The purpose of these texts is to focus the reader's attention on the
environment. They are suitable for 5th grade to adult learners at a
4th-grade reading level.
Our Living Planet introduces key vocabulary
and basic concepts of physical geography and also attempts to instill
in the learners an appreciation for the beauty and complexity of the
planet we live on. There is also attention to some of the environmental
problems facing the current and next generations.
ISBN 13: 978-0-86647-287-6
ISBN 10: 0-86647-287-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-86647-288-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-86647-289-0
Going Green focuses on contemporary threats
to the environment and steps each individual can take to reduce global
warming and environmental degradation, even if the steps seem small
and unimportant. Issues include air pollution, trash disposal, the overuse
of water bottles, buying locally, and electricity consumption.
ISBN 13: 978-0-86647-290-6
ISBN 10: 0-86647-290-8
ISBN 13: 978-0-86647-291-3
ISBN 13: 978-0-86647-292-0
There are ten units in each book. They begin with an illustration
and questions that can be used to introduce the content of the
unit and to activate the learner's thinking about the theme.
Key vocabulary is studied on the second page. Next, a reading
introduces key concepts and issues and uses the vocabulary that
was introduced on the previous page. The readings increase in
length and grammatical complexity. After a comprehension check,
a grammar or vocabulary exercise, and a dictation, a short listening
and performing activity continues exploring the theme of the
unit but in the context of an everyday conversation. The units
in Our Living Planet end with a writing assignment and homework;
the Going Green units end with a variety of class and home activities
and suggested internet research.
Dear Pro Lingua,
I would like to tell you how much I enjoyed Ann
Siebert's new book, Going Green. As a fellow ESL teacher for
both adults and also teenagers, I find her books not only relevant
in terms of their language content but also in terms of the
subject matter. In particular, this book captures the essence
of the crusade for the 21st century.
The readings are interesting but more than that they speak
to all thinking human beings-for just as the Civil Rights Movement
spoke to the decency of the generation of the 60's so does the
green movement speak to all of us who wish to leave this amazing
planet to our children and grandchildren.
Anne writes from the heart. The illustrations are powerful
as is the text. I will use it in my classes.
MA Curriculum and Instruction Specialization in TESOL, ESL
Teacher, Mayfield Middle School Teacher- Cleveland Adult Basic
Literacy, Case Western Reserve University
Environmental Vocabulary Games and Other Activities
supplements both text books in the Earth Matters series. This photocopyable
resource works with the concepts, vocabulary, and information in the
texts. There are materials for matching games, bingo, line-up, vocabulary
cards, crosswords, and quiz cards.