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There has been a dangerous war in Syria. Many families and children have been hurt and lost their homes. These children need help to be happy and to go to school.

There is a children’s TV show in the U.S.A. called Sesame Street. They won $100 million to help. They will help children in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria. All of these countries have war in them.

Sesame Street thinks helping these children is very important. They will use their characters to teach children. The Sesame Street characters are adorable. They will make the children happy. Then, the children can forget about the war.

Sesame Street will also make their show in Syria. Children can watch the show on mobile phones. The show will teach them reading, math and how to treat others.

This will be the largest program ever made to help children.

 

Difficult words

Dangerous: Something that can hurt you.

War: Fighting between two groups or countries

Character: The people or animals in a story.

Adorable: Very cute,

Treat: How you act

Program: A planned group to do one thing.

Activities

For listening practise, listen to the recorded article here:

British English:

American English:

Match the Synonym!

 1. Dangerous  A. Fighting
 2. War  B. Cute
 3. Character  C. Harmful
 4. Adorable  D. Act
 5. Treat  E. A person

True or False?

1. There is a war in Syria. T / F

2. No children have been hurt. T / F

3. A TV show will help Syrian children. T / F

4. Sesame Street characters are not cute. T / F

5. Children can watch the show on a mobile phone. T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. been / has / Syria / a / war / dangerous / There / in

2. these / of / have / countries / them / war / All / in

3. are / Street / adorable / Sesame / The / characters

4. the / children / They / make / will / happy

5. the / can / phones / on / watch / Children / show / mobile

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

British English:

American English: 

Dangerous Forget Children
Countries  Program Opened

There has been a ______________ war in Syria. Many families and children have been hurt and lost their homes. These children need help to be happy and to go to school.

There is a children’s TV show in the U.S.A. called Sesame Street. They won $100 million to help. They will help _____________ in Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq and Syria. All of these _____________ have war in them.

Sesame Street thinks helping these children is very important. They will use their characters to teach children. The Sesame Street characters are adorable. They will make the children happy. Then, the children can ___________ about the war.

Sesame Street will also make their show in Syria. Children can watch the show on mobile phones. The show will teach them reading, math and how to treat others.

This will be the largest _____________ ever made to help children.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you know about the war in Syria?
4. Is Sesame Street popular in your country?
5. What can be done to aid the refugee crisis in Europe?
6. Should countries be doing more to help the situation in Syria?
7. Should countries in the EU and America send troops to Syria?
8. How has the crisis in the Middle East had an impact on your country?
9. Is TV good for children?
10. Is there a limit to how much screen time children should be having?
11. What is the best way to help the children in Syria?
12. Do you think this program will have a positive impact on the children in Syria?
13. Do you think having the puppets in the classroom will help educate them?
14. Do you agree that this is the “humanitarian issue of our time”?
15. Do you think their entire focus should be on young children?
16. What is the biggest humanitarian issue in your country?
17. Would you take your child to this kind of facility?
18. Did you watch a lot of television as a child?
19. Do you feel like you learned valuable things  from television as a child?
20. If you had $100 million dollars to help a crisis, who would you help?