The Reading / Listening - Arctic Wildfires - Level 1

There are hundreds of wildfires all across the Arctic Circle, in Greenland, Siberia, Scandinavia and Alaska. The smoke can be seen from space. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as anywhere on Earth. It is also having its worst wildfire season ever. In Alaska, there are 400 fires out of control. The Greenland ice sheet has started melting a month earlier than usual. Meteorologists say the Arctic fires are unheard of in history.



Scientists say the fires could affect global warming. One explained what is causing the fires. He said: "Temperatures in the Arctic have been increasing at a much faster rate than the global average, and warmer conditions encourage fires to grow." Dry ground, lightning and strong winds caused the fires to spread. The methane below the ice is now on fire. This is releasing lots of CO2 into the atmosphere. The fires are destroying habitat and killing animals.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Arctic Wildfires - Level 0 Arctic Wildfires - Level 2   or  Arctic Wildfires - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-49125391
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jul/26/unprecedented-more-than-100-wildfires-burning-in-the-arctic-in-worst-ever-season
  • https://www.sciencealert.com/unprecedented-wildfires-are-ravaging-the-arctic-and-the-images-from-space-are-astonishing


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. hundreds of wildfires all
  2. The smoke can be
  3. twice as fast as anywhere
  4. having its worst wildfire
  5. there are 400 fires out
  6. The Greenland ice sheet
  7. a month earlier
  8. unheard of in
  1. history
  2. of control
  3. seen from space
  4. than usual
  5. on Earth
  6. season ever
  7. across the Arctic
  8. has started melting

Paragraph 2

  1. explained what is
  2. at a much faster
  3. the global
  4. warmer conditions encourage fires
  5. strong winds caused
  6. The methane below the ice
  7. releasing lots of CO2
  8. killing
  1. into the atmosphere
  2. to grow
  3. animals
  4. rate
  5. is now on fire
  6. causing the fires
  7. the fires to spread
  8. average

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There are hundreds of (1) ___________________ the Arctic Circle, in Greenland, Siberia, Scandinavia and Alaska. The smoke can be (2) ___________________. The Arctic is warming (3) ___________________ as anywhere on Earth. It is also having its worst (4) ___________________. In Alaska, there are 400 fires out of control. The Greenland ice sheet (5) ___________________ a month earlier than usual. Meteorologists say the Arctic fires are unheard (6) ___________________.

Scientists (7) ___________________ could affect global warming. One explained what is (8) ___________________. He said: "Temperatures in the Arctic have been increasing at a much faster rate than (9) ___________________, and warmer conditions encourage fires to grow." (10) ___________________ and strong winds caused the fires to spread. The methane below the ice is now on fire. This is (11) ___________________ CO2 into the atmosphere. The fires are destroying (12) ___________________ animals.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TherearehundredsofwildfiresallacrosstheArcticCircle,inGreenland,S
iberia,ScandinaviaandAlaska.Thesmokecanbeseenfromspace.TheA
rcticiswarmingtwiceasfastasanywhereonEarth.Itisalsohavingitswor
stwildfireseasonever.InAlaska,thereare400firesoutofcontrol.TheGr
eenlandicesheethasstartedmeltingamonthearlierthanusual.Meteor
ologistssaytheArcticfiresareunheardofinhistory.Scientistssaythefire
scouldaffectglobalwarming.Oneexplainedwhatiscausingthefires.He
said:"TemperaturesintheArctichavebeenincreasingatamuchfasterr
atethantheglobalaverage,andwarmerconditionsencouragefirestogr
ow."Dryground,lightningandstrongwindscausedthefirestospread.T
hemethanebelowtheiceisnowonfire.ThisisreleasinglotsofCO2intoth
eatmosphere.Thefiresaredestroyinghabitatandkillinganimals.

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

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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