The Reading / Listening - Insect Apocalypse - Level 1

Global warming isn't the only danger to humans. The falling numbers of insects is also dangerous. Half of all insects worldwide have been dying since the 1970s. Over 40 per cent of insect species could die in our lifetime. The number of insects is decreasing by 2.5 per cent a year. It is an "insect apocalypse". Many species of butterflies, bees and other bugs are now extinct. Scientists say this could cause, "a catastrophic collapse of Earth's ecosystems".



Pesticides used on farms and gardens are killing insects. Fewer insects mean we have less food. Three quarters of our crops depend on insects. We can't feed 7.5 billion people without insects. A big worry is the decline of honeybees. In the USA, the number of honeybee groups dropped from six million in 1947 to 2.5 million in 2014. A professor warned that: "We can't wait another 25 years before we do anything because it will be too late."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Insect Apocalypse - Level 0 Insect Apocalypse - Level 2   or  Insect Apocalypse - Level 3

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/13/europe/insect-apocalypse-report-scn/index.html
  • https://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/42563/20191114/insect-apocalypse-coming-heres-what-during-breakout.htm
  • https://www.businessinsider.com/insect-apocalypse-ecosystem-collapse-food-insecurity-2019-11


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. Global warming isn't the
  2. Half of all insects
  3. insect species could die
  4. The number of insects
  5. Many species
  6. bees and other
  7. a catastrophic
  8. Earth's
  1. is decreasing
  2. bugs are now extinct
  3. worldwide
  4. ecosystems
  5. in our lifetime
  6. collapse
  7. only danger
  8. of butterflies

Paragraph 2

  1. Pesticides used on farms
  2. our crops depend
  3. We can't feed 7.5 billion people
  4. A big worry is the decline
  5. the number of honeybee
  6. dropped from six million in 1947
  7. We can't wait
  8. it will be too
  1. another 25 years
  2. without insects
  3. late
  4. on insects
  5. of honeybees
  6. and gardens
  7. to 2.5 million in 2014
  8. groups

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Global warming isn't (1) ___________________ to humans. The falling numbers of insects (2) ___________________. Half of all insects worldwide have (3) ___________________ the 1970s. Over 40 per cent of insect species could die in our lifetime. The number (4) ___________________ decreasing by 2.5 per cent a year. It is an "insect apocalypse". (5) ___________________ butterflies, bees and other bugs (6) ___________________. Scientists say this could cause, "a catastrophic collapse of Earth's ecosystems".

Pesticides (7) ___________________ and gardens are killing insects. Fewer insects mean we (8) ___________________. Three quarters of our (9) ___________________ insects. We can't feed 7.5 billion people without insects. A big worry is (10) ___________________ honeybees. In the USA, the number of honeybee (11) ___________________ six million in 1947 to 2.5 million in 2014. A professor warned that: "We can't wait another 25 years before we do anything because it (12) ___________________ late."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Globalwarmingisn'ttheonlydangertohumans.Thefallingnumbersofin
sectsisalsodangerous.Halfofallinsectsworldwidehavebeendyingsinc
ethe1970s.Over40percentofinsectspeciescoulddieinourlifetime.The
numberofinsectsisdecreasingby2.5percentayear.Itisan"insectapoc
alypse".Manyspeciesofbutterflies,beesandotherbugsarenowextinct
.Scientistssaythiscouldcause,"acatastrophiccollapseofEarth'secosy
stems".Pesticidesusedonfarmsandgardensarekillinginsects.Fewerin
sectsmeanwehavelessfood.Threequartersofourcropsdependoninse
cts.Wecan'tfeed7.5billionpeoplewithoutinsects.Abigworryisthedecli
neofhoneybees.IntheUSA,thenumberofhoneybeegroupsdroppedfro
msixmillionin1947to2.5millionin2014.Aprofessorwarnedthat:"Wec
an'twaitanother25yearsbeforewedoanythingbecauseitwillbetoolate
."

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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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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