The Reading / Listening - Ducks - Level 1

A woman who bought duck eggs was surprised. Three of the eggs hatched. The woman named her ducklings Beep, Peep and Meep. She bought the eggs last month. She was at home all day and decided to use her free time to do something different. She told reporters she got the idea for incubating eggs from a Facebook video. The video showed how someone hatched eggs after buying them from a supermarket.



The woman said the ducklings would be happy. They will be friends for her pet chickens. She said: "I saw the duck eggs and thought maybe they would [hatch]. I was so excited for them to hatch, but I still [knew] that these are supermarket eggs." She was surprised when the eggs hatched. She called it an "amazing" experience. She said the ducklings were, "the cutest little balls of fluff". A duck farm said it is unusual for supermarket eggs to hatch.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Ducks - Level 0 Ducks - Level 2   or  Ducks - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-52838747
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11859262/woman-hatches-ducklings-eggs-waitrose/
  • https://metro.co.uk/2019/02/19/teenage-boy-hatches-duck-egg-bought-waitrose-8669641/


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. Three of the eggs
  2. She bought the eggs
  3. She was at
  4. use her free time
  5. She told reporters she
  6. incubating
  7. The video showed
  8. hatched eggs after buying them
  1. home all day
  2. from a supermarket
  3. got the idea
  4. last month
  5. how
  6. to do something
  7. hatched
  8. eggs

Paragraph 2

  1. The woman said the ducklings
  2. They will be
  3. for her pet
  4. maybe they would
  5. I was so excited for
  6. I still
  7. She called it an amazing
  8. the cutest little balls
  1. of fluff
  2. hatch
  3. friends
  4. knew
  5. would be happy
  6. experience
  7. them to hatch
  8. chickens

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A woman who bought duck (1) ___________________. Three of the eggs hatched. The woman (2) ___________________ Beep, Peep and Meep. She bought the (3) ___________________. She was at home all day and decided to use (4) __________________ to do something different. She told reporters she (5) ___________________ for incubating eggs from a Facebook video. The video showed how someone (6) ___________________ buying them from a supermarket.

The woman said the ducklings (7) ___________________. They will be friends for (8) ___________________. She said: "I saw the duck eggs and (9) ___________________ would [hatch]. I was so excited for them to hatch, but I still [knew] that these are supermarket eggs." She (10) ___________________ the eggs hatched. She called it an "amazing" experience. She said the ducklings were, "the (11) ___________________ of fluff". A duck farm said it is unusual for supermarket (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Awomanwhoboughtduckeggswassurprised.Threeoftheeggshatched
.ThewomannamedherducklingsBeep,PeepandMeep.Sheboughtthee
ggslastmonth.Shewasathomealldayanddecidedtouseherfreetimeto
dosomethingdifferent.Shetoldreportersshegottheideaforincubating
eggsfromaFacebookvideo.Thevideoshowedhowsomeonehatchedeg
gsafterbuyingthemfromasupermarket.Thewomansaidtheducklings
wouldbehappy.Theywillbefriendsforherpetchickens.Shesaid:"Isawt
heduckeggsandthoughtmaybetheywould[hatch].Iwassoexcitedfort
hemtohatch,butIstill[knew]thatthesearesupermarketeggs."Shewa
ssurprisedwhentheeggshatched.Shecalleditan"amazing"experienc
e.Shesaidtheducklingswere,"thecutestlittleballsoffluff".Aduckfarms
aiditisunusualforsupermarketeggstohatch.

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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