The Reading / Listening - Potato Chips - Level 2

There is a shortage of potatoes in New Zealand. This means there could be a lack of potato chips (crisps in British English) until next year. Potato chip lovers are calling this a "chipocalypse". They joined the words "chip" and "apocalypse" to make this new word. The chipocalypse is because of a very wet winter. This has hit potato farmers. In some areas, a third of the potato crop has been lost. The wet weather has hit the potatoes used to make potato chips. This means companies will make fewer potato chips. It also means prices for potato chips will be higher.



New Zealand potato farmers told a news station about the problem. The Potatoes New Zealand group said: "It started raining in March, and it just simply hasn't stopped. We've had the entire year's worth of rainfall already, so the rainfall is 25 per cent above average….It's continuous, so the soils never get a chance to dry out." The group said potatoes are alive and need to breathe. He added that the potatoes are drowning and rotting because they are under water. A big supermarket chain said: "We are working closely with our suppliers to manage supply as much as possible."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Potato Chips - Level 0 Potato Chips - Level 1   or  Potato Chips - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-41633997
  • http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/341595/chips-are-down-as-potato-shortage-bites
  • http://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=11933616


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. There is a shortage
  2. there could be a
  3. Potato chip
  4. The chipocalypse is because of
  5. a third of the potato
  6. The wet weather has
  7. companies will make
  8. prices for potato chips
  1. will be higher
  2. lovers
  3. hit the potatoes used
  4. of potatoes
  5. fewer potato chips
  6. lack of potato chips
  7. crop has been lost
  8. a very wet winter

Paragraph 2

  1. news
  2. it just simply hasn't
  3. We've had the entire year's worth
  4. the soils never get a chance
  5. potatoes are alive and
  6. potatoes are drowning
  7. We are working closely
  8. manage supply as
  1. and rotting
  2. of rainfall already
  3. much as possible
  4. station
  5. to dry out
  6. with our suppliers
  7. stopped
  8. need to breathe

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There (1) ___________________ of potatoes in New Zealand. This means there could (2) ___________________ potato chips (crisps in British English) until next year. Potato chip lovers are calling this a "chipocalypse". They (3) ___________________ "chip" and "apocalypse" to make this new word. The chipocalypse is because of a very wet winter. (4) ___________________ potato farmers. In some areas, a third of the potato crop has been lost. The wet weather has hit the potatoes (5) ___________________ potato chips. This means companies will make fewer potato chips. It also (6) ___________________ potato chips will be higher.

New Zealand potato farmers (7) ___________________ station about the problem. The Potatoes New Zealand group said: "It started raining in March, and (8) ___________________ hasn't stopped. We've had the entire (9) ___________________ rainfall already, so the rainfall is 25 per cent above average….It's continuous, so the soils never get (10) ___________________ dry out." The group said potatoes are alive and need to breathe. He added that the potatoes are (11) ___________________ because they are under water. A big supermarket chain said: "We are working closely with our suppliers (12) ___________________ as much as possible."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ThereisashortageofpotatoesinNewZealand.Thismeanstherecouldbe
alackofpotatochips(crispsinBritishEnglish)untilnextyear.Potatochipl
oversarecallingthisa"chipocalypse".Theyjoinedthewords"chip"and"
apocalypse"tomakethisnewword.Thechipocalypseisbecauseofavery
wetwinter.Thishashitpotatofarmers.Insomeareas,athirdofthepotat
ocrophasbeenlost.Thewetweatherhashitthepotatoesusedtomakepo
tatochips.Thismeanscompanieswillmakefewerpotatochips.Italsome
anspricesforpotatochipswillbehigher.NewZealandpotatofarmerstol
danewsstationabouttheproblem.ThePotatoesNewZealandgroupsai
d:"ItstartedraininginMarch,anditjustsimplyhasn'tstopped.We'veha
dtheentireyear'sworthofrainfallalready,sotherainfallis25percentabo
veaverage….It'scontinuous,sothesoilsnevergetachancetodryout."T
hegroupsaidpotatoesarealiveandneedtobreathe.Headdedthatthepo
tatoesaredrowningandrottingbecausetheyareunderwater.Abigsupe
rmarketchainsaid:"Weareworkingcloselywithoursupplierstomanag
esupplyasmuchaspossible."

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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