The Reading / Listening - Asian Giant Hornets - Level 2

Few insects are as scary and as venomous as the Asian giant hornet. These fearsome creatures live in Japan and Korea but are moving across the Pacific Ocean to the USA and Canada. The hornets kill around 40 people a year in Japan. They also destroy colonies of honeybees. A few dozen hornets can kill an entire colony of 30,000 bees in a few hours. They take off the heads of the bees. Authorities in Washington on the west coast of the USA have warned people to be careful of the hornets. Beekeepers are worried about their beehives.



The hornets are big - 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 described the pain. He said: "It was like having red-hot thumbtacks driven into my flesh." The hornet's stinger is half a centimeter long. It 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. But if you stick around to notice that, you're probably already in a world of hurt."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Asian Giant Hornets - Level 0 Asian Giant Hornets - Level 1   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 as scary
  2. fearsome
  3. moving across
  4. A few
  5. kill an entire colony
  6. on the west
  7. be careful of
  8. Beekeepers are worried
  1. dozen hornets
  2. coast of the USA
  3. creatures
  4. about their beehives
  5. the Pacific Ocean
  6. the hornets
  7. of 30,000 bees
  8. and as venomous

Paragraph 2

  1. like something out of a
  2. The hornet's sting is
  3. like having red-hot thumbtacks
  4. The hornet's stinger is half
  5. go through the clothes
  6. They give a warning before
  7. make a clicking
  8. if you stick around to
  1. driven into my flesh
  2. beekeepers wear
  3. sound
  4. very painful
  5. a centimeter long
  6. notice that
  7. monster cartoon
  8. they sting

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Few insects are as scary and (1) ___________________ the Asian giant hornet. These fearsome (2) ___________________ Japan and Korea but are moving across the Pacific Ocean to the USA and Canada. The (3) ___________________ 40 people a year in Japan. They also (4) ___________________ honeybees. A few dozen hornets can kill an entire colony of 30,000 bees in a few hours. They take off (5) ___________________ the bees. Authorities in Washington on the west coast of the USA have warned people to be careful of the hornets. Beekeepers (6) ___________________ their beehives.

The hornets are big - about five centimeters long. A bee breeder said: "They're like something out of (7) ___________________ with this huge yellow-orange face." The hornet's (8) ___________________ painful. A beekeeper described the pain. He said: "It (9) ___________________ red-hot thumbtacks driven into my flesh." The hornet's stinger is half a centimeter long. It can (10) ___________________ clothes beekeepers wear. Another beekeeper said: "They give a warning before they sting. They snap their jaws and make (11) ___________________. But if you stick around to notice that, you're probably already in a (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

FewinsectsareasscaryandasvenomousastheAsiangianthornet.Thes
efearsomecreaturesliveinJapanandKoreabutaremovingacrossthePa
cificOceantotheUSAandCanada.Thehornetskillaround40peopleayea
rinJapan.Theyalsodestroycoloniesofhoneybees.Afewdozenhornetsc
ankillanentirecolonyof30,000beesinafewhours.Theytakeoffthehead
softhebees.AuthoritiesinWashingtononthewestcoastoftheUSAhave
warnedpeopletobecarefulofthehornets.Beekeepersareworriedabou
ttheirbeehives.Thehornetsarebig-aboutfivecentimeterslong.Abe
ebreedersaid:"They'relikesomethingoutofamonstercartoonwiththis
hugeyellow-orangeface."Thehornet'sstingisverypainful.Abeekee
perdescribedthepain.Hesaid:"Itwaslikehavingred-hotthumbtacks
drivenintomyflesh."Thehornet'sstingerishalfacentimeterlong.Itcan
gothroughtheclothesbeekeeperswear.Anotherbeekeepersaid:"The
ygiveawarningbeforetheysting.Theysnaptheirjawsandmakeaclickin
gsound.Butifyoustickaroundtonoticethat,you'reprobablyalreadyina
worldofhurt."

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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