The Reading / Listening - Level 0

An unwanted puppy has a new home. Someone left the 7-week-old puppy at a baseball stadium in the USA. The team put a message on its website but did not find the dog's owner. The team's president adopted the puppy. He called her Daisy. She is now the team's 'bat dog'. She will take baseball bats to players.



Mr Orton said Daisy was also hungry and needed a drink. The vet said she "was in pretty good health". Daisy may be too small to pick up a bat. She will be at the ballpark every day and greet visitors. She will be very popular. Mr Orton said: "It was just meant to be that we'd have a team dog as part of our staff."

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Sources
  • http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/georgia-baseball-team-adopts-puppy-abandoned-stadium-bat/story?id=39091699
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/early-lead/wp/2016/05/12/a-ridiculously-cute-puppy-found-outside-a-stadium-has-been-adopted-by-the-team/
  • http://www.sportingnews.com/mlb/news/savannah-bananas-bat-dog-daisy-photos-video-gif/qumummnzrngv1df2yf3epjsp8


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the 7-week-
  2. baseball
  3. put a message
  4. did not
  5. The team's president adopted
  6. He called
  7. She is now the
  8. take baseball bats
  1. her Daisy
  2. on its website
  3. to players
  4. old puppy
  5. find the dog's owner
  6. team's 'bat dog'
  7. the puppy
  8. stadium

Paragraph 2

  1. hungry and needed
  2. she was in pretty
  3. Daisy may be too
  4. pick
  5. greet
  6. She will
  7. It was just meant
  8. part of our
  1. up a bat
  2. be very popular
  3. staff
  4. good health
  5. to be
  6. a drink
  7. visitors
  8. small

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An unwanted puppy (1) ___________________. Someone left the 7-week-(2) ___________________ baseball stadium in the USA. The team (3) ___________________ its website but did not find (4) ___________________. The team's president adopted the puppy. He called her Daisy. (5) _________________ team's 'bat dog'. She will take baseball (6) _________________.

Mr Orton said Daisy (7) ___________________ and needed a drink. The vet said she "(8) ___________________ health". Daisy (9) ___________________ to pick up a bat. She will be at the ballpark (10) ___________________ visitors. She will be very popular. Mr Orton said: "It (11) ___________________ to be that we'd have a team dog as (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anunwantedpuppyhasanewhome.Someoneleftthe7-week-oldpu
ppyatabaseballstadiumintheUSA.Theteamputamessageonitswebsit
ebutdidnotfindthedog'sowner.Theteam'spresidentadoptedthepupp
y.HecalledherDaisy.Sheisnowtheteam's'batdog'.Shewilltakebaseba
llbatstoplayers.MrOrtonsaidDaisywasalsohungryandneededadrink.
Thevetsaidshe"wasinprettygoodhealth".Daisymaybetoosmalltopick
upabat.Shewillbeattheballparkeverydayandgreetvisitors.Shewillbe
verypopular.MrOrtonsaid:"Itwasjustmeanttobethatwe'dhaveateam
dogaspartofourstaff."

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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