The Reading / Listening - Turtle - Level 0

There are many reasons for delays to airplanes. Five airplanes at an airport in Japan were delayed because of a small turtle. The turtle went for a walk on the airport runway. A pilot was waiting to take off when he saw it. The airport closed the runway. Airport staff found the turtle. They caught it with a net. The turtle was not hurt.

The turtle lived in a pond near the airport. It got into the airport under a fence. After staff caught it, an A380 airplane from the Japanese airline ANA took off. Strangely, the plane was painted in a turtle design. ANA said this was because turtles bring good luck. It hopes the turtle will bring a "bright future" to everyone.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Turtle - Level 1 Turtle - Level 2   or  Turtle - Level 3

Sources
    https://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0007810712 https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/sep/28/turtle-slow-moving-reptile-delays-five-planes-at-japan-airport https://simpleflying.com/tokyo-tortoise-trouble/


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 :-)





Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. There are many reasons
  2. delayed because
  3. The turtle went
  4. A pilot was waiting
  5. The airport closed
  6. Airport staff found
  7. They caught it with
  8. The turtle was
  1. the turtle
  2. for a walk
  3. not hurt
  4. the runway
  5. for delays
  6. a net
  7. to take off
  8. of a small turtle

Paragraph 2

  1. The turtle lived
  2. near the
  3. It got into the airport under
  4. After staff
  5. A380 airplane from the
  6. the plane was painted in
  7. turtles bring
  8. bring a bright future
  1. Japanese airline
  2. good luck
  3. caught it
  4. to everyone
  5. in a pond
  6. airport
  7. a turtle design
  8. a fence

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There are (1) ___________________ delays to airplanes. Five airplanes at an airport in Japan (2) ___________________ of a small turtle. The turtle (3) ___________________ walk on the airport runway. A pilot was waiting (4) ___________________ when he saw it. The airport closed the runway. Airport (5) ___________________ turtle. They caught it with a net. The turtle (6) ___________________.

The turtle lived in (7) ___________________ the airport. It got into the airport (8) ___________________. After staff caught it, an A380 airplane from the Japanese (9) ___________________ off. Strangely, the plane was painted in (10) ___________________. ANA said this was because turtles (11) ___________________. It hopes the turtle will bring a (12) ___________________ everyone.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Therearemanyreasonsfordelaystoairplanes.Fiveairplanesatanairpo
rtinJapanweredelayedbecauseofasmallturtle.Theturtlewentforawal
kontheairportrunway.Apilotwaswaitingtotakeoffwhenhesawit.Theai
rportclosedtherunway.Airportstafffoundtheturtle.Theycaughtitwith
anet.Theturtlewasnothurt.Theturtlelivedinapondneartheairport.Itg
otintotheairportunderafence.Afterstaffcaughtit,anA380airplanefro
mtheJapaneseairlineANAtookoff.Strangely,theplanewaspaintedinat
urtledesign.ANAsaidthiswasbecauseturtlesbringgoodluck.Ithopesth
eturtlewillbringa"brightfuture"toeveryone.

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

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

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Answers

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