The Reading / Listening - Super Monster Wolf - Level 0

Technology could help keep wild animals out of Japan's farms and rice paddies. The "Super Monster Wolf" robot could scare away wild boar and deer. It looks real. It has wolf-like hair, teeth and red eyes. It also has 48 different howls so animals can't get used to it. Farmers lose millions of dollars every year to hungry animals.



Japan's agricultural association tested the wolf. It really reduced crop losses. It was better than electric fences at keeping animals out. The robot senses movement one kilometre away. The wolf will be sold from next month. The price is $4,800 but farmers can rent it. Japan's farmers hope it will stop wild animals eating their crops.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Super Monster Wolf - Level 1 Super Monster Wolf - Level 2   or  Super Monster Wolf - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.treehugger.com/animals/super-monster-wolf-crop-saving-demon-robot.html
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-43303781
  • https://www.chibanippo.co.jp/news/national/480074


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. keep wild animals out
  2. rice
  3. scare away wild boar
  4. It has wolf-
  5. teeth
  6. animals can't get
  7. Farmers lose millions
  8. hungry
  1. and red eyes
  2. of dollars
  3. of Japan's farms
  4. animals
  5. and deer
  6. like hair
  7. used to it
  8. paddies

Paragraph 2

  1. Japan's agricultural association
  2. It really reduced crop
  3. better than electric
  4. The robot
  5. The wolf will be sold
  6. The price is $4,800 but farmers
  7. it will stop wild
  8. eating their
  1. can rent it
  2. senses movement
  3. crops
  4. losses
  5. animals
  6. tested the wolf
  7. from next month
  8. fences

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Technology (1) ___________________ wild animals out of Japan's (2) ___________________ paddies. The "Super Monster Wolf" robot (3) ___________________ wild boar and deer. It looks real. It has (4) ___________________, teeth and red eyes. It also has 48 different (5) ___________________ can't get used to it. Farmers lose millions of dollars every year (6) ___________________.

Japan's agricultural association tested the wolf. (7) ___________________ crop losses. It was better than (8) ___________________ keeping animals out. The (9) ___________________ one kilometre away. The wolf (10) ___________________ from next month. The price is $4,800 but farmers (11) ___________________. Japan's farmers hope it will stop wild animals (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TechnologycouldhelpkeepwildanimalsoutofJapan'sfarmsandricepa
ddies.The"SuperMonsterWolf"robotcouldscareawaywildboarandde
er.Itlooksreal.Ithaswolf-likehair,teethandredeyes.Italsohas48differ
enthowlssoanimalscan'tgetusedtoit.Farmerslosemillionsofdollarsev
eryyeartohungryanimals.Japan'sagriculturalassociationtestedthew
olf.Itreallyreducedcroplosses.Itwasbetterthanelectricfencesatkeepi
nganimalsout.Therobotsensesmovementonekilometreaway.Thewo
lfwillbesoldfromnextmonth.Thepriceis$4,800butfarmerscanrentit.J
apan'sfarmershopeitwillstopwildanimalseatingtheircrops.

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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Free writing

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