The Reading / Listening - Art Museum - Level 2

Some penguins visited an art museum for a day. Penguins from the Kansas City Zoo visited the nearby Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Bosses of the zoo and the art museum wanted the penguins to have a change of scenery. They were getting lonely because the coronavirus pandemic closed the zoo. They liked to see many visitors every day. A zoo official said: "Quarantine has caused everyone to go a little...crazy, even the residents of the Kansas City Zoo." He added: "Several of the penguins decided to go on a field trip to the [zoo], which is still closed, to get a little culture."



A director from the zoo said the penguins missed regularly seeing zoo visitors. He said: "We're always looking for ways to enrich [the penguins'] lives and stimulate their days. During this shutdown period, our animals really miss visitors." The museum's director joked that the penguins liked Italian art. He said: "They seemed to react much better to Caravaggio than to Monet." He added: "We are so happy to...welcome our colleagues from the zoo and they've brought special friends, and we're 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 1   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. penguins visited an art museum
  2. have a change
  3. the coronavirus pandemic
  4. They liked to see many
  5. caused everyone to go a
  6. the residents of the
  7. penguins decided to go
  8. get a little
  1. Kansas City Zoo
  2. for a day
  3. on a field trip
  4. closed the zoo
  5. of scenery
  6. culture
  7. little crazy
  8. visitors every day

Paragraph 2

  1. A director
  2. regularly seeing
  3. ways to enrich the
  4. During this shutdown
  5. our animals really
  6. the penguins liked Italian
  7. happy to welcome
  8. we're seeing how they react
  1. miss visitors
  2. to art
  3. our colleagues
  4. zoo visitors
  5. period
  6. from the zoo
  7. art
  8. penguins' lives

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Some penguins visited an art museum (1) ___________________. Penguins from the Kansas City Zoo (2) ___________________ Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Bosses of the zoo and the art museum wanted the penguins to have a (3) ___________________. They were getting lonely because the coronavirus pandemic closed the zoo. They liked to see (4) ___________________ day. A zoo official said: "Quarantine has caused everyone to go a little...crazy, even (5) ___________________ the Kansas City Zoo." He added: "Several of the penguins decided to go on a field trip to the [zoo], which is still closed, to get (6) ___________________."

A director from the zoo said the penguins (7) ___________________ zoo visitors. He said: "We're always (8) ___________________ to enrich [the penguins'] lives and stimulate their days. During this shutdown (9) ___________________ really miss visitors." The museum's director joked that the penguins liked Italian art. He said: "They seemed to (10) ___________________ to Caravaggio than to Monet." He added: "We are so happy to...welcome (11) ___________________ the zoo and they've brought special friends, and we're seeing how they (12) ___________________." The penguins are from Peru and Chile.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Somepenguinsvisitedanartmuseumforaday.PenguinsfromtheKansa
sCityZoovisitedthenearbyNelson-AtkinsMuseumofArt.Bossesofthe
zooandtheartmuseumwantedthepenguinstohaveachangeofscenery
.Theyweregettinglonelybecausethecoronaviruspandemicclosedthe
zoo.Theylikedtoseemanyvisitorseveryday.Azooofficialsaid:"Quaran
tinehascausedeveryonetogoalittle...crazy,eventheresidentsoftheK
ansasCityZoo."Headded:"Severalofthepenguinsdecidedtogoonafiel
dtriptothe[zoo],whichisstillclosed,togetalittleculture."Adirectorfro
mthezoosaidthepenguinsmissedregularlyseeingzoovisitors.Hesaid:
"We'realwayslookingforwaystoenrich[thepenguins']livesandstimul
atetheirdays.Duringthisshutdownperiod,ouranimalsreallymissvisit
ors."Themuseum'sdirectorjokedthatthepenguinslikedItalianart.Hes
aid:"TheyseemedtoreactmuchbettertoCaravaggiothantoMonet."He
added:"Wearesohappyto...welcomeourcolleaguesfromthezooandth
ey'vebroughtspecialfriends,andwe'reseeinghowtheyreacttoart."Th
epenguinsarefromPeruandChile.

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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