Animals : CONTENTS


(Updated on 14/09/2016)




  • Chile stops mining project to save penguins (August 24, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "The government of Chile has rejected plans for a billion-dollar mining project because it would disrupt marine life."

    Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Penguins - Level 4  or  Penguins - Level 5
    Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)

  • Angry Birds: 2nd Conditional - a lesson with a movie segment



  • Zootopia: Animals - Vocabulary
    "This activity is for very young learners. It is kinesthetic and fun"

    - with a movie segment


  • Animal rights pressure group buys LV shares (January 16, 2017) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "The animal rights pressure group PETA has purchased shares in the French luxury goods company Louis Vuitton"
    Try the same news story at these easier levels:  Pressure Groups - Level 4  or  Pressure Groups - Level 5
    Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities,
    crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)




  • U.S. police to look into shooting of zoo gorilla (June 02, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "Police in the US state of Ohio are going to look into the shooting of a 17-year-old gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo.
    They will investigate the facts around the killing of Harambe the gorilla."


    Cincinnati gorilla shooting: Police to investigate parents - 1 June 2016
    "A police investigation into the killing of a gorilla at Cincinnati Zoo after a three-year-old fell into an enclosure will focus on the boy's parents."


"Harambe was an endangered western lowland gorilla."



  • School teaches baby orangutans survival skills (February 10, 2016) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "Baby orangutans in Indonesia are going to school to learn skills like finding food and making a nest.
    The school hopes the skills the young apes learn will mean..."




  • Life of Pi: Vocabulary Practice - Animals
    "One of my all times favorite movies. Life of Pi is an unforgettable experience.
    The opening scene is perfect for all beginners levels working with vocabulary related to zoo animals. Kids love it!"




  • Pet dogs lower stress in kids (December 04, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "New research shows that having a pet dog can help to reduce children's stress.
    A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the USA shows..."

  • Couple must lose pets or home (November 04, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "A couple in England could lose their home because they want to live with their pets. Clive and Rose Restall live in their rented home..."

  • Snow leopard under threat from climate change (October 26, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "The conservation charity World Wildlife Fund has warned that climate change is threatening
    the existence of the snow leopard in the Himalayas."

  • Ecotourism a danger to wildlife (October 14, 2015) - a lesson plan with audio
    "Ecotourism is a booming business that many tour operators cite as being helpful to nature."

  • Seven reasons to love lions
    "As the world mourns the loss of Cecil the lion, BBC Earth celebrates the species."

    Thanks to Ghislaine Bourrachot (Ac. Clermont-Ferrand):
    "On peut l'exploiter au niveau du lexique et pour faire un quiz ou travailler sur la personnalité avec les animaux totems :
    fabriquer de nouveaux signes du zodiaque en s'inspirant des signes chinois..."
  • U.S. circus to end use of elephants (March 08, 2015) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "One of the largest circus companies in the USA will soon no longer have performing elephants as part of its shows."


  • Travel company ends unethical animal tours (19th May, 2014) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "One of the world's top travel companies is ending its tours to many of the planet's top animal attractions."


    STA Travel Cancels All 'Unethical' SeaWorld Tours - 18 May 2014
    "They have stopped tours that include elephant rides, visits to Tiger Temple in Thailand and visits to SeaWorld parks in Orlando and San Diego..."


  • Blackfish: Animals in Captivity - a lesson
    "Keeping animals in captivity for entertainment shows is very polemic and controversial. Perfect for conversation classes."


  • USA destroys 6,000kg of ivory (November 18, 2013) - a lesson pan with AUDIO
    "Elephants are in danger. Hunters kill them for their tusks. The hunters sell the tusks because they are made from ivory. The USA is working to stop this trade."

  • EU bans sale of all animal-tested cosmetics (March 13, 2013) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "The European Union has introduced a complete ban on the sale of cosmetics that have been tested on animals.
    From Monday, no companies or stores will be allowed to sell cosmetics that were developed using animal testing."

  • Bamboo shortage a risk to pandas (November 13, 2012) - a lesson plan with AUDIO
    "The giant panda is already on the endangered list. The number of pandas in the world has been falling for decades.
    It is now facing another big threat to its survival – a shortage of food."

  • Koalas at risk in Australia (1st May, 2012) - a lesson plan with audio (



  • Plastic Surgery For Pets Increasing (19th August, 2011) - a lesson plan with audio

    Cosmetic Surgery For Prettier Pets + SCRIPT
    "Like their owners, pets are getting all types of cosmetic surgery - breast reductions, eyelifts, and even fat removal..."


    Surge in plastic surgery for pets
    "Nose jobs and facelifts were once the preserve of Hollywood A-listers and ageing celebrities.
    However new figures show that Britons are spending millions of pounds a year on plastic surgery for their pets...
    Facelifts are commonly required in breeds with excessively drooping eyelids, skin grafts for wounds, soft palate trimming in short faced breeds."



    "In this lesson, students will explore the causes and effects of events such as oil spills and contaminations.
    They will then experience first-hand the feel of oil spills, determine an environmental problem that affects their community, and develop an "action plan" to minimize the risk to one form of wildlife.
    Finally, they will examine ways in which public and private organizations partner to keep the environment, and its wildlife, healthy."


    Oil-Coated Gulf Birds Better Off Dead?
    "Kill or clean? Either way, the birds may face stormy skies...
    Oil harms birds in two ways: internally and externally."


  • Dog Dyed to Resemble Elvis Wins Contest - a lesson plan with audio

    Where Creativity Wags Its Tail
    "Angela Kumpe had won the “creative challenge” event the past two years at Intergroom, one of the more prestigious competitions on the calendar..."
    + a slideshow

    (Elvis Presley)

    (The seahorse)

    (Lady Gaga)

    (The Mad Hatter)


  • British Man To Live With Venomous Snakes - a lesson plan with audio
    "David Jones, 44, hopes to spend 121 days in a room with 40 of the world’s deadliest snakes. His slithery companions will include deadly adders, cobras and green and black mambas..."


  • Countries Vote on Sale of Ivory - a lesson plan with audio
    WARM-UPS :

    Ivory and bluefin tuna top agenda at UN wildlife summit
    "Sales of ivory and a possible ban on trading bluefin tuna top the agenda for the two-week CITES meeting that opens this weekend in Doha, Qatar."






  • The Adventures of Amelia the Pigeon
    with Lessons & activities
    How Amelia Got Her Camera - Amelia's Trip to the Zoo - Amelia's Game in the Park - Amelia Visits the Battery - Amelia Goes Home...


  • Hopes fading for future of Indian tigers - a lesson plan with audio (Breaking News English)

  • Horses in the Movies
    "A Western wouldn t be a Western without stampedes, stagecoaches, shoot-outs on horseback or simply cowboys riding into town. So, who does the producer call when he needs stagecoaches, buckboards and real horses to make the script come alive? And how much will it cost to bring those horses and wagons to a movie set? Give your students the back story and show them how math plays a role in keeping a movie from going over budget."


  • Using a story: Miko the monkey (BBC) with worksheets - niveau 6ème/5ème
    The worksheets contain:
    - Pre reading quiz
    - Picture labelling exercise
    - Comprehension check questions
    - Text completion exercise
    - Vocabulary word search