The Reading / Listening - Plant Extinction - Level 5

Scientists revealed that about two-fifths of the world's plants are at risk of extinction. This warning is from a piece of research called the State of the World's Plants and Fungi. Over 200 scientists analysed the condition of plants in 42 countries. A top botanist said: "We are living in an age of extinction. It's a very worrying picture of risk and urgent need for action. We're losing the race against time because species are disappearing faster....Many of them could [solve] some of the most pressing challenges of medicine and even perhaps of the emerging and current pandemics we are seeing today."



There are positive signs. Over 4,000 species of plants and fungi were discovered in 2019. These include potential future foods that could help millions of people suffering from poverty and food insecurity. 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." The research was released on the day of a United Nations summit. Leading scientists met to ask world leaders to act against biodiversity loss.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Plant Extinction - Level 4 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. a piece
  2. A top
  3. We are living in an
  4. urgent need
  5. We're losing the race
  6. species are
  7. the most pressing challenges
  8. the emerging and current
  1. against time
  2. of medicine
  3. botanist
  4. pandemics
  5. age of extinction
  6. of research
  7. disappearing
  8. for action

Paragraph 2

  1. Over 4,000 species
  2. fungi were
  3. These include potential
  4. millions of people suffering
  5. food
  6. We would not be
  7. we lose an opportunity for
  8. act against biodiversity
  1. insecurity
  2. future foods
  3. humankind
  4. able to survive
  5. from poverty
  6. of plants
  7. loss
  8. discovered in 2019

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists (1) ___________________ two-fifths of the world's plants are at risk of extinction. This warning is from (2) ___________________ research called the State of the World's Plants and Fungi. Over 200 scientists analysed the condition of plants in 42 countries. (3) ___________________ said: "We are living in an age of extinction. It's a very worrying picture of risk and (4) ___________________ action. We're losing the race against time because species are disappearing faster....Many of them could [solve] some of the (5) ___________________ of medicine and even perhaps of the (6) ___________________ pandemics we are seeing today."

There (7) ___________________ gns. Over 4,000 species of plants and fungi were discovered in 2019. These include potential future foods that could help millions of people (8) ___________________ and food insecurity. The botanist said it was important to protect all plant life. He said: "We would not be (9) ___________________ without plants and fungi – all (10) ___________________ them. Every time we (11) ___________________, we lose an opportunity for humankind." The research was released on the day of a United Nations summit. Leading scientists met to ask world leaders to act (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistsrevealedthatabouttwo-fifthsoftheworld'splantsareatris
kofextinction.ThiswarningisfromapieceofresearchcalledtheStateoft
heWorld'sPlantsandFungi.Over200scientistsanalysedtheconditiono
fplantsin42countries.Atopbotanistsaid:"Wearelivinginanageofextin
ction.It'saveryworryingpictureofriskandurgentneedforaction.We'rel
osingtheraceagainsttimebecausespeciesaredisappearingfaster....M
anyofthemcould[solve]someofthemostpressingchallengesofmedici
neandevenperhapsoftheemergingandcurrentpandemicsweareseein
gtoday."Therearepositivesigns.Over4,000speciesofplantsandfungi
werediscoveredin2019.Theseincludepotentialfuturefoodsthatcould
helpmillionsofpeoplesufferingfrompovertyandfoodinsecurity.Thebo
tanistsaiditwasimportanttoprotectallplantlife.Hesaid:"Wewouldnot
beabletosurvivewithoutplantsandfungi–alllifedependsonthem.Eve
rytimeweloseaspecies,weloseanopportunityforhumankind."Theres
earchwasreleasedonthedayofaUnitedNationssummit.Leadingscient
istsmettoaskworldleaderstoactagainstbiodiversityloss.

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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