Endangered and Extinct
This week's topic was endangered animals (like polar bears, elephants, wolves, pandas, killer whales and the peregrine falcon) as well as and extinct animals and the possibility of bringing back lost species like the dodo bird. You may want to review some of animal vocabulary: animals and animal body parts.
I recommend that learners listen to the news story about sharks and the killing of sharks. For original version, I'm sure you will enjoy the TED talk about the exciting and fascinating prospects of bringing back extinct species: The Dawn of De-extinction. But do you think that we should do it?
Learners can read about how the Internet Trade Threatens Exotic Animals, or for something more difficult try the Mini Lecture and Quiz about endangered animals. For original version, I recommend that you check out some information about one of the many fascinating endangered creatures around the world. Or try the National Geographic article about de-extinction
For writing this week, please describe one extinct or endangered animal. Try to use as much animal vocabulary as possible (fur, feathers, claws, paws, hooves, herbivore, carnivore), describing its characteristics, habitats and why it is endangered (loss of habitat, poaching, etc.). Don't forget to check your writing after and try to correct any mistakes before handing it in!
--It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change. -- Charles Darwin