The Reading / Listening - Level 0

There is good and bad news about trees. The good news is there are seven times more than we thought. Scientists thought we had 400 billion trees, but we have three trillion. That's a three followed by 12 zeroes. For each person alive today, there are 420 trees. A researcher said these numbers were not good or bad news.



The bad news is that we once had six trillion trees. We lost three trillion trees. Europe was once a giant forest. Now it is fields and cities. Another 15 billion trees are lost each year. This is a lot more than 100 years ago. The researcher said we must do more to make forests healthy again.

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Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-34134366
  • http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/sep/02/scientists-reveal-there-are-3tn-trees-in-world-new-count
  • http://www.livescience.com/52070-global-tree-census-human-impacts.html


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The Activities

MATCHING

PARAGRAPH ONE:

1.

There is good

a.

had 400 billion trees

2.

there are seven times

b.

420 trees

3.

Scientists thought we

c.

alive today

4.

a three followed

d.

news

5.

For each person

e.

and bad news

6.

there are

f.

were not good

7.

A researcher said these numbers

g.

by 12 zeroes

8.

bad

h.

more than we thought



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PARAGRAPH TWO:

1.

The bad news is that we once

a.

and cities

2.

We lost three

b.

do more

3.

Europe was once

c.

are lost each year

4.

Now it is fields

d.

healthy again

5.

Another 15 billion trees

e.

had six trillion trees

6.

This is a lot more than

f.

a giant forest

7.

The researcher said we must

g.

100 years ago

8.

make forests

h.

trillion trees

LISTEN AND FILL IN THE GAPS

There is good (1) ___________________ trees. The good news is there are seven (2) ___________________ we thought. Scientists thought we had (3) ___________________, but we have three trillion. That's a three (4) ___________________ zeroes. For each person (5) ___________________, there are 420 trees. A researcher said these numbers (6) ___________________ or bad news.

The bad news (7) ___________________ had six trillion trees. We (8) ___________________ trees. Europe was (9) ___________________. Now it is fields and cities. Another 15 billion trees (10) ___________________. This is a lot more than (11) ___________________. The researcher said we must do more to (12) ___________________ again.





PUT A SLASH ( / ) WHERE THE SPACES ARE

Thereisgoodandbadnewsabouttrees.Thegoodnewsistherearesevent
imesmorethanwethought.Scientiststhoughtwehad400billiontrees,b
utwehavethreetrillion.That'sathreefollowedby12zeroes.Foreachper
sonalivetoday,thereare420trees.Aresearchersaidthesenumberswer
enotgoodorbadnews.Thebadnewsisthatweoncehadsixtrilliontrees.
Welostthreetrilliontrees.Europewasonceagiantforest.Nowitisfieldsa
ndcities.Another15billiontreesarelosteachyear.Thisisalotmorethan
100yearsago.Theresearchersaidwemustdomoretomakeforestsheal
thyagain.

WRITE QUESTIONS & ASK YOUR PARTNER(S)

Student A: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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Student B: Do not show these to your speaking partner(s).

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f)

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WRITING

Write about trees for 10 minutes. Read and talk about your partner’s paper.

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