The Reading / Listening - Art Museum - Level 1

Penguins from the Kansas City Zoo visited an art museum for a day. They went to the nearby Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The zoo and the art museum wanted the penguins to have a change of scenery. The coronavirus pandemic closed the zoo so the penguins were lonely. A zoo official said: "Quarantine has caused everyone to go a little...crazy....Several of the penguins decided to go on a field trip to the zoo to get a little culture."



The penguins missed regularly seeing zoo visitors. The zoo said: "We're always looking for ways to enrich [the penguins'] lives....During this shutdown period, our animals really miss visitors." The museum joked that the penguins liked Italian art. It said: "They seemed to react much better to Caravaggio than to Monet." It added: "We are so happy...seeing how they react to art." The penguins are from Peru and Chile.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Art Museum - Level 0 Art Museum - Level 2   or  Art Museum - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/penguins-zoo-missouri-art-museum-gallery-a9516656.html
  • https://nypost.com/2020/05/15/penguins-waddle-around-art-museum-during-zoo-field-trip/
  • https://www.ladbible.com/news/animals-penguins-wander-art-museum-on-field-trip-20200515


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. visited an art museum
  2. have a change
  3. The coronavirus pandemic
  4. the penguins
  5. caused everyone to go a little
  6. Several of the penguins decided
  7. a field
  8. get a little
  1. closed the zoo
  2. trip to the zoo
  3. of scenery
  4. to go
  5. culture
  6. were lonely
  7. crazy
  8. for a day

Paragraph 2

  1. The penguins missed regularly
  2. ways to enrich the penguins'
  3. During this
  4. our animals really
  5. the penguins liked
  6. They seemed to react much
  7. seeing how they react
  8. The penguins are
  1. miss visitors
  2. better to Caravaggio
  3. seeing zoo visitors
  4. from Peru and Chile
  5. shutdown
  6. to art
  7. Italian art
  8. lives

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Penguins from the Kansas City Zoo (1) ___________________ museum for a day. They went (2) ___________________ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. The zoo and the art museum wanted the penguins to have (3) ___________________ scenery. The coronavirus pandemic (4) ___________________ so the penguins were lonely. A zoo official said: "Quarantine has caused everyone to go (5) ___________________....Several of the penguins decided to go on a field trip to the zoo to (6) ___________________ culture."

The penguins missed (7) ___________________ visitors. The zoo said: "We're always looking for (8) ___________________ [the penguins'] lives....During (9) ___________________, our animals really miss visitors." The museum (10) ___________________ penguins liked Italian art. It said: "They seemed to (11) ___________________ to Caravaggio than to Monet." It added: "We are so happy...seeing (12) ___________________ to art." The penguins are from Peru and Chile.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PenguinsfromtheKansasCityZoovisitedanartmuseumforaday.They
wenttothenearbyNelson-AtkinsMuseumofArt.Thezooandtheartmu
seumwantedthepenguinstohaveachangeofscenery.Thecoronavirus
pandemicclosedthezoosothepenguinswerelonely.Azooofficialsaid:"
Quarantinehascausedeveryonetogoalittle...crazy....Severalofthepe
nguinsdecidedtogoonafieldtriptothezootogetalittleculture."Thepen
guinsmissedregularlyseeingzoovisitors.Thezoosaid:"We'realwayslo
okingforwaystoenrich[thepenguins']lives....Duringthisshutdownpe
riod,ouranimalsreallymissvisitors."Themuseumjokedthatthepengui
nslikedItalianart.Itsaid:"TheyseemedtoreactmuchbettertoCaravag
giothantoMonet."Itadded:"Wearesohappy...seeinghowtheyreactto
art."ThepenguinsarefromPeruandChile.

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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Answers

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