The Reading / Listening - Super Monster Wolf - Level 2

New technology could help Japanese farmers keep animals away from their farms. Engineers have invented the "Super Monster Wolf" to scare away wild animals from crops of rice, pumpkin and sweet potato. The solar-powered scarecrow robot looks like a real wolf. It has wolf-like hair, big scary teeth and red eyes with infrared sensors. It also has 48 different wolf howls so animals never get used to it. Super Monster Wolf will keep animals like 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 (JA) trialled the Super Monster Wolf in nine locations. A JA spokesman said the robot wolf greatly reduced crop losses. He said it was more effective than electric fences at keeping animals out. The robot can sense movement up to one kilometre away and make its scary sounds. The 65cm-long robot will start being made from next month. The price is $4,800 but farmers will be able to rent the wolf by the month. Japan's farmers are hoping this new electronic wolf will finally stop wild animals eating their crops.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Super Monster Wolf - Level 0 Super Monster Wolf - Level 1   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. New technology could
  2. keep animals away
  3. scare away
  4. solar-
  5. looks
  6. big scary teeth and
  7. 48 different wolf
  8. rice
  1. like a real wolf
  2. wild animals
  3. howls
  4. from their farms
  5. red eyes
  6. help Japanese farmers
  7. paddies
  8. powered

Paragraph 2

  1. trialled the Super Monster Wolf
  2. greatly reduced crop
  3. more effective than electric
  4. scary
  5. The 65cm-
  6. The price
  7. rent the wolf
  8. stop wild animals
  1. by the month
  2. sounds
  3. eating their crops
  4. losses
  5. fences
  6. long robot
  7. in nine locations
  8. is $4,800

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

New technology could help Japanese (1) ___________________ away from their farms. Engineers have invented the "Super Monster Wolf" to (2) ___________________ animals from crops of rice, pumpkin and sweet potato. The (3) ___________________ robot looks like a real wolf. It has wolf-like hair, big scary teeth and red eyes (4) ___________________. It also has 48 different wolf howls so animals never get used to it. Super Monster Wolf will keep animals like wild boar and deer out (5) ___________________, farms and fruit orchards. Farmers lose millions of dollars every year (6) ___________________ animals.

Japan's agricultural association (JA) trialled the Super Monster Wolf (7) ___________________. A JA spokesman said the robot wolf greatly (8) ___________________. He said it was more effective than electric (9) ___________________ animals out. The robot can sense movement up to one kilometre away and make (10) ___________________. The 65cm-long robot will start being made from next month. The price is $4,800 but farmers (11) ___________________ to rent the wolf by the month. Japan's farmers are hoping this new electronic wolf will finally stop wild animals (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

NewtechnologycouldhelpJapanesefarmerskeepanimalsawayfromth
eirfarms.Engineershaveinventedthe"SuperMonsterWolf"toscareaw
aywildanimalsfromcropsofrice,pumpkinandsweetpotato.Thesolar-
poweredscarecrowrobotlookslikearealwolf.Ithaswolf-likehair,bigs
caryteethandredeyeswithinfraredsensors.Italsohas48differentwolf
howlssoanimalsnevergetusedtoit.SuperMonsterWolfwillkeepanimal
slikewildboaranddeeroutofricepaddies,farmsandfruitorchards.Farm
erslosemillionsofdollarseveryyearbecauseofhungryanimals.Japan's
agriculturalassociation(JA)trialledtheSuperMonsterWolfinninelocat
ions.AJAspokesmansaidtherobotwolfgreatlyreducedcroplosses.Hes
aiditwasmoreeffectivethanelectricfencesatkeepinganimalsout.Ther
obotcansensemovementuptoonekilometreawayandmakeitsscaryso
unds.The65cm-longrobotwillstartbeingmadefromnextmonth.Thepr
iceis$4,800butfarmerswillbeabletorentthewolfbythemonth.Japan's
farmersarehopingthisnewelectronicwolfwillfinallystopwildanimalse
atingtheircrops.

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

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Free writing

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