The Reading / Listening - Level 4

New Zealand has declared war on pests. Its ambitious target is to remove all non-native species from the country by 2050. Prime Minister John Key says new strategies will kill introduced species, especially predators. He said: "Rats, possums and stoats kill 25 million of our native birds every year, and prey on other native species such as lizards….We must do more to protect them." His government has given $28 million towards the project.



Mr Key said: "This is the most ambitious conservation project attempted anywhere in the world, but…we can achieve it." Government, businesses and community groups will work together. People do not want more native birds to become extinct. Rats and other predators that arrived 300 years ago have killed many different birds. The country's national bird, the kiwi, is now under threat. Only five per cent of kiwi chicks live to be adults.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 5 or  Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/82454116/government-sets-target-to-make-new-zealand-predatorfree-by-2050
  • http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/309439/predator-free-drive-'game-changer'-or-ecological-blunder
  • http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11681006


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. New Zealand has declared war
  2. ambitious
  3. remove all non-
  4. new strategies will kill introduced
  5. 25 million
  6. prey
  7. native species such
  8. given $28 million
  1. species
  2. as lizards
  3. on
  4. target
  5. towards the project
  6. of our native birds
  7. on pests
  8. native species

Paragraph 2

  1. conservation
  2. attempted anywhere
  3. we can
  4. businesses and
  5. native birds to become
  6. predators that
  7. The country's national
  8. Only five per cent of kiwi chicks
  1. community groups
  2. arrived 300 years ago
  3. bird
  4. achieve it
  5. project
  6. live to be adults
  7. extinct
  8. in the world

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

New Zealand has (1) ___________________. Its ambitious target is to remove (2) ___________________ from the country by 2050. Prime Minister John Key says new strategies will kill introduced species, (3) ___________________. He said: "Rats, possums and stoats kill 25 (4) ___________________ native birds every year, (5) __________________ other native species such as lizards….We must do more to protect them." His government has given $28 million (6) ___________________.

Mr Key said: "This is (7) ___________________ conservation project attempted anywhere in the world, but…we (8) ___________________." Government, businesses and community groups (9) ___________________. People do not want more native birds (10) ___________________. Rats and other predators (11) ___________________ years ago have killed many different birds. The country's national bird, the kiwi, is now under threat. Only five per cent of kiwi chicks (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

NewZealandhasdeclaredwaronpests.Itsambitioustargetistoremove
allnon-nativespeciesfromthecountryby2050.PrimeMinisterJoh
nKeysaysnewstrategieswillkillintroducedspecies,especiallypredator
s.Hesaid:"Rats,possumsandstoatskill25millionofournativebirdsever
yyear,andpreyonothernativespeciessuchaslizards….Wemustdomor
etoprotectthem."Hisgovernmenthasgiven$28milliontowardsthepro
ject.MrKeysaid:"Thisisthemostambitiousconservationprojectattem
ptedanywhereintheworld,but…wecanachieveit."Government,busin
essesandcommunitygroupswillworktogether.Peopledonotwantmor
enativebirdstobecomeextinct.Ratsandotherpredatorsthatarrived30
0yearsagohavekilledmanydifferentbirds.Thecountry'snationalbird,t
hekiwi,isnowunderthreat.Onlyfivepercentofkiwichickslivetobeadult
s.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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