The Reading / Listening - Cockroach Milk - Level 5

It might not sound nice, but scientists say cockroach milk could be a superfood. Insect dairy could be the next big thing on supermarket shelves. Scientists say insect milk is a great alternative to cow's milk. However, it might be hard for people to put milk from bugs in their diet. Scientists studied the nutritional value of milk from the Pacific Beetle cockroach. They found that the milk was more nutritious than cow's milk. They said cockroach milk had, "more than three times the energy of an equivalent mass of dairy milk". It was also full of amino acids and proteins.



The Pacific Beetle cockroach is the only cockroach known to produce milk. However, milking cockroaches to satisfy the human population clearly isn't as easy as milking cows. An alternative is to reproduce the milk in a lab, and then turn this into large-scale production. A South African company has already started selling insect-milk ice cream. It says the milk is, "a sustainable, nature-friendly, nutritious, lactose-free, delicious, guilt-free dairy alternative of the future". It won't be too long before other companies start making food and drink using insect milk.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cockroach Milk - Level 4 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. the next big thing on
  3. insect milk is a great alternative
  4. put milk from bugs
  5. the nutritional
  6. more nutritious
  7. milk had more than
  8. It was also full of amino acids
  1. three times the energy
  2. value of milk
  3. nice
  4. and proteins
  5. to cow's milk
  6. in their diet
  7. than cow's milk
  8. supermarket shelves

Paragraph 2

  1. the only cockroach known
  2. satisfy the human
  3. isn't as easy as milking
  4. reproduce the milk
  5. turn this into large-
  6. guilt-
  7. It won't be too
  8. making food and drink using
  1. cows
  2. free
  3. in a lab
  4. insect milk
  5. to produce milk
  6. long
  7. scale production
  8. population

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It (1) ___________________ nice, but scientists say cockroach milk could be a superfood. Insect dairy could be the (2) ___________________ on supermarket shelves. Scientists say insect milk is a great alternative to cow's milk. However, it (3) ___________________ for people to put milk from bugs in their diet. Scientists studied the nutritional (4) ___________________ from the Pacific Beetle cockroach. They found that the milk was (5) ___________________ cow's milk. They said cockroach milk had, "more than three times the energy of an (6) ___________________ dairy milk". It was also full of amino acids and proteins.

The Pacific Beetle cockroach is the only cockroach (7) ___________________ milk. However, milking cockroaches (8) ___________________ human population clearly isn't as easy as milking cows. An alternative is to reproduce the milk in a lab, and (9) ___________________ into large-scale production. A South African company (10) ___________________ selling insect-milk ice cream. It says the milk is, "a sustainable, nature-friendly, nutritious, lactose-free, delicious, (11) ___________________ alternative of the future". It won't be too long before other companies start making food and drink (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Itmightnotsoundnice,butscientistssaycockroachmilkcouldbeasuper
food.Insectdairycouldbethenextbigthingonsupermarketshelves.Sci
entistssayinsectmilkisagreatalternativetocow'smilk.However,itmig
htbehardforpeopletoputmilkfrombugsintheirdiet.Scientistsstudiedt
henutritionalvalueofmilkfromthePacificBeetlecockroach.Theyfound
thatthemilkwasmorenutritiousthancow'smilk.Theysaidcockroachmi
lkhad,"morethanthreetimestheenergyofanequivalentmassofdairym
ilk".Itwasalsofullofaminoacidsandproteins.ThePacificBeetlecockroa
chistheonlycockroachknowntoproducemilk.However,milkingcockro
achestosatisfythehumanpopulationclearlyisn'taseasyasmilkingcow
s.Analternativeistoreproducethemilkinalab,andthenturnthisintolarg
e-scaleproduction.ASouthAfricancompanyhasalreadystartedsellin
ginsect-milkicecream.Itsaysthemilkis,"asustainable,nature-friendl
y,nutritious,lactose-free,delicious,guilt-freedairyalternativeofth
efuture".Itwon'tbetoolongbeforeothercompaniesstartmakingfooda
nddrinkusinginsectmilk.

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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Answers

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