The Reading / Listening - Salmon - Level 1

Rescuers are working to move thousands of salmon to safety. The salmon are trapped in a river in Canada. They got trapped after a landslide. Now the salmon cannot swim upriver to lay their eggs. Conservationists are looking at how to help the fish. They decided to fly the fish to the other side of the landslide by helicopter. The fish can then swim upriver to breed. Rescuers are "working around the clock" to help the salmon.



If the fish do not lay their eggs, the salmon population will fall to dangerously low levels. This will affect the way of life of many of Canada's First Nations people. They need the salmon for food. Salmon has played an important role in their culture and traditions for hundreds of years. Rescuers are looking at other ways to help the fish. Three million salmon want to swim north, so rescuers need other ways to help the fish.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Salmon - Level 0 Salmon - Level 2   or  Salmon - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-49066718
  • https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/holding-pen-helicopter-big-bar-salmon-1.5219433
  • https://bc.ctvnews.ca/salmon-to-be-transported-past-fraser-river-rock-slide-by-helicopter-1.4517537


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. Rescuers are working to move
  2. The salmon are trapped
  3. They got trapped
  4. swim upriver to lay
  5. looking at how to
  6. They decided to fly the
  7. the other side
  8. Rescuers are working around
  1. of the landslide
  2. after a landslide
  3. help the fish
  4. fish
  5. their eggs
  6. thousands of salmon
  7. the clock
  8. in a river

Paragraph 2

  1. If the fish do not
  2. the salmon population
  3. dangerously low
  4. played an important role
  5. Rescuers are looking
  6. help
  7. salmon want to swim
  8. other ways
  1. to help the fish
  2. in their culture
  3. lay their eggs
  4. north
  5. the fish
  6. will fall
  7. levels
  8. at other ways

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Rescuers are (1) ___________________ thousands of salmon to safety. The salmon (2) ___________________ a river in Canada. They got trapped after a landslide. Now the salmon cannot swim upriver to (3) ___________________. Conservationists are looking at how to help the fish. They (4) ___________________ the fish to the (5) ___________________ the landslide by helicopter. The fish can then swim upriver to breed. Rescuers are "working (6) ___________________ " to help the salmon.

If the fish do not (7) ___________________, the salmon population will fall to dangerously low levels. This will affect the (8) ___________________ of many of Canada's First Nations people. They need the salmon for food. Salmon has (9) ___________________ role in their culture and traditions for hundreds of years. Rescuers are looking (10) ___________________ to help the fish. Three million salmon want (11) ___________________, so rescuers need other (12) ___________________ the fish.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Rescuersareworkingtomovethousandsofsalmontosafety.Thesalmo
naretrappedinariverinCanada.Theygottrappedafteralandslide.Nowt
hesalmoncannotswimuprivertolaytheireggs.Conservationistsareloo
kingathowtohelpthefish.Theydecidedtoflythefishtotheothersideofth
elandslidebyhelicopter.Thefishcanthenswimuprivertobreed.Rescue
rsare"workingaroundtheclock"tohelpthesalmon.Ifthefishdonotlayth
eireggs,thesalmonpopulationwillfalltodangerouslylowlevels.Thiswill
affectthewayoflifeofmanyofCanada'sFirstNationspeople.Theyneedt
hesalmonforfood.Salmonhasplayedanimportantroleintheirculturea
ndtraditionsforhundredsofyears.Rescuersarelookingatotherwaysto
helpthefish.Threemillionsalmonwanttoswimnorth,sorescuersneedo
therwaystohelpthefish.

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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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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