The Reading / Listening - Polar Bears - Level 3

Polar bears on an island in Russia are scaring people in a small town. At least 52 polar bears have been seen wandering around the town of Belushya Guba. The town is on the island of Novaya Zemlya, which is in the Arctic Ocean. The situation has become serious because the bears have chased people and entered homes and offices. Local officials have declared a "polar bear emergency". Local official Alexander Minayev said: "The people are scared. They are frightened to leave homes and their daily routines are broken. Parents are afraid to let their children go to school or kindergarten." A local said: "I have been [here] since 1983, but there have never been so many polar bears in the vicinity."



Officials say the polar bears are roaming into towns looking for food. They say that climate change is one reason for this. More sea ice is melting, which means the bears are moving into new areas to find food. They are attracted by the smell of food in bins outside people's homes. Town officials have asked for permission to kill the animals to reduce the danger to humans. However, Russia's environmental agency has refused this request. Polar bears are classed as a vulnerable species. The World Wildlife Fund says they are in danger because of the "ongoing and potential loss of their sea ice habitat resulting from climate change". It is helping to keep the polar bears away from the people of Belushya Guba.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Polar Bears - Level 0 Polar Bears - Level 1   or  Polar Bears - Level 2

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/


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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?
       polar bear / island / town / Arctic Ocean / situation / emergency / frightened / vicinity
       food / reason / smell / permission / environmental / vulnerable / habitat / climate
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. LIVING TOGETHER: Students A strongly believe wild animals and humans can live together; Students B strongly believe they can't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. ANIMALS: What problems would lots of these animals cause in a town? How would you deal with the problems? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Problems

How to deal with them

Polar bears

 

 

Elephants

 

 

Snakes

 

 

Rats

 

 

Rabbits

 

 

Killer bees

 

 

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5. ISLAND: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "island". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. SCARY: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the scariest animals top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • shark
  • cockroach
  • vampire bat
  • wolf
  • lion
  • snake
  • rat
  • tarantula

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

1.

at least

a.

The area near or surrounding a particular place.

2.

wandering

b.

Not less than.

3.

serious

c.

Frightened; afraid.

4.

declared

d.

Walking or moving in a leisurely, casual way.

5.

scared

e.

Openly or formally announced.

6.

routine

f.

Worrying because of possible danger or risk.

7.

vicinity

g.

A set of daily or weekly actions that are regularly followed.

    Paragraph 2

8.

melting

h.

Make or become liquid by warmth or heat.

9.

attracted

i.

The natural home or environment of an animal or plant.

10.

bin

j.

Caused to come to a place or take part in an activity by offering something interesting or nice.

11.

permission

k.

Likely to meet physical attack or harm.

12.

refused

l.

Something used to put rubbish / trash / garbage / waste in.

13.

vulnerable

m.

Telling someone they can do something.

14.

habitat

n.

Said you will not do something.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. No fewer than 52 bears were spotted in a Russian town.     T / F
  2. The town is on an island in the Arctic Ocean.     T / F
  3. The town has called a "polar bear emergency".     T / F
  4. A local said he hadn't since so many bears since 1963.     T / F
  5. The bears are going into the town looking for warmth.     T / F
  6. Food in bins is attracting the bears into the town.     T / F
  7. Polar bears are not yet classed as a vulnerable species.     T / F
  8. The World Wildlife Fund did not blame climate change for this situation.   T / F

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

  1. scaring
  2. wandering
  3. serious
  4. routines
  5. vicinity
  6. looking
  7. attracted
  8. reduce
  9. classed
  10. resulting
  1. searching
  2. habits
  3. neighborhood
  4. lower
  5. bad
  6. following
  7. frightening
  8. classified
  9. lured
  10. walking

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

  1. Polar bears on an island in Russia
  2. At least 52 polar bears have
  3. the bears have chased people
  4. daily
  5. there have never been so
  6. roaming into towns looking
  7. More sea ice
  8. asked for permission
  9. Polar bears are classed
  10. sea
  1. routines
  2. as a vulnerable species
  3. many polar bears
  4. is melting
  5. been seen
  6. to kill the animals
  7. and entered homes
  8. are scaring people
  9. ice
  10. for food

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
around
frightened
vicinity
situation
emergency
scaring
routines
offices

Polar bears on an island in Russia are (1) ____________ people in a small town. At least 52 polar bears have been seen wandering (2) ____________ the town of Belushya Guba. The town is on the island of Novaya Zemlya, which is in the Arctic Ocean. The (3) ____________ has become serious because the bears have chased people and entered homes and (4) ____________. Local officials have declared a "polar bear (5) ____________". Local official Alexander Minayev said: "The people are scared. They are (6) ____________ to leave homes and their daily (7) ____________ are broken. Parents are afraid to let their children go to school or kindergarten." A local said: "I have been [here] since 1983, but there have never been so many polar bears in the (8) ____________."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
melting
vulnerable
roaming
away
reason
loss
danger
attracted

Officials say the polar bears are (9) ____________ into towns looking for food. They say that climate change is one (10) ____________ for this. More sea ice is (11) ____________, which means the bears are moving into new areas to find food. They are (12) ____________ by the smell of food in bins outside people's homes. Town officials have asked for permission to kill the animals to reduce the (13) ____________ to humans. However, Russia's environmental agency has refused this request. Polar bears are classed as a (14) ____________ species. The World Wildlife Fund says they are in danger because of the "ongoing and potential (15) ____________ of their sea ice habitat resulting from climate change". It is helping to keep the polar bears (16) ____________ from the people of Belushya Guba.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Polar bears on an island in Russia are scaring people ______ town
     a.  inner small
     b.  inners mall
     c.  in a small
     d.  inners small
2)  At least 52 polar bears have been seen ______ around
     a.  wander in
     b.  wondering
     c.  wonder in
     d.  wandering
3)  the bears have chased people and entered homes ______
     a.  and doff ice is
     b.  and offices
     c.  an doff ices
     d.  and office is
4)  The people are scared. They are frightened to leave homes and their ______
     a.  daily route teens
     b.  daily route tins
     c.  daily roo teens
     d.  daily routines
5)  there have never been so many polar bears ______
     a.  in a vicinity
     b.  in the vacant sea
     c.  in the vice in a tea
     d.  in the vacancy

6)  Officials say the polar bears are ______ towns
     a.  roam in into
     b.  roaming to
     c.  roaming into
     d.  roam in to
7)  They say that climate change is one ______ this
     a.  reasons for
     b.  reason four
     c.  reason for
     d.  reason fore
8)  They are attracted by the smell of ______
     a.  foodie in pins
     b.  food in bin
     c.  food in pins
     d.  food in bins
9)  Polar bears are classed as a ______
     a.  vulnerable specifies
     b.  vulnerable specials
     c.  vulnerable specifics
     d.  vulnerable species
10)  in danger because of the "ongoing and potential loss of their ______
     a.  sea ice habitation
     b.  sea ice habitats
     c.  sea ice inhabitat
     d.  sea ice habitat

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Polar bears (1) ___________________ in Russia are scaring people in a small town. At least 52 polar bears have been seen (2) ___________________ town of Belushya Guba. The town is on the island of Novaya Zemlya, which is in the Arctic Ocean. (3) ___________________ become serious because the bears have chased people and entered homes and offices. Local officials (4) ___________________ "polar bear emergency". Local official Alexander Minayev said: "The people are scared. They are frightened to leave homes and their (5) ___________________ broken. Parents are afraid to let their children go to school or kindergarten." A local said: "I have been [here] since 1983, but there have never been so many polar bears (6) ___________________."

Officials say the polar bears (7) ___________________ towns looking for food. They say that climate change (8) ___________________ for this. More sea ice is melting, which means the bears are moving into new areas to find food. They are attracted by the smell of (9) ___________________ outside people's homes. Town officials have asked for permission to kill the animals to (10) ___________________ to humans. However, Russia's environmental agency has refused this request. Polar bears are classed as a vulnerable species. The World Wildlife Fund says they are in danger because of the "ongoing (11) ___________________ of their sea ice habitat resulting from climate change". It is (12) ___________________ the polar bears away from the people of Belushya Guba.

Comprehension questions

  1. How many bears have been seen in the town?
  2. In which body of water is the island in this news story?
  3. What buildings did the bears go into?
  4. What did a local official say the bears had broken?
  5. Where are parents afraid to let their children go?
  6. What are the bears looking for?
  7. What did the article say was melting?
  8. Where was the food that the polar bears could smell?
  9. What are polar bears classed as?
  10. What is the World Wildlife Fund helping people in the town with?




Multiple choice quiz

1) How many bears have been seen in the town?
a) exactly 52
b) at least 52
c) more than 52
d) around 52
2) In which body of water is the island in this news story?
a) the Black Sea
b) the Baltic Sea
c) the Caribbean Sea
d) Arctic Ocean
3) What buildings did the bears go into?
a) pet shops and garages
b) kitchens and restaurants
c) homes and offices
d) fish shops and saunas
4) What did a local official say the bears had broken?
a) daily routines
b) windows
c) bones
d) hearts
5) Where are parents afraid to let their children go?
a) fishing
b) kindergarten
c) on a boat
d) on vacation

6) What are the bears looking for?
a) food
b) shelter
c) love
d) a partner
7) What did the article say was melting?
a) ice cream
b) hearts
c) sea ice
d) glaciers
8) Where was the food that the polar bears could smell?
a) in bins
b) on kitchen tables
c) in a warehouse
d) in a takeaway restaurant
9) What are polar bears classed as?
a) A+
b) protected
c) dangerous
d) vulnerable species
10) What is the World Wildlife Fund helping people in the town with?
a) defending their home
b) creating ice
c) keep the bears away
d) conservation

Role play

Role  A – Lion
You think a lion is the scariest animal. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their animals aren't scary. Also, tell the others which is the cutest of these (and why): tarantula, snake or cockroach.

Role  B – Tarantula
You think a tarantula is the scariest animal. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their animals aren't scary. Also, tell the others which is the cutest of these (and why): lion, snake or cockroach.

Role  C – Snake
You think a snake is the scariest animal. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their animals aren't scary. Also, tell the others which is the cutest of these (and why): tarantula, lion or cockroach.

Role  D – Cockroach
You think a cockroach is the scariest animal. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their animals aren't scary. Also, tell the others which is the cutest of these (and why): tarantula, snake or lion.

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:

    • reason
    • areas
    • bins
    • reduce
    • loss
    • away
    • scaring
    • 52
    • serious
    • chased
    • daily
    • never




    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 - Dozens of polar bears invade Russian town

    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 know about polar bears?
    4. What would you do if a polar bear was in your house?
    5. What should the people in the town do?
    6. What would living on an Arctic Ocean island be like?
    7. What happens in a polar bear emergency?
    8. How can schools protect themselves against polar bears?
    9. How dangerous are polar bears?
    10. How can animals and humans live together?

    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 think of polar bears?
    5. Should people not leave food in bins?
    6. How is climate change causing this?
    7. What is causing climate change?
    8. How important is the World Wildlife Fund?
    9. How can we help polar bears?
    10. What questions would you like to ask people in the town?

    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)

    Polar bears on an island in Russia are (1) ____ people in a small town. At least 52 polar bears have been seen (2) ____ around the town of Belushya Guba. The town is on the island of Novaya Zemlya, which is in the Arctic Ocean. The (3) ____ has become serious because the bears have chased people and entered homes and (4) ____. Local officials have declared a "polar bear emergency". Local official Alexander Minayev said: "The people are scared. They are frightened to leave homes and their daily (5) ____ are broken. Parents are afraid to let their children go to school or kindergarten." A local said: "I have been [here] since 1983, (6) ____ there have never been so many polar bears in the vicinity."

    Officials say the polar bears are (7) ____ into towns looking for food. They say that climate change is one reason for this. More sea ice is (8) ____, which means the bears are moving into new areas to find food. They are attracted (9) ____ the smell of food in bins outside people's homes. Town officials have asked for permission to kill the animals to (10) ____ the danger to humans. However, Russia's environmental agency has refused this request. Polar bears are classed as a vulnerable species. The World Wildlife Fund says they are in danger because of the "ongoing and potential (11) ____ of their sea ice habitat resulting from climate change". It is helping to keep the polar bears (12) ____ from the people of Belushya Guba.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     scare     (b)     scared     (c)     scary     (d)     scaring    
    2. (a)     winding     (b)     wending     (c)     wondering     (d)     wandering    
    3. (a)     scenario     (b)     situation     (c)     scenic     (d)     clearance    
    4. (a)     holes     (b)     constructs     (c)     offices     (d)     builds    
    5. (a)     routines     (b)     habitual     (c)     frequent     (d)     often    
    6. (a)     but     (b)     however     (c)     even     (d)     so    
    7. (a)     roamed     (b)     roams     (c)     roam     (d)     roaming    
    8. (a)     melting     (b)     exercising     (c)     flying     (d)     shooting    
    9. (a)     of     (b)     by     (c)     at     (d)     on    
    10. (a)     less     (b)     down     (c)     reduce     (d)     slow    
    11. (a)     lost     (b)     lose     (c)     loss     (d)     loser    
    12. (a)     over     (b)     away     (c)     around     (d)     about

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. gardnewni around the town
    2. The oitstiuna has become serious
    3. declared a polar bear eenrgmeyc
    4. their daily ounritse
    5. Parents are fiarad
    6. many polar bears in the tiyinvci

    Paragraph 2

    1. bears are rmngoia into towns
    2. lmacite change is one reason
    3. They are attaredct by the smell of food
    4. asked for psmsiinoer
    5. classed as a lnvebluare species
    6. loss of their sea ice atthaib

    Put the text back together

    (...)  around the town of Belushya Guba. The town is on the island of Novaya Zemlya, which is in
    (...)  are scared. They are frightened to leave homes and their daily routines are broken. Parents are afraid to
    (...)  to find food. They are attracted by the smell of food in bins outside people's homes. Town officials have
    (...)  Officials say the polar bears are roaming into towns looking for food. They say that climate change is one
    (...)  since 1983, but there have never been so many polar bears in the vicinity."
    (...)  habitat resulting from climate change". It is helping to keep the polar bears away from the people of Belushya Guba.
    (...)  let their children go to school or kindergarten." A local said: "I have been [here]
    (...)  reason for this. More sea ice is melting, which means the bears are moving into new areas
    (...)  asked for permission to kill the animals to reduce the danger to humans. However, Russia's environmental
    (...)  the Arctic Ocean. The situation has become serious because the bears have chased people and entered homes
    (...) Polar bears on an island in Russia are scaring people in a small town. At least 52 polar bears have been seen wandering
    (...)  says they are in danger because of the "ongoing and potential loss of their sea ice
    (...)  and offices. Local officials have declared a "polar bear emergency". Local official Alexander Minayev said: "The people
    (...)  agency has refused this request. Polar bears are classed as a vulnerable species. The World Wildlife Fund

    Put the words in the right order

    1. bears   Polar   on   scaring   an   island   people   .   are
    2. seen   have   Polar   bears   wandering   town   .   around   been
    3. emergency   .   bear   officials   declared   Local   polar   have   a
    4. are   afraid   their   to   let   children   Parents   go   .
    5. many   never   polar   so   There   bears   .   have   been
    6. for   food   .   Bears   towns   into   looking   roaming   are
    7. say   one   reason   .   climate   that   is   They   change
    8. attracted   are   the   They   of   smell   food   .   by
    9. bears   Polar   vulnerable   as   species   .   classed   a   are
    10. the   from   bears   away   the   polar   people   .   Keep

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Polar bears on an island in / on Russia are scaring people in a small town. At least 52 polar bears have been seen wondering / wandering around the town of Belushya Guba. The town is on the island of Novaya Zemlya, which is in the Arctic Ocean. The situation / situated has become serious because the bears have chasing / chased people and entered homes and offices. Local officials / sensors have declared a "polar bear emergency". Local official Alexander Minayev said: "The people are scary / scared. They are frightened to leave homes and their day / daily routines are broken. Parents are afraid / fear to let their children go to school or kindergarten." A local said: "I have been [here] since / in 1983, but there have never been so many polar bears in the vacation / vicinity."

    Officials say the polar bears are looming / roaming into towns looking for food. They say that climate change is once / one reason for this. More sea ice is melting, which meaning / means the bears are moving into new area / areas to find food. They are attracted / attraction by the smell of food in bins outside people's homes. Town officials have asked for permission / promise to kill the animals to reduce the danger to humans. However, Russia's environmental agency has refusal / refused this request. Polar bears are classed as a vulnerable spaces / species. The World Wildlife Fund says they are on / in danger because of the "ongoing and potential loss of their sea ice habitat resulting from climate change". It is helping to keep / make the polar bears away from the people of Belushya Guba.

    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

    polar bears on an island in russia are scaring people in a small town at least 52 polar bears have been seen wandering around the town of belushya guba the town is on the island of novaya zemlya which is in the arctic ocean the situation has become serious because the bears have chased people and entered homes and offices local officials have declared a polar bear emergency local official alexander minayev said the people are scared they are frightened to leave homes and their daily routines are broken parents are afraid to let their children go to school or kindergarten a local said i have been here since 1983 but there have never been so many polar bears in the vicinity

    officials say the polar bears are roaming into towns looking for food they say that climate change is one reason for this more sea ice is melting which means the bears are moving into new areas to find food they are attracted by the smell of food in bins outside peoples homes town officials have asked for permission to kill the animals to reduce the danger to humans however russias environmental agency has refused this request polar bears are classed as a vulnerable species the world wildlife fund says they are in danger because of the ongoing and potential loss of their sea ice habitat resulting from climate change it is helping to keep the polar bears away from the people of belushya guba.

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    PolarbearsonanislandinRussiaarescaringpeopleinasmalltown.Atleas
    t52polarbearshavebeenseenwanderingaroundthetownofBelushyaG
    uba.ThetownisontheislandofNovayaZemlya,whichisintheArcticOcea
    n.Thesituationhasbecomeseriousbecausethebearshavechasedpeop
    leandenteredhomesandoffices.Localofficialshavedeclareda"polarbe
    aremergency".LocalofficialAlexanderMinayevsaid:"Thepeoplearesc
    ared.Theyarefrightenedtoleavehomesandtheirdailyroutinesarebrok
    en.Parentsareafraidtolettheirchildrengotoschoolorkindergarten."Al
    ocalsaid:"Ihavebeen[here]since1983,buttherehaveneverbeensom
    anypolarbearsinthevicinity."Officialssaythepolarbearsareroamingin
    totownslookingforfood.Theysaythatclimatechangeisonereasonforth
    is.Moreseaiceismelting,whichmeansthebearsaremovingintoneware
    astofindfood.Theyareattractedbythesmelloffoodinbinsoutsidepeopl
    e'shomes.Townofficialshaveaskedforpermissiontokilltheanimalstor
    educethedangertohumans.However,Russia'senvironmentalagency
    hasrefusedthisrequest.Polarbearsareclassedasavulnerablespecies.
    TheWorldWildlifeFundsaystheyareindangerbecauseofthe"ongoinga
    ndpotentiallossoftheirseaicehabitatresultingfromclimatechange".Iti
    shelpingtokeepthepolarbearsawayfromthepeopleofBelushyaGuba.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    No animals should be killed for entering a town. 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. VULNERABLE: Write a magazine article about never killing any vulnerable animal. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    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 to keep wild animals away from towns. 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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