The Reading / Listening - School Strike for Climate - Level 1

Children are going on strike worldwide. They are unhappy because their countries are not doing enough to fight climate change. There is a growing movement called School Strike for Climate. Students are skipping classes to take part in street protests. Many protests are outside government buildings. The movement began in August 2018 when Swedish student Greta Thunberg protested in Sweden. Photos of her went viral on social media. Students are now copying her.



Strikes have taken place across Europe, North America and Australia. Students held banners reading, "Why learn without a future?" and "Like the sea level, we rise." A worldwide strike is planned for March 15. Not everyone supports the students. Australia's leader called for "more learning in schools and less activism". A journalist wrote: "If children…must wag their fingers at older generations for some imaginary sin, I wish they'd do it at the weekend."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    School Strike for Climate - Level 0 School Strike for Climate - Level 2   or  School Strike for Climate - Level 3

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/15/health/uk-climate-strike-students-greta-thunberg-intl/index.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/feb/15/school-climate-strike-classroom-climate-change
  • https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/02/if-children-want-to-protest-against-climate-change-why-not-do-it-at-the-weekend/


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. Children are going on strike
  2. their countries are not doing
  3. fight climate
  4. Students are skipping
  5. take part in street
  6. Photos of her went
  7. social
  8. Students are now
  1. protests
  2. viral
  3. classes
  4. copying her
  5. worldwide
  6. media
  7. change
  8. enough

Paragraph 2

  1. Strikes have taken
  2. Students held
  3. Like the sea
  4. A worldwide strike
  5. Not everyone supports
  6. wag their
  7. older
  8. I wish they'd do it
  1. the students
  2. is planned
  3. at the weekend
  4. place across Europe
  5. generations
  6. banners
  7. level, we rise
  8. fingers

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Children (1) ___________________ strike worldwide. They are unhappy because (2) ___________________ not doing enough to fight climate change. There is (3) ___________________ called School Strike for Climate. Students are skipping classes to take (4) ___________________ protests. Many protests are outside government buildings. The (5) ___________________ August 2018 when Swedish student Greta Thunberg protested in Sweden. Photos of her (6) ___________________ social media. Students are now copying her.

Strikes have (7) ___________________ Europe, North America and Australia. Students (8) ___________________, "Why learn without a future?" and "Like (9) ___________________, we rise." A worldwide strike is planned for March 15. Not everyone (10) ___________________. Australia's leader called for "more learning in schools (11) ___________________". A journalist wrote: "If children…must wag their fingers at older generations for some imaginary sin, I wish they'd (12) ___________________ the weekend."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Childrenaregoingonstrikeworldwide.Theyareunhappybecausetheirc
ountriesarenotdoingenoughtofightclimatechange.Thereisagrowing
movementcalledSchoolStrikeforClimate.Studentsareskippingclasse
stotakepartinstreetprotests.Manyprotestsareoutsidegovernmentbu
ildings.ThemovementbeganinAugust2018whenSwedishstudentGre
taThunbergprotestedinSweden.Photosofherwentviralonsocialmedi
a.Studentsarenowcopyingher.StrikeshavetakenplaceacrossEurope
,NorthAmericaandAustralia.Studentsheldbannersreading,"Whylear
nwithoutafuture?"and"Likethesealevel,werise."Aworldwidestrikeisp
lannedforMarch15.Noteveryonesupportsthestudents.Australia'slea
dercalledfor"morelearninginschoolsandlessactivism".Ajournalistwr
ote:"Ifchildren…mustwagtheirfingersatoldergenerationsforsomeim
aginarysin,Iwishthey'ddoitattheweekend."

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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