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Snake fights for its life on plane (14th January, 2013)

An airplane that flew from Australia to Papua New Guinea had a strange passenger that did not buy a ticket. A snake sneaked inside one of the wings of the jumbo jet. A woman saw the snake hanging from the wing 20 minutes after the plane took off. The snake was a scrub python. Airport officials said it slithered across the runway and then up the plane's wheels. The snake made it all the way to the Papua New Guinean capital, Port Moresby. Passengers watched the snake cling on for its life, but when it landed, the snake was already dead.

Airline workers said the python was hiding inside the wing of the airplane when the plane took off. The plane was flying at 250 mph for 90 minutes in a temperature of -12ºC (minus 12 degrees Celsius). The strong wind blew the snake out of its hiding place. The wind banged the snake against the plane and left bloodstains around the wing. Passengers took videos and photos of the snake. Some people panicked and thought that there were other snakes onboard. They were right to be worried – six of the world's deadliest snakes live in Australia.

PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

An airplane that flew

a.

the runway

2

jumbo

b.

from Australia

3.

20 minutes after the plane

c.

for its life

4.

slithered across

d.

the snake

5.

Passengers watched

e.

took off

6.

cling on

f.

jet

 

Paragraph 2

1.

hiding inside

a.

blew the snake out

2

flying at

b.

the wing

3.

a temperature

c.

and photos

4.

The strong wind

d.

live in Australia

5.

Passengers took videos

e.

of -12ºC

6.

six of the world's deadliest snakes

f.

250 mph

LISTENING GAP FILL

An airplane that flew from Australia to (1) ______________ had a strange passenger that (2) ________________. A snake sneaked inside one of the wings of the jumbo jet.(3) ]________________ from the wing (4) ______________  took off. The snake was a scrub python. Airport officials said it (5) ______________  and then up the plane's wheels. The snake made it all the way to the Papua New Guinean capital, Port Moresby. Passengers watched the snake cling on for its life, but when it landed, (6) _________________.

Airline workers said the (7) ______________ wing of the airplane when the plane took off. The plane was flying at 250 mph for 90 minutes in a temperature of -12ºC ((8) _____________________________). (9) _____________________________.  out of its hiding place. The wind banged the snake against the plane (10) _____________________________ Passengers took videos and photos of the snake. (11) _____________________________  that there were other snakes onboard. They were right to be worried – six of (12) _____________________________ live in Australia.

MULTIPLE CHOICE

An (1) ___ that flew from Australia to Papua New Guinea had a strange passenger that did not buy a (2) ___. A snake (3) ___ inside one of the wings of the jumbo jet. A woman saw the snake hanging from the wing 20 minutes after the plane took off. The snake was a scrub python. Airport officials said it slithered across the (4) ___ and then up the plane's wheels. The snake made it all the way to the Papua New Guinean capital, Port Moresby. (5) ___ watched the snake cling on for its life, but when it landed, the snake was already (6) ___.

Airline (7) ___ said the python was hiding inside the wing of the airplane when the plane (8) ___ off. The plane was flying at 250 mph for 90 minutes in a (9) ___ of -12ºC (minus 12 degrees Celsius). The strong wind blew the snake out of its hiding place. The wind banged the snake against the plane and left (10) ___ around the wing. Passengers took videos and photos of the snake. Some people panicked and thought that there were other snakes (11) ___. They were right to be worried – six of the world's (12) ___ snakes live in Australia.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

airplane

(b)

plane

(c)

jet

2.

(a)

ticket

(b)

airplane

(c)

boarding pass

3.

(a)

sneaking

(b)

sneak

(c)

sneaked

4.

(a)

chase

(b)

runaway

(c)

running

5.

(a)

I

(b)

Passengers

(c)

Snakes

6.

(a)

alive

(b)

living

(c)

dead

7.

(a)

workers

(b)

works

(c)

watchers

8.

(a)

burrowed

(b)

took

(c)

gave

9.

(a)

speed

(b)

altitude

(c)

temperature

10.

(a)

bloody

(b)

bloodstains

(c)

bloods

11.

(a)

outboard

(b)

economy class

(c)

onboard

12

(a)

deadliest

(b)

dead

(c)

dying

SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

strange psseenrag

2.

not buy a ktcite.

3.

the snake nghngai from the wing

4.

20 unsmiet

5.

The snake was a scrub ntohyp.

6.

it esdierlth across the runway

 

Paragraph 2

7.

iirAeln workers

8.

The plane was ngylif

9.

etprraemeut of -12ºC

10.

minus 12 degrees iluCess

11.

Some people dnkiacpe

12.

right to be rodriew

PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(     )

wheels. The snake made it all the way to the Papua New Guinean capital, Port Moresby. Passengers

(  1  )

An airplane that flew from Australia to Papua New Guinea had a strange

(     )

Celsius). The strong wind blew the snake out of its hiding place. The wind banged the snake against the

(     )

off. The plane was flying at 250 mph for 90 minutes in a temperature of -12ºC (minus 12 degrees

(     )

off. The snake was a scrub python. Airport officials said it slithered across the runway and then up the plane's

(     )

passenger that did not buy a ticket. A snake sneaked inside one of the wings of the jumbo

(     )

people panicked and thought that there were other snakes onboard. They

(     )

plane and left bloodstains around the wing. Passengers took videos and photos of the snake. Some

(     )

jet. A woman saw the snake hanging from the wing 20 minutes after the plane took

(     )

watched the snake cling on for its life, but when it landed, the snake was already dead.

(    )

were right to be worried – six of the world's deadliest snakes live in Australia.

(    )

Airline workers said the python was hiding inside the wing of the airplane when the plane took

PUT THE WORDS IN THE RIGHT ORDER

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

A     not     strange     buy     passenger     a     that     ticket     did.

2.

snake     the     A     the     from     saw     hanging     wing     woman.    

3.

officials     the     said     runway     it     slithered     Airport     across.    

4.

way    the    all    it    Made   capital   Guinean   New   Papua    the    to.    

5.

already     When     ,     was     landed     snake     dead     it     the.    

6.

workers     Airline     hiding     was     python     the     said.    

7.

the    airplane    when    the    plane    took    off    .    The    wing     of

8.

was    flying    at    250    mph    for    90    minutes    The     .     plane

9.

snake     The     against     wind     the     banged     plane     the.    

10.

the     snakes     Australia     of     deadliest    in     Six    world's     live.     

DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________

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STUDENT B's QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

________________________________________________________

3.

________________________________________________________

4.

________________________________________________________

5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________

WRITING

Write about snakes for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other's work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. SNAKES: Search the Internet and find more information about snakes. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE:Write a magazine article about snakes. Include an imaginary interview with the passenger. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT?Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

5. LETTER:Write a letter to a snake expert. Ask him/her three questions about snakes. Give him/her three of your opinions on snakes. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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