Thursday, August 27, 2015

Newborn Pandas face 4 dangers. English Conversation lesson

I remember the time in 1973 when I spent the summer in Harrisburg Pennsylvania with my Uncle and Aunt. They had an acre and a half of land, using it for growing corn, apples, pears, and vegetables.  When I wasn't up a tree reading a book,( you know the real kind with paper?), we were traveling.  This was the year that the Pandas came to the Washington Zoo.  Nixon had just "opened" China and these animals were the darling of the town.  It was worth it to make a trip to the Capital just for that! Now, we know more about the Pandas, This is a very interesting article about newborn pandas, they are just so cute!

Read this article and discuss it with your English teacher
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/08/150824-pandas-national-zoo-twins-animals-science/


Key terms
the natural instinct
 abandon
rotate
 incubator
Easier said than done
a challenging night
swapped
supplemented
thriving
vulnerable
 awry
excrete waste
a bleaker picture
fragmentation
vulnerability
restoration 
 panda cams

Questions
How many panda cubs are usually born at one time? 
Why are twins unusual? 
How does the zoo staff make sure that each baby gets time with the mother? 
What are the 4 big problems that baby pandas face? 
How can the zoo staff help the babies? 
Where can pandas live in the wild? 
What is the big problem that face pandas in the wild? 
How can that be overcome? 



Lesson Plan by Rachael Alice Orbach - Professional English teacher 


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