The Reading / Listening - Arctic Circle - Level 5

Meteorologists have found an indication of global warming being in full swing. There were record temperatures in the Arctic Circle on Saturday. The mercury reached 38º Celsius in the town of Verkhoyansk. The town holds the world record for the greatest temperature range on Earth. It varies from a low of minus 68ºC to a high of 37.3ºC. The record heat is 18 degrees higher than usual. The Arctic Circle has had a heatwave for much of this year. This is ringing alarm bells with climatologists. They say the Arctic Circle is warming at twice the rate of the global average.



An atmosphere scientist said he was very worried about rising temperatures. He told the BBC: "Year-on-year temperature records are being broken around the world....It is unsurprising to see records being broken in this region. 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. Melting permafrost in Siberia is increasing alarming levels of carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Arctic Circle - Level 4 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. global warming being in
  2. The mercury
  3. varies from a low
  4. record
  5. 18 degrees
  6. The Arctic Circle has had a
  7. This is ringing
  8. twice the rate of
  1. alarm bells
  2. heat
  3. full swing
  4. the global average
  5. reached 38º Celsius
  6. higher than usual
  7. heatwave
  8. of minus 68ºC

Paragraph 2

  1. he was very worried about
  2. Year-on-year temperature records
  3. We will see more of this
  4. This is a warning message from
  5. We ignore it at
  6. accelerate global
  7. Melting permafrost
  8. increasing alarming levels
  1. in the near future
  2. our peril
  3. of carbon dioxide
  4. rising temperatures
  5. in Siberia
  6. the Earth itself
  7. are being broken
  8. warming

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Meteorologists have (1) ___________________ of global warming being in full swing. There were record temperatures in the Arctic Circle on Saturday. (2) ___________________ 38º Celsius in the town of Verkhoyansk. The town holds the world record for the greatest (3) ___________________ Earth. It varies from a (4) ___________________ 68ºC to a high of 37.3ºC. The record heat is 18 degrees higher than usual. The Arctic Circle has had a heatwave for much of this year. This is (5) ___________________ with climatologists. They say the Arctic Circle is warming at (6) ___________________ of the global average.

An atmosphere scientist said he was very (7) ___________________ temperatures. He told the BBC: "Year-on-year temperature records are (8) ___________________ the world....It is unsurprising to see records being broken (9) ___________________. We will see more of this in the near future." A professor said: "This is (10) ___________________ from the Earth itself. We ignore it (11) ___________________." Scientists say higher temperatures in Siberia could accelerate global warming. Melting permafrost in Siberia is increasing (12) ___________________ carbon dioxide and methane into the atmosphere.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Meteorologistshavefoundanindicationofglobalwarmingbeinginfulls
wing.TherewererecordtemperaturesintheArcticCircleonSaturday.T
hemercuryreached38ºCelsiusinthetownofVerkhoyansk.Thetownhol
dstheworldrecordforthegreatesttemperaturerangeonEarth.Itvaries
fromalowofminus68ºCtoahighof37.3ºC.Therecordheatis18degrees
higherthanusual.TheArcticCirclehashadaheatwaveformuchofthisye
ar.Thisisringingalarmbellswithclimatologists.TheysaytheArcticCircl
eiswarmingattwicetherateoftheglobalaverage.Anatmospherescient
istsaidhewasveryworriedaboutrisingtemperatures.HetoldtheBBC:"
Year-on-yeartemperaturerecordsarebeingbrokenaroundthewor
ld....Itisunsurprisingtoseerecordsbeingbrokeninthisregion.Wewills
eemoreofthisinthenearfuture."Aprofessorsaid:"Thisisawarningmes
sagefromtheEarthitself.Weignoreitatourperil."Scientistssayhighert
emperaturesinSiberiacouldaccelerateglobalwarming.Meltingperma
frostinSiberiaisincreasingalarminglevelsofcarbondioxideandmetha
neintotheatmosphere.

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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