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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

World Penguin Day happens on or around April 25th each year. This is the time when millions of penguins migrate north. Unlike other birds that migrate each year, penguins do not fly. Instead, they walk, or waddle to their new home and breeding grounds. It’s a long journey across the ice. Perhaps you saw an example of the migration in the movie ‘Happy Feet’. Many people believe there are penguins at the North Pole, but this is not true. Penguins hold a special place in our hearts. Children love looking at these lovable birds in zoos and aquariums. There are about twenty different species of penguin around the world. They are unique because they do not fear humans, but they rarely get closer than three metres to a person.

There are many things you can do on World Penguin Day. Perhaps the best thing is to donate some money to a charity that helps protect these beautiful creatures. Some penguins are endangered and need our help to survive. There are also fun things that penguin lovers around the world do. For example, why not wear clothes with penguiny colours? If you do this with a group of friends, you could make your very own penguin colony. There are plenty of penguin websites on the Internet for you to find out some more information on penguins. My favourite is PenguinGeek. This site even has live web cams to view penguins around the world. Alternatively, you could rent ‘March of the Penguins’ from your video store. Happy World Penguin Day.

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted sites.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

World Penguin Day happens on

a.

place in our hearts

2

millions of penguins migrate

b.

do not fear humans

3.

It’s a long

c.

or around April 25th

4.

Penguins hold a special

d.

species of penguin

5.

There are about twenty different

e.

north

6.

They are unique because they

f.

journey across the ice

 

Paragraph 2

1.

donate some

a.

endangered

2

Some penguins are

b.

colony

3.

wear clothes with

c.

around the world

4.

penguin

d.

of penguin websites

5.

There are plenty

e.

money to a charity

6.

live web cams to view penguins

f.

penguiny colours


LISTENING GAP FILL

World Penguin Day happens ______________ April 25th each year. This is the time when millions of penguins migrate north. ______________ birds that migrate each year, penguins do not fly. Instead, they walk, or waddle to their new home and breeding grounds. It’s ______________ across the ice. Perhaps you saw an example of the migration in the movie ‘Happy Feet’. Many people _________________ penguins at the North Pole, but this is not true. Penguins hold a special place in our hearts. Children love looking ______________ birds in zoos and aquariums. There are about twenty different species of penguin around the world. They are unique because they do not fear humans, but they ______________ than three metres to a person.

There are many things you can do on World Penguin Day. Perhaps the best thing is ______________ money to a charity that helps protect these beautiful creatures. Some penguins are endangered and ______________ survive. There are also fun things that penguin lovers around the world do. For example, ______________ clothes with penguiny colours? If you do this with a group of friends, you could ______________ own penguin colony. There are plenty of penguin websites on the Internet for you to find out some more information on penguins. My favourite is PenguinGeek. This site ______________ web cams to view penguins around the world. Alternatively, ______________ ‘March of the Penguins’ from your video store. Happy World Penguin Day.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

World Penguin Day __________ on or around April 25th each year. This is the time when millions of penguins __________ north. Unlike other birds that migrate each year, penguins do not fly. Instead, they walk, or waddle to their new home and breeding __________. It’s a long journey across the ice. Perhaps you saw an __________ of the migration in the movie ‘Happy Feet’. Many people believe there are penguins at the North Pole, but this is not true. Penguins hold a special __________ in our hearts. Children love looking at these lovable birds in zoos and aquariums. There are about twenty different __________ of penguin around the world. They are __________ because they do not fear humans, but they rarely get __________ than three metres to a person.

 

 

 

example
species
happens
grounds
unique
migrate
closer
place

There are many things you can do on World Penguin Day. Perhaps the best thing is to __________ some money to a charity that helps protect these beautiful __________. Some penguins are endangered and need our help to survive. There are also fun things that penguin __________ around the world do. For example, why not wear clothes with penguiny __________? If you do this with a group of friends, you could make your very own penguin colony. There are __________ of penguin websites on the Internet for you to find out some more information on penguins. My favourite is PenguinGeek. This site __________ has live web cams to __________ penguins around the world. Alternatively, you could __________ ‘March of the Penguins’ from your video store. Happy World Penguin Day.

 

 

creatures
 
plenty
view
donate
colours
rent
lovers
even


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

World Penguin Day happens on or below / around April 25th each year. This is the time when millions of penguins migrate / migration north. Unlike other birds that migrate each year, penguins do not fly. Instead, they walk, or waddle to their new home and bleeding / breeding grounds. It’s a long journey across the ice. Perhaps you saw an example / sample of the migration in the movie ‘Happy Feet’. Many people believe there are penguins at the North Pole, but this is not true / truth. Penguins hold a special place in our hearts. Children love looking at these love / lovable birds in zoos and aquariums. There are about twenty different specifics / species of penguin around the world. They are unique because they do not fear humans, but they rarely / rare get closer than three metres to a person.

There are many things you can do on World Penguin Day. Perhaps the best thing is to donate / donation some money to a charity that helps protect these beautiful creature / creatures. Some penguins are endangered and need our help to survive. There are also fun things that penguin lovers / loving around the world do. For example, why not wear clothes with penguiny colours? If you do this with a group of friends / friend, you could make your very own penguin colony. There are plenty of penguin websites in / on the Internet for you to find out some more information in / on penguins. My favourite is PenguinGeek. This site even has alive / live web cams to view penguins around the world. Alternatively, you could rent ‘March of the Penguins’ from your video / videoed store. Happy World Penguin Day.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

World Penguin Day happens on or around April 25th (1) ____ year. This is the time when millions of penguins migrate north. Unlike other birds that migrate each year, penguins do not (2) ____. Instead, they walk, or waddle to their new home and breeding grounds. It’s a long journey across the ice. Perhaps you saw an example of the migration in (3) ____ movie ‘Happy Feet’. Many people believe there are penguins at the North Pole, but this is not (4) ____. Penguins hold a special place in our hearts. Children love looking at these (5) ____ birds in zoos and aquariums. There are about twenty different species of penguin around the world. They are unique because they do not (6) ____ humans, but they rarely get closer than three metres to a person.

There are many things you can do on World Penguin Day. Perhaps the best thing (7) ____ to donate some money to a charity that helps protect these beautiful creatures. Some penguins are endangered and need our help to survive. There are also fun things that penguin (8) ____ around the world do. For example, why not wear clothes with penguiny colours? If you do this with a group of friends, you could make your very own penguin (9) ____. There are plenty of penguin websites (10) ____ the Internet for you to find out some more information on penguins. My favourite is PenguinGeek. This site even has (11) ____ web cams to view penguins around the world. Alternatively, you could rent ‘March of the Penguins’ (12) ____ your video store. Happy World Penguin Day.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

per

(b)

all

(c)

each

(d)

any

2.

(a)

fly

(b)

flight

(c)

flown

(d)

flew

3.

(a)

any

(b)

the

(c)

an

(d)

a

4.

(a)

truth

(b)

truly

(c)

true

(d)

truths

5.

(a)

lover

(b)

loves

(c)

love

(d)

lovable

6.

(a)

fear

(b)

afraid

(c)

fearsome

(d)

fearful

7.

(a)

am

(b)

is

(c)

for

(d)

so

8.

(a)

loves

(b)

loving

(c)

lovable

(d)

lovers

9.

(a)

colony

(b)

colonial

(c)

colonialism

(d)

colonel

10.

(a)

in

(b)

at

(c)

on

(d)

of

11.

(a)

alive

(b)

live

(c)

life

(d)

living

12.

(a)

to

(b)

for

(c)

to

(d)

from


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

penguins griemta north

2.

bedgreni grounds

3.

a long joenryu

4.

a aspielc place in our hearts

5.

different eiecsps of penguin

6.

get roecls than three metres

 

Paragraph 2

7.

tendoa some money

8.

beautiful cuarerste

9.

need our help to viursve

10.

penguin svelro

11.

ynptle of penguin websites

12.

web samc


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

home and breeding grounds. It’s a long journey across the ice. Perhaps you saw an example

(    )

There are many things you can do on World Penguin Day. Perhaps the best thing is to donate some

1  )

World Penguin Day happens on or around April 25th each year. This is the time when millions of penguins migrate

(    )

of the migration in the movie ‘Happy Feet’. Many people believe there are penguins at the North Pole, but this is not

(    )

money to a charity that helps protect these beautiful creatures. Some penguins are endangered and need our help to

(    )

on penguins. My favourite is PenguinGeek. This site even has live web cams to view penguins around the

(    )

clothes with penguiny colours? If you do this with a group of friends, you could make your very own penguin

(    )

world. Alternatively, you could rent ‘March of the Penguins’ from your video store. Happy World Penguin Day.

(    )

north. Unlike other birds that migrate each year, penguins do not fly. Instead, they walk, or waddle to their new

(    )

true. Penguins hold a special place in our hearts. Children love looking at these lovable birds in zoos and

(    )

colony. There are plenty of penguin websites on the Internet for you to find out some more information

(    )

survive. There are also fun things that penguin-lovers around the world do. For example, why not wear

(    )

humans, but they rarely get closer than three metres to a person.

(    )

aquariums. There are about twenty different species of penguin around the world. They are unique because they do not fear


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

time    the    north    migrate    penguins    of    millions    when

2.

a    journey    the    It’s    long    across    ice

3.

people    at    believe    the    there    North    are    Pole    penguins

4.

twenty    about    are    There    penguin    of    species    different

5.

get    three    a    rarely    than    to    they    closer    metres    person

6.

a    to    money    some    donate    charity

7.

our    penguins    endangered    need    help    are    and

8.

own    very    your    make    could    you    colony    penguin

9.

some    information    penguins    out    more    on    find

10.

web    world    the    around    penguins    view    to    cams


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

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THE WORLD PENGUIN DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about World Penguin Day in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

_____________

STUDENT 2

_____________

STUDENT 3

_____________

Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about World Penguin Day for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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 more information about World Penguin Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about World Penguin Day. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about World Penguin Day. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.


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