world also changes the way ocean water circulates. If parts of / for the world become too warm, ocean temperatures could change and cause havoc to the world’s weather patterns / patterned. Changing water temperatures could also make many marine species extinct. Oceans are becoming peppery / saltier because of global warming. This is killing many coral reefs, which lead to many species of ocean life death / dying. We really need to start thinking about how our lives damage / damaging the oceans.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Over seventy per cent (1) ____ the Earth’s surface is ocean. Many of our oceans are being damaged by human activity. On June 8, we (2) ____ the importance of the oceans with World Ocean Day. This important day in the environmental calendar (3) ____ on 8 June 1992. It was started by a group of environmentalists at the Earth Summit in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. On World Ocean Day, activities (4) ____ place around the world. These let us appreciate how important the oceans are to us and how they are essential for our survival. It is a day for us to (5) ____ more  about the diversity of life in the oceans and how our actions are killing many species. The day also hopes to raise awareness that our oceans are an important part of (6) ____ our planet at the right temperature.

The world's oceans are (7) ____ serious threat today. Over-fishing, pollution and global warming are just a few of the things damaging the seas. Climate change means sea levels are (8) ____. Scientists say that within fifty years, many of today’s countries will be under water. A warming world also changes the way ocean water (9) ____. If parts of the world become too warm, ocean temperatures could change and cause havoc to the world’s weather patterns. Changing water temperatures could also (10) ____ many marine species extinct. Oceans are becoming (11) ____ because of global warming. This is killing many coral reefs, which lead to many species of ocean life dying. We really need to start thinking about how our (12) ____ damage the oceans.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

for

(b)

at

(c)

of

(d)

by

2.

(a)

recognize

(b)

recognizes

(c)

recognition

(d)

recognized

3.

(a)

beginning

(b)

begins

(c)

begun

(d)

began

4.

(a)

take

(b)

make

(c)

fake

(d)

sake

5.

(a)

learning

(b)

learn

(c)

learned

(d)

learns

6.

(a)

kept

(b)

keep

(c)

keeps

(d)

keeping

7.

(a)

over

(b)

under

(c)

around

(d)

in

8.

(a)

raised

(b)

rise

(c)

rising

(d)

rises

9.

(a)

circulates

(b)

circulation

(c)

circulated

(d)

circulate

10.

(a)

give

(b)

do

(c)

have

(d)

make

11.

(a)

peppery

(b)

saltier

(c)

watery

(d)

wet

12.

(a)

living

(b)

livelihood

(c)

lives

(d)

life


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

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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Paragraph 2

7.

under oisresu threat

8.

sea levels are inisgr

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.

(    )

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil. On World Ocean Day, activities take place around the world. These let us appreciate how

(    )

awareness that our oceans are an important part of keeping our planet at the right temperature.

(    )

circulates. If parts of the world become too warm, ocean temperatures could change and cause

(    )

important the oceans are to us and how they are essential for our survival. It is a day for us to learn more  about the

(    )

The world's oceans are under serious threat today. Over-fishing, pollution and global warming are just a

(    )

extinct. Oceans are becoming saltier because of global warming. This is killing many coral reefs, which lead

1  )

Over seventy per cent of the Earth’s surface is ocean. Many of our oceans are being damaged by human

(    )

activity. On June 8, we recognize the importance of the oceans with World Ocean Day. This important day in the

(    )

environmental calendar began on 8 June 1992. It was started by a group of environmentalists at the Earth Summit in

(    )

to many species of ocean life dying. We really need to start thinking about how our lives damage the oceans.

(    )

diversity of life in the oceans and how our actions are killing many species. The day also hopes to raise

(    )

few of the things damaging the seas. Climate change means sea levels are rising. Scientists say that within fifty

(    )

havoc to the world’s weather patterns. Changing water temperatures could also make many marine species

(    )

years, many of today’s countries will be under water. A warming world also changes the way ocean water


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

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

1.

cent    Earth’s    ocean    per    the    is    seventy    of    surface    Over

2.

the    of    oceans    recognize    importance    the    We

3.

of    group    a    by    started    was    It    environmentalists

4.

diversity    life    more    the    of    Learn    about

5.

planet    the    temperature    our    at    right    Keeping

6.

threat    serious    under    are    oceans    world's    The    today

7.

of    Many    water    under    be    will    countries    today’s

8.

cause    Ocean    could    and    havoc    temperatures    change

9.

saltier    becoming    are    Oceans    warming    global    of    because

10.

our    Start    lives    thinking    damage    about    the    how    oceans


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 WORLD OCEAN DAY SURVEY

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

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about World Ocean 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 World Ocean Day. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

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

ANSWERS

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


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