The Reading / Listening - Arctic Circle - Level 4

Meteorologists have found another sign of global warming. There were record temperatures in the Arctic Circle. The temperature reached 38º Celsius in a town in Siberia. The town holds the world record for the greatest temperature range on Earth. It changes from minus 68ºC to 37.3ºC. The heatwave is 18 degrees higher than usual. This is ringing alarm bells. Climatologists say the Arctic Circle is warming at twice the rate of the global average.



A scientist is very worried about rising temperatures. He said: "Year-on-year temperature records are being broken around the world....We will see more of this in the near future." A professor said: "This is a warning message from the Earth itself. We ignore it at our peril." Scientists say higher temperatures in Siberia could accelerate global warming. The melting permafrost is increasing dangerous levels of carbon dioxide and methane.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Arctic Circle - Level 5 or  Arctic Circle - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-53140069
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/11922891/arctic-highest-temperature-verkhoyansk-siberia-cancun/
  • https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2020/06/arctic-hottest-temperature-100-degrees-fahrenheit-siberia-climate-change


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. record temperatures
  2. The town holds the world
  3. the greatest temperature
  4. minus
  5. The heatwave is 18
  6. This is ringing
  7. the Arctic Circle is
  8. twice the rate of the
  1. warming
  2. range
  3. global average
  4. record
  5. alarm bells
  6. in the Arctic Circle
  7. degrees higher
  8. 68ºC

Paragraph 2

  1. A scientist is very
  2. rising
  3. Year-on-year temperature
  4. We will see more of
  5. in the near
  6. a warning message from the
  7. We ignore it at
  8. carbon dioxide
  1. and methane
  2. this
  3. our peril
  4. Earth itself
  5. worried
  6. future
  7. temperatures
  8. records

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Meteorologists have found (1) ___________________ global warming. There were (2) ___________________ the Arctic Circle. The temperature reached 38º Celsius in a town in Siberia. The town (3) ___________________ record for the greatest temperature range on Earth. It (4) ___________________ 68ºC to 37.3ºC. The heatwave is 18 degrees higher than usual. This is (5) ___________________. Climatologists say the Arctic Circle is warming at (6) ___________________ of the global average.

A scientist is very (7) ___________________ temperatures. He said: "Year-on-year temperature records are (8) ___________________ the world....We will see more of this in (9) ___________________." A professor said: "This is a warning message from the Earth itself. We ignore it (10) ___________________." Scientists say higher temperatures in Siberia could accelerate global warming. (11) ___________________ is increasing dangerous levels of carbon (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Meteorologistshavefoundanothersignofglobalwarming.Therewerer
ecordtemperaturesintheArcticCircle.Thetemperaturereached38ºCe
lsiusinatowninSiberia.Thetownholdstheworldrecordforthegreatestt
emperaturerangeonEarth.Itchangesfromminus68ºCto37.3ºC.Theh
eatwaveis18degreeshigherthanusual.Thisisringingalarmbells.Clima
tologistssaytheArcticCircleiswarmingattwicetherateoftheglobalaver
age.Ascientistisveryworriedaboutrisingtemperatures.Hesaid:"Year
-on-yeartemperaturerecordsarebeingbrokenaroundtheworld....W
ewillseemoreofthisinthenearfuture."Aprofessorsaid:"Thisisawarnin
gmessagefromtheEarthitself.Weignoreitatourperil."Scientistssayhi
ghertemperaturesinSiberiacouldaccelerateglobalwarming.Themelti
ngpermafrostisincreasingdangerouslevelsofcarbondioxideandmeth
ane.

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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