The Reading / Listening - Cockroach Milk - Level 4

It might not sound nice, but cockroach milk could be a new superfood. Insect dairy could soon be in supermarkets. Scientists say insect milk is a good alternative to cow's milk. However, it might be hard for people to accept milk from bugs. Scientists studied the milk from the Pacific Beetle cockroach. They found it was more nutritious than cow's milk. It had more than three times the energy of dairy milk. It was also full of protein.



Milking cockroaches for the human population isn't as easy as milking cows. An alternative is to recreate the milk in a lab, and then mass-produce it in factories. One company has already started selling insect-milk ice cream. It says the milk is, "a sustainable, nature-friendly...delicious, guilt-free dairy alternative of the future". It won't be long before other companies start making food and drinks using milk from insects.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cockroach Milk - Level 5 or  Cockroach Milk - Level 6

Sources
  • http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2018/05/25/insect-milk-dairy-superfood/
  • https://www.sciencealert.com/scientists-think-we-should-start-drinking-cockroach-milk-superfood
  • http://abc7news.com/food/cockroach-milk-is-latest-superfood-trend-/3521839/


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. It might not sound
  2. cockroach milk could be a new
  3. Insect dairy could soon
  4. a good alternative
  5. it might be hard for
  6. more nutritious
  7. three times the
  8. It was also full
  1. be in supermarkets
  2. than cow's milk
  3. of protein
  4. energy of dairy milk
  5. to cow's milk
  6. nice
  7. people to accept
  8. superfood

Paragraph 2

  1. Milking cockroaches for the
  2. isn't as easy as
  3. recreate the milk
  4. mass-produce it in
  5. guilt-
  6. dairy alternative
  7. It won't
  8. drinks using milk
  1. in a lab
  2. be long
  3. from insects
  4. milking cows
  5. of the future
  6. human population
  7. free
  8. factories

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It (1) ___________________ nice, but cockroach milk could be a new superfood. Insect dairy could (2) ___________________ supermarkets. Scientists say insect milk is (3) ___________________ to cow's milk. However, it might be hard for (4) ___________________ milk from bugs. Scientists studied the milk from the Pacific Beetle cockroach. They found it (5) ___________________ than cow's milk. It had more than three times the energy of dairy milk. It was (6) ___________________ protein.

Milking cockroaches (7) ___________________ population isn't as easy as milking cows. An alternative is (8) ___________________ milk in a lab, and then mass-produce (9) ___________________. One company has already started selling insect-milk ice cream. It says the milk is, "a sustainable, nature-friendly...delicious, (10) ___________________ alternative of the future". It won't (11) ___________________ other companies start making food and drinks (12) ___________________ insects.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Itmightnotsoundnice,butcockroachmilkcouldbeanewsuperfood.Ins
ectdairycouldsoonbeinsupermarkets.Scientistssayinsectmilkisagoo
dalternativetocow'smilk.However,itmightbehardforpeopletoaccept
milkfrombugs.ScientistsstudiedthemilkfromthePacificBeetlecockro
ach.Theyfounditwasmorenutritiousthancow'smilk.Ithadmorethant
hreetimestheenergyofdairymilk.Itwasalsofullofprotein.Milkingcockr
oachesforthehumanpopulationisn'taseasyasmilkingcows.Analterna
tiveistorecreatethemilkinalab,andthenmass-produceitinfactories.O
necompanyhasalreadystartedsellinginsect-milkicecream.Itsayst
hemilkis,"asustainable,nature-friendly...delicious,guilt-freedair
yalternativeofthefuture".Itwon'tbelongbeforeothercompaniesstart
makingfoodanddrinksusingmilkfrominsects.

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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