The Reading / Listening - Planting Trees - Level 5

Ethiopia broke the world record for the most trees planted in one day, while also making the world a little greener. Ethiopians planted more than 350 million trees in just 12 hours on Monday. This smashed the record held by India by 50 million trees. Ethiopia's government announced the record-breaking feat on Twitter. It proudly revealed that people planted 353,633,660 trees in a bid to help the environment. Ethiopia's Prime Minister, who participated in the tree planting, congratulated everyone involved in the record for their efforts and for doing their bit to help the planet.



Ethiopia's record-breaking achievement is part of a strategy to plant 4 billion trees by October. The country is on its way to achieve this. 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 forested. This is a sharp decline from the 30 per cent of land on which trees grew at the end of the 19th century. Planting billions of trees is the cheapest and most effective way to absorb carbon dioxide and help to tackle global warming.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Planting Trees - Level 4 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
  2. making the world
  3. This smashed the
  4. the record-breaking
  5. It proudly
  6. in a bid to help
  7. congratulated everyone
  8. doing their bit
  1. feat
  2. involved
  3. revealed that
  4. to help the planet
  5. a little greener
  6. record held by India
  7. the world record
  8. the environment

Paragraph 2

  1. Ethiopia's record-breaking
  2. part of a strategy
  3. The country is on its
  4. reverse the cutting
  5. a sharp
  6. the cheapest and most
  7. absorb
  8. help to tackle
  1. carbon dioxide
  2. down of its forests
  3. achievement
  4. global warming
  5. effective way
  6. way to achieve this
  7. decline
  8. to plant 4 billion trees

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Ethiopia broke the world record for (1) ___________________ planted in one day, while also making the world (2) ___________________. Ethiopians planted more than 350 million trees in just 12 hours on Monday. This smashed the (3) ___________________ India by 50 million trees. Ethiopia's government announced the record-(4) ___________________ Twitter. It proudly revealed that people planted 353,633,660 trees in a bid to help the environment. Ethiopia's Prime Minister, (5) ___________________ the tree planting, congratulated everyone involved in the record for their efforts and for doing their (6) ___________________ the planet.

Ethiopia's record-breaking achievement is part (7) ___________________ to plant 4 billion trees by October. The country is on its (8) ___________________ this. So far, volunteers, businesses and government workers have planted over 2.6 billion trees. Ethiopia is (9) ___________________ the cutting down of its forests. Less than 4 per cent of Ethiopia's land is forested. This is a (10) ___________________ the 30 per cent of land on which trees grew at the end of the 19th century. Planting billions of trees is the cheapest and (11) ___________________ to absorb carbon dioxide and (12) ___________________ global warming.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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ealsomakingtheworldalittlegreener.Ethiopiansplantedmorethan35
0milliontreesinjust12hoursonMonday.Thissmashedtherecordheldb
yIndiaby50milliontrees.Ethiopia'sgovernmentannouncedtherecord
-breakingfeatonTwitter.Itproudlyrevealedthatpeopleplanted353,63
3,660treesinabidtohelptheenvironment.Ethiopia'sPrimeMinister,wh
oparticipatedinthetreeplanting,congratulatedeveryoneinvolvedinth
erecordfortheireffortsandfordoingtheirbittohelptheplanet.Ethiopia'
srecord-breakingachievementispartofastrategytoplant4billiontree
sbyOctober.Thecountryisonitswaytoachievethis.Sofar,volunteers,b
usinessesandgovernmentworkershaveplantedover2.6billiontrees.E
thiopiaistryingtoreversethecuttingdownofitsforests.Lessthan4perc
entofEthiopia'slandisforested.Thisisasharpdeclinefromthe30percen
toflandonwhichtreesgrewattheendofthe19thcentury.Plantingbillion
softreesisthecheapestandmosteffectivewaytoabsorbcarbondioxide
andhelptotackleglobalwarming.

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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