The Reading / Listening - Botanic Gardens - Level 1

Many plants are in danger of dying out. A scientist said one in five of the world's plants is in danger. Botanic gardens contain about 100,000 species, including many endangered plants. They help to protect endangered and rare plants. The scientist said: "We have [looked] at the wide range of plants grown, managed and conserved in botanic gardens….We know what we have and, perhaps more importantly, what is missing from botanic gardens."



A researcher said botanic gardens were the best hope for saving endangered plants. He said there was no reason why one-fifth of plants is under threat. If we do not protect plants, we could have trouble finding food in the future. We will also have problems solving problems like climate change. Many plants are in danger because humans cut down forests for farms and cities. Plants are also in danger from climate change.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Botanic Gardens - Level 0 Botanic Gardens - Level 2   or  Botanic Gardens - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-41388144
  • http://www.zmescience.com/science/biology/botanic-garden-endangered-plants-26092017/
  • http://www.mirrordaily.com/botanical-gardens-shelter/211575/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Many plants are in danger of dying
  2. Botanic gardens contain about
  3. protect endangered and
  4. the wide range
  5. managed and
  6. We know what we
  7. perhaps more
  8. missing from botanic
  1. rare plants
  2. conserved
  3. gardens
  4. out
  5. importantly
  6. of plants grown
  7. 100,000 species
  8. have

Paragraph 2

  1. botanic gardens were the best
  2. He said there was no reason
  3. one-fifth of plants is under
  4. we could have trouble
  5. Many plants are in
  6. cut down forests for farms
  7. Plants are also in
  8. climate
  1. threat
  2. danger
  3. change
  4. hope
  5. danger
  6. finding food
  7. why
  8. and cities

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Many plants are in (1) ___________________ out. A scientist said one in five of the world's plants (2) ___________________. Botanic gardens contain about (3) ___________________, including many endangered plants. They help to protect endangered and (4) ___________________. The scientist said: "We have [looked] at the (5) ___________________ plants grown, managed and (6) ___________________ botanic gardens….We know what we have and, perhaps more importantly, what is missing from botanic gardens."

A researcher said botanic gardens were (7) _________________ for saving endangered plants. He said there (8) ___________________ why one-fifth of plants is under threat. If we do not protect plants, we could (9) ___________________ finding food in the future. We will also have problems (10) ___________________ like climate change. Many plants are in danger because humans (11) ___________________ for farms and cities. Plants are also (12) ___________________ climate change.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Manyplantsareindangerofdyingout.Ascientistsaidoneinfiveofthewor
ld'splantsisindanger.Botanicgardenscontainabout100,000species,i
ncludingmanyendangeredplants.Theyhelptoprotectendangeredand
rareplants.Thescientistsaid:"Wehave[looked]atthewiderangeofpla
ntsgrown,managedandconservedinbotanicgardens….Weknowwhat
wehaveand,perhapsmoreimportantly,whatismissingfrombotanicga
rdens."Aresearchersaidbotanicgardenswerethebesthopeforsavinge
ndangeredplants.Hesaidtherewasnoreasonwhyone-fifthofplantsisu
nderthreat.Ifwedonotprotectplants,wecouldhavetroublefindingfood
inthefuture.Wewillalsohaveproblemssolvingproblemslikeclimatech
ange.Manyplantsareindangerbecausehumanscutdownforestsforfar
msandcities.Plantsarealsoindangerfromclimatechange.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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