The Reading / Listening - Planting Trees - Level 6

Ethiopia has broken the world record for the largest number of trees planted in one day, while simultaneously making the world a little greener. Ethiopians planted more than 350 million trees in just 12 hours earlier this week. This smashed the previous record, held by India, by 50 million trees. Ethiopia's minister of innovation and technology announced his country's record-breaking feat on Twitter. He proudly revealed that people had planted 353,633,660 trees in a bid to help the environment. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who participated in the tree planting festivities, congratulated everyone involved in the record for their efforts and for doing their bit for the planet.



Ethiopia's record-breaking achievement is part of a wider strategy of planting 4 billion trees between May and October. The country is well on its way to achieving this goal. So far, volunteers, businesses and government workers have planted more than 2.6 billion trees nationwide. Ethiopia is attempting to reverse the cutting down of many of its forests. The Farm Africa organization reports that 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. A recent study reported that planting billions of trees was the cheapest and most effective way to absorb carbon dioxide and thus help to tackle global warming.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Planting Trees - Level 4  or  Planting Trees - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. PLANTING TREES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about planting trees. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       world record / trees / earlier this week / India / innovation / environment / planet /
       achievement / volunteers / government workers / forests / land / 19th century / CO2
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY: Students A strongly believe it is our personal responsibility to plant trees every year; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. A GREENER WORLD: How effective are these things at making the world greener? Would you do them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Effectiveness

Would You Do Them?

Planting trees

 

 

Being vegetarian

 

 

Cycling

 

 

Recycling

 

 

Using solar energy

 

 

Buy second-hand goods

 

 

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5. GREEN: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "green". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. TREES: Rank these with your partner. Put the best trees at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • maple tree
  • cherry tree
  • banyan tree
  • mahogany tree
  • apple tree
  • palm tree
  • oak tree
  • pine tree

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. simultaneously a. Easily beat something (i.e. a record or another competitor).
      2. smashed b. Made previously unknown or secret information known to others.
      3. innovation c. An achievement that requires great courage, skill, or strength.
      4. feat d. The action or process of making changes in something established, especially by introducing new methods, ideas, or products.
      5. revealed e. At the same time.
      6. bid f. The celebration of something in a joyful and energetic way.
      7. festivities g. An attempt or effort to achieve something.

    Paragraph 2

      8. achievement h. Take in or soak up energy or a liquid or other substance by chemical or physical action.
      9. volunteer i. A thing done successfully, typically by effort, courage, or skill.
      10. reverse j. Successful in producing a desired or intended result.
      11. sharp k. Make determined efforts to deal with a problem or difficult task.
      12. effective l. Make something the opposite of what it was.
      13. absorb m. Sudden and dramatic.
      14. tackle n. A person who works for an organization without being paid.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article said Ethiopia has helped make the world a little browner.     T / F
  2. The previous tree-planting record was held by China.     T / F
  3. The record-breaking feat was announced by the government on Twitter.  T / F
  4. Ethiopia's prime minister did not take part in the tree planting.     T / F
  5. Ethiopia has a plan to plant four billion trees.     T / F
  6. Ethiopia is over half-way in meeting its tree-planting strategy.     T / F
  7. Less than four per cent of Ethiopia is forested.     T / F
  8. Planting trees is an expensive way of tackling global warming.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. broken
  2. simultaneously
  3. previous
  4. innovation
  5. participated
  6. achievement
  7. reverse
  8. decline
  9. absorb
  10. tackle
  1. fight
  2. change
  3. accomplishment
  4. earlier
  5. overturn
  6. shattered
  7. reduction
  8. soak up
  9. at the same time
  10. joined in

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Ethiopia has broken
  2. simultaneously making the world
  3. Ethiopia's minister of innovation
  4. announced his country's record-breaking
  5. doing their bit
  6. part of a wider
  7. The country is well on its way to
  8. reverse the cutting down
  9. less than 4 per cent of Ethiopia's
  10. the cheapest and most effective way
  1. land is forested
  2. feat on Twitter
  3. for the planet
  4. to absorb carbon dioxide
  5. achieving this goal
  6. a little greener
  7. of many of its forests
  8. the world record
  9. strategy
  10. and technology

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
greener
proudly
festivities
smashed
largest
bit
bid
feat

Ethiopia has broken the world record for the (1) ____________ number of trees planted in one day, while simultaneously making the world a little (2) ____________. Ethiopians planted more than 350 million trees in just 12 hours earlier this week. This (3) ____________ the previous record, held by India, by 50 million trees. Ethiopia's minister of innovation and technology announced his country's record-breaking (4) ____________ on Twitter. He (5) ____________ revealed that people had planted 353,633,660 trees in a (6) ____________ to help the environment. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who participated in the tree planting (7) ____________, congratulated everyone involved in the record for their efforts and for doing their (8) ____________ for the planet.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
way
forested
effective
reverse
tackle
wider
nationwide
end

Ethiopia's record-breaking achievement is part of a (9) ____________ strategy of planting 4 billion trees between May and October. The country is well on its (10) ____________ to achieving this goal. So far, volunteers, businesses and government workers have planted more than 2.6 billion trees (11) ____________. Ethiopia is attempting to (12) ____________ the cutting down of many of its forests. The Farm Africa organization reports that less than 4 per cent of Ethiopia's land is (13) ____________. This is a sharp decline from the 30 per cent of land on which trees grew at the (14) ____________ of the 19th century. A recent study reported that planting billions of trees was the cheapest and most (15) ____________ way to absorb carbon dioxide and thus help to (16) ____________ global warming.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Ethiopia has broken the world record for the largest number of trees planted ______
     a.  in one a day
     b.  in once day
     c.  in one day
     d.  in won day
2) minister of innovation and technology announced his country's ______
     a.  record-broken feat
     b.  record-broken feet
     c.  record-breaking feet
     d.  record-breaking feat
3)  He proudly revealed that people had planted 353,633,660 trees ______ help
     a.  in a bid to
     b.  inner bid to
     c.  in avid to
     d.  inner vid too
4)  Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who participated in the tree ______
     a.  planting festivals
     b.  planting festive it is
     c.  planting fest cavities
     d.  planting festivities
5)  congratulated everyone involved in the record for their efforts and for ______
     a.  doing their bit
     b.  doing their bid
     c.  doing their bite
     d.  doing their byte

6)  Ethiopia's record-breaking achievement is part of a ______
     a.  widen strategy
     b.  wide a strategy
     c.  wider strategy
     d.  widens strategy
7)  The country is well on its way to ______ goal
     a.  achieving this
     b.  achieve in this
     c.  a chief in this
     d.  ache evening this
8)  The Farm Africa organization reports that less than 4 per cent of Ethiopia's ______
     a.  land is forest it
     b.  land is forested
     c.  land is for rested
     d.  land is fore stead
9)  a sharp decline from the 30 per cent of land on which trees grew at the ______ century
     a.  lend of the 19th
     b.  end of the 19th
     c.  send of the 19th
     d.  mend of the 19th
10)  most effective way to absorb carbon dioxide and thus help to ______ warming
     a.  tickle global
     b.  track all global
     c.  tack all global
     d.  tackle global

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Ethiopia has broken the world record for (1) ___________________ of trees planted in one day, while simultaneously making the (2) ___________________ greener. Ethiopians planted more than 350 million trees in just 12 hours earlier this week. This (3) ___________________ record, held by India, by 50 million trees. Ethiopia's minister of innovation and technology announced his country's record-(4) ___________________ Twitter. He proudly revealed that people had planted 353,633,660 trees in a (5) ___________________ the environment. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who participated in the tree planting festivities, congratulated everyone involved in the record for their efforts and for (6) ___________________ for the planet.

Ethiopia's record-breaking achievement is part of (7) ___________________ of planting 4 billion trees between May and October. The country is well on (8) ___________________ achieving this goal. So far, volunteers, businesses and government workers have planted more than 2.6 billion trees nationwide. Ethiopia is (9) ___________________ the cutting down of many of its forests. The Farm Africa organization reports that less than 4 per cent of Ethiopia's land is forested. This is (10) ___________________ from the 30 per cent of land on which trees grew at the end of the 19th century. A recent study reported that planting billions of trees (11) ___________________ and most effective way to absorb carbon dioxide and thus (12) ___________________ global warming.

Comprehension questions

  1. What did the article say the tree planting had made the world?
  2. Which country previously held the tree-planting record?
  3. By how much did Ethiopia break the previous record?
  4. Where did the government announce the record-breaking feat?
  5. What did the prime minister congratulate people for doing?
  6. How many trees does Ethiopia hope to plant?
  7. How many trees has Ethiopia planted so far?
  8. How much of Ethiopia is currently covered in trees?
  9. When was 30 per cent of Ethiopia covered in trees?
  10. What is the cheapest way of absorbing carbon dioxide?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What did the article say the tree planting had made the world?
a) safer
b) a little greener
c) more exotic
d) better for birds
2)  Which country previously held the tree-planting record?
a) Russia
b) China
c) India
d) Brazil
3)  By how much did Ethiopia break the previous record?
a) by half a million trees
b) by 5 million trees
c) by 10 million trees
d) by 50 million trees
4)  Where did the government announce the record-breaking feat?
a) on TV
b) on Twitter
c) in the newspapers
d) in a forest
5)  What did the prime minister congratulate people for doing?
a) their bit
b) clapping
c) being happy
d) everything

6)  How many trees does Ethiopia hope to plant?
a) four billion
b) three billion
c) half a billion
d) one billion
7)  How many trees has Ethiopia planted so far?
a) 900,000,000,000
b) 900,000,000
c) half a billion
d) more than 2.6 billion
8)  How much of Ethiopia is currently covered in trees?
a) about four per cent
b) exactly four per cent
c) less than four per cent
d) over four per cent
9)  When was 30 per cent of Ethiopia covered in trees?
a) in the 1930s
b) in the Stone Age
c) in the Middle Ages
d) in the 19th century
10)  What is the cheapest way of absorbing carbon dioxide?
a) recycling
b) planting trees
c) eating less meat
d) using bicycles

Role play

Role  A – Apple Trees
You think apple trees are the best trees. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their trees. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): pine trees, palm trees or mahogany trees.

Role  B – Pine Trees
You think pine trees are the best trees. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their trees. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): apple trees, palm trees or mahogany trees.

Role  C – Palm Trees
You think palm trees are the best trees. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their trees. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): pine trees, apple trees or mahogany trees.

Role  D – Mahogany Trees
You think mahogany trees are the best trees. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their trees. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): pine trees, palm trees or apple trees.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'plant'

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  • and 'trees'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • wider
    • well
    • far
    • less
    • study
    • help
    • largest
    • little
    • previous
    • feat
    • bid
    • bit




    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 - Ethiopia plants 350 million trees in 12 hours

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'trees'?
    3. What is your experience of planting trees?
    4. Why are trees so important?
    5. What kind of trees are there near where you live?
    6. What do you think of the record of over 350 million trees planted?
    7. Why doesn't every country plant millions of trees?
    8. How much will the trees help the environment?
    9. What do you know about Ethiopia?
    10. In what way are you doing your bit for the planet?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'planting'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How great is it that Ethiopia will plant 4 billion trees?
    5. Why doesn't the world restore all forests cut down by humans?
    6. In what other ways can we tackle global warming?
    7. Should laws be passed to stop companies cutting down trees?
    8. How green is the area in which you live?
    9. What is your favourite tree, and why?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the tree planters?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Ethiopia has (1) ____ the world record for the largest number of trees planted in one day, while simultaneously making the world a little (2) ____. Ethiopians planted more than 350 million trees in just 12 hours earlier this week. This (3) ____ the previous record, held by India, by 50 million trees. Ethiopia's minister of innovation and technology announced his country's record-breaking (4) ____ on Twitter. He proudly revealed that people had planted 353,633,660 trees in a (5) ____ to help the environment. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who participated in the tree planting festivities, congratulated everyone involved in the record for their efforts and for doing their (6) ____ for the planet.

    Ethiopia's record-breaking achievement is part of a wider (7) ____ of planting 4 billion trees between May and October. The country is (8) ____ on its way to achieving this goal. So far, volunteers, businesses and government workers have planted more than 2.6 billion trees nationwide. Ethiopia is (9) ____ to reverse the cutting down of many of its forests. The Farm Africa organization reports that less than 4 per cent of Ethiopia's land is forested. This is a (10) ____ decline from the 30 per cent of land on which trees grew at the (11) ____ of the 19th century. A recent study reported that planting billions of trees was the cheapest and most effective way to (12) ____ carbon dioxide and thus help to tackle global warming.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     breaking     (b)     broken     (c)     braked     (d)     bracken    
    2. (a)     greenish     (b)     greener     (c)     greens     (d)     greenie    
    3. (a)     prized     (b)     smoothed     (c)     pulped     (d)     smashed    
    4. (a)     fate     (b)     feat     (c)     fleet     (d)     feet    
    5. (a)     hid     (b)     bid     (c)     lib     (d)     nib    
    6. (a)     bite     (b)     byte     (c)     bit     (d)     bid    
    7. (a)     strata     (b)     stratosphere     (c)     strategy     (d)     staged    
    8. (a)     good     (b)     fine     (c)     well     (d)     best    
    9. (a)     venture     (b)     effort     (c)     tried     (d)     attempting    
    10. (a)     sharp     (b)     shape     (c)     shipped     (d)     shave    
    11. (a)     end     (b)     late     (c)     latter     (d)     last    
    12. (a)     reflect     (b)     mop     (c)     absorb     (d)     sponge

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    4. He proudly learevde that
    5. congratulated everyone elvnodiv
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    Paragraph 2

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    5. This is a sharp eicdnel
    6. the cheapest and most vfetiecfe way

    Put the text back together

    1  ) Ethiopia has broken the world record for the largest number of trees planted in one day, while
    (...)  Abiy Ahmed, who participated in the tree planting festivities, congratulated everyone involved
    (...)  reverse the cutting down of many of its forests. The Farm Africa organization reports that less
    (...)  earlier this week. This smashed the previous record, held by India, by 50 million trees. Ethiopia's minister
    (...)  and most effective way to absorb carbon dioxide and thus help to tackle global warming.
    (...)  and government workers have planted more than 2.6 billion trees nationwide. Ethiopia is attempting to
    (...)  in the record for their efforts and for doing their bit for the planet.
    (...)  revealed that people had planted 353,633,660 trees in a bid to help the environment. Prime Minister
    (...)  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
    (...)  May and October. The country is well on its way to achieving this goal. So far, volunteers, businesses
    (...)  at the end of the 19th century. A recent study reported that planting billions of trees was the cheapest
    (...)  simultaneously making the world a little greener. Ethiopians planted more than 350 million trees in just 12 hours
    (...)  Ethiopia's record-breaking achievement is part of a wider strategy of planting 4 billion trees between
    (...)  of innovation and technology announced his country's record-breaking feat on Twitter. He proudly

    Put the words in the right order

    1. trees   planted   .   record   number   for   of   largest   The
    2. the   simultaneously   making   greener   .   little   a   world   While
    3. previous   record   This   the   held   by   India   .   smashed
    4. to   353,633,660   help   .   Planted   a   in   bid   trees
    5. He   involved   congratulated   the   everyone   in   record   .
    6. trees   .   wider   A   billion   strategy   planting   of   4
    7. to   on   achieving   its   Well   way   this   goal   .
    8. nationwide   .   more   than   billion   Planted   trees   2   .6
    9. The   of   its   down   cutting   forests   .   of   many
    10. to   most   effective   way   carbon   The   absorb   dioxide   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Ethiopia has broken the wide / world record for the largest number of trees planted in one day, while simultaneous / simultaneously making the world a little greener / greenish. Ethiopians planted more than 350 million trees in just 12 hours earlier / earliest this week. This smashed / splashed the previous record, held by India, by 50 million trees. Ethiopia's minister of innovation and technology announced his country's record-breaking feet / feat on Twitter. He proudly revealed that people had planned / planted 353,633,660 trees in a bid / bide to help the environment. Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed, who participated in the tree planting festivities, congratulations / congratulated everyone involved in the record for their efforts and for doing their bite / bit for the planet.

    Ethiopia's record-breaking achievement is part of a wider strategies / strategy of planting 4 billion trees between May and October. The country is good / well on its way to achieving / achievement this goal. So far, volunteers, businesses and government workers have planted more than 2.6 billion trees nationwide. Ethiopia is attempting to reserve / reverse the cutting down of many of its forest / forests. The Farm Africa organization reports that less that / than 4 per cent of Ethiopia's land is forested. This is a sharp incline / decline from the 30 per cent of land on which trees grew at the end of the 19th century. A recently / recent study reported that planting billions of trees was the cheapest and most effective / effectively way to absorb carbon dioxide and thus help to tackle / trickle global warming.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    ethiopia has broken the world record for the largest number of trees planted in one day while simultaneously making the world a little greener ethiopians planted more than 350000 trees in just 12 hours earlier this week this smashed the previous record held by india by 50 million trees ethiopias minister of innovation and technology announced his countrys recordbreaking feat on twitter he proudly revealed that people had planted 353633660 trees in a bid to help the environment prime minister abiy ahmed who participated in the tree planting festivities congratulated everyone involved in the record for their efforts and for doing their bit for the planet

    ethiopias recordbreaking achievement is part of a wider strategy of planting 4 billion trees between may and october the country is well on its way to achieving this goal so far volunteers businesses and government workers have planted more than 26 billion trees nationwide ethiopia is attempting to reverse the cutting down of many of its forests the farm africa organization reports that less than 4 per cent of ethiopias 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 a recent study reported that planting billions of trees was the cheapest and most effective way to absorb carbon dioxide and thus help to tackle global warming.

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    Ethiopiahasbrokentheworldrecordforthelargestnumberoftreesplant
    edinoneday,whilesimultaneouslymakingtheworldalittlegreener.Ethi
    opiansplantedmorethan350,000treesinjust12hoursearlierthisweek
    .Thissmashedthepreviousrecord,heldbyIndia,by50milliontrees.Ethi
    opia'sministerofinnovationandtechnologyannouncedhiscountry'sre
    cord-breakingfeatonTwitter.Heproudlyrevealedthatpeoplehadpla
    nted353,633,660treesinabidtohelptheenvironment.PrimeMinisterA
    biyAhmed,whoparticipatedinthetreeplantingfestivities,congratulate
    deveryoneinvolvedintherecordfortheireffortsandfordoingtheirbitfor
    theplanet.Ethiopia'srecord-breakingachievementispartofawiderstr
    ategyofplanting4billiontreesbetweenMayandOctober.Thecountryis
    wellonitswaytoachievingthisgoal.Sofar,volunteers,businessesandg
    overnmentworkershaveplantedmorethan2.6billiontreesnationwide.
    Ethiopiaisattemptingtoreversethecuttingdownofmanyofitsforests.T
    heFarmAfricaorganizationreportsthatlessthan4percentofEthiopia'sl
    andisforested.Thisisasharpdeclinefromthe30percentoflandonwhich
    treesgrewattheendofthe19thcentury.Arecentstudyreportedthatpla
    ntingbillionsoftreeswasthecheapestandmosteffectivewaytoabsorbc
    arbondioxideandthushelptotackleglobalwarming.

    Free writing

    Write about planting trees for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Everyone on Earth should plant at least one tree every year. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. ETHIOPIA: Make a poster about planting trees. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PLANTING TREES: Write a magazine article about all of us having to plant at least one tree every year. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on planting trees. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to make the planet greener. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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