The Reading / Listening - Deforestation - Level 1

Brazil will use security forces to fight deforestation in the Amazon. Too many trees are being cut down in the world's largest rainforest. Deforestation could increase in 2020. The year has started badly for our environment. Deforestation in the Amazon doubled in January. Many areas of the Amazon produce more CO2 than oxygen. The Amazon is called "the lungs" of the planet. It plays a big role in helping the Earth's environment to change CO2 into oxygen.



The special security force will help track down and stop illegal loggers. There was a big increase in illegal logging in 2019. Police with military training will work with environmental agency officials. Regional governments also need to change. Some regional governments are selling land to developers. This is increasing the speed of deforestation. To make things worse, the governments are not replanting enough trees in the jungle.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Deforestation - Level 0 Deforestation - Level 2   or  Deforestation - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-brazil-environment/brazil-authorizes-national-security-force-to-fight-deforestation-idUSKBN2041XI
  • https://www.smh.com.au/world/south-america/brazil-to-send-forces-in-to-fight-deforestation-20200211-p53zsc.html
  • https://www.foreignaffairs.com/articles/americas/2020-02-10/amazon-nearing-point-no-return


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. Too many trees are being
  2. Deforestation could
  3. Deforestation in the Amazon
  4. produce more CO2
  5. "the lungs" of
  6. It plays a big
  7. helping the Earth's
  8. change CO2
  1. role
  2. cut down
  3. into oxygen
  4. the planet
  5. doubled in January
  6. environment
  7. increase in 2020
  8. than oxygen

Paragraph 2

  1. The special security
  2. track down and stop illegal
  3. a big increase in illegal
  4. Police with military
  5. environmental agency
  6. governments also
  7. governments are selling
  8. governments are not replanting
  1. need to change
  2. logging
  3. enough trees
  4. loggers
  5. land to developers
  6. force
  7. officials
  8. training

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Brazil (1) ___________________ forces to fight deforestation in the Amazon. Too many trees are (2) ___________________ in the world's largest rainforest. Deforestation could increase in 2020. The year (3) ___________________ for our environment. Deforestation in the Amazon (4) ___________________. Many areas of the Amazon produce more (5) ___________________. The Amazon is called (6) ___________________ the planet. It plays a big role in helping the Earth's environment to change CO2 into oxygen.

The special security force (7) ___________________ down and stop illegal loggers. There was a big (8) ___________________ logging in 2019. Police with (9) ___________________ work with environmental agency officials. Regional governments also need to change. Some regional governments (10) ___________________ to developers. This is increasing (11) ___________________ deforestation. To make things worse, the governments are not replanting enough trees (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

BrazilwillusesecurityforcestofightdeforestationintheAmazon.Tooma
nytreesarebeingcutdownintheworld'slargestrainforest.Deforestatio
ncouldincreasein2020.Theyearhasstartedbadlyforourenvironment.
DeforestationintheAmazondoubledinJanuary.ManyareasoftheAmaz
onproducemoreCO2thanoxygen.TheAmazoniscalled"thelungs"ofth
eplanet.ItplaysabigroleinhelpingtheEarth'senvironmenttochangeC
O2intooxygen.Thespecialsecurityforcewillhelptrackdownandstopill
egalloggers.Therewasabigincreaseinillegalloggingin2019.Policewit
hmilitarytrainingwillworkwithenvironmentalagencyofficials.Region
algovernmentsalsoneedtochange.Someregionalgovernmentsaresel
linglandtodevelopers.Thisisincreasingthespeedofdeforestation.Tom
akethingsworse,thegovernmentsarenotreplantingenoughtreesinth
ejungle.

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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Free writing

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