The Reading / Listening - Endangered Species - Level 5

There is agreement on protecting 18 threatened species of sharks and rays. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) agreed to give greater protection for the marine creatures from commercial fishing. Many of the threatened species are hunted for their meat and fins. Some of the protected species include the world's fastest shark (the mako shark), wedgefishes and guitarfishes. The Wildlife Conservation Society said: "Sharks are vulnerable....Momentum is clearly building to ensure that these species...continue to be around for future generations."



CITES is an international treaty established in 1973 signed by 182 different states to protect endangered animals and plants. The focus of the weekend meeting was on protecting sharks. The number of sharks killed each year by commercial fishing is estimated at 100 million. A conservation group said this could be as high as 273 million. Forty countries disagreed that the mako shark was in danger because there was not enough evidence to show it was disappearing as a result of fishing. The global shark fin market is thought to be worth over $1.2 billion.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Endangered Species - Level 4 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. 18 threatened species of sharks
  2. agreed to give greater
  3. marine
  4. hunted for their meat
  5. Some of the protected
  6. Sharks are
  7. Momentum is clearly
  8. continue to be around for future
  1. vulnerable
  2. and rays
  3. generations
  4. protection
  5. building
  6. and fins
  7. species
  8. creatures

Paragraph 2

  1. CITES is an international
  2. signed by 182 different
  3. The focus of the weekend
  4. commercial
  5. there was not enough
  6. disappearing as a result
  7. The global shark fin
  8. worth
  1. evidence
  2. market
  3. fishing
  4. over $1.2 billion
  5. states
  6. treaty
  7. meeting
  8. of fishing

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There is agreement on protecting (1) ___________________ of sharks and rays. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) agreed to give greater protection for (2) ___________________ from commercial fishing. Many of the threatened species are hunted for their (3) ___________________. Some of the protected species include the (4) ___________________ (the mako shark), wedgefishes and guitarfishes. The Wildlife Conservation Society said: "Sharks are vulnerable....Momentum is (5) ___________________ ensure that these species...continue to be around (6) ___________________."

CITES is an international (7) ___________________ 1973 signed by 182 different states to protect endangered animals and plants. The focus of the weekend meeting (8) ___________________ sharks. The number of sharks killed each year by commercial fishing (9) ___________________ 100 million. A conservation group said this (10) ___________________ high as 273 million. Forty countries disagreed that the mako shark was in danger because there was (11) ___________________ to show it was disappearing as a result of fishing. The global shark fin market is thought to (12) ___________________ $1.2 billion.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thereisagreementonprotecting18threatenedspeciesofsharksandra
ys.TheConventiononInternationalTradeinEndangeredSpecies(CITE
S)agreedtogivegreaterprotectionforthemarinecreaturesfromcomm
ercialfishing.Manyofthethreatenedspeciesarehuntedfortheirmeatan
dfins.Someoftheprotectedspeciesincludetheworld'sfastestshark(th
emakoshark),wedgefishesandguitarfishes.TheWildlifeConservation
Societysaid:"Sharksarevulnerable....Momentumisclearlybuildingto
ensurethatthesespecies...continuetobearoundforfuturegenerations
."CITESisaninternationaltreatyestablishedin1973signedby182differ
entstatestoprotectendangeredanimalsandplants.Thefocusofthewee
kendmeetingwasonprotectingsharks.Thenumberofsharkskilledeach
yearbycommercialfishingisestimatedat100million.Aconservationgr
oupsaidthiscouldbeashighas273million.Fortycountriesdisagreedtha
tthemakosharkwasindangerbecausetherewasnotenoughevidenceto
showitwasdisappearingasaresultoffishing.Theglobalsharkfinmarket
isthoughttobeworthover$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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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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