The Reading / Listening - Super Monster Wolf - Level 1

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



Japan's agricultural association tested the Super Monster Wolf in nine places. It said the robot really reduced crop losses and was better than electric fences at keeping animals out. The robot senses movement up to one kilometre away. The 65cm-long robot will be sold from next month. The price is $4,800 but farmers can rent it by the month. Japan's farmers hope this new electronic wolf will stop wild animals eating their crops.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Super Monster Wolf - Level 0 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. keep animals out
  2. The solar-powered scarecrow robot
  3. It has wolf-
  4. scary teeth
  5. wild boar
  6. rice paddies, farms and fruit
  7. Farmers lose millions
  8. because of hungry
  1. and deer
  2. and red eyes
  3. animals
  4. like hair
  5. orchards
  6. of Japan's farms
  7. looks real
  8. of dollars

Paragraph 2

  1. the robot really reduced
  2. better than electric
  3. The robot senses
  4. The 65cm-
  5. The price
  6. farmers can rent it
  7. new electronic
  8. stop wild animals
  1. by the month
  2. long robot
  3. eating their crops
  4. crop losses
  5. wolf
  6. movement
  7. is $4,800
  8. fences

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Technology could (1) ___________________ out of Japan's farms. Engineers have made the "Super Monster Wolf" to (2) ___________________ animals. The solar-powered scarecrow robot looks real. It has (3) ___________________, scary teeth and red eyes. It also has 48 (4) ___________________ so animals can't get used to it. Super Monster Wolf will keep wild boar and deer (5) ___________________ paddies, farms and fruit orchards. Farmers lose millions of dollars every year (6) ___________________ animals.

Japan's agricultural association tested the Super Monster Wolf (7) ___________________. It said the robot really reduced crop losses and was better than (8) ___________________ keeping animals out. The (9) ___________________ up to one kilometre away. The 65cm-long robot will be sold (10) ___________________. The price is $4,800 but farmers can rent it (11) ___________________. Japan's farmers hope this new electronic wolf will stop wild animals (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TechnologycouldhelpkeepanimalsoutofJapan'sfarms.Engineershav
emadethe"SuperMonsterWolf"toscareawaywildanimals.Thesolar-
poweredscarecrowrobotlooksreal.Ithaswolf-likehair,scaryteethand
redeyes.Italsohas48differentwolfhowlssoanimalscan'tgetusedtoit.
SuperMonsterWolfwillkeepwildboaranddeeroutofricepaddies,farms
andfruitorchards.Farmerslosemillionsofdollarseveryyearbecauseof
hungryanimals.Japan'sagriculturalassociationtestedtheSuperMons
terWolfinnineplaces.Itsaidtherobotreallyreducedcroplossesandwas
betterthanelectricfencesatkeepinganimalsout.Therobotsensesmov
ementuptoonekilometreaway.The65cm-longrobotwillbesoldfromn
extmonth.Thepriceis$4,800butfarmerscanrentitbythemonth.Japan
'sfarmershopethisnewelectronicwolfwillstopwildanimalseatingtheir
crops.

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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