The Reading / Listening - Moose - Level 6

There are plenty of road signs around the world that amuse and bemuse motorists. The latest to raise smiles and possibly a sense of bewilderment are in Canada. Transport authorities in the town of Jasper, Alberta have erected electronic signs to warn drivers not to let moose lick their cars. Moose are the largest and heaviest members of the deer family and are native to Canada. They are a frequent sight on Canadian roads, but an addiction to salt has led them to sate their need by licking cars. Vehicles are splashed with road salt that has been sprinkled on the road to help melt snow. It is common to see moose licking salt on the roads, but they have now developed a preference for licking it off cars.



A Jasper National Park spokesperson explained why the salt licking was a problem. He warned that the moose's addiction is becoming an increasing problem and could be fatal. He said: "This behaviour started as an occasional issue a few years ago and now is too common. People are getting far too close, and it's perpetuated by the moose's obsession with salt." A tour operator said: "I hate to say it, but this road salt is kind of like a drug for the moose." The salt habit poses additional dangers for the moose. Cars are invariably covered with a whole host of harmful chemicals. In addition, moose are vulnerable to pneumonia. Licking car surfaces could increase the risk of spreading disease.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Moose - Level 4  or  Moose - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.thedrive.com/news/37736/now-canada-has-road-signs-telling-people-not-to-let-moose-lick-their-cars
  • https://interestingengineering.com/dont-let-the-moose-lick-your-car-canadians-warned
  • https://carbuzz.com/news/car-licking-moose-causing-problems-in-canada


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. SALT: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about salt. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       plenty / road signs / amuse / bewilderment / moose / lick / addiction / snow / cars /
       problem / fatal / behaviour / issue / obsession / tour operator / dangers / pneumonia
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. FENCE: Students A strongly believe all roads should have fences to keep animals out; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. ADDICTIONS: How serious are these addictions? How addicted are you? How can we end these addictions? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How Serious?

How Addicted Are You?

Ending The Addiction

Chocolate

 

 

 

TV

 

 

 

Shopping

 

 

 

Smartphone

 

 

 

Coffee

 

 

 

Love

 

 

 

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5. MOTORIST: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "motorist". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. ROAD PROBLEMS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best road problems at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Animals
  • Pot holes
  • Poor lighting
  • Flooding
  • Traffic
  • Bad signs
  • Traffic lights
  • Width

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. plenty a. Confuse or puzzle someone.
      2. bemuse b. Built or construct a building, wall, or other upright structure.
      3. bewilderment c. A greater liking for one alternative over another or others.
      4. erected d. A feeling of being perplexed and confused.
      5. native e. The fact or condition of being addicted to a particular substance, thing, or activity.
      6. addiction f. A large or sufficient amount or quantity; more than enough.
      7. preference g. An animal or plant indigenous (originally belonging) to a place.

    Paragraph 2

      8. fatal h. Made something (usually an undesirable situation) continue indefinitely.
      9. perpetuated i. The state of one's mind being with thoughts of someone or something to a worrying extent.
      10. obsession j. A lung inflammation caused by bacterial or viral infection, in which the lungs are filled with liquid.
      11. poses k. In every case or on every occasion; always.
      12. invariably l. Presents or constitutes a problem, danger, or difficulty.
      13. vulnerable m. Causing death.
      14. pneumonia n. Susceptible to physical or emotional attack or harm.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article says road signs are made to amuse motorists.     T / F
  2. There are electronic signs in a Canadian town to scare moose away.     T / F
  3. Moose are an introduced species in Canada.     T / F
  4. The article says moose are addicted to salt.     T / F
  5. A park spokesman suggested moose could die if they lick salt off a car.    T / F
  6. The article says moose have been licking salt off cars for decades.     T / F
  7. Someone said the salt is like a drug for the moose.     T / F
  8. Moose can catch pneumonia easily.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. bemuse
  2. sense
  3. erected
  4. native
  5. preference
  6. fatal
  7. occasional
  8. perpetuated
  9. poses
  10. vulnerable
  1. put up
  2. susceptible
  3. random
  4. feeling
  5. kept going
  6. fondness
  7. confuse
  8. constitutes
  9. deadly
  10. indigenous

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. amuse and
  2. a sense of
  3. native
  4. an addiction to
  5. they have now developed a preference
  6. becoming an increasing problem and could
  7. perpetuated by the moose's obsession
  8. covered with a whole
  9. moose are vulnerable
  10. increase the
  1. bewilderment
  2. be fatal
  3. salt
  4. risk of spreading disease
  5. to Canada
  6. host of harmful chemicals
  7. to pneumonia
  8. bemuse motorists
  9. for licking it
  10. with salt

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
addiction
plenty
erected
preference
native
common
sprinkled
sense

There are (1) _____________________ of road signs around the world that amuse and bemuse motorists. The latest to raise smiles and possibly a (2) _____________________ of bewilderment are in Canada. Transport authorities in the town of Jasper, Alberta have (3) _____________________ electronic signs to warn drivers not to let moose lick their cars. Moose are the largest and heaviest members of the deer family and are (4) _____________________ to Canada. They are a frequent sight on Canadian roads, but an (5) _____________________ to salt has led them to sate their need by licking cars. Vehicles are splashed with road salt that has been (6) _____________________ on the road to help melt snow. It is (7) _____________________ to see moose licking salt on the roads, but they have now developed a (8) _____________________ for licking it off cars.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
fatal
obsession
invariably
addiction
surfaces
common
vulnerable
drug

A Jasper National Park spokesperson explained why the salt licking was a problem. He warned that the moose's (9) _____________________ is becoming an increasing problem and could be (10) _____________________. He said: "This behaviour started as an occasional issue a few years ago and now is too (11) _____________________. People are getting far too close, and it's perpetuated by the moose's (12) _____________________ with salt." A tour operator said: "I hate to say it, but this road salt is kind of like a (13) _____________________ for the moose." The salt habit poses additional dangers for the moose. Cars are (14) _____________________ covered with a whole host of harmful chemicals. In addition, moose are (15) _____________________ to pneumonia. Licking car (16) _____________________ could increase the risk of spreading disease.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  There are plenty of road signs around the world that amuse and ______
     a.  be muse motorists
     b.  be muses motorists
     c.  beam muse motorists
     d.  bemuse motorists
2)  The latest to raise smiles and possibly ______ bewilderment
     a.  a sense off
     b.  a sense of
     c.  a sense oft
     d.  a sense aft
3)  Alberta have erected electronic signs ______
     a.  to warm drivers
     b.  toward drivers
     c.  towards drivers
     d.  to warn drivers
4)  Moose are the largest and heaviest members of ______
     a.  the deer familiar
     b.  the deer familial
     c.  the deer familiarity
     d.  the deer family
5)  Vehicles are splashed with road salt that has been ______ road
     a.  sparkled on the
     b.  spanked on the
     c.  speckled on the
     d.  sprinkled on the

6)  the moose's addiction is becoming an increasing problem and ______
     a.  could been fatal
     b.  could be fatal
     c.  could be fatally
     d.  could being fatal
7)  This behaviour started as an occasional issue a few years ago and now ______
     a.  is too commons
     b.  is too commoner
     c.  is too common
     d.  is too commonly
8)  far too close, and it's perpetuated by the moose's ______
     a.  obsession within salt
     b.  obsession with salt
     c.  obsession wither salt
     d.  obsession without salt
9)  like a drug for the moose." The salt habit poses ______
     a.  additionally dangers
     b.  additional dangerous
     c.  additional dangers
     d.  additionally dangerous
10)  to pneumonia. Licking car surfaces could increase the risk ______
     a.  of spread din disease
     b.  of spread in disease
     c.  of spreading disease
     d.  of spread disease

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There are plenty of road signs around the world that (1) ____________________ motorists. The latest to raise smiles and possibly a (2) ____________________ are in Canada. Transport authorities in the town of Jasper, Alberta have erected electronic signs to warn drivers not to let moose lick their cars. Moose are the (3) ____________________ members of the deer family and are native to Canada. They are a frequent sight on Canadian roads, but (4) ____________________ salt has led them to sate their need by licking cars. Vehicles (5) ____________________ road salt that has been sprinkled on the road to help melt snow. It (6) ____________________ see moose licking salt on the roads, but they have now developed a preference for licking it off cars.

A Jasper National Park spokesperson explained why the salt licking was a problem. He warned that the moose's addiction (7) ____________________ increasing problem and could be fatal. He said: "This behaviour started as an (8) ____________________ few years ago and now is too common. People are getting far too close, and it's perpetuated by the moose's (9) ____________________." A tour operator said: "I hate to say it, but this road salt is kind of like a drug for the moose." The salt (10) ____________________ dangers for the moose. Cars are invariably covered with a whole (11) ____________________ chemicals. In addition, moose are vulnerable to pneumonia. Licking car surfaces could (12) ____________________ of spreading disease.

Comprehension questions

  1. What does the article say road signs do, besides amuse?
  2. What kind of signs are being used to warn motorists?
  3. What family of animals to moose belong to?
  4. What are deer addicted to?
  5. What do moose usually lick to get salt?
  6. How serious did a park spokesperson say the salt licking could become?
  7. When did the spokesperson say the moose's behaviour started?
  8. What did a tour operator liken salt to for the moose?
  9. What does the article say cars are covered with a whole host of?
  10. What condition are moose susceptible to catching?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What does the article say road signs do, besides amuse?
a) inform
b) bemuse
c) distract
d) hinder
2)  What kind of signs are being used to warn motorists?
a) billboards
b) flashing signs
c) electronic signs
d) neon signs
3)  What family of animals to moose belong to?
a) cows
b) elk
c) buffalo
d) deer
4)  What are deer addicted to?
a) roads
b) salt
c) cars
d) people
5)  What do moose usually lick to get salt?
a) roads
b) trash
c) grass
d) trees

6)  How serious did a park spokesperson say the salt licking could become?
a) it could be fatal
b) very serious
c) a little serious
d) it's controllable
7)  When did the spokesperson say the moose's behaviour started?
a) a decade ago
b) 1976
c) after climate change
d) a few years ago
8)  What did a tour operator liken salt to for the moose?
a) pepper
b) an energy drink
c) a drug
d) breakfast
9)  What does the article say cars are covered with a whole host of?
a) dust and dirt
b) paint
c) lights and shiny things
d) harmful chemicals

10)  What condition are moose susceptible to catching?
a) leukaemia
b) pneumonia
c) bronchitis
d) tuberculosis

Role play

Role  A – Animals
You think animals are the biggest problem on the roads. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their problems aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the smallest problem of these (and why): pot holes, bad signs or traffic lights.

Role  B – Pot Holes
You think pot holes are the biggest problem on the roads. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their problems aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the smallest problem of these (and why): animals, bad signs or traffic lights.

Role  C – Bad Signs
You think bad signs are the biggest problem on the roads. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their problems aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the smallest problem of these (and why): pot holes, animals or traffic lights.

Role  D – Traffic Lights
You think traffic lights are the biggest problem on the roads. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their problems aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the smallest problem of these (and why): pot holes, bad signs or animals.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'salt'

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  • and 'sign'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • plenty
    • raise
    • warn
    • sight
    • led
    • common
    • problem
    • issue
    • close
    • tour
    • poses
    • addition




    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 - Moose

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'road sign'?
    3. What do you know about moose?
    4. What do you think of road signs?
    5. What was the last thing that made you smile?
    6. What do you know about deer?
    7. What do you know about salt?
    8. What are the benefits and detriments of salt?
    9. How can authorities help the moose?
    10. Are you addicted to anything?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'moose'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What can authorities do about the moose's obsession?
    5. Do you have an obsession with anyone?
    6. What do you know about pneumonia?
    7. What do you think of salt?
    8. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    9. Should all the roads be fenced to keep the moose out?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the transport officials?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    There are plenty of road signs around the world that amuse and (1) ____ motorists. The latest to raise smiles and possibly a sense of (2) ____ are in Canada. Transport authorities in the town of Jasper, Alberta have erected electronic signs to (3) ____ drivers not to let moose lick their cars. Moose are the largest and heaviest members of the deer family and are native (4) ____ Canada. They are a frequent sight on Canadian roads, but an addiction to salt has led them to (5) ____ their need by licking cars. Vehicles are splashed with road salt that has been sprinkled on the road to help melt snow. It is common to see moose licking salt on the roads, but they have now developed a (6) ____ for licking it off cars.

    A Jasper National Park spokesperson explained why the salt licking was a problem. He warned that the moose's (7) ____ is becoming an increasing problem and could be fatal. He said: "This behaviour started as an occasional issue a few years ago and now is too (8) ____. People are getting far too close, and it's perpetuated (9) ____ the moose's obsession with salt." A tour operator said: "I hate to say it, but this road salt is kind of like a drug for the moose." The salt habit (10) ____ additional dangers for the moose. Cars are (11) ____ covered with a whole host of harmful chemicals. In addition, moose are vulnerable (12) ____ pneumonia. Licking car surfaces could increase the risk of spreading disease.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     muse     (b)     museum     (c)     bemuse     (d)     bemoan    
    2. (a)     bewilderment     (b)     bewilder     (c)     bewildering     (d)     bewilders    
    3. (a)     warn     (b)     warm     (c)     wane     (d)     wan    
    4. (a)     to     (b)     by     (c)     at     (d)     on    
    5. (a)     mate     (b)     late     (c)     pate     (d)     sate    
    6. (a)     proffer     (b)     preferred     (c)     prefer     (d)     preference    
    7. (a)     addiction     (b)     dereliction     (c)     diction     (d)     dictation    
    8. (a)     prone     (b)     ubiquity     (c)     everywhere     (d)     common    
    9. (a)     by     (b)     of     (c)     on     (d)     at    
    10. (a)     posse     (b)     poses     (c)     posses     (d)     possess    
    11. (a)     controlled     (b)     invariably     (c)     effective     (d)     realistic    
    12. (a)     to     (b)     on     (c)     of     (d)     at

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. amuse and uebesm motorists
    2. a sense of wilrmeenbdet
    3. Transport aeuriitohst
    4. an dcidnaito to salt
    5. salt that has been epskndirl on the road
    6. developed a nepfreceer for licking it

    Paragraph 2

    1. could be altfa
    2. an lioascncao issue
    3. it's dpetutaeerp by the moose
    4. soobsiesn with salt
    5. Cars are aibrynlavi covered
    6. lnbvrualee to pneumonia

    Put the text back together

    (...)  obsession with salt." A tour operator said: "I hate to say it, but this road salt is kind
    (...)  occasional issue a few years ago and now is too common. People are getting far too close, and it's perpetuated by the moose's
    (...)  invariably covered with a whole host of harmful chemicals. In addition, moose are vulnerable
    (...)  of like a drug for the moose." The salt habit poses additional dangers for the moose. Cars are
    (...)  of Jasper, Alberta have erected electronic signs to warn drivers not to let moose lick their cars. Moose are the largest
    (...)  with road salt that has been sprinkled on the road to help melt snow. It is common to
    (...)  smiles and possibly a sense of bewilderment are in Canada. Transport authorities in the town
    1  ) There are plenty of road signs around the world that amuse and bemuse motorists. The latest to raise
    (...)  addiction is becoming an increasing problem and could be fatal. He said: "This behaviour started as an
    (...)  A Jasper National Park spokesperson explained why the salt licking was a problem. He warned that the moose's
    (...)  see moose licking salt on the roads, but they have now developed a preference for licking it off cars.
    (...)  to pneumonia. Licking car surfaces could increase the risk of spreading disease.
    (...)  roads, but an addiction to salt has led them to sate their need by licking cars. Vehicles are splashed
    (...)  and heaviest members of the deer family and are native to Canada. They are a frequent sight on Canadian

    Put the words in the right order

    1. plenty   signs   the   around   road   are   world   .   of   There
    2. bewilderment   .   a   of   sense   smiles   and   possibly   Raise
    3. on   sight   They   are   a   roads   .   Canadian   frequent
    4. is   common   to   see   It   moose   salt   .   licking
    5. a   for   off   preference   licking   cars   .   Developed   it
    6. salt   Explained   licking   why   a   was   the   problem   .
    7. moose's   with   perpetuated   the   salt   .   obsession   by   It's
    8. is   like   drug   .   Road   salt   of   kind   a
    9. of   harmful   Covered   with   host   chemicals   .   whole   a
    10. surfaces   increase   the   could   Licking   risk   .   car

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    There are plentiful / plenty of road signs around the world that amuse and bemuse motorists. The latest to rise / raise smiles and possibly a sense of bewilderment / bewilder are in Canada. Transport authorities in the town of Jasper, Alberta have erected electric / electronic signs to warn drivers not to let moose lick their cars. Moose are the largest and heaviest members of the deer deer / dear family and are native to Canada. They are a frequent site / sight on Canadian roads, but an addiction to salt has led them to sate / state their need by licking cars. Vehicles are splashed / stashed with road salt that has been sprinkled on the road to help melt snow. It is commonly / common to see moose licking salt on the roads, but they have now developed a prefer / preference for licking it off cars.

    A Jasper National Park spokesperson explained what / why the salt licking was a problem. He warned that the moose's addict / addiction is becoming an increasing problem and could be fatal / fatally. He said: "This behaviour started as an occasional issue / reissue a few years ago and now is too common. People are getting far too closely / close, and it's perpetuated by the moose's obsession with salt." A tour operator said: "I hate to say it, but this road salt is kindly / kind of like a drug for the moose." The salt habit poses / posers additional dangers for the moose. Cars are various / invariably covered with a whole host of harmful chemicals. In addition, moose are vulnerable / weak to pneumonia. Licking car surfaces could increase the risk of spreading disease / diseased.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    there are plenty of road signs around the world that amuse and bemuse motorists. the latest to raise smiles and possibly a sense of bewilderment are in canada. transport authorities in the town of jasper, alberta have erected electronic signs to warn drivers not to let moose lick their cars. moose are the largest and heaviest members of the deer family and are native to canada. they are a frequent sight on canadian roads, but an addiction to salt has led them to sate their need by licking cars. vehicles are splashed with road salt that has been sprinkled on the road to help melt snow. it is common to see moose licking salt on the roads, but they have now developed a preference for licking it off cars.

    a jasper national park spokesperson explained why the salt licking was a problem. he warned that the moose's addiction is becoming an increasing problem and could be fatal. he said: "this behaviour started as an occasional issue a few years ago and now is too common. people are getting far too close, and it's perpetuated by the moose's obsession with salt." a tour operator said: "i hate to say it, but this road salt is kind of like a drug for the moose." the salt habit poses additional dangers for the moose. cars are invariably covered with a whole host of harmful chemicals. in addition, moose are vulnerable to pneumonia. licking car surfaces could increase the risk of spreading disease.

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    Thereareplentyofroadsignsaroundtheworldthatamuseandbemusem
    otorists.Thelatesttoraisesmilesandpossiblyasenseofbewildermenta
    reinCanada.TransportauthoritiesinthetownofJasper,Albertahaveere
    ctedelectronicsignstowarndriversnottoletmooselicktheircars.Moose
    arethelargestandheaviestmembersofthedeerfamilyandarenativeto
    Canada.TheyareafrequentsightonCanadianroads,butanaddictionto
    salthasledthemtosatetheirneedbylickingcars.Vehiclesaresplashedw
    ithroadsaltthathasbeensprinkledontheroadtohelpmeltsnow.Itiscom
    montoseemooselickingsaltontheroads,buttheyhavenowdevelopeda
    preferenceforlickingitoffcars.AJasperNationalParkspokespersonexp
    lainedwhythesaltlickingwasaproblem.Hewarnedthatthemoose'sadd
    ictionisbecominganincreasingproblemandcouldbefatal.Hesaid:"Thi
    sbehaviourstartedasanoccasionalissueafewyearsagoandnowistooc
    ommon.Peoplearegettingfartooclose,andit'sperpetuatedbythemoo
    se'sobsessionwithsalt."Atouroperatorsaid:"Ihatetosayit,butthisroa
    dsaltiskindoflikeadrugforthemoose."Thesalthabitposesadditionalda
    ngersforthemoose.Carsareinvariablycoveredwithawholehostofhar
    mfulchemicals.Inaddition,moosearevulnerabletopneumonia.Lickin
    gcarsurfacescouldincreasetheriskofspreadingdisease.

    Free writing

    Write about moose for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    All roads should be fenced off to protect animals. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. SALT: Make a poster about salt. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. FENCES: Write a magazine article about fencing off roads to protect animals. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on moose. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to protect them. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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