The Reading / Listening - Stink Bugs - Level 1

Farmers worry about many things, like no rain or pests eating their crops. British farmers have a new worry - stink bugs. Stink bugs have arrived in Britain from China, Japan or Korea. These smelly insects are a threat to fruit and vegetables on farms. The insects get their name from the bad smell they create when they are in danger. Stink bugs arrived in the USA in the mid-1990s. They are now a problem for farmers in 44 states.



Stink bugs eat by sucking out the juice from fruits and vegetables. This makes the fruit go bad. Farmers cannot sell their crops. The fruit often ends up as juice. An insect expert said there is no risk to our health if we eat damaged fruit. He said stink bugs have a wide diet. They eat over one hundred different types of plants. He added that: "With climate change and global trade, these stories are going to become more frequent."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Stink Bugs - Level 0 Stink Bugs - Level 2   or  Stink Bugs - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/news/2021/march/monitoring-stink-bugs-to-anticipate-the-future.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/mar/01/uk-scientists-confirm-arrival-of-brown-marmorated-stink-bugs
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/stink-bugs-invasive-species-crops-b1809209.html


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. Farmers worry
  2. pests eating their
  3. Stink bugs have arrived
  4. These smelly insects are a
  5. the bad smell
  6. when they are in
  7. in the mid-
  8. a problem for farmers in
  1. danger
  2. threat to fruit
  3. crops
  4. 44 states
  5. about many things
  6. 1990s
  7. in Britain
  8. they create

Paragraph 2

  1. sucking out the
  2. fruits
  3. This makes the fruit go
  4. there is no risk
  5. stink bugs have a wide
  6. hundred different types
  7. climate
  8. going to become more
  1. to our health
  2. of plants
  3. frequent
  4. juice
  5. change
  6. and vegetables
  7. diet
  8. bad

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Farmers (1) ___________________ things, like no rain or pests eating their crops. British (2) ___________________ new worry - stink bugs. Stink bugs have arrived in Britain from China, Japan or Korea. These (3) ___________________ a threat to fruit and vegetables on farms. The insects (4) ___________________ from the bad smell they create when they (5) ___________________. Stink bugs arrived in the USA in (6) ___________________. They are now a problem for farmers in 44 states.

Stink bugs eat by sucking out the (7) ___________________ and vegetables. This makes the (8) ___________________. Farmers cannot sell their crops. The fruit often (9) ___________________ juice. An insect expert said there is (10) ___________________ our health if we eat damaged fruit. He said stink bugs have a wide diet. They eat over one hundred (11) ___________________ plants. He added that: "With climate change and global trade, these stories are going to (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Farmersworryaboutmanythings,likenorainorpestseatingtheircrops.
Britishfarmershaveanewworry-stinkbugs.Stinkbugshavearrivedin
BritainfromChina,JapanorKorea.Thesesmellyinsectsareathreattofru
itandvegetablesonfarms.Theinsectsgettheirnamefromthebadsmellt
heycreatewhentheyareindanger.StinkbugsarrivedintheUSAinthemi
d-1990s.Theyarenowaproblemforfarmersin44states.Stinkbugseatb
ysuckingoutthejuicefromfruitsandvegetables.Thismakesthefruitgo
bad.Farmerscannotselltheircrops.Thefruitoftenendsupasjuice.Anin
sectexpertsaidthereisnorisktoourhealthifweeatdamagedfruit.Hesai
dstinkbugshaveawidediet.Theyeatoveronehundreddifferenttypesof
plants.Headdedthat:"Withclimatechangeandglobaltrade,thesestori
esaregoingtobecomemorefrequent."

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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