The Reading / Listening - Premium Honey - Level 4

A beekeeper in Turkey made a discovery thanks to a group of honey-stealing bears. For many years, he tried to stop bears from stealing the honey his bees made. He found that the bears particularly liked the best quality, most expensive honey. He struggled to keep the bears and their sweet teeth away from his beehives. He used metal cages, protective storage houses, and apples and other fruit as a decoy but nothing worked.



The bears cost the beekeeper $10,000 in three years. He wanted to know more about their tastes. He put bowls out for them, containing different types of honey, and jam. Time after time, the bears chose the most expensive honey - the premium Anzer honey. This is the most expensive honey in the world. It is from the nectar of flowers that only grow in the mountains. It has many medicinal powers. Despite his losses, the beekeeper loves the bears.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Premium Honey - Level 5 or  Premium Honey - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/aug/29/turkish-beekeeper-finds-thieving-bears-prefer-premium-honey
  • https://www.complex.com/life/2019/08/turkish-bee-farmer-bears-stealing-honey-taste-testers
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7403957/Beekeeper-enlists-bears-stealing-supply-taste-tasters.html


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. A beekeeper in Turkey made
  2. a group of honey-
  3. stealing the honey his
  4. the bears particularly
  5. He struggled
  6. He used metal
  7. as a
  8. nothing
  1. bees made
  2. liked the best quality
  3. worked
  4. decoy
  5. a discovery
  6. to keep the bears
  7. stealing bears
  8. cages

Paragraph 2

  1. The bears cost the
  2. He wanted to know more
  3. He put bowls
  4. different types
  5. Time after
  6. It is from the nectar
  7. It has many medicinal
  8. Despite his losses, the beekeeper
  1. of flowers
  2. of honey
  3. loves the bears
  4. about their tastes
  5. powers
  6. beekeeper $10,000
  7. time
  8. out for them

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A beekeeper in Turkey (1) ___________________ thanks to a group of honey-stealing bears. For many years, he (2) ___________________ bears from stealing (3) ___________________ bees made. He found that the bears particularly liked (4) ___________________, most expensive honey. He struggled to keep the bears and their sweet teeth away from his beehives. He (5) ___________________, protective storage houses, and apples and other fruit (6) ___________________ but nothing worked.

The (7) ___________________ beekeeper $10,000 in three years. He wanted to know more (8) ___________________. He put bowls out for them, containing different (9) ___________________, and jam. Time after time, the bears (10) ___________________ expensive honey - the premium Anzer honey. This is the most expensive honey in the world. It is from the (11) ___________________ that only grow in the mountains. It has many medicinal powers. (12) ___________________, the beekeeper loves the bears.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AbeekeeperinTurkeymadeadiscoverythankstoagroupofhoney-stea
lingbears.Formanyyears,hetriedtostopbearsfromstealingthehoney
hisbeesmade.Hefoundthatthebearsparticularlylikedthebestquality,
mostexpensivehoney.Hestruggledtokeepthebearsandtheirsweette
ethawayfromhisbeehives.Heusedmetalcages,protectivestoragehou
ses,andapplesandotherfruitasadecoybutnothingworked.Thebearsc
ostthebeekeeper$10,000inthreeyears.Hewantedtoknowmoreabout
theirtastes.Heputbowlsoutforthem,containingdifferenttypesofhone
y,andjam.Timeaftertime,thebearschosethemostexpensivehoney-
thepremiumAnzerhoney.Thisisthemostexpensivehoneyintheworld.
Itisfromthenectarofflowersthatonlygrowinthemountains.Ithasman
ymedicinalpowers.Despitehislosses,thebeekeeperlovesthebears.

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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