The name of our planet is Earth. It’s between Venus and Mars, and it’s the third planet from the sun.

  • There are currently over seven billion people living on Earth.
  • People who live on Earth are called earthlings or human beings.
  • You can use Google Earth to explore just about any place in the world.
  • The planet Earth is about 4.5 billion years old.
  • Today is Earth Day! (Notice that the word "Earth" is capitalized when it’s the name of a planet. Do the same for other planets: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, etc.)


The word "earth" is also used in reference to the ground, the soil, and large areas of islands and continents. (In this case, the "e" is not capitalized when writing.)

  • When the earth shakes, this is known as an earthquake.
  • As temperatures become warmer in the spring, plants begin to sprout from the earth.
  • It feels good to work with the earth when planting a garden.
  • Layers of earth below the surface show how an area is affected by climatic events.
  • Bill has to move some of the earth around his house because he’s building an addition.

The word "earth" is rarely used as a verb; however, the word "unearth" is relatively common. To unearth something is to dig it out of the ground or find something that was hidden.

  • Archaeologists unearthed the remains of an ancient civilization.
  • Information unearthed about the politician damaged his reputation.
  • The city unearthed a time capsule that was buried over 100 years ago. (A time capsule is a small box or cylinder containing objects of the current era. It is intentionally buried for future generations to find.)

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April 22, 2015