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Listen&Learn: Rubber Ducks Lost in the Ocean

10th June 2020 by Jaksyn Peacock

Pre-listening vocabulary

  • crate: a large wooden box used to transport items
  • financial: relating to money
  • scavenger: a person who collects items that were thrown away
  • oceanographer: a scientist who studies the oceans
  • current: the flow of water in one direction
  • awareness: knowledge of an issue or event
  • collectible: an item considered valuable to collectors

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

In 1992, a cargo ship on its way from Hong Kong to the United States lost a crate in the Pacific Ocean. That crate over 28,000 rubber ducks, most of which are still in the ocean today. At first, this was simply seen as a small financial loss. However, a few of these ducks made their way to the of Alaska, where they were found by scavengers. After this discovery, a team of oceanographers decided to track the ducks as they moved around the world. The oceanographers offered $100 rewards to anyone who found one of these ducks, so that they could make a map of the ducks’ . Rubber ducks began to appear in Japan and Australia. Some even travelled across the Arctic Ocean, ending up on the coasts of North America and Europe. The oceanographers used the they’d gathered from studying the ducks to confirm their predictions about the paths of major ocean currents. The story of the ducks was also used to raise awareness about the dangers of dumping in the ocean. Today, these rubber ducks are still being found on shores. They have even become highly valued collectibles – often being sold for up to $1000.

Comprehension questions

1. The first rubber ducks were found in

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The first rubber ducks were found in Alaska.

2. The oceanographers studied the ducks in order to

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The oceanographers studied the ducks in order to map out ocean currents.

3. Today, these rubber ducks are valued at

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Today, these rubber ducks are valued at $1000.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. The now-famous rubber ducks were originally found by scavengers looking for interesting items along the shore. Have you ever found anything interesting on a beach?

Transcript

In 1992, a cargo ship on its way from Hong Kong to the United States lost a crate in the Pacific Ocean. That crate contained over 28,000 rubber ducks, most of which are still in the ocean today. At first, this was simply seen as a small financial loss. However, a few of these ducks made their way to the coast of Alaska, where they were found by scavengers. After this discovery, a team of oceanographers decided to track the ducks as they moved around the world. The oceanographers offered $100 rewards to anyone who found one of these ducks, so that they could make a map of the ducks’ journey. Rubber ducks began to appear in Japan and Australia. Some even travelled across the Arctic Ocean, ending up on the coasts of North America and Europe. The oceanographers used the information they’d gathered from studying the ducks to confirm their predictions about the paths of major ocean currents. The story of the ducks was also used to raise awareness about the dangers of dumping plastic in the ocean. Today, these rubber ducks are still being found on shores. They have even become highly valued collectibles – often being sold for up to $1000.

The Causes and Effects of Climate Change

8th January 2020 by Jaksyn Peacock
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Pre-listening vocabulary

  • excess: too much of something
  • greenhouse gas: a gas that traps heat from the sun
  • atmosphere: the layer of gas that surrounds the Earth
  • drought: a long period of time without rain
  • ecosystem: an area where certain plants and animals live and interact

Listening activity

Gapfill exercise

The Causes and Effects of Climate Change

Climate change is a major problem in the world today. Scientists believe that climate change is mainly by an excess of greenhouse gases, like methane, carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxide. Humans put these into the atmosphere with our activities. The excess of atmospheric carbon dioxide is caused by burning fossil fuels, which we use to our cars. Climate change is expected to cause many in the future, such as droughts, strong storms, and the loss of ecosystems. Scientists predict that the Arctic ice will be completely melted by 2050. However, there are lots of ways to help prevent this. Using less energy, taking public transportation often and eating meat less are all easy ways to climate change.

Comprehension questions

1. The gas that is put into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels is

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The gas that is put into the atmosphere by burning fossil fuels is carbon dioxide.

2. Scientists predict that by 2050,

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Scientists predict that by 2050, the Arctic ice will be completely melted.

3. One easy way to prevent climate change is

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One easy way to prevent climate change is eating less meat.

Discussion/essay questions

  1. As mentioned above, some of the best ways to help prevent climate change are using less energy, taking public transportation and eating meat less. Have you made any of these changes in your life? What else do you do to help prevent climate change?

Transcript

Climate change is a major problem in the world today. Scientists believe that climate change is mainly caused by an excess of greenhouse gases, like methane, carbon dioxide, and nitrous oxide. Humans put these into the atmosphere with our everyday activities. The excess of atmospheric carbon dioxide is caused by burning fossil fuels, which we use to power our cars. Climate change is expected to cause many issues in the future, such as droughts, strong storms, and the loss of ecosystems. Scientists predict that the Arctic ice will be completely melted by 2050. However, there are lots of simple ways to help prevent this. Using less energy, taking public transportation often and eating meat less are all easy ways to fight climate change.

Time Magazine Names Climate Activist Greta Thunberg Person of the Year

11th December 2019 by Tara Benwell

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • activist: a person who protests for political change
  • campaign: a course of action that aims to make a difference
  • emission: the release of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, especially when caused by human activity
  • conference: a meeting where people gather to discuss a common issue
  • announce: to officially declare something to the public

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Cambridge Dictionary Announces “Upcycling” as Word of the Year

13th November 2019 by Tara Benwell

Image credit: Cambridge Dictionary

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • discarded: thrown away; disposed of
  • awareness: knowledge or comprehension of a situation
  • blog: a website written by a person or group that discusses thoughts and experiences
  • shortlist: a list of people or things to be considered for a job, prize, or other final placement
  • ecosystem: a group of plants and animals that live together and interact
  • carbon dioxide: a compound gas that contributes to global warming

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