The Reading / Listening - Plant Extinction - Level 4

Scientists say two-fifths of the world's plants are at risk of extinction. Their research is called the State of the World's Plants and Fungi. The scientists analysed plants in 42 countries. A top botanist said: "We are living in an age of extinction....We're losing the race against time because species are disappearing....Many of them could [solve]...challenges of medicine and even perhaps of the emerging and current pandemics we are seeing today."



There are positive signs. Over 4,000 species were discovered in 2019. These include foods that could help millions of people suffering from poverty. The botanist said it was important to protect all plant life. He said: "We would not be able to survive without plants and fungi – all life depends on them. Every time we lose a species, we lose an opportunity for humankind." Leading scientists met to ask world leaders to act against biodiversity loss.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Plant Extinction - Level 5 or  Plant Extinction - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-54344309
  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/sep/30/world-plant-species-risk-extinction-fungi-earth
  • https://news.yahoo.com/two-fifths-plants-risk-extinction-231222244.html


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. plants
  2. The scientists analysed plants
  3. A top
  4. We are living in an age
  5. the race
  6. species are
  7. challenges of
  8. emerging and current
  1. pandemics
  2. against time
  3. in 42 countries
  4. medicine
  5. botanist
  6. and fungi
  7. disappearing
  8. of extinction

Paragraph 2

  1. There are positive
  2. people suffering
  3. We would not be
  4. all life depends
  5. we lose an
  6. Leading
  7. ask world leaders
  8. biodiversity
  1. opportunity
  2. loss
  3. signs
  4. able to survive
  5. to act
  6. on them
  7. from poverty
  8. scientists

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists say two-fifths of the world's plants are at risk of extinction. Their (1) ___________________ the State of the World's (2) ___________________. The scientists analysed plants in 42 countries. A (3) ___________________: "We are living in an age of extinction....We're losing the (4) ___________________ because species are disappearing....Many of them (5) ___________________ of medicine and even perhaps of the emerging (6) ___________________ we are seeing today."

There (7) ___________________. Over 4,000 species were discovered in 2019. These include foods that could help millions (8) ___________________ from poverty. The botanist said it was important to protect all plant life. He said: "We would not be (9) ___________________ without plants and fungi – (10) ___________________ on them. Every time we lose a species, we (11) ___________________ for humankind." Leading scientists met to ask world leaders to act (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistssaytwo-fifthsoftheworld'splantsareatriskofextinction.The
irresearchiscalledtheStateoftheWorld'sPlantsandFungi.Thescientist
sanalysedplantsin42countries.Atopbotanistsaid:"Wearelivinginana
geofextinction....We'relosingtheraceagainsttimebecausespeciesare
disappearing....Manyofthemcould[solve]...challengesofmedicinean
devenperhapsoftheemergingandcurrentpandemicsweareseeingtod
ay."Therearepositivesigns.Over4,000specieswerediscoveredin201
9.Theseincludefoodsthatcouldhelpmillionsofpeoplesufferingfrompo
verty.Thebotanistsaiditwasimportanttoprotectallplantlife.Hesaid:"
Wewouldnotbeabletosurvivewithoutplantsandfungi–alllifedependso
nthem.Everytimeweloseaspecies,weloseanopportunityforhumanki
nd."Leadingscientistsmettoaskworldleaderstoactagainstbiodiversit
yloss.

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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