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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

June Topic: Oceans


June 8th is WORLD OCEANS DAY!  Officially declared by the U.N. in 1992, this day was intended to help us recognize the importance of oceans as part of our overall ecosystem. Given that they cover 71% of the Earth's surface and represent 99% of the living space, why not get your ESL students talking about the importance of oceans as sources of food, oxygen, and medicine around the world! >>>

Read more about World Oceans Day here!


 

WARM-UP QUESTIONS ON THE TOPIC OF OCEANS BY ESL MADE EASY:

1. Name the world's five oceans. Which one(s) are closest to your home country?
2. What are some things people do in oceans?  Which ones have you done? Explain. 
3. Why are oceans considered to be one of the world's most important resources?
4. What are some differences between an ocean, a sea, a lake, a river and a pond? (i.e. resources, animal and plant life, commercial & recreational uses...etc).

RECOMMENDED LINKS FOR ESL STUDENTS AROUND THE TOPIC OF OCEANS:

Fact Monster: Fact table about oceans and seas - get your students to create their own questions!

A fun way to explore the oceans is to watch the ecological drama/documentary, filmed throughout the globe. Classified as part thriller, and part meditation on the vanishing wonders of the sub-aquatic world.

Ocean depths infographic




Read interesting facts about oceans in this infographic by Earth Periodical here.

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