The Reading / Listening - Mosquitoes - Level 1

Scientists will put 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes into the wild. This is to reduce the number of insects that have diseases like yellow fever. It will start next year in a chain of tropical islands south of Florida. The modified mosquitoes are all male. They carry a protein that will kill young females before they reach biting age. Only female mosquitoes feed on our blood and bite us. Scientists hope to cut the number of disease-carrying mosquitoes.



Environmental groups are not happy. One group called it a "Jurassic Park experiment". It called Florida "a testing ground for mutant bugs". It warned the project could damage ecosystems. The experiment could create a new super-species of mosquito. One environmental group said the mosquitoes would put people, the environment and endangered species at risk. The company releasing the mosquitoes said there was no risk.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Mosquitoes - Level 0 Mosquitoes - Level 2   or  Mosquitoes - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.baynews9.com/fl/tampa/news/2020/08/21/florida-to-release-genetically-modified-mosquitoes-in-the-keys
  • https://www.sciencenews.org/article/genetically-modified-mosquitoes-florida-test-release
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-53856776


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. into the
  2. This is to reduce
  3. insects that
  4. yellow
  5. a chain of tropical
  6. a protein that will kill
  7. mosquitoes feed
  8. the number of disease-
  1. young females
  2. fever
  3. carrying mosquitoes
  4. have diseases
  5. wild
  6. on our blood
  7. the number
  8. islands

Paragraph 2

  1. Environmental groups
  2. a testing ground
  3. the project could
  4. create a new super-species
  5. One environmental
  6. endangered
  7. The company releasing
  8. there was
  1. species
  2. damage ecosystems
  3. no risk
  4. for mutant bugs
  5. the mosquitoes
  6. of mosquito
  7. group
  8. are not happy

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists will put 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes (1) ___________________. This is to reduce the number of insects that have diseases (2) ___________________. It will start next year in a chain of (3) ___________________ of Florida. The modified mosquitoes are all male. They (4) ___________________ that will kill young females before they reach biting age. Only female mosquitoes feed on our (5) ___________________ us. Scientists hope to cut (6) ___________________ disease-carrying mosquitoes.

Environmental groups (7) ___________________. One group called it a "Jurassic Park experiment". It called Florida "a testing ground (8) ___________________". It warned the project could damage ecosystems. The experiment (9) ___________________ new super-species of mosquito. One environmental group said the mosquitoes (10) ___________________, the environment and endangered (11) ___________________. The company releasing the mosquitoes said (12) ___________________ risk.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistswillput750milliongeneticallymodifiedmosquitoesintothewi
ld.Thisistoreducethenumberofinsectsthathavediseaseslikeyellowfe
ver.ItwillstartnextyearinachainoftropicalislandssouthofFlorida.The
modifiedmosquitoesareallmale.Theycarryaproteinthatwillkillyoungf
emalesbeforetheyreachbitingage.Onlyfemalemosquitoesfeedonour
bloodandbiteus.Scientistshopetocutthenumberofdisease-carryin
gmosquitoes.Environmentalgroupsarenothappy.Onegroupcalledita
"JurassicParkexperiment".ItcalledFlorida"atestinggroundformutant
bugs".Itwarnedtheprojectcoulddamageecosystems.Theexperiment
couldcreateanewsuper-speciesofmosquito.Oneenvironmentalgrou
psaidthemosquitoeswouldputpeople,theenvironmentandendanger
edspeciesatrisk.Thecompanyreleasingthemosquitoessaidtherewas
norisk.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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