The Reading / Listening - Ducks - Level 2

A woman was surprised after she bought duck eggs from a supermarket. Three of the eggs hatched. The woman has three baby ducks, or ducklings. Their names are Beep, Peep and Meep. Charli Lello, 29, bought the eggs last month. She was at home all day because she wasn't working in her job as an assistant manager in a shop. She decided to use her free time to do different things. Ms Lello told reporters she got the idea for incubating eggs after seeing a video on Facebook. The video showed how someone hatched eggs after buying them from a supermarket.



Lello said the ducklings would have a happy life. They will be friends for her pet chickens. She explained why she bought the eggs. 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 because they had been bashed around on a truck and in a shopping trolley. 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 1   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/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Three of the eggs
  2. She was at home
  3. working in her job as an
  4. She decided to use
  5. do different
  6. she got the idea for
  7. after seeing a video
  8. The video showed how someone
  1. incubating eggs
  2. hatched
  3. hatched eggs
  4. things
  5. on Facebook
  6. all day
  7. her free time
  8. assistant manager

Paragraph 2

  1. have a happy
  2. friends for her
  3. She explained why she
  4. She was surprised when
  5. in a shopping
  6. She called it an amazing
  7. the cutest little balls
  8. it is unusual for supermarket
  1. pet chickens
  2. of fluff
  3. trolley
  4. eggs to hatch
  5. life
  6. the eggs hatched
  7. experience
  8. bought the eggs

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A woman was surprised (1) ___________________ duck eggs from a supermarket. Three of the eggs hatched. The woman has three baby (2) ___________________. Their names are Beep, Peep and Meep. Charli Lello, 29, bought (3) ___________________ month. She was at home all day because she wasn't working in her job as an (4) ___________________ a shop. She decided to use her free time to do different things. Ms Lello told reporters she (5) ___________________ for incubating eggs after seeing a video on Facebook. The video showed how someone hatched eggs after (6) ___________________ a supermarket.

Lello said the ducklings (7) ___________________ happy life. They will be friends for her pet chickens. She explained why she bought the eggs. She said: "I saw the duck eggs (8) ___________________ they would [hatch]. I was so excited for (9) ___________________, but I still [knew] that these are supermarket eggs." She was surprised when the eggs hatched because they (10) ___________________ around on a truck and in a shopping trolley. She called it (11) ___________________. She said the ducklings were, "the cutest little (12) ___________________". A duck farm said it is unusual for supermarket eggs to hatch.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Awomanwassurprisedaftersheboughtduckeggsfromasupermarket.
Threeoftheeggshatched.Thewomanhasthreebabyducks,orduckling
s.TheirnamesareBeep,PeepandMeep.CharliLello,29,boughttheeggs
lastmonth.Sheathomealldaybecauseshewasn'tworkinginherjobasa
nassistantmanagerinashop.Shedecidedtouseherfreetimetododiffer
entthings.MsLellotoldreportersshegottheideaforincubatingeggsafte
rseeingavideoonFacebook.Thevideoshowedhowsomeonehatchede
ggsafterbuyingthemfromasupermarket.Lellosaidtheducklingswould
haveahappylife.Theywillbefriendsforherpetchickens.Sheexplained
whysheboughttheeggs.Shesaid:"Isawtheduckeggsandthoughtmay
betheywould[hatch].Iwassoexcitedforthemtohatch,butIstill[knew]t
hatthesearesupermarketeggs."Shewassurprisedwhentheeggshatc
hedbecausetheyhadbeenbashedaroundonatruckandinashoppingtro
lley.Shecalleditan"amazing"experience.Shesaidtheducklingswere,"
thecutestlittleballsoffluff".Aduckfarmsaiditisunusualforsupermarke
teggstohatch.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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