The Reading / Listening - Polar Bear - Level 6

A video of a starving and emaciated polar bear collapsing in Canada's wilderness has gone viral on the Internet. The video shows the bear in search of food, wandering across land with no snow or ice. The creature is all skin and bones and is seen foraging for food in rusty waste containers. It is at times too weak to support its own body weight and has difficulty standing. Paul Nicklen, the photographer who took the video footage, stated the polar bear's plight was a clear sign of the devastating impact of climate change. He said filming the animal had been heart-wrenching. He explained his team were, "pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear".



Mr Nicklen is part of the environmental group Sea Legacy. His team was on Canada's Baffin Island to shoot a documentary on conservation. He said the bear they filmed was not old and probably died within hours. He said: "This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It's a slow, painful death." He blamed the bear's sad plight on global warming. He said: "As temperatures rise and sea ice melts, polar bears lose access to the main staple of their diets - seals." Climate change is the biggest threat to the world’s 26,000 polar bears. The video explains that bears are, "starving, and running out of energy" and are "forced to wander into human settlements for any source of food."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Polar Bear - Level 4  or  Polar Bear - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com
  • /environment/2017/dec/08/starving-polar-bear-arctic-climate-change-video
  • http://montrealgazette.com
  • /news/national/viral-video-of-starving-polar-bear-likely-the-product-of-climate-change-expert
  • http://montreal.ctvnews.ca
  • /viral-video-of-starving-polar-bear-spurs-calls-for-climate-change-action-1.3714570


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. POLAR BEARS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about polar bears. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       video / polar bear / viral / snow / skin / bones / photographer / heart-wrenching /
       environmental / documentary / conservation / starvation / atrophy / seals / climate

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. EXTINCT: Students A strongly believe polar bears will be extinct one day; Students B strongly believe they won't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. CLIMATE CHANGE: Who or what does climate change affect most? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How?

How can we change this?

Polar bears

 

 

Me

 

 

Our weather

 

 

Rainforest frogs

 

 

Low-lying islands

 

 

Poor people

 

 

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5. VIRAL: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "viral". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. SAD: Rank these with your partner. Put the saddest things about global warming at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • our future children's world
  • corporate greed
  • increase in diseases
  • desertification
  • dying polar bears
  • melting ice caps
  • acid rain
  • ineffective leaders

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. starving a. A wild, uninhabited region that is difficult to live in.
      2. emaciated b. Of a person or animal suffering from a lack of food or dying from hunger.
      3. wilderness c. Spread everywhere and quickly all over the Internet.
      4. gone viral d. Of a person or animal searching widely for food.
      5. foraging e. Abnormally thin or weak, especially because of illness or a lack of food.
      6. plight f. Something that is unbelievably sad and could make you cry.
      7. heart-wrenching g. A dangerous, difficult, or otherwise unfortunate situation.

    Paragraph 2

      8. conservation h. Of body tissue or an organ wasting away, usually because of the wasting of cells.
      9. atrophy i. Made a person or animal do something they didn't want to do.
      10. staple j. The action of doing things to help protect the environment.
      11. threat k. A main or most important part of the diet of a person or animal.
      12. forced l. Moved or traveled slowly through or over a place or area.
      13. wander m. A person or thing likely to cause damage or danger.
      14. source n. A place, person, or thing from which something comes or can be obtained.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A starving polar bear was filmed wandering around a Canadian city.     T / F
  2. The bear is seen foraging for food in old market stalls.     T / F
  3. A photographer said the starving bear was a sign of climate change.     T / F
  4. The video crew showed very little emotion as they filmed the bear.     T / F
  5. The video crew was on Baffin Island making a travel documentary.     T / F
  6. The photographer said the bear would probably die within hours.     T / F
  7. The photographer said seals were the main part of a polar bear's diet.     T / F
  8. The video said bears would be going into where humans live for food.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. emaciated
  2. wandering
  3. foraging
  4. support
  5. documenting
  6. shoot
  7. atrophy
  8. plight
  9. diet
  10. settlements
  1. hold up
  2. difficulty
  3. film
  4. roaming
  5. food
  6. recording
  7. communities
  8. half-starved
  9. waste away
  10. hunting

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. a starving and
  2. in search
  3. The creature is all skin
  4. too weak to support its own
  5. the devastating impact of
  6. shoot a
  7. He blamed the bear's sad plight
  8. polar bears lose access to the main
  9. the biggest threat to the world's
  10. wander into human
  1. documentary
  2. body weight
  3. 26,000 polar bears
  4. on global warming
  5. of food
  6. settlements
  7. climate change
  8. emaciated polar bear
  9. staple of their diets
  10. and bones

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
footage
rusty
viral
emotions
emaciated
impact
creature
support

A video of a starving and (1) ____________ polar bear collapsing in Canada's wilderness has gone (2) ____________ on the Internet. The video shows the bear in search of food, wandering across land with no snow or ice. The (3) ____________ is all skin and bones and is seen foraging for food in (4) ____________ waste containers. It is at times too weak to (5) ____________ its own body weight and has difficulty standing. Paul Nicklen, the photographer who took the video (6) ____________, stated the polar bear's plight was a clear sign of the devastating (7) ____________ of climate change. He said filming the animal had been heart-wrenching. He explained his team were, "pushing through their tears and (8) ____________ while documenting this dying polar bear".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
starvation
forced
part
source
melts
shoot
staple
blamed

Mr Nicklen is (9) ____________ of the environmental group Sea Legacy. His team was on Canada's Baffin Island to (10) ____________ a documentary on conservation. He said the bear they filmed was not old and probably died within hours. He said: "This is what (11) ____________ looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It's a slow, painful death." He (12) ____________ the bear's sad plight on global warming. He said: "As temperatures rise and sea ice (13) ____________, polar bears lose access to the main (14) ____________ of their diets - seals." Climate change is the biggest threat to the world’s 26,000 polar bears. The video explains that bears are, "starving, and running out of energy" and are "(15) ____________ to wander into human settlements for any (16) ____________ of food."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A video of a starving and emaciated polar bear collapsing in Canada's wilderness ______
     a.  has gone virally
     b.  has going viral
     c.  has been viral
     d.  has gone viral

2)  The creature is all skin and bones and is seen ______ food
     a.  forcing for
     b.  forgetting for
     c.  foray in for
     d.  foraging for

3)  It is at times too weak to support ______ weight
     a.  its down body
     b.  its own body
     c.  its own bodied
     d.  its owned body

4)  He said filming the animal had been ______
     a.  heart-wrenching
     b.  heart wrench in
     c.  hearty wrenching
     d.  hearted wrenching

5)  He explained his team were pushing through their ______
     a.  tears unemotional
     b.  tear and emotion
     c.  tiers and emoticons
     d.  tears and emotions

6)  He said the bear they filmed was not old and probably ______
     a.  died with in hours
     b.  died withering hours
     c.  died without hours
     d.  died within hours

7)  This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It's a slow, ______
     a.  painful deaths
     b.  painfully death
     c.  painful death
     d.  pained full death

8)  polar bears lose access to the main ______ diets - seals
     a.  stay pull of their
     b.  stray pull of their
     c.  staple of their
     d.  stapled of their

9)  The video explains that bears are starving, and ______ energy
     a.  run in out of
     b.  running out of
     c.  ruining out of
     d.  reining out of

10)  forced to wander into human settlements for any ______
     a.  sauce of food
     b.  source of food
     c.  soars of food
     d.  sores of food

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A video (1) ___________________ and emaciated polar bear collapsing in Canada's wilderness has (2) ___________________ the Internet. The video shows the bear in search of food, wandering across land with no snow or ice. The creature is all (3) ___________________ and is seen foraging for food in rusty waste containers. It is at times too weak to (4) ___________________ body weight and has difficulty standing. Paul Nicklen, the photographer who took the video footage, stated the polar bear's (5) ___________________ clear sign of the devastating impact of climate change. He said filming the animal had been heart-wrenching. He explained his team were, "pushing (6) ___________________ and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear".

Mr Nicklen is part of the environmental group Sea Legacy. (7) ___________________ on Canada's Baffin Island to shoot a documentary on conservation. He said the bear they filmed was not old and probably (8) ___________________. He said: "This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It's a slow, painful death." (9) ___________________ bear's sad plight on global warming. He said: "As temperatures rise and sea ice melts, polar bears (10) ___________________ the (11) ___________________ their diets - seals." Climate change is the biggest threat to the world’s 26,000 polar bears. The video explains that bears are, "starving, and running out of energy" and are "forced to wander into human settlements (12) ___________________ of food."

Comprehension questions

  1. What kind of Canadian environment was the bear wandering through?
  2. What did the article say the bear was besides all skin?
  3. What could the bear not support?
  4. What did the photographer say the bear's plight was a sign of?
  5. What was the team pushing through while filming the bear?
  6. What was the Sea Legacy film crew shooting?
  7. When did the photographer say the bear might have died?
  8. What is the bear's staple diet?
  9. How many polar bears are there in the world?
  10. Where are polar bears being forced into looking for food?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What kind of Canadian environment was the bear wandering through?
a) ice and snow
b) wilderness
c) pastures
d) cities

2)  What did the article say the bear was besides all skin?
a) muscles
b) fur
c) bones
d) energy

3)  What could the bear not support?
a) the environment
b) its cubs
c) the ice
d) its own weight

4)  What did the photographer say the bear's plight was a sign of?
a) a lack of fish
b) climate change
c) conservation
d) the times

5)  What was the team pushing through while filming the bear?
a) emotions and tears
b) snow
c) rubbish
d) fish and seaweed

6)  What was the Sea Legacy film crew shooting?
a) a documentary
b) wildlife
c) predators
d) a movie

7)  When did the photographer say the bear might have died?
a) within minutes
b) within weeks
c) within days
d) within hours

8)  What is the bear's staple diet?
a) penguins
b) seaweed
c) seals
d) fish

9)  How many polar bears are there in the world?
a) 29,000
b) 28,000
c) 27,000
d) 26,000

10)  Where are polar bears being forced into looking for food?
a) beaches
b) human settlements
c) markets
d) restaurants

Role play

Role  A – Dying Polar Bears

You think dying polar bears is the saddest thing about global warming. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as sad. Also, tell the others which is the is the easiest to find a solution for (and why): acid rain, ineffective leaders or desertification.

Role  B – Acid Rain

You think acid rain is the saddest thing about global warming. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as sad. Also, tell the others which is the is the easiest to find a solution for (and why): dying polar bears, ineffective leaders or desertification.

Role  C – Ineffective Leaders

You think ineffective leaders is the saddest thing about global warming. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as sad. Also, tell the others which is the is the easiest to find a solution for (and why): acid rain, dying polar bears or desertification.

Role  D – Desertification

You think desertification is the saddest thing about global warming. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their things aren't as sad. Also, tell the others which is the is the easiest to find a solution for (and why):  acid rain, ineffective leaders or dying polar bears.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'polar'

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  • and 'bear'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • team
    • old
    • blamed
    • diets
    • threat
    • source
    • viral
    • search
    • waste
    • own
    • clear
    • heart




    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 - Video of starving polar bear goes viral

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'polar'?
    3. What do you think of polar bears?
    4. Why was the polar bear walking across land and not snow?
    5. Should the film crew have given the bear some food?
    6. How sad to you get when bad things happen to animals?
    7. What do you think of climate change?
    8. What other things is global warming devastating?
    9. How important are the ice and snow in the Arctic?
    10. Would you like to be a wildlife documentary maker?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'bear'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about polar bears?
    5. Would you volunteer to work with an environmental group?
    6. What's the hungriest you've been?
    7. How sad would it be if the polar bears disappeared?
    8. What are the dangers of polar bears entering human settlements?
    9. What three adjectives best describe this news, and why?
    10. What questions would you like to ask Paul Nicklen?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    A video of a (1) ____ and emaciated polar bear collapsing in Canada's wilderness has gone viral on the Internet. The video shows the bear (2) ____ search of food, wandering across land with no snow or ice. The creature is (3) ____ skin and bones and is seen foraging for food in rusty waste containers. It is at times too weak to support its own body weight and has difficulty standing. Paul Nicklen, the photographer who took the video (4) ____, stated the polar bear's plight was a clear sign of the (5) ____ impact of climate change. He said filming the animal had been heart-wrenching. He explained his team were, "pushing through their tears and emotions while (6) ____ this dying polar bear".

    Mr Nicklen is part of the environmental group Sea Legacy. His team was on Canada's Baffin Island to (7) ____ a documentary on conservation. He said the bear they filmed was not old and probably died within hours. He said: "This is what starvation looks like. The muscles (8) ____. No energy. Its a slow, painful death." He blamed the bear's sad (9) ____ on global warming. He said: "As temperatures rise and sea ice melts, polar bears lose access to the main (10) ____ of their diets - seals." Climate change is the biggest (11) ____ to the world’s 26,000 polar bears. The video explains that bears are, "starving, and running out of energy" and are "forced to wander into human settlements for any (12) ____ of food."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     starving     (b)     starves     (c)     starve     (d)     starvation    
    2. (a)     an     (b)     on     (c)     in     (d)     at    
    3. (a)     some     (b)     any     (c)     all     (d)     made    
    4. (a)     frontage     (b)     adage     (c)     underage     (d)     footage    
    5. (a)     devastates     (b)     devastation     (c)     devastating     (d)     devastate    
    6. (a)     faxing     (b)     documenting     (c)     mailing     (d)     filing    
    7. (a)     aim     (b)     shoot     (c)     fire     (d)     set    
    8. (a)     apostrophe     (b)     atrophy     (c)     catastrophe     (d)     philosophy    
    9. (a)     flight     (b)     blight     (c)     plight     (d)     slight    
    10. (a)     stipple     (b)     stable     (c)     stubble     (d)     staple    
    11. (a)     treaty     (b)     throat     (c)     treat     (d)     threat    
    12. (a)     sauce     (b)     soars     (c)     sores     (d)     source

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. ridwnnega across land
    3. ggiaonfr for food
    4. the polar bear's gihlpt
    5. the edsiagatnvt impact of climate change
    6. tears and meostnio

    Paragraph 2

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    2. a reutnmdyaoc on conservation
    3. The ulscmse atrophy
    4. As esteprermuta rises
    5. the main slatep of their diets - seals
    6. any oecsru of food

    Put the text back together

    (    )     painful death." He blamed the bear's sad plight on global warming. He said: "As temperatures rise and sea ice

    (    )     documentary on conservation. He said the bear they filmed was not old and probably died within

    (    )     out of energy" and are "forced to wander into human settlements for any source of food."

    (    )     melts, polar bears lose access to the main staple of their diets - seals." Climate change is the biggest

    (    )     threat to the world's 26,000 polar bears. The video explains that bears are, "starving, and running

    1  )     A video of a starving and emaciated polar bear collapsing in Canada's wilderness has gone

    (    )     hours. He said: "This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It's a slow,

    (    )     through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear".

    (    )     change. He said filming the animal had been heart-wrenching. He explained his team were, "pushing

    (    )     to support its own body weight and has difficulty standing. Paul Nicklen, the photographer who took the video

    (    )     viral on the Internet. The video shows the bear in search of food, wandering across land with no snow

    (    )     or ice. The creature is all skin and bones and is seen foraging for food in rusty waste containers. It is at times too weak

    (    )     footage, stated the polar bear's plight was a clear sign of the devastating impact of climate

    (    )     Mr Nicklen is part of the environmental group Sea Legacy. His team was on Canada's Baffin Island to shoot a

    Put the words in the right order

    1. video   search   shows   of   the   food   bear   The   in      .
    2. skin   bones   creature   all   and   The   is      .
    3. body   own   its   support   to   weak   Too   weight      .
    4. the   been   wrenching   filming   had   said   animal   heart-   He      .
    5. His   were   through   tears   team   pushing   their   .
    6. they   He   filmed   said   was   the   not   bear      .
    7. on   the   global   bear's   warming   sad   He   plight   blamed      .
    8. main   their   lose   the   of   Bears   to   staple   diets   access      .
    9. threat   bears   biggest   The   polar   world’s   the   to   26,000      .
    10. into   wander   to   Forced   food   for   settlements   human      .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A video of a starving and emancipated / emaciated polar bear collapsing in Canada's wilderness has gone viral / virtual on the Internet. The video shows the bear in searching / search of food, wandering across land with no snow or ice. The creature is some / all skin and bones and is seen forging / foraging for food in rusty waste containers. It is at times too weak to support its own body weight and has difficulty / difficult standing. Paul Nicklen, the photographer who took the video frontage / footage, stated the polar bear's plight was a clear sign of the devastating impact / compact of climate change. He said filmed / filming the animal had been heart-wrenching. He explained his team were, "pushing through their tears and emotions whole / while documenting this dying polar bear".

    Mr Nicklen is part of the environmental group Sea Legacy. His team was on Canada's Baffin Island to shoot / fire a documentary on conservation. He said the bear they filmed was not old and probably dead / died within hours. He said: "This is what starvation / starved looks like. The muscles atrophy / trophy. No energy. It's a slow, painful death." He flamed / blamed the bear's sad plight on global warming. He said: "As temperatures rise / raise and sea ice melts, polar bears lose access / excess to the main staple of their diets - seals." Climate change is the biggest threat / treat to the world’s 26,000 polar bears. The video explains that bears are, "starving, and running in / out of energy" and are "forced to wonder / wander into human settlements for any source of food."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a video of a starving and emaciated polar bear collapsing in canada's wilderness has gone viral on the internet the video shows the bear in search of food wandering across land with no snow or ice the creature is all skin and bones and is seen foraging for food in rusty waste containers it is at times too weak to support its own body weight and has difficulty standing paul nicklen the photographer who took the video footage stated the polar bear's plight was a clear sign of the devastating impact of climate change he said filming the animal had been heart-wrenching he explained his team were "pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear"

    mr nicklen is part of the environmental group sea legacy his team was on canada's baffin island to shoot a documentary on conservation he said the bear they filmed was not old and probably died within hours he said "this is what starvation looks like the muscles atrophy no energy it's a slow painful death" he blamed the bear's sad plight on global warming he said "as temperatures rise and sea ice melts polar bears lose access to the main staple of their diets - seals" climate change is the biggest threat to the world’s 26000 polar bears the video explains that bears are "starving and running out of energy" and are "forced to wander into human settlements for any source of food"

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    AvideoofastarvingandemaciatedpolarbearcollapsinginCanada'swild
    ernesshasgoneviralontheInternet.Thevideoshowsthebearinsearcho
    ffood,wanderingacrosslandwithnosnoworice.Thecreatureisallskin-
    andbonesandisseenforagingforfoodinrustywastecontainers.Itisatti
    mestooweaktosupportitsownbodyweightandhasdifficultystanding.P
    aulNicklen,thephotographerwhotookthevideofootage,statedthepol
    arbear'splightwasaclearsignofthedevastatingimpactofclimatechang
    e.Hesaidfilmingtheanimalhadbeenheart-wrenching.Heexplainedh
    isteamwere,"pushingthroughtheirtearsandemotionswhiledocument
    ingthisdyingpolarbear".MrNicklenispartoftheenvironmentalgroupS
    eaLegacy.HisteamwasonCanada'sBaffinIslandtoshootadocumentar
    yonconservation.Hesaidthebeartheyfilmedwasnotoldandprobablydi
    edwithinhours.Hesaid:"Thisiswhatstarvationlookslike.Themusclesa
    trophy.Noenergy.It'saslow,painfuldeath."Heblamedthebear'ssadpli
    ghtonglobalwarming.Hesaid:"Astemperaturesriseandseaicemelts,p
    olarbearsloseaccesstothemainstapleoftheirdiets-seals."Climatecha
    ngeisthebiggestthreattotheworld’s26,000polarbears.Thevideoexpl
    ainsthatbearsare,"starving,andrunningoutofenergy"andare"forced
    owanderintohumansettlementsforanysourceoffood."

    Free writing

    Write about polar bear for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Governments will never do enough to combat climate change. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. POLAR BEARS: Make a poster about polar bears. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. GLOBAL WARMING: Write a magazine article about global warming. Argue that we must all greatly change the way we live to save Earth. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against it.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on polar bears. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how we can help protect their habitat. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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