Christmas in the Zoo

[Animals ★]

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(P1) This news is from the London Zoo. The animals get presents early this year.

(P2) The Sumatran tiger cubs are six months old. These cubs were born in June. They do not wait to open their Christmas presents. There are pieces of meat inside colorful boxes. They like their presents!

(P3) The zookeepers think that it is a really good activity. The cubs are full of energy. This activity takes all of their morning energy.

(P4) There are not many Sumatran tigers in the wild today. There are only 400 now. There were 1000 in the 1970s.

WORDS: 94

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/christmas-in-the-zoo-level-1/

VOCABULARY: presents, cubs, colorful, zookeepers, activity, energy

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you like going to the zoo? Why or why not?
  3. What animals do you like?
  4. Do you like to receive presents? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What city is the zoo in?
  2. How old are the tiger cubs?
  3. What is inside the colored boxes?
  4. The cubs have a lot of energy. (T or F)
  5. How many Sumatran tigers are living in the wild now?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • early this year (P1)
  • born in June (P2)
  • pieces of meat (P2)
  • takes all of their morning energy (P3)
  • in the wild (P4)

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Image source: By skeeze, Public domain, https://pixabay.com/cs/tygr-tyg%C5%99%C3%ADk-ko%C4%8Dka-d%C3%ADt%C4%9B-mlad%C3%BD-552939/

Reindeer in Finland

[Animals ★]

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(P1) Reindeer live in Finland. They walk freely. This is a problem. They can walk into roads. Around 4,000 animals die every year from cars.

(P2) People try to solve this problem. They make a new app. When you see a reindeer, you touch your phone. You tell the phone that there is a reindeer. The app makes a warning zone. If somebody drives into the zone, the phone warns him or her.

(P3) The project is already running. One thousand people have the app. There are 100 fewer accidents in 6 months.

WORDS: 90

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/reindeer-in-finland-level-1/

VOCABULARY: freely, roads, solve, zone, project, accidents

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you think this is a good app? Why or why not?
  3. What are some animals in your country??
  4. What apps do you use?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What country do the reindeer live in?
  2. What does the app make to warn other people?
  3. The project is not being used now. (T or F)
  4. How many people downloaded the app?
  5. Are there fewer accidents in 6 months?

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • walk into roads (p1)
  • around 4,000 animals (P1)
  • make a new app (P2)
  • touch your phone (P2)
  • warns him or her (P2)

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Image source: By Ville Miettinen from Helsinki, Finland, CC-BY- 2.0,https://www.flickr.com/photos/62223880@N00/170378516/

Small nice animal

[Animals ★]

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(P1) A woman has a beautiful hedgehog. The woman films it. The video is very nice. It is on the internet.

(P2) A lot of people like this video. It is very popular. People like the animal, too. Maybe they want to have one.

(P3) Hedgehogs need a lot of care. Not all people can give this care. They must read on how to take care before they buy a hedgehog.

WORDS: 68

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/small-nice-animal-level-1/

VOCABULARY: beautiful, films, popular, care, give

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you think the hedgehog is beautiful? Why or why not?
  3. Do you like animals? If so, which ones? If no, why not?
  4. Do you have pets? If so, what is it? If no, do you want one?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. The video of the hedgehog is on the ____________.
  2. Not a lot of people like this video. (T or F)
  3. The video of the hedgehog is popular. (T or F)
  4. Everybody can care for a hedgehog. (T or F)
  5. Before a person buys a hedgehog, they should _______ about it.

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • very nice (P1)
  • maybe they want to have one (P2)
  • must read (P3)
  • before they buy a hedgehog (P3)

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Image source: By amayaeguizabal, Public domain, https://pixabay.com/cs/je%C5%BEek-zv%C3%AD%C5%99e-d%C3%ADt%C4%9B-roztomil%C3%BD-mal%C3%A9-468228/

Elephant paints pictures

[Animals ★]

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(P1) Shanti is an elephant. She paints pictures. One picture costs 2000 dollars. Some people pay the 2000 dollars for one picture.

(P2) Shanti painted 12 pictures but now she stops. The director of the Prague gallery knows why she stops. The director says, “Shanti was in a film. She is a star. Now she has depression. When the depression stops, she will paint again.”

(P3) Shanti does a good thing. The money from pictures helps elephants in Sri Lanka.

WORDS: 77

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/elephant-paints-pictures-level-1/

VOCABULARY: pay, but, director, star, depression, helps

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you like elephants? Why or why not
  3. Do you like to paint? Why or why not?
  4. Do you like watching movies about animals? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What is the elephant’s name?
  2. How much did one picture cost?
  3. How many pictures did Shanti paint?
  4. Why is Shanti a star?
  5. The money from Shanti’s picture helps __________ in Sri Lanka.

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • paints pictures (P1)
  • 2000 dollars for one picture (P1)
  • she will paint again (P2)
  • in Sri Lanka (P3)

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Image source: By Derol Avi, CC-BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Elephant_show_in_Chiang_Mai_P1110469.JPG

Kung Fu Panda

[Animals ★★]

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(P1) In China, a man decided to get very close to a panda. While the panda was nappinghe walked up to it to touch its head. This woke the panda up and agitated it.

(P2) The panda, which weighs 112 kilograms, ran towards the man. It grabbed his leg and pushed him to the ground. They wrestled for 5 minutes before the man escaped. Neither he nor the bear was hurt. The man was lucky that he did not get two black eyes like the panda!

WORDS: 86

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/kung-fu-panda-level-2/

VOCABULARY: napping, agitated, wrestled, escaped, black eyes

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Why do you think the man got too close to the Panda?
  3. Do you think this man is crazy to touch a wild animal? Why or why not?
  4. What animals do you like? Why?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What was the Panda doing when the man tried to touch it?
  2. Where did the man try to touch the animal?
  3. What is the weight of the Panda?
  4. The Panda took hold of the man’s __________.
  5. The man had to be rescued by other people. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • walked up to it (P1)
  • ran towards (P2)
  • it grabbed his leg (P2)
  • like the panda (P3)

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Image source: By Chen Wu from Shanghai, China, CC-BY-2.0, https://www.flickr.com/photos/30073301@N00/3171164610

Mother Whale Helps Baby

[Animals ★]

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(P1) In Australia, a mother and baby whale are swimming. The baby whale gets stuck. Its tail is caught in a shark net. It cannot move. The mother whale supports it.

(P2) People come to help. The mother whale stays with her baby. The people cut the baby free from the net. The mother and baby whale swim away.

(P3) People are not happy about this. They do not like it when other people use shark nets. They say that shark nets catch too many animals. These animals die because they cannot get out of the nets.

WORDS: 94

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/mother-whale-helps-baby-level-1/

VOCABULARY: swimming, caught, supports, stays, cut, die

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you like whales? Why or why not?
  3. Are you sad the baby whale was caught in the net?
  4. Do you think people should stop using shark nets? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. What country are the whales in?
  2. Which whale is caught in the shark net?
  3. Who came to help the whales?
  4. The mother whale left the baby whale. (T or F)
  5. People are sad the baby whale was caught in the net. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • gets stuck (p1)
  • shark net (P1)
  • people come (P2)
  • swim away (P2)
  • get out (P3)

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Image source: By Andreas Tille – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=50654

Giant Pandas

[Animals ★]

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(P1) Giant pandas were endangered. China tries very hard to help the pandas. They help them have babies.

(P2) Twenty-three pandas are born. They are born at a center in China. This is very good news. People see the group of pandas. They are very beautiful.

(P3) Now, there are more pandas. They are not endangered anymore.

WORDS: 55

SOURCE: http://www.newsinlevels.com/products/giant-pandas-level-1/

VOCABULARY: endangered, babies, born, group, anymore

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:

If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, describe what the article is about?
  2. Do you like pandas? Why or why not?
  3. Do you think pandas are beautiful? Why or why not?
  4. Would you like to help take care of the baby pandas? Why or why not?

READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:

  1. Where are the pandas?
  2. How many pandas are new?
  3. Where were the pandas born in China?
  4. The pandas are not beautiful. (T or F)
  5. The pandas are still endangered. (T or F)

EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:

What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • China tries (P1)
  • at a center in China (P2)
  • very beautiful (P2)
  • more pandas (P3)

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Image source: By Joshua Doubek – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=28786651