The Reading / Listening - Polar Vortex - Level 1

It is freezing cold in a lot of America, from the north to the south. It is colder than in Antarctica. The cold is because of a polar vortex - freezing air and wind from the Arctic. This hasn't happened for decades. There is a state of emergency in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. Many schools and businesses have closed because of the cold. People were told not to travel. They were told not to go outside or breathe the icy air.



The temperature in a part of Minnesota fell to -60º Celsius. Parts of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and Niagara Falls turned to ice. The weather is responsible for the deaths of eight people. Health officials told people to go outside only if necessary. Letting freezing air get on the skin can be dangerous. It could lead to breathing problems. Shoveling snow can be dangerous. People should also be careful of snow and ice falling from the roof.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Polar Vortex - Level 0 Polar Vortex - Level 2   or  Polar Vortex - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.nytimes.com/2019/01/30/us/extreme-cold-weather.html
  • https://thehill.com/opinion/energy-environment/427652-how-dangerous-and-historic-is-the-polar-vortex-hitting-the-midwest
  • https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/75-below-zero-polar-vortex-yields-deadly-cold-as-thousands-endure-power-cuts-travel-issues-mount-in-midwest/70007291


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. It is colder
  2. freezing air and wind
  3. This hasn't happened
  4. There is a state of
  5. schools and businesses
  6. People were told
  7. They were told not
  8. breathe the
  1. emergency in Wisconsin
  2. to go outside
  3. have closed
  4. from the Arctic
  5. icy air
  6. for decades
  7. not to travel
  8. than in Antarctica

Paragraph 2

  1. The temperature in a part
  2. The weather is
  3. go outside only
  4. Letting freezing air get
  5. It could lead to breathing
  6. Shoveling snow can
  7. People should also be
  8. ice falling
  1. careful of snow
  2. on the skin
  3. of Minnesota
  4. from the roof
  5. be dangerous
  6. responsible
  7. problems
  8. if necessary

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It (1) ___________________ in a lot of America, from the north to the south. It is (2) ___________________ Antarctica. The cold is because of a polar vortex - freezing (3) ___________________ from the Arctic. This hasn't happened for decades. There is a (4) ___________________ in Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. Many schools and businesses have (5) ___________________ the cold. People were told not to travel. They were told not to go outside or (6) ___________________ air.

The temperature (7) ___________________ of Minnesota fell to -60º Celsius. Parts of the Chicago River, Lake Michigan and Niagara Falls (8) ___________________. The weather is responsible (9) ___________________ of eight people. Health officials told people to go (10) ___________________ necessary. Letting freezing air get on the skin can be dangerous. It could (11) ___________________ problems. Shoveling snow can be dangerous. People should also (12) ___________________ snow and ice falling from the roof.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ItisfreezingcoldinalotofAmerica,fromthenorthtothesouth.Itiscoldert
haninAntarctica.Thecoldisbecauseofapolarvortex-freezingairandwi
ndfromtheArctic.Thishasn'thappenedfordecades.Thereisastateofe
mergencyinWisconsin,IllinoisandMichigan.Manyschoolsandbusines
seshaveclosedbecauseofthecold.Peopleweretoldnottotravel.Theyw
eretoldnottogooutsideorbreathetheicyair.Thetemperatureinapartof
Minnesotafellto-60ºCelsius.PartsoftheChicagoRiver,LakeMichiga
nandNiagaraFallsturnedtoice.Theweatherisresponsibleforthedeath
sofeightpeople.Healthofficialstoldpeopletogooutsideonlyifnecessar
y.Lettingfreezingairgetontheskincanbedangerous.Itcouldleadtobre
athingproblems.Shovelingsnowcanbedangerous.Peopleshouldalso
becarefulofsnowandicefallingfromtheroof.

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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