The Reading / Listening - Seeds - Level 4

A vault storing precious seeds now has over one million different varieties. The Global Seed Vault is buried in an icy mountain in the Arctic Circle. It opened ten years ago to protect the world's food supply. Climate change and droughts are threatening many species of plants. The vault holds back-ups of seeds from the world's other seed banks. A scientist at the Crop Trust said: "Hitting the million mark is really significant."



Vault workers are surprised to reach the million mark. The crisis in Syria meant there were 90,000 fewer seeds at the vault. The latest delivery included cereals and more unusual crops like the onion potato. There were also seeds from drought tolerant plants. The Crop Trust said protecting the seeds means, "scientists will have the best chance of developing nutritious and climate-resilient crops that can ensure future generations don't just survive, but thrive".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Seeds - Level 5 or  Seeds - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-43171939
  • https://www.yahoo.com/news/noahs-ark-seed-vault-chalks-million-crop-varieties-190218390.html
  • https://www.ecowatch.com/global-seed-vault-svalbard-2539843402.html


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. buried in
  2. protect the world's food
  3. Climate change
  4. threatening many species
  5. The vault holds back-
  6. from the world's
  7. Hitting the million
  8. really
  1. and droughts
  2. mark
  3. ups of seeds
  4. supply
  5. significant
  6. of plants
  7. an icy mountain
  8. other seed banks

Paragraph 2

  1. there were 90,000 fewer
  2. The latest delivery
  3. more unusual crops like
  4. seeds from drought tolerant
  5. scientists will
  6. climate-
  7. future
  8. don't just survive,
  1. but thrive
  2. the onion potato
  3. resilient crops
  4. included cereals
  5. generations
  6. seeds at the vault
  7. plants
  8. have the best chance

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A vault storing (1) ___________________ has over one million different varieties. The Global Seed Vault (2) ___________________ an icy mountain in the Arctic Circle. It opened ten years (3) ___________________ the world's food supply. Climate (4) ___________________ are threatening many species of plants. The vault (5) ___________________ seeds from the world's other seed banks. A scientist at the Crop Trust said: "Hitting the million (6) ___________________ significant."

Vault workers are surprised to (7) ___________________ mark. The crisis in Syria meant there were 90,000 (8) ___________________ the vault. The latest delivery (9) ___________________ more unusual crops like the onion potato. There were also seeds from (10) ___________________. The Crop Trust said protecting the seeds means, "scientists will (11) ___________________ chance of developing nutritious and climate-resilient crops that can ensure (12) ___________________ don't just survive, but thrive".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Avaultstoringpreciousseedsnowhasoveronemilliondifferentvarieties
.TheGlobalSeedVaultisburiedinanicymountainintheArcticCircle.Itop
enedtenyearsagotoprotecttheworld'sfoodsupply.Climatechangean
ddroughtsarethreateningmanyspeciesofplants.Thevaultholdsback-
upsofseedsfromtheworld'sotherseedbanks.AscientistattheCropTrus
tsaid:"Hittingthemillionmarkisreallysignificant."Vaultworkersaresu
rprisedtoreachthemillionmark.ThecrisisinSyriameanttherewere90,
000fewerseedsatthevault.Thelatestdeliveryincludedcerealsandmor
eunusualcropsliketheonionpotato.Therewerealsoseedsfromdrought
tolerantplants.TheCropTrustsaidprotectingtheseedsmeans,"scienti
stswillhavethebestchanceofdevelopingnutritiousandclimate-resil
ientcropsthatcanensurefuturegenerationsdon'tjustsurvive,butthriv
e".

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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Free writing

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Answers

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