The Reading / Listening - Endangered Species - Level 4

Eighteen threatened species of sharks and rays will be better protected. Countries signed to the CITES animal and plant protection treaty agreed on greater protection for these marine creatures from commercial fishing. The protected species include the world's fastest shark (the mako shark), wedgefishes and guitarfishes. A conservationist wants to ensure they continue to be around for future generations.



CITES was established in 1973 and is signed by 182 different states. The focus of the weekend meeting was on reducing the number of sharks killed each year by commercial fishing. A conservation group said as many as 273 million sharks are killed annually. Forty countries said there was no evidence to show that the mako was in danger as a result of fishing. The global shark fin market is believed to be worth over $1.2 billion.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Endangered Species - Level 5 or  Endangered Species - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.ctvnews.ca/sci-tech/world-s-fastest-shark-most-threatened-shark-to-get-new-protections-1.4564168
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-49466717
  • https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2019/08/mako-shark-protections-cites/


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. Eighteen threatened species
  2. the CITES animal and plant
  3. marine
  4. commercial
  5. protected
  6. the world's
  7. A conservationist wants to ensure
  8. be around for future
  1. creatures
  2. generations
  3. of sharks
  4. fastest shark
  5. they continue
  6. protection treaty
  7. species
  8. fishing

Paragraph 2

  1. CITES was established
  2. commercial
  3. A conservation
  4. there was no evidence
  5. the mako was in
  6. as a result
  7. The global shark
  8. be worth
  1. danger
  2. fin market
  3. in 1973
  4. over $1.2 billion
  5. of fishing
  6. group
  7. fishing
  8. to show that

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Eighteen threatened (1) ___________________ and rays will be better protected. Countries (2) ___________________ CITES animal and plant protection treaty (3) ___________________ protection for these marine creatures (4) ___________________. The protected species include the (5) ___________________ (the mako shark), wedgefishes and guitarfishes. A conservationist wants to ensure they continue to (6) ___________________ future generations.

CITES was established in 1973 and (7) ___________________ 182 different states. The (8) ___________________ weekend meeting was on reducing the number of sharks killed each year (9) ___________________. A conservation group said as many as 273 million sharks (10) ___________________. Forty countries said there was (11) ___________________ show that the mako was in danger as a result of fishing. The global shark fin market is believed to (12) ___________________ $1.2 billion.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Eighteenthreatenedspeciesofsharksandrayswillbebetterprotected.
CountriessignedtotheCITESanimalandplantprotectiontreatyagreed
ongreaterprotectionforthesemarinecreaturesfromcommercialfishin
g.Theprotectedspeciesincludetheworld'sfastestshark(themakoshar
k),wedgefishesandguitarfishes.Aconservationistwantstoensurethe
ycontinuetobearoundforfuturegenerations.CITESwasestablishedin
1973andissignedby182differentstates.Thefocusoftheweekendmeet
ingwasonreducingthenumberofsharkskilledeachyearbycommercialf
ishing.Aconservationgroupsaidasmanyas273millionsharksarekilled
annually.Fortycountriessaidtherewasnoevidencetoshowthatthema
kowasindangerasaresultoffishing.Theglobalsharkfinmarketisbeliev
edtobeworthover$1.2billion.

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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(l) ________________

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(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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