The Reading / Listening - Planting Trees - Level 4

Ethiopia broke the world record for the most trees planted in a day. Ethiopians planted more than 350 million trees in just 12 hours on Monday. This smashed the record held by India by 50 million. Ethiopia's government announced the record on Twitter. It revealed that people planted 353,633,660 trees. Ethiopia's Prime Minister participated in the planting. He congratulated everyone involved in the record for their efforts and for helping the planet.



Ethiopia's record is part of a strategy to plant 4 billion trees by October. So far, volunteers, businesses and government workers have planted over 2.6 billion trees. Ethiopia is trying to reverse the cutting down of its forests. Less than 4 per cent of Ethiopia's land is forest. This is down from 30 per cent at the end of the 19th century. Planting billions of trees is the cheapest and most effective way to absorb carbon dioxide and tackle global warming.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Planting Trees - Level 5 or  Planting Trees - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/ethiopia-plants-350-million-trees-12-hours-breaking-world-record-2019-07-30/
  • https://www.treehugger.com/conservation/ethiopia-plants-350-million-trees-day-breaks-world-record.html
  • https://nairobinews.nation.co.ke/life/us-prosecutor-seeking-death-penalty-for-suspected-kenyan-serial-killer


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. Ethiopia broke the
  2. the most trees
  3. in just
  4. This smashed the record
  5. It revealed
  6. Ethiopia's Prime Minister participated in
  7. everyone involved
  8. helping the
  1. the planting
  2. held by India
  3. planet
  4. planted in a day
  5. in the record
  6. that
  7. world record
  8. 12 hours

Paragraph 2

  1. part of a strategy to
  2. volunteers, businesses and
  3. workers have planted
  4. reverse the cutting
  5. down from 30% at the end
  6. the cheapest and most
  7. absorb carbon
  8. tackle global
  1. dioxide
  2. over 2.6 billion trees
  3. warming
  4. government workers
  5. effective way
  6. down of its forests
  7. plant 4 billion trees
  8. of the 19th century

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Ethiopia broke the world record for the most (1) ___________________ a day. Ethiopians planted more than 350 million trees (2) ___________________ hours on Monday. (3) ___________________ record held by India by 50 million. Ethiopia's government announced (4) ___________________ Twitter. It revealed that people planted 353,633,660 trees. Ethiopia's Prime Minister (5) ___________________ planting. He congratulated everyone involved in the record (6) ___________________ and for helping the planet.

Ethiopia's record is part (7) ___________________ to plant 4 billion trees by October. (8) ___________________, businesses and government workers have planted over 2.6 billion trees. Ethiopia is (9) ___________________ the cutting down (10) ___________________. Less than 4 per cent of Ethiopia's land is forest. This is down from 30 per cent at (11) ___________________ the 19th century. Planting billions of trees is the cheapest and most effective way to absorb carbon dioxide (12) ___________________ warming.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Ethiopiabroketheworldrecordforthemosttreesplantedinaday.Ethiopi
ansplantedmorethan350,000treesinjust12hoursonMonday.Thissm
ashedtherecordheldbyIndiaby50million.Ethiopia'sgovernmentanno
uncedtherecordonTwitter.Itrevealedthatpeopleplanted353,633,66
0trees.Ethiopia'sPrimeMinisterparticipatedintheplanting.Hecongrat
ulatedeveryoneinvolvedintherecordfortheireffortsandforhelpingthe
planet.Ethiopia'srecordispartofastrategytoplant4billiontreesbyOcto
ber.Sofar,volunteers,businessesandgovernmentworkershaveplant
edover2.6billiontrees.Ethiopiaistryingtoreversethecuttingdownofits
forests.Lessthan4percentofEthiopia'slandisforest.Thisisdownfrom3
0percentattheendofthe19thcentury.Plantingbillionsoftreesistheche
apestandmosteffectivewaytoabsorbcarbondioxideandtackleglobalw
arming.

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)

(a) ________________

(b) ________________

(c) ________________

(d) ________________

(e) ________________

(f) ________________

(g) ________________

(h) ________________

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.

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________________________________

Answers

(Please check your answers against the article above.

Help Support This Web Site

  • Please consider helping Breaking News English.com

Sean Banville's Book

Thank You