The Reading / Listening - Bald Eagles - Level 3

Dog owners in Alaska and Canada are buying special vests for their pets. The vests are to protect the pets from attacks by bald eagles. In recent weeks, a number of pet dogs have been taken away by the birds of prey. The number of bald eagles has risen greatly in Alaska. There have been many conservation efforts, which has seen the bald eagle population increase. Conservationists estimate there are now around 30,000 of the eagles in Alaska. While bird lovers are happy about this, pet owners are worried. The eagles have a 2.4-metre wingspan. They are strong enough to pick up and fly away with a 6-kilogram animal. The eagles are already a nuisance for farmers as they are killing chickens.



The special vest that pet owners are buying is called the CoyoteVest. It is a protective jacket that was designed to protect small dogs from coyotes. A coyote is a wild dog that is similar to a wolf. It is common across North America. The CoyoteVest has a variety of spikes and other sharp things on it to protect the pet. Some of the vests have brightly coloured whiskers that are meant to scare birds away. It is made of a material called Kevlar, which is used in bulletproof vests. The Kevlar protects a small dog from the teeth of a larger dog. The CoyoteVest company said its vest helps to, "slow down or prevent a surprise attack and give you enough time to react before serious injury occurs" to a pet.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Bald Eagles - Level 0 Bald Eagles - Level 1   or  Bald Eagles - Level 2

Sources
  • https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/coyote-vests-a-trend-among-small-dog-owners-in-vancouver
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9580945/Pet-owners-putting-dogs-cats-spiked-body-armour-protect-bald-eagles.html
  • https://people.com/pets/coyote-vest-for-dogs/


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. EAGLES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about eagles. 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?
       dog owners / vests / pets / attacks / eagles / bird lovers / conservation / chickens /
       jacket / wolf / coyote / bulletproof / material / teeth / surprise / time / injury
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. DOG ARMOUR: Students A strongly believe all dogs should wear armour to protect themselves; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. NUISANCES: What actions can farmers take to deal with these nuisances? How good would these actions be? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Actions

How Good?

Eagles

 

 

Campers

 

 

Mice

 

 

Global warming

 

 

Locusts

 

 

Fungus

 

 

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

  • An eagle
  • A dog
  • A cat
  • A snake
  • A goldfish
  • A tortoise
  • A rabbit
  • A tarantula

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. protect a. The protection of the natural environment and of wildlife.
      2. bald b. Roughly calculate or judge the value, number, quantity, or extent of.
      3. bird of prey c. Keep safe from harm or injury.
      4. conservation d. A person, thing, or situation that is very annoying.
      5. estimate e. Having no hair on your head.
      6. lover f. A bird that hunts, has a hooked bill and sharp talons, for example an eagle, owl or hawk.
      7. nuisance g. A person who really likes or enjoys something.

    Paragraph 2

      8. wild h. An instance of being harmed or hurt.
      9. common i. Of an animal or plant living or growing in the natural environment; not in people's homes.
      10. variety j. Occurring, found, or done often; prevalent.
      11. scare k. Able to stop bullets from a gun passing through.
      12. bulletproof l. Cause great fear or nervousness in people or animals; frighten.
      13. prevent m. A number of things of the same type that are different from each other.
      14. injury n. Stop.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Dog owners in Alaska are making special vests for their pets.     T / F
  2. Eagles have not yet taken any pet dogs away.     T / F
  3. The number of bald eagles in Alaska has gone up by around 30,000.     T / F
  4. A bald eagle is powerful enough to fly off with a 6-kilogram dog.     T / F
  5. The vest pet owners are buying was made to protect dogs from coyotes. T / F
  6. Some vests have brightly coloured whiskers on them.     T / F
  7. Some pet owners are making their dogs wear bulletproof vests.     T / F
  8. The vest gives owners time to stop pets from being harmed.     T / F

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

  1. buying
  2. protect
  3. risen
  4. worried
  5. nuisance
  6. designed
  7. common
  8. variety
  9. scare
  10. injury
  1. created
  2. increased
  3. range
  4. annoyance
  5. widespread
  6. purchasing
  7. harm
  8. concerned
  9. safeguard
  10. frighten

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

  1. The vests are to protect
  2. birds of
  3. bird
  4. fly away with a
  5. The eagles are already a nuisance
  6. The special vest that pet
  7. A coyote is a wild dog that is
  8. scare birds
  9. slow down or prevent
  10. give you enough
  1. away
  2. for farmers
  3. owners are buying
  4. time to react
  5. the pets from attacks
  6. lovers are happy
  7. a surprise attack
  8. 6-kilogram animal
  9. similar to a wolf
  10. prey

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
happy
wingspan
efforts
owners
farmers
prey
estimate
protect

Dog (1) _____________________ in Alaska and Canada are buying special vests for their pets. The vests are to (2) _____________________ the pets from attacks by bald eagles. In recent weeks, a number of pet dogs have been taken away by the birds of (3) _____________________. The number of bald eagles has risen greatly in Alaska. There have been many conservation (4) _____________________, which has seen the bald eagle population increase. Conservationists (5) _____________________ there are now around 30,000 of the eagles in Alaska. While bird lovers are (6) _____________________ about this, pet owners are worried. The eagles have a 2.4-metre (7) _____________________. They are strong enough to pick up and fly away with a 6-kilogram animal. The eagles are already a nuisance for (8) _____________________ as they are killing chickens.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
brightly
similar
bulletproof
variety
serious
designed
teeth
scare

The special vest that pet owners are buying is called the CoyoteVest. It is a protective jacket that was (9) _____________________ to protect small dogs from coyotes. A coyote is a wild dog that is (10) _____________________ to a wolf. It is common across North America. The CoyoteVest has a (11) _____________________ of spikes and other sharp things on it to protect the pet. Some of the vests have (12) _____________________ coloured whiskers that are meant to (13) _____________________ birds away. It is made of a material called Kevlar, which is used in (14) _____________________ vests. The Kevlar protects a small dog from the (15) _____________________ of a larger dog. The CoyoteVest company said its vest helps to, "slow down or prevent a surprise attack and give you enough time to react before (16) _____________________ injury occurs" to a pet.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) In recent weeks, a number of pet dogs have been taken away by the ______
     a.  birds of pray
     b.  birds of prey
     c.  birds of play
     d.  birds of pry
2)  greatly in Alaska. There have been many ______
     a.  conservation effects
     b.  conservation efforts
     c.  conservation affronts
     d.  conservation essence
3)  While bird lovers are happy about this, pet ______
     a.  downers are worried
     b.  disowns are worried
     c.  avows are worried
     d.  owners are worried
4) eagles have a 2.4-metre wingspan. They are strong enough to pick up ______ with
     a.  and fly all way
     b.  and fly a whey
     c.  and fly a weigh
     d.  and fly away
5)  The eagles are already a ______
     a.  new séance for farmers
     b.  nnew stance for farmers
     c.  nuisance for farmers
     d.  news ants for farmers

6)  It is a protective jacket that was designed to ______
     a.  project small dogs
     b.  protect small dogs
     c.  protest small dogs
     d.  protract small dogs
7)  The CoyoteVest has a variety of spikes and ______
     a.  others sharp things
     b.  other sharpen things
     c.  other sharp thing
     d.  other sharp things
8)  Some of the vests have brightly coloured whiskers that are meant ______
     a.  too scare birds
     b.  to scare birds
     c.  two scared birds
     d.  two scary birds
9)  The Kevlar protects a small dog from the teeth of ______
     a.  a largesse dog
     b.  a lager dog
     c.  a larger dog
     d.  enlarged dog
10)  prevent a surprise attack and give you enough time to react before ______
     a.  serious injury occurs
     b.  seriously injury occurs
     c.  serious injured occurs
     d.  serious in jury occurs

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Dog owners in Alaska and Canada are buying (1) ____________________ their pets. The vests are to protect the pets from attacks by bald eagles. (2) ____________________, a number of pet dogs have been taken away by the birds of prey. The number of bald eagles (3) ____________________ in Alaska. There have been many conservation efforts, which has seen the bald eagle population increase. Conservationists estimate there are now around 30,000 of the eagles in Alaska. (4) ____________________ are happy about this, pet owners are worried. The eagles have a 2.4-metre wingspan. They (5) ____________________ to pick up and fly away with a 6-kilogram animal. The eagles are already (6) ____________________ farmers as they are killing chickens.

The special vest that pet owners are buying is called the CoyoteVest. It is a protective jacket that was (7) ____________________ small dogs from coyotes. A coyote is a wild dog that is similar to a wolf. It (8) ____________________ North America. The CoyoteVest has a variety of spikes and (9) ____________________ on it to protect the pet. Some of the vests have brightly coloured whiskers that are meant to scare birds away. It is made (10) ____________________ called Kevlar, which is used (11) ____________________. The Kevlar protects a small dog from the teeth of a larger dog. The CoyoteVest company said its vest helps to, "slow down or prevent a surprise attack and give you enough time to react (12) ____________________ occurs" to a pet.

Comprehension questions

  1. What kinds of eagles are attacking pet dogs in Alaska?
  2. What kinds of efforts have made the number of eagles increase?
  3. How many of the eagles are there now in Alaska?
  4. What part of the eagle is 2.4 metres wide?
  5. Who does the article say the eagles are a nuisance for?
  6. What was the vest originally designed to protect dogs against?
  7. What does the vest have on it that are brightly coloured?
  8. What is the name of the material that is used to make the vests?
  9. What is the material usually used for?
  10. What might the vests slow down or prevent?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What kinds of eagles are attacking pet dogs in Alaska?
a) golden eagles
b) booted eagle
c) bald eagles
d) black eagle
2) What kinds of efforts have made the number of eagles increase?
a) conservation efforts
b) consternation efforts
c) conversation efforts
d) constipation efforts
3) How many of the eagles are there now in Alaska?
a) exactly 30,000
b) around 30,000
c) more than 30,000
d) fewer than 30,000
4) What part of the eagle is 2.4 metres wide?
a) its tail
b) its body
c) its beak
d) its wingspan
5) Who does the article say the eagles are a nuisance for?
a) pet shops
b) Chihuahuas
c) farmers
d) crows

6) What was the vest originally designed to protect dogs against?
a) the weather
b) coyotes
c) snow
d) lions
7) What does the vest have on it that are brightly coloured?
a) photos
b) logos
c) neon lights
d) whiskers
8) What is the name of the material that is used to make the vests?
a) Kenneth
b) Kevlar
c) Stella
d) Cilla
9) What is the material usually used for?
a) buildings
b) bulletproof vests
c) business suits
d) nets
10) What might the vests slow down or prevent?
a) serious injury
b) eagles
c) dogs running
d) owners running

Role play

Role  A – A Tarantula
You think a tarantula is the best pet. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their pets. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): a dog, a snake or a goldfish.

Role  B – A Dog
You think a dog is the best pet. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their pets. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): a tarantula, a snake or a goldfish.

Role  C – A Snake
You think a snake is the best pet. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their pets. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): a dog, a tarantula or a goldfish.

Role  D – A Goldfish
You think a goldfish is the best pet. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their pets. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): a dog, a snake or a tarantula.

After reading / listening

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

'bald'

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  • and 'eagle'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • owners
    • recent
    • number
    • lovers
    • 2.4
    • killing
    • jacket
    • wild
    • sharp
    • scare
    • material
    • serious




    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 - Bald Eagles

    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 'bald'?
    3. What do you think of eagles?
    4. How dangerous are eagles?
    5. What animals are the best pets?
    6. What other dangers are there for pet dogs?
    7. What do you know about birds of prey?
    8. How much of a bird lover are you?
    9. Is the eagle the best bird in the world?
    10. What can farmers do to protect chickens from eagles?

    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 'eagle'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of eagles that are bald?
    5. What do you know about coyotes?
    6. What do you think of the CoyoteVest?
    7. Should all dogs wear a CoyoteVest?
    8. Should the company make a protective vest for humans?
    9. What other things can people use to scare birds away?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the vest company?

    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)

    Dog (1) ____ in Alaska and Canada are buying special vests for their pets. The vests are to protect the pets from attacks by bald eagles. In (2) ____ weeks, a number of pet dogs have been taken away by the birds of (3) ____. The number of bald eagles has risen greatly in Alaska. There have been many conservation efforts, which has (4) ____ the bald eagle population increase. Conservationists estimate there are now around 30,000 of the eagles in Alaska. While bird lovers are happy (5) ____ this, pet owners are worried. The eagles have a 2.4-metre wingspan. They are strong enough to pick up and fly away with a 6-kilogram animal. The eagles are already a (6) ____ for farmers as they are killing chickens.

    The special vest that pet owners are buying is called the CoyoteVest. It is a protective jacket that was (7) ____ to protect small dogs from coyotes. A coyote is a wild dog that is similar to a wolf. It is common across North America. The CoyoteVest has a variety of spikes and (8) ____ sharp things on it to protect the pet. Some of the vests have brightly coloured whiskers that are meant to (9) ____ birds away. It is made of a material called Kevlar, which is used in bulletproof vests. The Kevlar protects a small dog from the (10) ____ of a larger dog. The CoyoteVest company said its vest helps to, "slow (11) ____ or prevent a surprise attack and give you enough time to react (12) ____ serious injury occurs" to a pet.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     owning     (b)     once     (c)     owns     (d)     owners    
    2. (a)     recount     (b)     recant     (c)     recently     (d)     recent    
    3. (a)     ply     (b)     prey     (c)     pray     (d)     play    
    4. (a)     seeing     (b)     see     (c)     seen     (d)     sees    
    5. (a)     above     (b)     abound     (c)     about     (d)     around    
    6. (a)     nuisance     (b)     bloom     (c)     blanket     (d)     cable    
    7. (a)     designs     (b)     designed     (c)     designing     (d)     designer    
    8. (a)     other     (b)     the others     (c)     another     (d)     others    
    9. (a)     share     (b)     scare     (c)     snare     (d)     spare    
    10. (a)     teething     (b)     tooth     (c)     teeth     (d)     truth    
    11. (a)     under     (b)     over     (c)     down     (d)     up    
    12. (a)     forlorn     (b)     afore     (c)     fore     (d)     before

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. eptorct the pets from attacks
    2. birds of pyre
    3. There have been many veoocisntnar efforts
    4. itasteem there are now around 30,000
    5. The eagles have a 2.4-metre piwsangn
    6. a isceaunn for farmers

    Paragraph 2

    1. It is a rcpeetovit jacket
    2. almisri to a wolf
    3. The CoyoteVest has a tyeiavr of spikes
    4. gilybhrt coloured whiskers
    5. npetvre a surprise attack
    6. before serious nrujiy occurs

    Put the text back together

    1  ) Dog owners in Alaska and Canada are buying special vests for their pets. The vests are to protect the pets from attacks
    (...)  surprise attack and give you enough time to react before serious injury occurs" to a pet.
    (...)  30,000 of the eagles in Alaska. While bird lovers are happy about this, pet owners are
    (...)  called Kevlar, which is used in bulletproof vests. The Kevlar protects a small dog from the
    (...)  teeth of a larger dog. The CoyoteVest company said its vest helps to, "slow down or prevent a
    (...)  protect the pet. Some of the vests have brightly coloured whiskers that are meant to scare birds away. It is made of a material
    (...)  of prey. The number of bald eagles has risen greatly in Alaska. There have been many conservation
    (...)  across North America. The CoyoteVest has a variety of spikes and other sharp things on it to
    (...)  designed to protect small dogs from coyotes. A coyote is a wild dog that is similar to a wolf. It is common
    (...)  worried. The eagles have a 2.4-metre wingspan. They are strong enough to pick up and fly
    (...)  efforts, which has seen the bald eagle population increase. Conservationists estimate there are now around
    (...)  by bald eagles. In recent weeks, a number of pet dogs have been taken away by the birds
    (...)  The special vest that pet owners are buying is called the CoyoteVest. It is a protective jacket that was
    (...)  away with a 6-kilogram animal. The eagles are already a nuisance for farmers as they are killing chickens.

    Put the words in the right order

    1. pets   are   the   attacks   .   to   from   Vests   protect
    2. taken   .   dogs   number   been   have   A   of   pet
    3. risen   .   has   of   eagles   number   bald   The
    4. there  are  30,000  Conservationists  around   now  estimate   eagles   .
    5. nuisance   The   for   farmers   .   already   eagles   are   a
    6. are   vest   buying   .   special   owners   pet   that   The
    7. dogs   small   designed   protect   to   It's   coyotes   .   from
    8. coloured   the   have   of   Some   brightly   whiskers   .   vests
    9. Kevlar   .   a   of   material   made   is   It   called
    10. injury   before   serious   time   react   occurs   .   Enough   to

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Dog owners in Alaska and Canada are bought / buying special vests for their pets. The vests are to protect the pets / pests from attacks by bald eagles. In recent weeks, a number / numeral of pet dogs have been taken away by the birds of prey. The number of bald / bold eagles has risen greatly in Alaska. There have been many conversation / conservation efforts, which has seen the bald eagle population increase. Conservationists estimate there are now around / abound 30,000 of the eagles in Alaska. While bird loves / lovers are happy about this, pet owners are worried / worry. The eagles have a 2.4-metre wingspan. They are strong enough / plenty to pick up and fly away with a 6-kilogram animal. The eagles are already a nuisance for farmers as they are killed / killing chickens.

    The special vest that pet owners are buying is called the CoyoteVest. It is a protective / protect jacket that was designed to protect small dogs from coyotes. A coyote is a tame / wild dog that is similar of / to a wolf. It is common across North America. The CoyoteVest has a various / variety of spikes and other sharp things on them / it to protect the pet. Some of the vests have brightly coloured whiskers that are mean / meant to scare birds away. It is made of a material called / calling Kevlar, which is used in bulletproof vests. The Kevlar protects a small dog for / from the teeth of a larger dog. The CoyoteVest company said its vest helps to, "slow down or prevent the / a surprise attack and give you enough time to / for react before serious injury occurs" to a pet.

    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)

    D_g  _wn_rs  _n  _l_sk_  _nd  C_n_d_  _r_  b_y_ng  sp_c__l  v_sts  f_r  th__r  p_ts.  Th_  v_sts  _r_  t_  pr_t_ct  th_  p_ts  fr_m  _tt_cks  by  b_ld  __gl_s.  _n  r_c_nt  w__ks,  _  n_mb_r  _f  p_t  d_gs  h_v_  b__n  t_k_n  _w_y  by  th_  b_rds  _f  pr_y.  Th_  n_mb_r  _f  b_ld  __gl_s  h_s  r_s_n  gr__tly  _n  _l_sk_.  Th_r_  h_v_  b__n  m_ny  c_ns_rv_t__n  _ff_rts,  wh_ch  _nd  h_s  s__n  th_  b_ld  __gl_  p_p_l_t__n  _ncr__s_.  C_ns_rv_t__n_sts  _st_m_t_  th_r_  _r_  n_w  _r__nd  30,000  _f  th_  __gl_s  _n  _l_sk_.  Wh_l_  b_rd  l_v_rs  _r_  h_ppy  _b__t  th_s,  p_t  _wn_rs  _r_  w_rr__d.  Th_  __gl_s  h_v_  _  2.4-m_tr_  w_ngsp_n.  Th_y  _r_  str_ng  _n__gh  t_  p_ck  _p  _nd  fly  _w_y  w_th  _  6-k_l_gr_m  _n_m_l.  Th_  __gl_s  _r_  _lr__dy  _  n__s_nc_  f_r  f_rm_rs  _s  th_y  _r_  k_ll_ng  ch_ck_ns.

    Th_  sp_c__l  v_st  th_t  p_t  _wn_rs  _r_  b_y_ng  _s  c_ll_d  th_  C_y_t_V_st.  _t  _s  _  pr_t_ct_v_  j_ck_t  th_t  w_s  d_s_gn_d  t_  pr_t_ct  sm_ll  d_gs  fr_m  c_y_t_s.  _  c_y_t_  _s  _  w_ld  d_g  th_t  _s  s_m_l_r  t_  _  w_lf.  _t  _s  c_mm_n  _cr_ss  N_rth  _m_r_c_.  Th_  C_y_t_V_st  h_s  _  v_r__ty  _f  sp_k_s  _nd  _th_r  sh_rp  th_ngs  _n  _t  t_  pr_t_ct  th_  p_t.  S_m_  _f  th_  v_sts  h_v_  br_ghtly  c_l__r_d  wh_sk_rs  th_t  _r_  m__nt  t_  sc_r_  b_rds  _w_y.  _t  _s  m_d_  _f  _  m_t_r__l  c_ll_d  K_vl_r,  wh_ch  _s  _s_d  _n  b_ll_tpr__f  v_sts.  Th_  K_vl_r  pr_t_cts  _  sm_ll  d_g  fr_m  th_  t__th  _f  _  l_rg_r  d_g.  Th_  C_y_t_V_st  c_mp_ny  s__d  _ts  v_st  h_lps  t_,  "sl_w  d_wn  _r  pr_v_nt  _  s_rpr_s_  _tt_ck  _nd  g_v_  y__  _n__gh  t_m_  t_  r__ct  b_f_r_  s_r___s  _nj_ry  _cc_rs"  t_  _  p_t.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    dog owners in alaska and canada are buying special vests for their pets the vests are to protect the pets from attacks by bald eagles in recent weeks a number of pet dogs have been taken away by the birds of prey the number of bald eagles has risen greatly in alaska there have been many conservation efforts which has seen the bald eagle population increase conservationists estimate there are now around 30000 of the eagles in alaska while bird lovers are happy about this pet owners are worried the eagles have a 24metre wingspan they are strong enough to pick up and fly away with a 6kilogram animal the eagles are already a nuisance for farmers as they are killing chickens

    the special vest that pet owners are buying is called the coyotevest it is a protective jacket that was designed to protect small dogs from coyotes a coyote is a wild dog that is similar to a wolf it is common across north america the coyotevest has a variety of spikes and other sharp things on it to protect the pet some of the vests have brightly coloured whiskers that are meant to scare birds away it is made of a material called kevlar which is used in bulletproof vests the kevlar protects a small dog from the teeth of a larger dog the coyotevest company said its vest helps to slow down or prevent a surprise attack and give you enough time to react before serious injury occurs to a pet

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    DogownersinAlaskaandCanadaarebuyingspecialvestsfortheirpets.T
    hevestsaretoprotectthepetsfromattacksbybaldeagles.Inrecentwee
    ks,anumberofpetdogshavebeentakenawaybythebirdsofprey.Thenu
    mberofbaldeagleshasrisengreatlyinAlaska.Therehavebeenmanyco
    nservationefforts,whichhasseenthebaldeaglepopulationincrease.Co
    nservationistsestimatetherearenowaround30,000oftheeaglesinAla
    ska.Whilebirdloversarehappyaboutthis,petownersareworried.Thee
    agleshavea2.4-metrewingspan.Theyarestrongenoughtopickupand
    flyawaywitha6-kilogramanimal.Theeaglesarealreadyanuisancefo
    rfarmersastheyarekillingchickens.Thespecialvestthatpetownersare
    buyingiscalledtheCoyoteVest.Itisaprotectivejacketthatwasdesigne
    dtoprotectsmalldogsfromcoyotes.Acoyoteisawilddogthatissimilarto
    awolf.ItiscommonacrossNorthAmerica.TheCoyoteVesthasavarietyo
    fspikesandothersharpthingsonittoprotectthepet.Someofthevestsha
    vebrightlycolouredwhiskersthataremeanttoscarebirdsaway.Itisma
    deofamaterialcalledKevlar,whichisusedinbulletproofvests.TheKevla
    rprotectsasmalldogfromtheteethofalargerdog.TheCoyoteVestcomp
    anysaiditsvesthelpsto,"slowdownorpreventasurpriseattackandgive
    youenoughtimetoreactbeforeseriousinjuryoccurs"toapet.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Small dogs need to wear vests to protect them against larger dogs.  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. EAGLES: Make a poster about eagles. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PROTECTION: Write a magazine article about protecting all small dogs with vests. 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 eagles. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on how to keep small dogs safe. 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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