The Reading / Listening - Polar Bears - Level 2

Polar bears in the Russian town of Belushya Guba are scaring people. At least 52 bears have been seen wandering around. The town is on an island in the Arctic Ocean. The situation is serious because the bears have chased people into homes and offices. Local officials declared a "polar bear emergency". One said: "The people are scared. They are frightened to leave homes....Parents are afraid to let their children go to school or kindergarten." A local person said: "I have been [here] since 1983, but there have never been so many polar bears."



The polar bears are walking into towns looking for food. Experts say climate change is one reason for this. More sea ice is melting, so the bears are moving into new areas to find food. They can smell the food in bins outside people's homes. The town asked for permission to kill the animals to reduce the danger. However, Russia's environmental agency refused this request. Polar bears are a vulnerable species. The World Wildlife Fund says they are in danger 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 1   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. bears have been seen
  2. The situation is
  3. officials declared a polar bear
  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. wandering around
  3. many polar bears
  4. emergency
  5. since 1983
  6. to leave
  7. serious
  8. afraid

Paragraph 2

  1. climate change is one
  2. They can smell the food
  3. outside people's
  4. asked for permission to
  5. environmental agency refused
  6. Polar bears are a vulnerable
  7. they are in
  8. resulting from climate
  1. this request
  2. danger
  3. in bins
  4. change
  5. homes
  6. kill the animals
  7. reason for this
  8. species

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Polar bears in the Russian town of Belushya Guba (1) ___________________. At least 52 bears have been seen wandering around. The town (2) ___________________ island in the Arctic Ocean. The (3) ___________________ because the bears have chased people into homes and offices. Local officials declared a "polar bear emergency". One said: "The (4) ___________________. They are frightened to leave homes....Parents (5) ___________________ let their children go to school or kindergarten." A local person said: "I have been [here] since 1983, but there have never (6) ___________________ polar bears."

The polar bears are walking (7) ___________________ for food. Experts say climate change (8) ___________________ for this. More sea ice is melting, so the bears are moving into new areas to find food. They can smell the (9) ___________________ outside people's homes. The town asked for permission to kill the animals to (10) ___________________. However, Russia's environmental agency refused this request. Polar bears are (11) ___________________. The World Wildlife Fund says they are in danger because of the "loss of their sea ice (12) ___________________ climate change".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PolarbearsintheRussiantownofBelushyaGubaarescaringpeople.Atle
ast52bearshavebeenseenwanderingaround.Thetownisonanislandin
theArcticOcean.Thesituationisseriousbecausethebearshavechased
peopleintohomesandoffices.Localofficialsdeclareda"polarbearemer
gency".Onesaid:"Thepeoplearescared.Theyarefrightenedtoleaveho
mes....Parentsareafraidtolettheirchildrengotoschoolorkindergarten
."Alocalpersonsaid:"Ihavebeen[here]since1983,buttherehaveneve
rbeensomanypolarbears."Thepolarbearsarewalkingintotownslookin
gforfood.Expertssayclimatechangeisonereasonforthis.Moreseaiceis
melting,sothebearsaremovingintonewareastofindfood.Theycansme
llthefoodinbinsoutsidepeople'shomes.Thetownaskedforpermissiont
okilltheanimalstoreducethedanger.However,Russia'senvironmental
agencyrefusedthisrequest.Polarbearsareavulnerablespecies.TheW
orldWildlifeFundsaystheyareindangerbecauseofthe"lossoftheirseaic
ehabitatresultingfromclimatechange".

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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