The Reading / Listening - Arctic Wildfires - Level 2

There are hundreds of wildfires all across the Arctic Circle. The smoke from them can be seen from space. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as anywhere else on Earth. The Arctic is having its hottest June ever. It is also having its worst wildfire season on record. There are huge fires covering large areas of Greenland, Siberia, Scandinavia and Alaska. In Alaska, there are 400 fires burning out of control. The vast Greenland ice sheet has started melting a month earlier than usual. The World Meteorological Organization called the Arctic fires "unprecedented".



Scientists say the fires and smoke could affect global warming. A meteorologist 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 and persist once they have been ignited." Dry ground, lightning and strong winds have caused the fires to spread. The flames have set fire to methane below the ice. This is releasing huge amounts of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The fires have destroyed habitat and killed uncountable numbers of animals.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Arctic Wildfires - Level 0 Arctic Wildfires - Level 1   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. all across
  2. The smoke from them can be
  3. The Arctic is warming twice
  4. The Arctic is having its hottest
  5. its worst wildfire
  6. huge fires covering large
  7. 400 fires burning out
  8. The vast Greenland ice sheet has
  1. June ever
  2. areas of Greenland
  3. started melting
  4. the Arctic Circle
  5. as fast
  6. of control
  7. seen from space
  8. season on record

Paragraph 2

  1. the fires and smoke could affect
  2. A meteorologist explained what
  3. at a much faster
  4. strong winds have caused
  5. The flames have set
  6. huge amounts of carbon
  7. The fires have destroyed
  8. killed uncountable numbers
  1. dioxide
  2. the fires to spread
  3. of animals
  4. is causing the fires
  5. habitat
  6. rate
  7. fire to methane
  8. global warming

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There are hundreds of wildfires (1) ___________________ Arctic Circle. The smoke from them can be (2) ___________________. The Arctic is warming twice as fast as anywhere else on Earth. The Arctic is (3) ___________________ June ever. It is also having its worst wildfire (4) ___________________. There are huge fires covering large areas of Greenland, Siberia, Scandinavia and Alaska. In Alaska, there are 400 fires burning (5) ___________________. The vast Greenland ice sheet has started melting a month (6) ___________________. The World Meteorological Organization called the Arctic fires "unprecedented".

Scientists say the fires and (7) ___________________ global warming. A meteorologist explained what is causing the fires. He said: "Temperatures in the Arctic have been increasing at a (8) ___________________ than the global average, and warmer conditions encourage fires to (9) ___________________ once they have been ignited." Dry ground, lightning and strong winds have caused the fires to spread. The flames (10) ___________________ to methane below the ice. This is releasing (11) ___________________ carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. The fires have destroyed (12) ___________________ uncountable numbers of animals.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TherearehundredsofwildfiresallacrosstheArcticCircle.Thesmokefro
mthemcanbeseenfromspace.TheArcticiswarmingtwiceasfastasany
whereelseonEarth.TheArcticishavingitshottestJuneever.Itisalsohav
ingitsworstwildfireseasononrecord.Therearehugefirescoveringlarge
areasofGreenland,Siberia,ScandinaviaandAlaska.InAlaska,therear
e400firesburningoutofcontrol.ThevastGreenlandicesheethasstarte
dmeltingamonthearlierthanusual.TheWorldMeteorologicalOrganiza
tioncalledtheArcticfires"unprecedented".Scientistssaythefiresands
mokecouldaffectglobalwarming.Ameteorologistexplainedwhatiscau
singthefires.Hesaid:"TemperaturesintheArctichavebeenincreasinga
tamuchfasterratethantheglobalaverage,andwarmerconditionsenco
uragefirestogrowandpersistoncetheyhavebeenignited."Dryground,l
ightningandstrongwindshavecausedthefirestospread.Theflamesha
vesetfiretomethanebelowtheice.Thisisreleasinghugeamountsofcarb
ondioxideintotheatmosphere.Thefireshavedestroyedhabitatandkill
eduncountablenumbersofanimals.

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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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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

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Answers

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