The Reading / Listening - Hero Dad - Level 4

An Australian father is a hero for saving his baby from the jaws of a wild dingo. The dingo dragged the boy from his campervan. His father heard screams. He rushed and dragged his son from the dingo. The 14-month-old boy went to hospital. He had surgery on a fractured skull and cuts to his neck. Doctors say he is in a stable condition and will recover. The father said: "Our son is doing well....Please respect our family's privacy."



The attack is the third this year. Residents are worried they could damage the island's image. One resident said visitors did not know they should not camp in some areas with children. They need education about the dangers of wild animals. She added: "This is one of the most-visited national parks and there is nobody around to give people information about what they...cannot do. People who do the wrong thing are either naive or stupid."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Hero Dad - Level 5 or  Hero Dad - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.smh.com.au/national/queensland/fraser-island-local-demands-action-after-dingo-mauls-toddler-20190419-p51fnp.html
  • https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/surgery-for-baby-rescued-from-dingo-on-fraser-island/news-story/0262901cb282d696aaa25b712ed77b8d
  • https://www.nzherald.co.nz/world/news/article.cfm?c_id=2&objectid=12223749


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. saving his
  2. the jaws of a wild
  3. His father heard
  4. He had surgery on a fractured
  5. cuts to
  6. he is in a stable
  7. Our son is doing
  8. respect our family's
  1. well
  2. screams
  3. privacy
  4. baby
  5. condition
  6. skull
  7. dingo
  8. his neck

Paragraph 2

  1. The attack is the
  2. they could damage the island's
  3. wild
  4. one of the most-
  5. there is nobody
  6. information about what they
  7. People who do
  8. either naive
  1. around
  2. the wrong thing
  3. visited national parks
  4. or stupid
  5. animals
  6. third this year
  7. cannot do
  8. image

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

An Australian father is a hero (1) ___________________ baby from the jaws of a wild dingo. The dingo (2) ___________________ from his campervan. His (3) ___________________. He rushed and dragged his son from the dingo. The 14-month-old boy went to hospital. He (4) ___________________ a fractured skull and cuts to his neck. Doctors say he is in (5) ___________________ and will recover. The father said: "Our son is doing well....Please respect (6) ___________________."

The attack is the (7) ___________________. Residents are worried they could damage (8) ___________________. One resident said visitors did not know they should not camp (9) ___________________ with children. They need education about the dangers of wild animals. She added: "This is one of the most-visited national parks and (10) ___________________ around to give people information about what (11) ___________________. People who do the wrong thing are (12) ___________________ stupid."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AnAustralianfatherisaheroforsavinghisbabyfromthejawsofawilddin
go.Thedingodraggedtheboyfromhiscampervan.Hisfatherheardscre
ams.Herushedanddraggedhissonfromthedingo.The14-month-oldb
oywenttohospital.Hehadsurgeryonafracturedskullandcutstohisneck
.Doctorssayheisinastableconditionandwillrecover.Thefathersaid:"O
ursonisdoingwell....Pleaserespectourfamily'sprivacy."Theattackisth
ethirdthisyear.Residentsareworriedtheycoulddamagetheisland'sim
age.Oneresidentsaidvisitorsdidnotknowtheyshouldnotcampinsome
areaswithchildren.Theyneededucationaboutthedangersofwildanim
als.Sheadded:"Thisisoneofthemost-visitednationalparksandtherei
snobodyaroundtogivepeopleinformationaboutwhatthey..cannotdo.
Peoplewhodothewrongthingareeithernaiveorstupid."

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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