The Reading / Listening - Litter - Level 4

A theme park in France started a new and environmentally-friendly way to deal with litter. It has trained six rooks to pick up rubbish. Rooks are members of the crow family. The birds have been trained to pick up cigarette ends, paper and other things thrown on the ground. The birds pick up the litter and put it in a trash can. This gives the crows food as a reward. The more litter the birds put in the trash, the more food they get.



The head of the park gave several reasons why it is using the crows. He said: "The goal is not just to clean up...but also to demonstrate that nature itself can teach us to take care of the environment." Crows are sociable and intelligent. They may be as smart as a seven-year-old child. The theme park head said: "In an affectionate, supportive atmosphere, they like to communicate with humans and establish a relationship through play." The crows are quick workers. They can fill a bucket with rubbish in less than 45 minutes.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Litter - Level 5 or  Litter - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-45155818
  • https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/08/11/french-park-trains-clever-crows-pick-litter/
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/crows-trained-pick-up-cigarette-13066533


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. deal
  2. pick up
  3. The birds have been
  4. other things thrown on
  5. The birds pick
  6. This gives the crows food as
  7. The more litter the birds put
  8. the more food
  1. the ground
  2. in the trash
  3. rubbish
  4. they get
  5. trained
  6. up the litter
  7. with litter
  8. a reward

Paragraph 2

  1. several
  2. take care of the
  3. as smart as
  4. an affectionate, supportive
  5. establish a relationship
  6. The crows are
  7. They can fill a bucket
  8. in less
  1. than 45 minutes
  2. quick workers
  3. environment
  4. with rubbish
  5. reasons
  6. atmosphere
  7. through play
  8. a seven-year-old child

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A theme park in France (1) ___________________ and environmentally-friendly way to deal with litter. It has trained six (2) ___________________ up rubbish. Rooks are (3) ___________________ crow family. The birds have been trained to pick up cigarette ends, paper (4) ___________________ thrown on the ground. The birds pick (5) ___________________ and put it in a trash can. This gives the crows food as a reward. The more litter the birds put in the trash, the (6) ___________________ get.

The head of the park (7) ___________________ why it is using the crows. He said: "The goal is not (8) ___________________ up...but also to demonstrate that nature itself can teach us to (9) ___________________ the environment." Crows are sociable and intelligent. They may (10) ___________________ as a seven-year-old child. The theme park head said: "In an affectionate, supportive atmosphere, they like to communicate with humans (11) ___________________ relationship through play." The crows are quick workers. They (12) ___________________ bucket with rubbish in less than 45 minutes.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AthemeparkinFrancestartedanewandenvironmentally-friendlyway
todealwithlitter.Ithastrainedsixrookstopickuprubbish.Rooksareme
mbersofthecrowfamily.Thebirdshavebeentrainedtopickupcigarette
ends,paperandotherthingsthrownontheground.Thebirdspickuptheli
tterandputitinatrashcan.Thisgivesthecrowsfoodasareward.Themor
elitterthebirdsputinthetrash,themorefoodtheyget.Theheadofthepar
kgaveseveralreasonswhyitisusingthecrows.Hesaid:"Thegoalisnotju
sttocleanup...butalsotodemonstratethatnatureitselfcanteachustota
kecareoftheenvironment."Crowsaresociableandintelligent.Theyma
ybeassmartasaseven-year-oldchild.Thethemeparkheadsaid:"Ina
naffectionate,supportiveatmosphere,theyliketocommunicatewithh
umansandestablisharelationshipthroughplay."Thecrowsarequickwo
rkers.Theycanfillabucketwithrubbishinlessthan45minutes.

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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