The Reading / Listening - Polar Bears - Level 1

Polar bears on a Russian island in the Arctic Ocean are scaring people. At least 52 bears walk around a town. The situation is serious. Bears have chased people into their homes. The town called a "polar bear emergency". It said: "The people are scared. They are frightened to leave homes....Parents are afraid to let their children go to school." One person said: "I have been [here] since 1983, but there have never been so many polar bears."



The bears are looking for food because the sea ice is melting. Climate change is one reason for this. The bears can smell food in bins outside homes. The town wants to kill the animals to reduce the danger, but Russia's environmental agency said no. Polar bears are a vulnerable species. The World Wildlife Fund says they are in danger. This is because of the "loss of their sea ice habitat resulting from climate change".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Polar Bears - Level 0 Polar Bears - Level 2   or  Polar Bears - Level 3

Sources
  • https://weather.com/news/news/2019-02-11-russian-archipelago-invaded-polar-bears-emergency
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/11/asia/polar-bears-russia-intl/index.html
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/02/11/mass-invasion-polar-bears-is-terrorizing-an-island-town-climate-change-is-blame/


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. a Russian island in
  2. Bears have chased people
  3. The town called a polar
  4. They are frightened
  5. Parents are
  6. let their children
  7. I have been here
  8. there have never been so
  1. go to school
  2. to leave homes
  3. many polar bears
  4. into their homes
  5. since 1983
  6. bear emergency
  7. afraid to
  8. the Arctic Ocean

Paragraph 2

  1. the sea ice is
  2. The bears can smell
  3. kill the animals to
  4. Russia's environmental agency
  5. Polar bears are a vulnerable
  6. they are in
  7. because of the loss of their
  8. climate
  1. sea ice habitat
  2. said no
  3. food
  4. change
  5. danger
  6. melting
  7. species
  8. reduce the danger

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Polar (1) ___________________ Russian island in the Arctic Ocean are scaring people. At least 52 bears (2) ___________________ town. The situation is serious. Bears (3) ___________________ into their homes. The town called a "polar bear emergency". It said: "The (4) ___________________. They are frightened to leave homes....Parents are afraid to (5) ___________________ go to school." One person said: "I have been [here] since 1983, but there have (6) ___________________ many polar bears."

The bears are looking (7) ___________________ the sea ice is melting. Climate change is one (8) ___________________. The bears can smell (9) ___________________ outside homes. The town wants to kill the animals to (10) ___________________, but Russia's environmental (11) ___________________. Polar bears are a vulnerable species. The World Wildlife Fund says they are in danger. This is because of the "loss of their (12) ___________________ resulting from climate change".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PolarbearsonaRussianislandintheArcticOceanarescaringpeople.Atle
ast52bearswalkaroundatown.Thesituationisserious.Bearshavechas
edpeopleintotheirhomes.Thetowncalleda"polarbearemergency".Its
aid:"Thepeoplearescared.Theyarefrightenedtoleavehomes....Paren
tsareafraidtolettheirchildrengotoschool."Onepersonsaid:"Ihavebee
n[here]since1983,buttherehaveneverbeensomanypolarbears."The
bearsarelookingforfoodbecausetheseaiceismelting.Climatechangei
sonereasonforthis.Thebearscansmellfoodinbinsoutsidehomes.Thet
ownwantstokilltheanimalstoreducethedanger,butRussia'senvironm
entalagencysaidno.Polarbearsareavulnerablespecies.TheWorldWild
lifeFundsaystheyareindanger.Thisisbecauseofthe"lossoftheirseaice
habitatresultingfromclimatechange".

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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