The Reading / Listening - Cuckoos - Level 6

A cuckoo has just completed one of the longest migrations ever recorded by any bird. The cuckoo left its winter home in Zambia in Southern Africa on March the 20th and has arrived at its breeding ground in Mongolia. Ornithologists named the bird Onon after a Mongolian river. They tagged five different cuckoos in Mongolia with microchips last summer to track their migration. The satellite tags monitored the progress of the birds across the Indian Ocean and 16 countries. Onon was the quickest of the five birds to make the return journey from Mongolia to Zambia and back. The ornithologists hailed Onon's feat and described it as being "a mammoth journey".



The tagging of the birds was a joint venture between the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia and the British Trust for Ornithology. It was facilitated by the group Birding Beijing and the Oriental Bird Club. A special blog called the Mongolia Cuckoo Project was set up so bird lovers could track the birds' progress. It reported that Onon arrived home, "as of 15:30 local time on May 27, 2020 after a round trip of about 26,000km, including 27 border crossings involving 16 countries." It called the journey: "Remarkable navigation and endurance." It added: "Onon has no time to waste as he needs to set up his territory, defend it from competing males and mate with as many females as possible."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Cuckoos - Level 4  or  Cuckoos - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52815286
  • https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/25821/20200526/satellite-follows-mammoth-journey-five-cuckoos-epic.htm
  • https://birdingbeijing.com/the-mongolia-cuckoo-project/


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. CUCKOOS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about cuckoos. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       cuckoo / migration / bird / breeding / ornithologist / microchips / mammoth / journey
       venture / science / conservation / club / blog / progress / round trip / endurance
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. MIGRATION: Students A strongly believe we should all go on a long migration; Students B strongly believe we shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. LOVERS: Why are these people so in love with the things they are in love with? How much do you love these things? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Why The Love?

Your Love For These?

Bird lovers

 

 

Opera lovers

 

 

Apple computer lovers

 

 

Chocolate lovers

 

 

Coffee lover

 

 

Cat lovers

 

 

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5. BIRD: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "bird". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. ORNITHOLOGY: Rank these with your partner. Put the best ~ologies at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Ornithology
  • Biology
  • Epidemiology
  • Psychology
  • Virology
  • Pathology
  • Zoology
  • Etymology

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. migration a. Follow the course of someone or something to find them or know their location at various points.
      2. breeding b. A person who studies or is an expert on birds.
      3. ornithologist c. The activity of animals getting together to create babies.
      4. tagged d. Very, very, very, very big.
      5. track e. The movement of animals or birds every year from one part of the world to another.
      6. feat f. Put a microchip on someone or something to know where they go.
      7. mammoth g. An action that needs great courage, skill, or strength.

    Paragraph 2

      8. venture h. Helped to make something easy or easier.
      9. facilitated i. The fact or power of keeping going in a painful or difficult situation without giving up.
      10. border j. Try to stop someone attacking or hurting you.
      11. navigation k. A line between two countries or areas.
      12. endurance l. An area that an animal or group of animals protects against other animals.
      13. territory m. The process or activity of finding where you are and planning and following a route.
      14. defend n. A business project.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. A cuckoo has completed the longest migration ever by a bird.     T / F
  2. The cuckoo flew from Zanzibar to Outer Mongolia.     T / F
  3. A total of five cuckoos were tagged and tracked by ornithologists.     T / F
  4. The ornithologists said the cuckoos' feet were like a mammoth's feet.     T / F
  5. The tagging project was done by Mongolian, UK and Chinese bird lovers. T / F
  6. There was a blog called the Mongolia Cuckoo Tracker.     T / F
  7. The cuckoo flew across 27 borders.     T / F
  8. Scientists said the cuckoo must now try to breed with many females.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. recorded
  2. named
  3. track
  4. feat
  5. mammoth
  6. venture
  7. facilitated
  8. endurance
  9. territory
  10. mate
  1. project
  2. achievement
  3. documented
  4. area
  5. breed
  6. called
  7. tolerance
  8. epic
  9. assisted
  10. follow

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. one of the longest migrations ever
  2. breeding
  3. monitored the progress
  4. The ornithologists hailed
  5. described it as being a mammoth
  6. bird
  7. 27 border
  8. remarkable navigation
  9. defend it from
  10. mate with as many
  1. ground
  2. journey
  3. and endurance
  4. lovers
  5. of the birds
  6. females as possible
  7. competing males
  8. recorded
  9. crossings
  10. Onon's feat

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
river
progress
return
recorded
track
mammoth
breeding
quickest

A cuckoo has just completed one of the longest migrations ever (1) ____________ by any bird. The cuckoo left its winter home in Zambia in Southern Africa on March the 20th and has arrived at its (2) ____________ ground in Mongolia. Ornithologists named the bird Onon after a Mongolian (3) ____________. They tagged five different cuckoos in Mongolia with microchips last summer to (4) ____________ their migration. The satellite tags monitored the (5) ____________ of the birds across the Indian Ocean and 16 countries. Onon was the (6) ____________ of the five birds to make the (7) ____________ journey from Mongolia to Zambia and back. The ornithologists hailed Onon's feat and described it as being "a (8) ____________ journey".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
facilitated
progress
waste
set
involving
mate
joint
round

The tagging of the birds was a (9) ____________ venture between the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia and the British Trust for Ornithology. It was (10) ____________ by the group Birding Beijing and the Oriental Bird Club. A special blog called the Mongolia Cuckoo Project was (11) ____________ up so bird lovers could track the birds' (12) ____________. It reported that Onon arrived home, "as of 15:30 local time on May 27, 2020 after a (13) ____________ trip of about 26,000km, including 27 border crossings (14) ____________ 16 countries." It called the journey: "Remarkable navigation and endurance." It added: "Onon has no time to (15) ____________ as he needs to set up his territory, defend it from competing males and (16) ____________ with as many females as possible."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A cuckoo has just completed one of the longest migrations ever ______ bird
     a.  recorded buy any
     b.  record it by any
     c.  record did buy any
     d.  recorded by any
2)  in Zambia in Southern Africa on March the 20th and has arrived at ______
     a.  its breeding ground
     b.  its bleeding ground
     c.  its bread in ground
     d.  its bread ding ground
3)  They tagged five different cuckoos in Mongolia ______
     a.  with microchips
     b.  with potato chips
     c.  with casino chips
     d.  with my crow chips
4)  The satellite tags monitored the ______ birds
     a.  progress off the
     b.  progress of the
     c.  progress of a
     d.  progress of them
5)  The ornithologists hailed Onon's feat and described it as being ______
     a.  a mammoth journey
     b.  a dinosaur journey
     c.  a ostrich journey
     d.  a dragon journey

6)  a joint venture between the Wildlife Science and Conservation ______
     a.  Center off Mongolia
     b.  Center in Mongolia
     c.  Center of Mongolia
     d.  Center at Mongolia
7)  the Mongolia Cuckoo Project was set up so bird lovers could track ______
     a.  there birds' progress
     b.  them birds' progress
     c.  a birds' progress
     d.  the birds' progress
8)  on May 27, 2020 after a round trip of about 26,000km, including ______
     a.  27 boarder crossings
     b.  27 broader crossings
     c.  27 board are crossings
     d.  27 border crossings
9)  Onon has no time to waste as he needs to set ______
     a.  top his territory
     b.  tip his territory
     c.  up his territory
     d.  tap his territory
10)  defend it from competing males and mate with as many ______
     a.  females as possibly
     b.  females as posse ball
     c.  females as possibility
     d.  females as possible

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A cuckoo has just completed one (1) ___________________ migrations ever recorded by any bird. The cuckoo left its winter home in Zambia in Southern Africa on March the 20th and has arrived (2) ___________________ ground in Mongolia. Ornithologists named the bird Onon after a Mongolian river. They tagged five different cuckoos in Mongolia (3) ___________________ summer to track their migration. The satellite tags monitored the progress of the birds across the Indian Ocean (4) ___________________. Onon was the quickest of the five birds to make (5) ___________________ from Mongolia to Zambia and back. The ornithologists hailed Onon's feat and described it as being "(6) ___________________".

The tagging of the birds was (7) ___________________ between the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia and the British Trust for Ornithology. It (8) ___________________ the group Birding Beijing and the Oriental Bird Club. A special blog called the Mongolia Cuckoo Project was set up so bird (9) ___________________ the birds' progress. It reported that Onon arrived home, "as of 15:30 local time on May 27, 2020 after (10) ___________________ of about 26,000km, including 27 border crossings involving 16 countries." It called the journey: "Remarkable navigation and endurance." It added: "Onon has no (11) ___________________ as he needs to set up his territory, defend it from competing males and (12) ___________________ many females as possible."

Comprehension questions

  1. Where was the cuckoo's winter home?
  2. Where was the cuckoo's breeding ground?
  3. What was the cuckoo named after?
  4. How many countries did the cuckoo fly over?
  5. What did ornithologists describe the cuckoo's feat as being as?
  6. What kind of venture did the article say this project was?
  7. Who was a special blog set up for?
  8. What did the cuckoo cross 27 times?
  9. What did ornithologists say the cuckoo now had to set up?
  10. What does the cuckoo now have to do as much as possible?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  Where was the cuckoo's winter home?
a) Zagreb
b) Zambia
c) Zanzibar
d) Zimbabwe
2)  Where was the cuckoo's breeding ground?
a) Malta
b) Madagascar
c) Mongolia
d) Montana
3)  What was the cuckoo named after?
a) a Madagascan spirit
b) a Chinese valley
c) a Zambian mountain
d) a Mongolian river
4)  How many countries did the cuckoo fly over?
a) 15
b) 16
c) 17
d) 18
5)  What did ornithologists describe the cuckoo's feat as being as?
a) a mammoth journey
b) a dinosaur feat
c) a monster feet
d) a creature feature

6)  What kind of venture did the article say this project was?
a) a joint venture
b) a secret venture
c) a public venture
d) a virtual venture
7)  Who was a special blog set up for?
a) zoologists
b) immunologists
c) cuckoos
d) bird lovers
8)  What did the cuckoo cross 27 times?
a) an ocean
b) rivers
c) borders
d) tracking stations
9)  What did ornithologists say the cuckoo now had to set up?
a) a fan club
b) a Facebook page
c) a blog
d) his territory

10)  What does the cuckoo now have to do as much as possible?
a) pal
b) mate
c) friend
d) companion

Role play

Role  A – Ornithology
You think ornithology is the most interesting ~ology. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ~ologies. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these ~ologies (and why): virology, psychology or etymology.

Role  B – Virology
You think virology is the most interesting ~ology. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ~ologies. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these ~ologies (and why): ornithology, psychology or etymology.

Role  C – Psychology
You think psychology is the most interesting ~ology. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ~ologies. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these ~ologies (and why): virology, ornithology or etymology.

Role  D – Etymology
You think etymology is the most interesting ~ology. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their ~ologies. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these ~ologies (and why): virology, psychology or ornithology.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'cuckoo'

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  • and 'bird'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • completed
    • ground
    • named
    • tags
    • five
    • feat
    • joint
    • special
    • set
    • as
    • added
    • possible




    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 - Cuckoos

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'cuckoo'?
    3. What is your favourite bird, and why?
    4. What do you think of migration?
    5. Where would you migrate to if you could?
    6. What do you know about Mongolia?
    7. Would you rather visit Mongolia or Zambia?
    8. What do you think of ornithology?
    9. What river would you like to be named after?
    10. What was the biggest journey you have ever been on?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'bird'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you know about Zambia?
    5. How interested are you in looking at wildlife?
    6. Where would you go if you travelled to 16 countries?
    7. Would you like to go on a 26,000km journey?
    8. How much endurance do you have?
    9. What do you think of wasting time?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the scientists?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    A cuckoo has just (1) ____ one of the longest migrations ever recorded by any bird. The cuckoo left its winter home in Zambia in Southern Africa on March the 20th and has arrived at its (2) ____ ground in Mongolia. Ornithologists named the bird Onon after a Mongolian river. They (3) ____ five different cuckoos in Mongolia with microchips last summer to track their migration. The satellite tags monitored the progress (4) ____ the birds across the Indian Ocean and 16 countries. Onon was the quickest of the five birds to (5) ____ the return journey from Mongolia to Zambia and back. The ornithologists hailed Onon's (6) ____ and described it as being "a mammoth journey".

    The tagging of the birds was a (7) ____ venture between the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia and the British Trust for Ornithology. It was facilitated (8) ____ the group Birding Beijing and the Oriental Bird Club. A special blog called the Mongolia Cuckoo Project was set up so bird (9) ____ could track the birds' progress. It reported that Onon arrived home, "as of 15:30 local time on May 27, 2020 after a (10) ____ trip of about 26,000km, including 27 border crossings involving 16 countries." It called the journey: "Remarkable navigation and (11) ____." It added: "Onon has no time to waste as he needs to set up his territory, defend it from competing males and (12) ____ with as many females as possible."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     completed     (b)     competed     (c)     competent     (d)     combatant    
    2. (a)     brooding     (b)     bleeding     (c)     breeding     (d)     braiding    
    3. (a)     enraged     (b)     pilloried     (c)     tagged     (d)     hunkered    
    4. (a)     as     (b)     at     (c)     to     (d)     of     
    5. (a)     make     (b)     test     (c)     aviate     (d)     have    
    6. (a)     mast     (b)     feat     (c)     cut     (d)     recital    
    7. (a)     roast     (b)     perch     (c)     aviary     (d)     joint    
    8. (a)     at     (b)     by     (c)     on     (d)     to    
    9. (a)     loves     (b)     lovelies     (c)     lovers     (d)     loaves    
    10. (a)     triangular     (b)     round     (c)     square     (d)     pentagonal    
    11. (a)     safeguard     (b)     seeding     (c)     bitter     (d)     endurance    
    12. (a)     pal     (b)     mate     (c)     friend     (d)     companion

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. the longest migrations ever reocerdd
    2. arrived at its ebdgrnei ground
    3. They atdgge five different cuckoos
    4. monitored the gsoerpsr of the birds
    5. make the return yrojneu
    6. described it as being a ommtahm journey

    Paragraph 2

    1. The tagging of the birds was a joint rtveeun
    2. It was afilcettiad by the group
    3. Remarkable vatgninaoi and endurance
    4. he needs to set up his rottyirre
    5. ednedf it from competing males
    6. as many emaelfs as possible

    Put the text back together

    (...)  of the five birds to make the return journey from Mongolia to Zambia and back. The
    (...)  ornithologists hailed Onon's feat and described it as being "a mammoth journey".
    (.1..) A cuckoo has just completed one of the longest migrations ever recorded by any bird. The cuckoo left its winter
    (...)  home in Zambia in Southern Africa on March the 20th and has arrived at its breeding ground in
    (...)  journey: "Remarkable navigation and endurance." It added: "Onon has no time to waste
    (...)  Mongolia. Ornithologists named the bird Onon after a Mongolian river. They tagged five different
    (...)  cuckoos in Mongolia with microchips last summer to track their migration. The satellite
    (...)  as he needs to set up his territory, defend it from competing males and mate with as many females as possible."
    (...)  tags monitored the progress of the birds across the Indian Ocean and 16 countries. Onon was the quickest
    (...)  and the British Trust for Ornithology. It was facilitated by the group Birding Beijing
    (...)  progress. It reported that Onon arrived home, "as of 15:30 local time on May 27, 2020 after a round
    (...)  The tagging of the birds was a joint venture between the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia
    (...)  and the Oriental Bird Club. A special blog called the Mongolia Cuckoo Project was set up so bird lovers could track the birds'
    (...)  trip of about 26,000km, including 27 border crossings involving 16 countries." It called the

    Put the words in the right order

    1. one   Completed   recorded   .   the   of   longest   ever   migrations
    2. Ornithologists   bird   named   a   Mongolian   after   the   river   .
    3. tags   the   the   progress   Satellite   of   monitored   birds   .
    4. of   quickest   Onon   the   birds   .   five   was   the
    5. it   as   being   Described   a   journey   .   mammoth
    6. birds   tagging   was   of   joint   a   The   venture   .
    7. lovers   track   birds'   could   the   progress   .   Bird
    8. round   trip   of   After   a   26,000km   .   about
    9. set   needs   his   He   up   territory   .   to
    10. possible   .   with   females   as   Mate   as   many

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A cuckoo has just completed one of the longest migrations ever recorded by any / some bird. The cuckoo left its wintered / winter home in Zambia in Southern Africa on March the 20th and has arrived at its bleeding / breeding ground in Mongolia. Ornithologists named the bird Onon before / after a Mongolian river. They tugged / tagged five different cuckoos in Mongolia with microchips last summer to track their mitigation / migration. The satellite tags monitored the progress / process of the birds across the Indian Ocean and 16 countries. Onon was the quickest of the five birds to aviate / make the return journey from Mongolia to Zambia and back / return. The ornithologists hailed Onon's feat and described it as been / being "a mammoth journey".

    The tagging of the birds was a joint / jointly venture between the Wildlife Science and Conservation Center of Mongolia and the British Faith / Trust for Ornithology. It was facilitated by / on the group Birding Beijing and the Oriental Bird Club. A special blog called the Mongolia Cuckoo Project was let / set up so bird lovers / luvvies could track the birds' progress. It reported that Onon arrived home, "has / as of 15:30 local time on May 27, 2020 after a round trip of about 26,000km, including 27 broader / border crossings involving 16 countries." It called the journey: "Remarkable navigate / navigation and endurance." It added: "Onon has no time to paste / waste as he needs to set up his territory, defend it from competing males and mate / pal with as many females as possible."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a cuckoo has just completed one of the longest migrations ever recorded by any bird the cuckoo left its winter home in zambia in southern africa on march the 20th and has arrived at its breeding ground in mongolia ornithologists named the bird onon after a mongolian river they tagged five different cuckoos in mongolia with microchips last summer to track their migration the satellite tags monitored the progress of the birds across the indian ocean and 16 countries onon was the quickest of the five birds to make the return journey from mongolia to zambia and back the ornithologists hailed onons feat and described it as being a mammoth journey

    the tagging of the birds was a joint venture between the wildlife science and conservation center of mongolia and the british trust for ornithology it was facilitated by the group birding beijing and the oriental bird club a special blog called the mongolia cuckoo project was set up so bird lovers could track the birds progress it reported that onon arrived home as of 1530 local time on may 27 2020 after a round trip of about 26000km including 27 border crossings involving 16 countries it called the journey remarkable navigation and endurance it added onon has no time to waste as he needs to set up his territory defend it from competing males and mate with as many females as possible

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    Acuckoohasjustcompletedoneofthelongestmigrationseverrecorded
    byanybird.ThecuckooleftitswinterhomeinZambiainSouthernAfricao
    nMarchthe20thandhasarrivedatitsbreedinggroundinMongolia.Ornit
    hologistsnamedthebirdOnonafteraMongolianriver.Theytaggedfived
    ifferentcuckoosinMongoliawithmicrochipslastsummertotracktheirm
    igration.Thesatellitetagsmonitoredtheprogressofthebirdsacrossthe
    IndianOceanand16countries.Ononwasthequickestofthefivebirdsto
    makethereturnjourneyfromMongoliatoZambiaandback.Theornithol
    ogistshailedOnon'sfeatanddescribeditasbeing"amammothjourney".
    ThetaggingofthebirdswasajointventurebetweentheWildlifeSciencea
    ndConservationCenterofMongoliaandtheBritishTrustforOrnithology
    .ItwasfacilitatedbythegroupBirdingBeijingandtheOrientalBirdClub.
    AspecialblogcalledtheMongoliaCuckooProjectwassetupsobirdlovers
    couldtrackthebirds'progress.ItreportedthatOnonarrivedhome,"asof
    15:30localtimeonMay27,2020afteraroundtripofabout26,000km,inc
    luding27bordercrossingsinvolving16countries."Itcalledthejourney:
    "Remarkablenavigationandendurance."Itadded:"Ononhasnotimeto
    wasteasheneedstosetuphisterritory,defenditfromcompetingmalesa
    ndmatewithasmanyfemalesaspossible."

    Free writing

    Write about cuckoo for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Everybody should go on a 26,000km journey once in their life. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. CUCKOOS: Make a poster about cuckoos. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. TAGGING: Write a magazine article about satellite tagging people. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on cuckoos. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your thoughts on migratory birds. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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