The Reading / Listening - Timber Shortage - Level 6

A shortage of timber worldwide is causing a dearth in supply and major problems for the housing and construction industry. The decrease in the availability of timber has caused a sharp spike in the prices of newly built homes around the world. In some countries, the price builders pay for timber has shot up by about 25 per cent. One of the reasons builders are struggling to get supplies is because people have been repairing or reforming their homes during lockdown. Another reason is that post-lockdown construction and additional DIY projects have created "extraordinary demand". A timber trade federation said suppliers were "working around the clock" but are "struggling to keep up".

Environmental scientists assert that a major reason for the shortage is climate change. Global warming is increasing the pressure on the sustainability of forests. An increase in the number of wildfires is causing great damage to large swathes of forest. Many have been completely razed to the ground. The warmer weather has also caused a proliferation in the number of pests that cause damage to trees and stunt tree growth. Sweden, which supplies almost half of the wood used in the UK, has recorded its lowest timber stocks for 20 years. A solution the UK has come up with is to plant more trees. It said it is "committed to trebling tree planting rates". A builder joked that he didn't have time for those trees to grow.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Timber Shortage - Level 4  or  Timber Shortage - Level 5

Sources
  • https://indaily.com.au/news/2021/07/27/timber-shortage-threatens-to-send-builders-to-the-wall/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57920510
  • https://www.natlawreview.com/article/pandemic-demand-causes-unprecedented-building-supply-shortage


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Warm-ups

1. WOOD: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about wood. 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?
       shortage / timber / supply / problems / spike / homes / builders / lockdown / project /
       scientists / climate change / pressure / forest / ground / pests / wood / joke / planting
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. ALTERNATIVES: Students A strongly believe we should use alternatives to wood; Students B strongly believe otherwise. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SHORTAGES: What would happen if there were shortages of these things?  How would you be affected? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What Would Happen?

How Would You Be Affected?

Wood

 

 

Chocolate

 

 

Taxis

 

 

Food

 

 

Water

 

 

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

  • Changing a light bulb
  • Painting the ceiling
  • Making bookshelves
  • Fixing electronics
  • Oiling a creaking door
  • Making a vegetable patch
  • Repairing the gutters
  • Fixing a leaky tap

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. dearth a. A great lack of something.
      2. construction b. Very unusual or remarkable.
      3. spike c. The building of large structures considered as an industry.
      4. struggling d. Do-it-yourself; making or fixing things by yourself.
      5. DIY e. A sharp increase in the size or power of something.
      6. extraordinary f. Really trying to achieve or attain something in the face of difficulty.
      7. federation g. An organization or group within which smaller divisions have some degree of internal autonomy.

    Paragraph 2

      8. assert h. Rapid increase in numbers.
      9. sustainability i. Completely destroyed.
      10. swathes j. State a fact or belief confidently.
      11. razed k. A destructive insect or other animal that attacks crops, food, livestock, etc.
      12. proliferation l. The ability to be maintained at a certain rate or level.
      13. pest m. Multiplied by or occurring three times.
      14. trebling n. A broad strip or area of something.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. There is a dearth in the supply of timber worldwide.     T / F
  2. The article says the timber shortage increased the price of old homes.   T / F
  3. The price of timber in some countries has increased by a third.     T / F
  4. People doing DIY is one reason for the timber shortage.     T / F
  5. Environmentalists blame climate change for the timber shortage.     T / F
  6. The articles says there were swathes and swathes of wildfires.     T / F
  7. Pests are one reason for the lack of available timber.     T / F
  8. The UK said it would treble the amount of trees it plants.     T / F

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

  1. shortage
  2. spike
  3. struggling
  4. repairing
  5. extraordinary
  6. assert
  7. swathes
  8. razed
  9. stunt
  10. joked
  1. astonishing
  2. quipped
  3. increase
  4. maintain
  5. areas
  6. dearth
  7. restrict
  8. endeavouring
  9. levelled
  10. mending

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

  1. A shortage of timber worldwide is
  2. The decrease in the availability
  3. a sharp
  4. the price builders pay for timber has
  5. working around
  6. a major reason
  7. An increase in the number
  8. a proliferation in the
  9. cause damage to trees and stunt
  10. committed to trebling tree
  1. number of pests
  2. shot up
  3. tree growth
  4. for the shortage
  5. of timber
  6. planting rates
  7. the clock
  8. causing a dearth in supply
  9. of wildfires
  10. spike in the prices

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
built
lockdown
dearth
clock
struggling
availability
DIY
shot

A shortage of timber worldwide is causing a (1) _____________________ in supply and major problems for the housing and construction industry. The decrease in the (2) _____________________ of timber has caused a sharp spike in the prices of newly (3) _____________________ homes around the world. In some countries, the price builders pay for timber has (4) _____________________ up by about 25 per cent. One of the reasons builders are (5) _____________________ to get supplies is because people have been repairing or reforming their homes during (6) _____________________. Another reason is that post-lockdown construction and additional (7) _____________________ projects have created "extraordinary demand". A timber trade federation said suppliers were "working around the (8) ___________________" but are "struggling to keep up".

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
swathes
stunt
committed
assert
joked
pressure
stocks
razed

Environmental scientists (9) _____________________ that a major reason for the shortage is climate change. Global warming is increasing the (10) _____________________ on the sustainability of forests. An increase in the number of wildfires is causing great damage to large (11) _____________________ of forest. Many have been completely (12) _____________________ to the ground. The warmer weather has also caused a proliferation in the number of pests that cause damage to trees and (13) _____________________ tree growth. Sweden, which supplies almost half of the wood used in the UK, has recorded its lowest timber (14) _____________________ for 20 years. A solution the UK has come up with is to plant more trees. It said it is "(15) _____________________ to trebling tree planting rates". A builder (16) _____________________ that he didn't have time for those trees to grow.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  A shortage of timber worldwide is causing a ______
     a.  death in supply
     b.  hearth in supply
     c.  thud in supply
     d.  thunder in supply
2)  In some countries, the price builders pay for timber ______
     a.  has shot up
     b.  has fired up
     c.  has attacked up
     d.  has higher up
3) get supplies is because people have been repairing or reforming their ______
     a.  homes while lockdown
     b.  homes during lockdown
     c.  homes adjourning lockdown
     d.  homes adjoining lockdown
4)  Another reason is that post-lockdown construction and ______
     a.  additionally DIY projects
     b.  addition ally DIY projects
     c.  addition all DIY projects
     d.  additional DIY projects
5)  suppliers were working around the clock but are struggling ______
     a.  too keep up
     b.  took quay pup
     c.  to keep up
     d.  to key pup

6)  Global warming is increasing the pressure on the ______
     a.  sustain ability of forests
     b.  sustain nobility of forests
     c.  sustain a billet of forests
     d.  sustainability of forests
7)  An increase in the number of wildfires is causing great damage to large ______
     a.  swathe soft forest
     b.  swathes of forest
     c.  switches of forest
     d.  stashes of forest
8)  The warmer weather has also caused a proliferation in the ______
     a.  numbered off pests
     b.  number off pests
     c.  number of pests
     d.  numeral of pests
9) half of the wood used in the UK, has recorded its lowest timber ______ years
     a.  stacks for 20
     b.  stocks for 20
     c.  sticks for 20
     d.  stuck for 20
10)  It said it is committed to trebling ______
     a.  tree planting rates
     b.  tree plantain rates
     c.  tree plant tin rates
     d.  tree plan tin rates

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A (1) ____________________ worldwide is causing a dearth in supply and major problems for the (2) ____________________ industry. The decrease in the availability of timber has caused a (3) ____________________ the prices of newly built homes around the world. In some countries, the price builders pay for timber (4) ____________________ by about 25 per cent. One of the reasons builders are struggling to get supplies is because people have been (5) ____________________ their homes during lockdown. Another reason is that post-lockdown construction and additional DIY projects have created "extraordinary demand". A timber trade federation said suppliers were "working around the clock" but are "(6) ____________________ up".

Environmental (7) ____________________ a major reason for the shortage is climate change. Global warming is (8) ____________________ on the sustainability of forests. An increase in the number of wildfires is causing great damage to large (9) ____________________. Many have been completely razed to the ground. The warmer weather has also caused a proliferation in the (0) ____________________ that cause damage to trees and stunt tree growth. Sweden, which supplies almost half of the wood used in the UK, has recorded its lowest timber stocks for 20 years. (11) ____________________ UK has come up with is to plant more trees. It said it is "committed to (12) ____________________ rates". A builder joked that he didn't have time for those trees to grow.

Comprehension questions

  1. What two industries are affected by the shortage of timber?
  2. What has the shortage caused a sharp spike in?
  3. By how much have builders' costs gone up?
  4. When were people reforming their homes?
  5. When have many suppliers been working?
  6. What did scientists say is increasing the pressure on sustainability?
  7. What has destroyed large swathes of forests?
  8. What has there been a proliferation in the number of?
  9. How much of the wood the UK buys is from Sweden?
  10. What will the UK do to its tree-planting rate?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What two industries are affected by the shortage of timber?
a) logging and shipping
b) housing and construction
c) retail and logistics
d) tourism and leisure
2)  What has the shortage caused a sharp spike in?
a) fights outside DIY stores
b) wood splinters
c) injuries
d) the prices of newly built homes
3) By how much have builders' costs gone up?
a) about 25%
b) exactly 25%
c) just above 25%
d) just under 25%
4) When were people reforming their homes?
a) since time began
b) when the Internet started
c) during lockdown
d) last week

5) When have many suppliers been working?
a) all God's hours
b) around the clock
c) night and day
d) 24-7

6) What did scientists say is increasing the pressure on sustainability?
a) climate change
b) DIY stores
c) new housing
d) us
7) What has destroyed large swathes of forests?
a) floods
b) logging
c) wildfires
d) acid rain
8) What has there been a proliferation in the number of?
a) pests
b) hikers
c) bears
d) invasive tree species
9) How much of the wood the UK buys is from Sweden?
a) almost half
b) over half
c) exactly 50%
d) around 50%

10) What will the UK do to its tree-planting rate?
a) double it
b) halve it
c) quadruple it
d) treble it

Role play

Role  A – Changing a Light Bulb
You think changing a light bulb is the most important DIY task. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their tasks. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): fixing electronics, repairing the gutters or fixing a leaky tap.

Role  B – Fixing Electronics
You think fixing electronics is the most important DIY task. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their tasks. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): changing a light bulb, repairing the gutters or fixing a leaky tap.

Role  C – Repairing the Gutters
You think repairing the gutters is the most important DIY task. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their tasks. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): fixing electronics, changing a light bulb or fixing a leaky tap.

Role  D – Fixing a Leaky Tap
You think fixing a leaky tap is the most important DIY task. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their tasks. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): fixing electronics, repairing the gutters or changing a light bulb.

After reading / listening

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

'global'

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  • and 'timber'.

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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:

    • dearth
    • sharp
    • 25
    • repairing
    • DIY
    • clock
    • major
    • pressure
    • large
    • pests
    • 20
    • joked

    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 - Timber Shortage

    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 'wood'?
    3. What do you think of wood?
    4. What could we use as a replacement for wood?
    5. Do you think it is wrong to cut down trees for our use?
    6. How important is the construction industry?
    7. What are house prices like in your country?
    8. How did you spend your time during lockdown?
    9. Have you ever struggled to keep up with something?
    10. Have you ever worked around the clock?

    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 'shortage'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How useful is wood in our lives?
    5. What can we do about climate change?
    6. What do you think of DIY?
    7. What pests are there that damage trees?
    8. Why aren't we growing more trees?
    9. What do you think of the joke at the end of the article?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the scientists?

    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)

    A shortage of timber worldwide is causing a (1) ____ in supply and major problems for the housing and construction industry. The decrease (2) ____ the availability of timber has caused a sharp spike in the prices of newly built homes around the world. In some countries, the price builders pay for timber has (3) ____ up by about 25 per cent. One of the reasons builders are struggling to (4) ____ supplies is because people have been repairing or reforming their homes during lockdown. Another reason is that (5) ____ -lockdown construction and additional DIY projects have created "extraordinary demand". A timber trade federation said suppliers were "working around the clock" but are "struggling to (6) ____ up".

    Environmental scientists (7) ____ that a major reason for the shortage is climate change. Global warming is increasing the pressure (8) ____ the sustainability of forests. An increase in the number of wildfires is causing great damage to large swathes of forest. Many have been completely razed (9) ____ the ground. The warmer weather has also caused a proliferation in the number of pests that cause damage to trees and (10) ____ tree growth. Sweden, which supplies almost half of the wood used in the UK, has recorded its lowest timber stocks for 20 years. A solution the UK has come (11) ____ with is to plant more trees. It said it is "committed to trebling tree planting (12) ____". A builder joked that he didn't have time for those trees to grow.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     dearth     (b)     hearth     (c)     berth     (d)     oath    
    2. (a)     an     (b)     on     (c)     in     (d)     at    
    3. (a)     spat     (b)     slot     (c)     shot     (d)     spot    
    4. (a)     slice     (b)     pay     (c)     obtuse     (d)     get    
    5. (a)     post     (b)     mail     (c)     send     (d)     package    
    6. (a)     float     (b)     keep     (c)     ramp     (d)     elevate    
    7. (a)     assuage     (b)     asset     (c)     assist     (d)     assert    
    8. (a)     at     (b)     on     (c)     of     (d)     as    
    9. (a)     of     (b)     by     (c)     to     (d)     at    
    10. (a)     fungal     (b)     abate     (c)     fortune     (d)     stunt    
    11. (a)     as     (b)     down     (c)     top     (d)     up    
    12. (a)     seeds     (b)     rates     (c)     seedlings     (d)     saplings

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. causing a adethr in supply
    2. the bivatalliyai of timber
    3. post-lockdown cscototnruni
    4. get espsiupl
    5. redtyorarnxia demand
    6. sngitrlggu to keep up

    Paragraph 2

    1. Environmental scientists rsetsa that
    2. the syiliusaintbat of forests
    3. large ewtassh of forest
    4. a aoeprfioirltn in the number of pests
    5. A sntuloio the UK has come up
    6. committed to glibnter tree planting rates

    Put the text back together

    (...)  built homes around the world. In some countries, the price builders pay for timber has shot
    (...)  been repairing or reforming their homes during lockdown. Another reason is that post-
    (...)  ground. The warmer weather has also caused a proliferation in the number of pests that cause damage to trees and stunt
    (...)  Environmental scientists assert that a major reason for the shortage is climate
    (...)  lockdown construction and additional DIY projects have created "extraordinary
    (...)  demand". A timber trade federation said suppliers were "working around the clock" but are "struggling to keep up".
    (...)  trees. It said it is "committed to trebling tree planting rates". A builder joked that he didn't have time for those trees to grow.
    (...)  its lowest timber stocks for 20 years. A solution the UK has come up with is to plant more
    (...)  up by about 25 per cent. One of the reasons builders are struggling to get supplies is because people have
    (...)  tree growth. Sweden, which supplies almost half of the wood used in the UK, has recorded
    (...)  construction industry. The decrease in the availability of timber has caused a sharp spike in the prices of newly
    1  )A shortage of timber worldwide is causing a dearth in supply and major problems for the housing and
    (...)  change. Global warming is increasing the pressure on the sustainability of forests. An increase in the number
    (...)  of wildfires is causing great damage to large swathes of forest. Many have been completely razed to the

    Put the words in the right order

    1. prices   homes      .   A   in   the   spike   sharp   of
    2. has   builders   timber   for   pay   The   price   increased      .
    3. One   builders   are   the   reasons   of   struggling      .
    4. DIY   have   extraordinary   created   Additional   demand    .  projects
    5. the   were   suppliers   around   working   clock      .   They   said
    6. major   A   for   climate   is   shortages   reason   change      .
    7. great   large   to   Causing   damage   of   forest      .   swathes
    8. number   a   pests      .   the   in   There's   proliferation   of
    9. trebling   tree   committed   is   planting   It   to   rates      .
    10. trees   to   for   He   have   time   grow      .   didn't

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A shortage of timber worldwide is causing a death / dearth in supply and major problems for the housing and construction industrial / industry. The decrease in the availability of timber has caused a sharp / sharpen spike in the prices of newly building / built homes around the world. In some countries, the price builders pay for timber has shot sky / up by about 25 per cent. One of the reasons builders are struggling on / to get supplies is because people have being / been repairing or reforming their homes while / during lockdown. Another reason is that / what post-lockdown construction and additional DIY projects have created "extraordinary / extraordinaire demand". A timber trade federation said suppliers were "working around the clock" but are "struggling to keep.

    Environmental scientists assert that a majority / major reason for the shortage is climate change. Global warming is increasing the pressure on / in the sustainability to / an forests. An increase in the number of wildfires is causing great damage to large switches / swathes of forest. Many have been completely razed / risen to the ground. The warmer weather has also caused a proliferation on / in the number of pests that cause damage for / to trees and stunt tree growth. Sweden, which supplies / suppliers almost half of the wood used in the UK, has recorded its lowest / low timber stocks for 20 years. A solution the UK has come up with is to plant more trees. It said it is "committed to trebling tree planting rates". A builder joking / joked that he didn't have time for those trees to grow.

    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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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a shortage of timber worldwide is causing a dearth in supply and major problems for the housing and construction industry the decrease in the availability of timber has caused a sharp spike in the prices of newly built homes around the world in some countries the price builders pay for timber has shot up by about 25 per cent one of the reasons builders are struggling to get supplies is because people have been repairing or reforming their homes during lockdown another reason is that postlockdown construction and additional diy projects have created extraordinary demand a timber trade federation said suppliers were working around the clock but are struggling to keep up

    environmental scientists assert that a major reason for the shortage is climate change global warming is increasing the pressure on the sustainability of forests an increase in the number of wildfires is causing great damage large swathes of forest many have been completely razed to the ground the warmer weather has also caused a proliferation in the number of pests that cause damage to trees and stunt tree growth sweden which supplies almost half of the wood used in the uk has recorded its lowest timber stocks for 20 years a solution the uk has come up with is to plant more trees it said it is committed to trebling tree planting rates a builder joked that he didnt have time for those trees to grow

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    Ashortageoftimberworldwideiscausingadearthinsupplyandmajorpr
    oblemsforthehousingandconstructionindustry.Thedecreaseintheav
    ailabilityoftimberhascausedasharpspikeinthepricesofnewlybuiltho
    mesaroundtheworld.Insomecountries,thepricebuilderspayfortimbe
    rhasshotupbyabout25percent.Oneofthereasonsbuildersarestruggli
    ngtogetsuppliesisbecausepeoplehavebeenrepairingorreformingthei
    rhomesduringlockdown.Anotherreasonisthatpost-lockdownconstr
    uctionandadditionalDIYprojectshavecreated"extraordinarydemand
    ".Atimbertradefederationsaidsupplierswere"workingaroundthecloc
    k"butare"strugglingtokeepup".Environmentalscientistsassertthata
    majorreasonfortheshortageisclimatechange.Globalwarmingisincre
    asingthepressureonthesustainabilityofforests.Anincreaseinthenum
    berofwildfiresiscausinggreatdamagetolargeswathesofforest.Manyh
    avebeencompletelyrazedtotheground.Thewarmerweatherhasalsoc
    ausedaproliferationinthenumberofpeststhatcausedamagetotreesan
    dstunttreegrowth.Sweden,whichsuppliesalmosthalfofthewoodused
    intheUK,hasrecordeditslowesttimberstocksfor20years.Asolutionthe
    UKhascomeupwithistoplantmoretrees.Itsaiditis"committedtotreblin
    gtreeplantingrates".Abuilderjokedthathedidn'thavetimeforthosetre
    estogrow.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    We should stop using wood and use more sustainable resources. 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. WOOD: Make a poster about wood. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PLASTIC OR METAL: Write a magazine article about using plastic or metal instead of wood. 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 wood. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on what we could use instead of wood. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.





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    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

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