The Reading / Listening - Turtle - Level 1

Sometimes the weather delays an airplane; other times it's a late passenger. An airport in Japan found a new reason for delays – a small turtle going for a walk. The turtle went for a walk on the runway. A pilot was waiting to take off when he saw the turtle. The airport closed the runway, and that delayed five flights. Airport staff found the turtle. They caught it with a net. The staff said it was safe and was not hurt.

The airport said the turtle lived in a nearby pond. It got under the airport fence and walked onto the runway. It might have decided to walk in the warm weather. After staff caught the turtle, an A380 airplane took off. The plane was from the Japanese airline ANA. Strangely, it was painted in a turtle design. The airline said: "Turtles are seen as bringing good luck. We hope this turtle, who came to see the flight off, signals a bright future."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Turtle - Level 0 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. Sometimes the weather delays
  2. An airport in Japan found a
  3. a small turtle going for
  4. The turtle went for a walk
  5. that delayed five
  6. Airport staff found
  7. They caught it
  8. staff said it was safe and
  1. a walk
  2. with a net
  3. new reason
  4. was not hurt
  5. an airplane
  6. flights
  7. on the runway
  8. the turtle

Paragraph 2

  1. the turtle lived in
  2. After staff caught
  3. an A380 airplane
  4. The plane was from the
  5. it was painted in a
  6. Turtles are seen as bringing
  7. this turtle who came to
  8. a bright
  1. Japanese airline ANA
  2. good luck
  3. a nearby pond
  4. future
  5. took off
  6. see the flight off
  7. the turtle
  8. turtle design

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Sometimes the (1) ___________________ airplane; other times it's (2) ___________________. An airport in Japan found a new reason for delays - a small turtle going for a walk. The turtle went for a walk (3) ___________________. A pilot was waiting (4) ___________________ when he saw the turtle. The airport (5) ___________________, and that delayed five flights. Airport staff found the turtle. They (6) ___________________ a net. The staff said it was safe and was not hurt.

The airport said the turtle lived in (7) ___________________. It got under the airport fence and walked (8) ___________________. It might have decided to walk in (9) ___________________. After staff caught the turtle, an A380 airplane took off. The plane was from (10) ___________________ ANA. Strangely, it was painted in a turtle design. The airline said: "Turtles are seen as (11) ___________________. We hope this turtle, who came to see the flight off, (12) ___________________ future."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Sometimestheweatherdelaysanairplane;othertimesit'salatepassen
ger.AnairportinJapanfoundanewreasonfordelays-asmallturtlegoi
ngforawalk.Theturtlewentforawalkontherunway.Apilotwaswaitingt
otakeoffwhenhesawtheturtle.Theairportclosedtherunway,andthatd
elayedfiveflights.Airportstafffoundtheturtle.Theycaughtitwithanet.
Thestaffsaiditwassafeandwasnothurt.Theairportsaidtheturtlelivedi
nanearbypond.Itgotundertheairportfenceandwalkedontotherunwa
y.Itmighthavedecidedtowalkinthewarmweather.Afterstaffcaughtth
eturtle,anA380airplanetookoff.TheplanewasfromtheJapaneseairlin
eANA.Strangely,itwaspaintedinaturtledesign.Theairlinesaid:"Turtle
sareseenasbringinggoodluck.Wehopethisturtle,whocametoseethefl
ightoff,signalsabrightfuture."

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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