The Reading / Listening - Litter - Level 5

A theme park in France has started a new and environmentally-friendly way of dealing with litter. It has trained six "intelligent" rooks to pick up rubbish. Rooks are members of the crow family. They are up to 47cm in length. The birds will work at the Puy du Fou theme park in west France. They 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 into a special trash can. This delivers bird food as a reward. The more litter the birds put in the trash can, the more food they get.



The head of the theme park explained why it is using the crows. He said there were several reasons. 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 very sociable and intelligent birds. 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 4 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. dealing with
  2. pick
  3. They are up to 47cm
  4. the Puy du Fou theme park
  5. other things thrown
  6. put it into a special
  7. This delivers bird food as
  8. The more litter the birds put
  1. up rubbish
  2. a reward
  3. litter
  4. in the trash can
  5. in length
  6. in west France
  7. trash can
  8. on the ground

Paragraph 2

  1. The head of the theme park
  2. He said there were several
  3. demonstrate that nature
  4. Crows are very sociable and
  5. In an affectionate, supportive
  6. establish a relationship
  7. The crows are quick
  8. fill a bucket with
  1. through play
  2. intelligent birds
  3. workers
  4. explained why
  5. rubbish
  6. reasons
  7. atmosphere
  8. itself can teach us

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A theme park in France has (1) ___________________ and environmentally-friendly way of (2) ___________________. It has trained six "intelligent" rooks to pick up rubbish. Rooks (3) ___________________ the crow family. They are up to 47cm in length. The birds will work at the Puy du Fou theme park in west France. They (4) ___________________ to pick up cigarette ends, paper and other things thrown on the ground. The birds pick up the litter and put it (5) ___________________ trash can. This delivers bird food as a reward. The more litter (6) ___________________ in the trash can, the more food they get.

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

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AthemeparkinFrancehasstartedanewandenvironmentally-friendl
ywayofdealingwithlitter.Ithastrainedsix"intelligent"rookstopickupr
ubbish.Rooksaremembersofthecrowfamily.Theyareupto47cminlen
gth.ThebirdswillworkatthePuyduFouthemeparkinwestFrance.Theyh
avebeentrainedtopickupcigaretteends,paperandotherthingsthrown
ontheground.Thebirdspickupthelitterandputitintoaspecialtrashcan.
Thisdeliversbirdfoodasareward.Themorelitterthebirdsputinthetrash
can,themorefoodtheyget.Theheadofthethemeparkexplainedwhyitis
usingthecrows.Hesaidtherewereseveralreasons.Hesaid:"Thegoalis
notjusttocleanup...butalsotodemonstratethatnatureitselfcanteachu
stotakecareoftheenvironment."Crowsareverysociableandintelligent
birds.Theymaybeassmartasaseven-year-oldchild.Thethemeparkh
eadsaid:"Inanaffectionate,supportiveatmosphere,theyliketocomm
unicatewithhumansandestablisharelationshipthroughplay."Thecro
wsarequickworkers.Theycanfillabucketwithrubbishinlessthan45min
utes.

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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