1. Complete the sentences with the correct form of the verbs below.
approach head land reach spin take off
1 A snow storm was ________, so we went inside.
2 The plane ________ from London at 9 a.m. yesterday and ________ in Paris an hour later.
3 It was very late when we ________ Oxford.
4 The plane was ________ towards Australia when it disappeared.
5 The helicopter began to ________ out of control.
1 approaching 2 took off, landed 3 reached
4 heading 5 spin
2. Read the text, ignoring the gaps. Answer the questions.
1 What kind of natural disaster did Diana and Pete experience?
2 Where were they when they realised there was a problem?
3 Where was Monica?
4 In which room did Monica and Diana hide?
5 Where did Pete hide?
6 How many people died in the disaster?
One Monday afternoon in May 2013, Diana Palmore was at home with her husband, Pete, when they heard loud sirens 1 ________ a tornado was approaching the town. Diana’s daughter Monica was at the local school and Diana decided to go and 2 ________ before the tornado reached the town. She ran as fast as she could to the school. In her classroom, Monica and her classmates were sitting under their desks, 3 ________ on their heads. Diana ran in and took Monica. But the tornado was much closer now and it was too dangerous 4 ________ . So they hid in a bathroom. When the tornado hit, it ripped the roof from the school. Monica and Diana looked up and saw cars and trees 5 ________ above the school. ‘It was very scary. The whole school was shaking,’ said Monica.
When the storm passed, Monica and her mum 6 ________, but it was in ruins. They couldn’t find Pete. But they could hear him shouting for help. Then they saw his hand and 7 ________ – in a cupboard under the stairs. He couldn’t breathe, so they had to get him out quickly. Moments after they pulled him out, the whole house collapsed. The family survived a terrifying experience with only small injuries. But other people in the town 8 ________ as the Palmores. Twenty-four people died in the tornado.
1 a tornado 2 at home 3 at school 4 a bathroom
5 in a cupboard under the stairs 6 twenty-four
To help you decide which phrases fit which gaps, think about the grammar of each sentence. For example, is first word in the gap a verb? Or is a different kind of word needed?
3. Read the Reading Strategy. Then match the phrases (A-I) with gaps 1-8 in the text. Check that each phrase fits the grammar of the sentence. There is one extra phrase.
A spinning around in the air
B bring her home
C ran back to their house
D which warned them that
E were not as lucky
F without looking back
G holding their maths books
H realised where he was
I to leave the school
1 D 2 B 3 F 4 C