Turtles in the Amazon

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(P1) People put thousands of small turtles into large containers. These turtles are in Peru. There are about 17,000 of these turtles. They are all babies.

(P2) They are waiting. People let them go into a river. The river is the Amazon. The people in Peru’s government want to help these turtles. There are not many of them in nature.

(P3) There are not many of them because of new roads, houses, and people cutting down trees. Now, these baby turtles have a better chance to survive.


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VOCABULARY: containers, government, nature, roads, survive


If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.

  1. Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
  2. Do you like turtles? Why or why not?
  3. Would you help these turtles? Why or why not?
  4. What are some other animals you like?


  1. How many turtles were put into containers?
  2. Where are the turtles?
  3. Some of the turtles are adults. (T or F)
  4. Which river is now home to the turtles?
  5. What are the 3 reasons why there are not many turtles?


What do the following expressions or phrases mean?

  • put thousands of small turtles (P1)
  • all babies (P1)
  • not many of them (P2)
  • cutting down trees (P3)

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Image source: By Lance Cpl. Jackeline Perez Rivera, Public domain, https://www.dvidshub.net/image/666507/lejeune-home-many-threatened-endangered-species

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