The Reading / Listening - Moose - Level 5

Many road signs around the world amuse and bemuse motorists. The latest to raise smiles and possibly bewilderment are in Canada. Transport authorities in the town of Jasper have erected electronic signs to warn drivers not to let moose lick their cars. Moose are the largest members of the deer family and are native to Canada. They are a frequent sight on roads. An addiction to salt has led them to sate their need by licking cars. Vehicles are splashed with road salt. It is common to see moose licking salt on the roads, but they have now developed a taste for licking it off cars.



A spokesperson explained why the salt licking was a problem. He warned that the moose's addiction could be fatal. He said the behaviour started a few years ago and now is common. He said: "It's perpetuated by the moose's obsession with salt." A tour operator said: "This road salt is kind of like a drug for the moose." The salt habit poses additional dangers for the moose. Cars are usually covered with a whole host of harmful chemicals. In addition, moose are vulnerable to pneumonia. Licking car surfaces could increase the risk of spreading disease.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Moose - Level 4 or  Moose - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.thedrive.com/news/37736/now-canada-has-road-signs-telling-people-not-to-let-moose-lick-their-cars
  • https://interestingengineering.com/dont-let-the-moose-lick-your-car-canadians-warned
  • https://carbuzz.com/news/car-licking-moose-causing-problems-in-canada


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. amuse and
  2. erected electronic signs
  3. the largest members
  4. An addiction
  5. sate their
  6. Vehicles are splashed
  7. It is common
  8. developed a taste for
  1. of the deer family
  2. need by licking cars
  3. licking it off cars
  4. to warn drivers
  5. to see moose
  6. bemuse motorists
  7. with road salt
  8. to salt

Paragraph 2

  1. why the salt licking
  2. the moose's addiction could
  3. perpetuated by the moose's
  4. This road salt is kind
  5. The salt habit poses
  6. covered with a whole host
  7. moose are vulnerable
  8. increase the risk of
  1. of harmful chemicals
  2. obsession with salt
  3. spreading disease
  4. be fatal
  5. to pneumonia
  6. of like a drug
  7. additional dangers
  8. was a problem

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Many road signs around the world (1) ___________________ motorists. The latest (2) ___________________ and possibly bewilderment are in Canada. Transport authorities in the town of Jasper (3) ___________________ signs to warn drivers not to let moose lick their cars. Moose are the largest members of the deer family and (4) ___________________ Canada. They are a frequent sight on roads. An (5) ___________________ has led them to sate their need by licking cars. Vehicles are splashed with road salt. It is common to see moose licking salt on the roads, but they have now (6) ___________________ for licking it off cars.

A spokesperson explained why the salt licking was a problem. He warned that the moose's addiction (7) ___________________. He said the behaviour started a few years ago and (8) ___________________. He said: "It's perpetuated by the moose's (9) ___________________." A tour operator said: "This road salt is kind of like a drug for the moose." The (10) ___________________ additional dangers for the moose. Cars are usually covered with a whole (11) ___________________ chemicals. In addition, moose are vulnerable to pneumonia. Licking car surfaces could increase the (12) ___________________ disease.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Manyroadsignsaroundtheworldamuseandbemusemotorists.Thelate
sttoraisesmilesandpossiblybewildermentareinCanada.Transportaut
horitiesinthetownofJasperhaveerectedelectronicsignstowarndrivers
nottoletmooselicktheircars.Moosearethelargestmembersofthedeerf
amilyandarenativetoCanada.Theyareafrequentsightonroads.Anadd
ictiontosalthasledthemtosatetheirneedbylickingcars.Vehiclesarespl
ashedwithroadsalt.Itiscommontoseemooselickingsaltontheroads,b
uttheyhavenowdevelopedatasteforlickingitoffcars.Aspokespersone
xplainedwhythesaltlickingwasaproblem.Hewarnedthatthemoose'sa
ddictioncouldbefatal.Hesaidthebehaviourstartedafewyearsagoandn
owiscommon.Hesaid:"It'sperpetuatedbythemoose'sobsessionwiths
alt."Atouroperatorsaid:"Thisroadsaltiskindoflikeadrugforthemoose.
"Thesalthabitposesadditionaldangersforthemoose.Carsareusuallyc
overedwithawholehostofharmfulchemicals.Inaddition,moosearevul
nerabletopneumonia.Lickingcarsurfacescouldincreasetheriskofspre
adingthedisease.

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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