The Reading / Listening - Iceberg A68a - Level 4

A huge iceberg heading towards South Georgia in the southern Atlantic has split into three chunks. NASA scientists are tracking the main berg, called A68a. It split from an ice shelf in 2017 and has been floating north ever since. A fast-moving stream of water in the Southern Antarctic has put the chunks on a course that could see them run aground off the South Georgia coast. Scientists say the three fragments are about 2,600 square kilometres in size.



The size of the chunks is a big threat to the South Georgia wildlife. It could be an environmental catastrophe. If they hit the seabed, they could block penguins and seals from looking for fish. They could also block routes to feeding grounds during the breeding season. The bottom of the chunks could rake up the seabed and disrupt delicate ecosystems. A mass of melting fresh water from the chunks over the summer could worsen this situation.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Iceberg A68a - Level 5 or  Iceberg A68a - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-55428520
  • https://newatlas.com/science/giant-iceberg-a-68a-south-georgia-splits-three/
  • https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/giant-iceberg-heading-toward-south-atlantic-island-breaks-n1252204


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 huge
  2. in the southern
  3. split into three
  4. NASA scientists are tracking
  5. It split from an ice
  6. floating
  7. A fast-moving
  8. a course that could see them run
  1. north
  2. chunks
  3. shelf
  4. Atlantic
  5. stream of water
  6. iceberg
  7. aground
  8. the main berg

Paragraph 2

  1. The size of
  2. a big threat to the South Georgia
  3. an environmental
  4. block penguins and seals from
  5. block routes to feeding
  6. during the breeding
  7. the chunks could rake
  8. worsen this
  1. wildlife
  2. up the seabed
  3. grounds
  4. situation
  5. season
  6. the chunks
  7. catastrophe
  8. looking for fish

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A huge (1) ___________________ South Georgia in the southern Atlantic has split into three chunks. NASA scientists are (2) ___________________ berg, called A68a. It split from an ice shelf in 2017 and has been (3) ___________________ since. A fast-moving (4) ___________________ in the Southern Antarctic has put the chunks on a course that could see them (5) ___________________ the South Georgia coast. Scientists say (6) ___________________ are about 2,600 square kilometres in size.

The size of the chunks is (7) ___________________ to the South Georgia wildlife. It could be an environmental catastrophe. If they (8) ___________________, they could block (9) _________________ from looking for fish. They could also block (10) ___________________ grounds during (11) ___________________. The bottom of the chunks could rake up the seabed and disrupt delicate ecosystems. A (12) ___________________ fresh water from the chunks over the summer could worsen this situation.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AhugeicebergheadingtowardsSouthGeorgiainthesouthernAtlantich
assplitintothreechunks.NASAscientistsaretrackingthemainberg,call
edA68a.Itsplitfromaniceshelfin2017andhasbeenfloatingnortheversi
nce.Afast-movingstreamofwaterintheSouthernAntarctichasputth
echunksonacoursethatcouldseethemrunagroundofftheSouthGeorgi
acoast.Scientistssaythethreefragmentsareabout2,600squarekilom
etresinsize.ThesizeofthechunksisabigthreattotheSouthGeorgiawildl
ife.Itcouldbeanenvironmentalcatastrophe.Iftheyhittheseabed,they
couldblockpenguinsandsealsfromlookingforfish.Theycouldalsoblock
routestofeedinggroundsduringthebreedingseason.Thebottomofthe
chunkscouldrakeuptheseabedanddisruptdelicateecosystems.Amas
sofmeltingfreshwaterfromthechunksoverthesummercouldworsenth
issituation.

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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