The Reading / Listening - Mosquitoes - Level 2

Scientists will release 750 million genetically modified mosquitoes into the wild. This is to reduce the number of insects that have diseases like Zika virus and yellow fever. It will start next year in the Florida Keys - a long chain of tropical islands stretching 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. Males only feed on nectar from flowers. Scientists hope the number of disease-carrying mosquitoes in the area will fall.



Environmental groups are not happy with the plan. One group called it a "Jurassic Park experiment". It called Florida "a testing ground for mutant bugs". It warned the project could damage local ecosystems and this could never be reversed. The experiment could create a new super-species of mosquito that is resistant to insect spray. One environmental group said: "The release of genetically engineered mosquitoes will needlessly put Floridians, 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 1   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. yellow
  3. a long chain of tropical
  4. The modified mosquitoes are
  5. before they reach
  6. mosquitoes feed on our blood
  7. Males only feed on
  8. mosquitoes in the area
  1. all male
  2. nectar from flowers
  3. biting age
  4. will fall
  5. islands
  6. fever
  7. and bite us
  8. wild

Paragraph 2

  1. Environmental groups are
  2. a testing ground for
  3. damage local
  4. this could never
  5. resistant to insect
  6. endangered
  7. The company releasing
  8. there was
  1. ecosystems
  2. spray
  3. no risk
  4. not happy
  5. the mosquitoes
  6. be reversed
  7. species
  8. mutant bugs

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists (1) ___________________ million genetically modified mosquitoes into the wild. This is to reduce (2) ___________________ insects that have diseases like Zika virus and yellow fever. It will start next year in the Florida Keys - a long chain (3) ___________________ stretching south of Florida. The modified mosquitoes are all male. They (4) ___________________ that will kill young females before they (5) ___________________. Only female mosquitoes feed on our blood and bite us. Males only feed on nectar from flowers. Scientists hope the number of disease-carrying mosquitoes in (6) ___________________ fall.

Environmental groups are (7) ___________________ the plan. One group called it a "Jurassic Park experiment". It called Florida "a (8) ___________________ mutant bugs". It warned the project could damage local ecosystems and this could (9) ___________________. The experiment could create a new super-species of mosquito that is (01) ___________________ spray. One environmental group said: "The release of genetically engineered mosquitoes will needlessly put Floridians, the environment and endangered (11) ___________________." The company releasing the mosquitoes said there (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistswillrelease750milliongeneticallymodifiedmosquitoesintot
hewild.ThisistoreducethenumberofinsectsthathavediseaseslikeZika
virusandyellowfever.ItwillstartnextyearintheFloridaKeys-alongc
hainoftropicalislandsstretchingsouthofFlorida.Themodifiedmosquit
oesareallmale.Theycarryaproteinthatwillkillyoungfemalesbeforethe
yreachbitingage.Onlyfemalemosquitoesfeedonourbloodandbiteus.
Malesonlyfeedonnectarfromflowers.Scientistshopethenumberofdis
ease-carryingmosquitoesintheareawillfall.Environmentalgroupsa
renothappywiththeplan.Onegroupcalledita"JurassicParkexperiment
".ItcalledFlorida"atestinggroundformutantbugs".Itwarnedtheproje
ctcoulddamagelocalecosystemsandthiscouldneverbereversed.Thee
xperimentcouldcreateanewsuper-speciesofmosquitothatisresist
anttoinsectspray.Oneenvironmentalgroupsaid:"Thereleaseofgeneti
callyengineeredmosquitoeswillneedlesslyputFloridians,theenviron
mentandendangeredspeciesatrisk."Thecompanyreleasingthemosq
uitoessaidtherewasnorisk.

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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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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