The Reading / Listening - Banana Peel - Level 0

A new banana has a skin you can eat. Banana farmers in Japan made it. They found a new way of growing bananas. Farmers grow their banana trees at a freezing temperature of -60°C. They then put the trees in 27ºC heat. The temperature change makes the tree grow quickly. This makes the skin soft enough to eat.



The new banana is called the "Mongee". They are not cheap. One banana costs six dollars. Farmers don't grow many. They will grow more, so the price will go down. Japan gets 99% of its bananas from other countries. Maybe Japanese people will eat more bananas grown in Japan. The Mongee banana skin is very sweet.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Banana Peel - Level 1 Banana Peel - Level 2   or  Banana Peel - Level 3

Sources
  • https://qz.com/1191654/a-banana-with-an-edible-peel-is-now-available-for-sale-in-japan/
  • http://www.konbini.com/us/lifestyle/discover-mongee-banana-edible-skin/
  • http://www.newsweek.com/you-eat-these-newly-engineered-bananas-skin-and-all-791546


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. A new banana has a skin
  2. found a new way of
  3. Farmers grow
  4. freezing temperature
  5. put the trees
  6. The temperature
  7. makes the tree
  8. soft enough
  1. in 27ºC heat
  2. their banana trees
  3. to eat
  4. growing bananas
  5. grow quickly
  6. of -60°C
  7. you can eat
  8. change

Paragraph 2

  1. The new banana is called
  2. They are not
  3. One banana costs
  4. the price will
  5. Japan gets 99% of its bananas
  6. Japanese people will eat
  7. bananas grown
  8. The Mongee banana skin
  1. from other countries
  2. in Japan
  3. cheap
  4. is very sweet
  5. six dollars
  6. go down
  7. the "Mongee"
  8. more

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A new banana (1) ___________________ you can eat. Banana (2) ___________________ made it. They found a new way of growing bananas. Farmers (3) ___________________ trees at a freezing temperature (4) ___________________. They then put the trees (5) ___________________. The temperature change makes the tree grow quickly. This makes the                             (6) ___________________ to eat.

The new banana is called the "Mongee". They (7) ___________________. One banana costs six dollars. Farmers (8) ___________________. They will grow more, (9) ___________________ will go down. Japan gets 99% of its bananas (10) ___________________. Maybe Japanese people will (11) ___________________ grown in Japan. The Mongee banana skin (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Anewbananahasaskinyoucaneat.BananafarmersinJapanmadeit.Th
eyfoundanewwayofgrowingbananas.Farmersgrowtheirbananatrees
atafreezingtemperatureof-60°C.Theythenputthetreesin27ºChea
t.Thetemperaturechangemakesthetreegrowquickly.Thismakesthes
kinsoftenoughtoeat.Thenewbananaiscalledthe"Mongee".Theyareno
tcheap.Onebananacostssixdollars.Farmersdon'tgrowmany.Theywil
lgrowmore,sothepricewillgodown.Japangets99%ofitsbananasfrom
othercountries.MaybeJapanesepeoplewilleatmorebananasgrowninJ
apan.TheMongeebananaskinisverysweet.

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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