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Thursday, 23 May 2013

World Migratory Bird Day

Level: Intermediate / B1 and Upper intermediate / B2

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Sorry, I completely missed this in my calendar!
11-12 May was World Migratory Bird Day.

A: Video lesson (Intermediate / B1)
Better late than never, here is a short video (with English subtitles) from their website.
Watch the video and answer the following questions:
1) Which three birds are describes as travelling thousands of miles? (video 00:29 seconds)
2) What do birds do at the 'increasingly vulnerable sites' they stop at on their journey (00:49)
3) When is World Migratory Bird Day usually celebrated? (01:08)
4) What is the theme of this years World Migratory Bird Day? (01:16)
5) What is the bird we can hear calling throughout the video (the answer is right at the end!)

Answers below!

B: Lesson plan (Upper intermediate / B2)
Here is a lesson from MacMillan Global, a site I regularly use for material.
You can download the lesson and the teachers notes called Flying across the globe, which looks at bird migration.


A: Video lesson (Intermediate / B1)
1) Cranes, storks and eagles
2) Rest, feed and breed
3) The second weekend in May
4) Networking for migratory birds
5) Crane

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