The Reading / Listening - Asian Giant Hornets - Level 1

Few insects are as scary as the Asian giant hornet. They live in Japan and Korea but are moving to the USA and Canada. The hornets kill around 40 people a year in Japan. They also kill honeybees. A few dozen hornets can kill 30,000 bees in a few hours. Authorities in Washington on the west coast of the USA have warned people to be careful of the hornets. Beekeepers are worried about their bees.



The hornets are about five centimeters long. A bee breeder said: "They're like something out of a monster cartoon with this huge yellow-orange face." The hornet's sting is very painful. A beekeeper said it is "like having red-hot thumbtacks driven into [your] flesh". The hornet's stinger can go through the clothes beekeepers wear. Another beekeeper said: "They give a warning before they sting. They snap their jaws and make a clicking sound."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Asian Giant Hornets - Level 0 Asian Giant Hornets - Level 2   or  Asian Giant Hornets - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.accuweather.com/en/weather-news/terrifying-murder-hornets-invade-us/733548
  • https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/2020/05/asian-giant-hornets-arrive-united-states/
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2020/05/04/murder-hornets-us-here-6-other-scary-dangerous-bugs/3076740001/


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. Few insects are
  2. moving to
  3. They also
  4. A few dozen
  5. kill 30,000 bees
  6. on the west
  7. warned people to be
  8. Beekeepers are worried
  1. careful of the hornets
  2. hornets
  3. about their bees
  4. the USA
  5. coast of the USA
  6. as scary
  7. in a few hours
  8. kill honeybees

Paragraph 2

  1. The hornets are about
  2. like something out of a
  3. The hornet's sting
  4. red-hot thumbtacks driven
  5. go through the clothes
  6. They give a warning before
  7. They snap
  8. make a clicking
  1. is very painful
  2. their jaws
  3. into your flesh
  4. sound
  5. they sting
  6. monster cartoon
  7. beekeepers wear
  8. five centimeters long

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Few insects are (1) ___________________ the Asian giant hornet. They live in Japan and Korea (2) ___________________ to the USA and Canada. The hornets (3) ___________________ people a year in Japan. They also kill honeybees. A few dozen hornets can kill 30,000 bees (4) ___________________ hours. Authorities in Washington on the (5) ___________________ the USA have warned people to be careful of the hornets. Beekeepers are (6) ___________________ bees.

The hornets (7) ___________________ centimeters long. A bee breeder said: "They're like something out of (8) ___________________ with this huge yellow-orange face." The hornet's (9) ___________________ painful. A beekeeper said it is "like having red-hot thumbtacks driven (10) ___________________". The hornet's stinger (11) ___________________ the clothes beekeepers wear. Another beekeeper said: "They give a warning before they sting. They snap their jaws and make (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

FewinsectsareasscaryastheAsiangianthornet.TheyliveinJapanandK
oreabutaremovingtotheUSAandCanada.Thehornetskillaround40pe
opleayearinJapan.Theyalsokillhoneybees.Afewdozenhornetscankill
30,000beesinafewhours.AuthoritiesinWashingtononthewestcoastof
theUSAhavewarnedpeopletobecarefulofthehornets.Beekeepersare
worriedabouttheirbees.Thehornetsareaboutfivecentimeterslong.Ab
eebreedersaid:"They'relikesomethingoutofamonstercartoonwiththi
shugeyellow-orangeface."Thehornet'sstingisverypainful.Abeekee
persaiditis"likehavingred-hotthumbtacksdriveninto[your]flesh".Th
ehornet'sstingercangothroughtheclothesbeekeeperswear.Anotherb
eekeepersaid:"Theygiveawarningbeforetheysting.Theysnaptheirja
wsandmakeaclickingsound."

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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