The Reading / Listening - Stink Bugs - Level 3

There are many things that farmers have to worry about. Some farmers worry about a lack of rain. Others worry about pests that eat the crops. Farmers in the UK have a new pest to worry about - stink bugs. For the first time, stink bugs have arrived in the UK and they are causing farmers trouble. The stink bugs came from either China, Japan or Korea. They are not native to the UK. The smelly insects are now posing a threat to fruit and vegetable crops in the south of England. The insects get their name from the bad smell they create when they feel they are in danger. Stink bugs were accidentally introduced to the USA in the mid-1990s and are now a problem for farmers in 44 states.



Stink bugs feed by piercing the surface of fruits and vegetables and then sucking out the juice. This makes the fruit rotten where the insects pierce the skin. It means farmers cannot sell the crops. The fruit quite often ends up as juice. Max Barclay, an insect expert, said there is no risk to human health from the insects feeding on fruit and vegetables. He said: "If you eat a damaged fruit, there's no risk to your health. The fruit just doesn't look beautiful, so the sale value is reduced." He said the species has a wide diet and can 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 easier levels:

    Stink Bugs - Level 0 Stink Bugs - Level 1   or  Stink Bugs - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. STINK BUGS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about stink bugs. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       worry / farmers / rain / crops / pests / stink / bugs / fruit / danger / vegetables /
       feed / juice / insect / expert / risk / human health / beautiful / plants / global trade
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. CONTROL: Students A strongly believe we should kill all pests; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. PESTS: What do you know about these pests? How big a pest are they? What can we do to control them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What I Know

How Big a Pest

How to Control Them

Stink bugs

 

 

 

Pigeons

 

 

 

Mice

 

 

 

Weeds

 

 

 

Cockroaches

 

 

 

Elephants

 

 

 

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5. WORRY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "worry". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. CROPS: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important crops at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Wheat
  • Corn
  • Avocados
  • Coffee
  • Cocoa
  • Rice
  • Bananas
  • Potatoes

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. lack a. Smell really bad.
      2. pest b. Being without something or not having enough of something.
      3. crops c. Plants that are grown as food on farms, especially a grain, fruit, or vegetable.
      4. stink d. By chance' not on purpose.
      5. native e. Brought a new plant, animal, or disease to a place and establish it there.
      6. accidentally f. An insect or other animal that attacks and damages plants growing on farms, food, farm animals, etc.
      7. introduced g. A person or thing originally from a particular place.

    Paragraph 2

      8. feed h. Making something go into the mouth using a straw or other thing.
      9. piercing i. Happening or done many times, in many cases, or in quickly together.
      10. surface j. A situation where there is danger.
      11. sucking k. The outside part or top layer of something.
      12. rotten l. Of food becoming bad.
      13. risk m. Give food to.
      14. frequent n. Of something sharp going into or through something.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article says all farmers worry about a lack of rain.     T / F
  2. The article says some farmers worry about pets eating their crops.     T / F
  3. The stink bugs are causing problems for farmers in the north of England. T / F
  4. Stink bugs are causing problems for farmers in 44 American states.     T / F
  5. Stink bugs feed by sucking the juice out of fruit.     T / F
  6. Fruit that stink bugs eat often gets turned into juice.     T / F
  7. Stink bugs can eat over 100 different types of plants.     T / F
  8. The article says stink bugs really like climate change.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. worry
  2. lack
  3. trouble
  4. posing
  5. feel
  6. surface
  7. ends up
  8. damaged
  9. reduced
  10. frequent
  1. outside
  2. creating
  3. lessened
  4. problems
  5. harmed
  6. be anxious
  7. regular
  8. sense
  9. shortage
  10. finishes

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. There are many things that farmers
  2. Some farmers worry about a lack
  3. Others worry about pests that
  4. The smelly insects are now posing
  5. Stink bugs were accidentally
  6. Stink bugs feed by piercing
  7. This makes the fruit
  8. If you eat a damaged fruit, there's no
  9. eat over one hundred different
  10. these stories are going to
  1. introduced to the USA
  2. a threat to fruit
  3. become more frequent
  4. of rain
  5. the surface of fruits
  6. risk to your health
  7. have to worry about
  8. types of plants
  9. eat the crops
  10. rotten

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
south
lack
pest
native
accidentally
things
mid
trouble

There are many (1) _____________________ that farmers have to worry about. Some farmers worry about a (2) _____________________ of rain. Others worry about pests that eat the crops. Farmers in the UK have a new (3) _____________________ to worry about - stink bugs. For the first time, stink bugs have arrived in the UK and they are causing farmers (4) _____________________. The stink bugs came from either China, Japan or Korea. They are not (5) _____________________ to the UK. The smelly insects are now posing a threat to fruit and vegetable crops in the (6) _____________________ of England. The insects get their name from the bad smell they create when they feel they are in danger. Stink bugs were (7) _____________________ introduced to the USA in the (8) _____________________-1990s and are now a problem for farmers in 44 states.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
sucking
risk
frequent
value
types
ends
feed
wide

Stink bugs (9) _____________________ by piercing the surface of fruits and vegetables and then (10) _____________________ out the juice. This makes the fruit rotten where the insects pierce the skin. It means farmers cannot sell the crops. The fruit quite often (11) _____________________ up as juice. Max Barclay, an insect expert, said there is no (12) _____________________ to human health from the insects feeding on fruit and vegetables. He said: "If you eat a damaged fruit, there's no risk to your health. The fruit just doesn't look beautiful, so the sale (13) _____________________ is reduced." He said the species has a (14) _____________________ diet and can eat over one hundred different (15) _____________________ of plants. He added that: "With climate change and global trade, these stories are going to become more (16) _____________________."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) farmers have to worry about. Some farmers worry about a ______
     a.  slack of rain
     b.  lack of rain
     c.  lack off rain
     d.  slack off rain
2)  Others worry about pests that eat the crops. Farmers in the UK have ______
     a.  anew best
     b.  a new pest
     c.  anew pest
     d.  a new best
3)  stink bugs have arrived in the UK and they are causing ______
     a.  farmer is trouble
     b.  farmers trouble
     c.  farmers troubles
     d.  farmer is troubles
4)  They are not native to the UK. The smelly insects are now ______ to fruit
     a.  posing a threat
     b.  posing a treat
     c.  posse a treat
     d.  pose in a threat
5)  introduced to the USA in the mid-1990s and are now a problem for farmers ______
     a.  in 44 spates
     b.  in 44 straits
     c.  in 44 slates
     d.  in 44 states

6) bugs feed by piercing the surface of fruits and vegetables and then ______ juice
     a.  suck in out the
     b.  suck king out the
     c.  suckling out the
     d.  sucking out the
7)  It means farmers cannot sell the crops. The fruit quite often ______ juice
     a.  end sup as
     b.  ends up as
     c.  end sup pass
     d.  end surpass
8)  The fruit just doesn't look beautiful, so the sale ______
     a.  values reduced
     b.  value is reduce
     c.  value is reduced
     d.  values is reduced
9)  the species has a wide diet and can eat over one hundred different ______
     a.  tie scoff plants
     b.  types of planes
     c.  types of plants
     d.  type scoff plants
10)  With climate change and global trade, these stories are going to become ______
     a.  more frequented
     b.  more frequent
     c.  more frequency
     d.  more frequently

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There are many things that farmers (1) ____________________ about. Some farmers worry about a lack of rain. Others worry about pests that eat the crops. Farmers in the UK have (2) ____________________ to worry about - stink bugs. For the first time, stink bugs (3) ____________________ the UK and they are causing farmers trouble. The stink bugs came from either China, Japan or Korea. They are (4) ____________________ the UK. The smelly insects are now posing a threat to fruit and vegetable crops in the south of England. The insects get their name from (5) ____________________ they create when they feel they are in danger. Stink bugs were accidentally introduced to the USA in the mid-1990s and are now a problem (6) ____________________ 44 states.

Stink bugs (7) ____________________ the surface of fruits and vegetables and then sucking out the juice. This makes the fruit rotten where the insects (8) ____________________. It means farmers cannot sell the crops. The fruit quite often (9) ____________________ juice. Max Barclay, an insect expert, said there is no risk to human health from the insects feeding on fruit and vegetables. He said: "If you eat a damaged fruit, there's (10) ____________________ your health. The fruit just doesn't look beautiful, so the sale value is reduced." He said the species has (11) ____________________ and can eat over one hundred different types of plants. He added that: "With climate change and global trade, these stories are going to (12) ____________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. What do some farmers worry about a lack of?
  2. Which three countries might the stink bugs have come from?
  3. When do stink bugs release their smell?
  4. When were stink bugs introduced into the USA?
  5. In how many U.S. states are stink bugs posing a problem?
  6. What do stink bugs pierce when they feed?
  7. How much risk to human health did an insect expert say there was?
  8. What did the insect expert say is reduced if a stink bug eats fruit?
  9. How many types of plants can stink bugs eat?
  10. What might make these stories more frequent besides climate change?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What do some farmers worry about a lack of?
a) money
b) rain
c) sunshine
d) food
2) Which three countries might the stink bugs have come from?
a) Serbia, Austria or Hungary
b) Peru, Ecuador or Bolivia
c) Senegal, Ghana or Nigeria
d) China, Japan or Korea
3) When do stink bugs release their smell?
a) when they feel in danger
b) in the mornings
c) after they eat
d) when they mate
4) When were stink bugs introduced into the USA?
a) last year
b) in the 19th century
c) in the mid-1990s
d) five years ago

5) In how many U.S. states are stink bugs posing a problem?
a) 43
b) 44
c) 42
d) 45

6) What do stink bugs pierce when they feed?
a) the seeds of fruit
b) the leaves of fruit
c) the surface of fruits
d) their ears
7) How much risk to human health did an insect expert say there was?
a) a huge risk
b) a bit of a risk
c) a tiny risk
d) no risk
8) What did the insect expert say is reduced if a stink bug eats fruit?
a) the sale value of the fruit
b) the weight of the fruit
c) the juiciness of the fruit
d) the softness of the fruit
9) How many types of plants can stink bugs eat?
a) over 100
b) 37
c) dozens
d) a few
10) What might make these stories more frequent besides climate change?
a) juicier fruit
b) global trade
c) smellier stink bugs
d) the Internet

Role play

Role  A – Wheat
You think wheat is the most important crop. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their crops aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least necessary of these (and why): cocoa, bananas or potatoes.

Role  B – Cocoa
You think cocoa is the most important crop. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their crops aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least necessary of these (and why): wheat, bananas or potatoes.

Role  C – Bananas
You think bananas are the most important crop. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their crops aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least necessary of these (and why): cocoa, wheat or potatoes.

Role  D – Potatoes
You think potatoes are the most important crop. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their crops aren't as important. Also, tell the others which is the least necessary of these (and why): cocoa, bananas or wheat.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'stink'

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  • and 'bug'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • many
    • first
    • native
    • posing
    • name
    • 44
    • surface
    • skin
    • juice
    • risk
    • hundred
    • stories




    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 - Stink Bugs

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'stink'?
    3. What do you know about pests?
    4. What is the world's biggest pest?
    5. Can a human be a pest?
    6. What do you know about stink bugs?
    7. How can farmers protect their crops against pests?
    8. What are the most important crops in your country?
    9. How can governments stop non-native pests from entering the country?
    10. What is your favourite insect?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'bug'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you want to know about stink bugs?
    5. What would you do if you saw a stink bug?
    6. What do you think of the name 'stink bug'?
    7. Would you buy fruit that is 'not beautiful'?
    8. How is climate change affecting farmers?
    9. What is your most-hated insect?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a farmer?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    There are many things that farmers have to (1) ____ about. Some farmers worry about a lack of rain. Others worry about pests that eat the crops. Farmers in the UK have a new pest to worry about - stink bugs. For the (2) ____ time, stink bugs have arrived in the UK and they are (3) ____ farmers trouble. The stink bugs came from either China, Japan or Korea. They are not (4) ____ to the UK. The smelly insects are now posing a (5) ____ to fruit and vegetable crops in the south of England. The insects get their name from the bad smell they create when they feel they are in danger. Stink bugs were (6) ____ introduced to the USA in the mid-1990s and are now a problem for farmers in 44 states.

    Stink bugs feed by (7) ____ the surface of fruits and vegetables and then sucking out the juice. This makes the fruit rotten where the insects pierce the (8) ____. It means farmers cannot sell the crops. The fruit quite often (9) ____ up as juice. Max Barclay, an insect expert, said there is no risk to human health from the insects feeding on fruit and vegetables. He said: "If you eat a damaged fruit, there's no (10) ____ to your health. The fruit just doesn't look beautiful, so the sale value is reduced." He said the species has a wide diet and can eat over one hundred different (11) ____ of plants. He added that: "With climate change and global trade, these stories are going to become (12) ____ frequent."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     worry     (b)     worried     (c)     worrying     (d)     worries    
    2. (a)     fast     (b)     firstly     (c)     first     (d)     fist    
    3. (a)     causes     (b)     caused     (c)     cause     (d)     causing    
    4. (a)     natives     (b)     native     (c)     nativity     (d)     nativism    
    5. (a)     treat     (b)     throat     (c)     thread     (d)     threat    
    6. (a)     accident     (b)     accidental     (c)     accidentally     (d)     accidents    
    7. (a)     holing     (b)     piercing     (c)     looping     (d)     whopping    
    8. (a)     skin     (b)     root     (c)     leaf     (d)     trunk    
    9. (a)     ends     (b)     starts     (c)     middles     (d)     centres    
    10. (a)     risky     (b)     risqué     (c)     risk     (d)     risked    
    11. (a)     fungus     (b)     crops     (c)     bananas     (d)     types    
    12. (a)     much     (b)     more     (c)     many     (d)     some

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. worry about a klac of rain
    2. causing farmers elutrbo
    3. They are not anetiv to the UK
    4. posing a ahrett to fruit
    5. the bad smell they tcaree
    6. Stink bugs were caatclneldiy introduced

    Paragraph 2

    1. Stink bugs feed by piercing the fcaures
    2. sucking out the ejcui
    3. This makes the fruit ottern
    4. If you eat a dgamdea fruit
    5. the sale value is eddrecu
    6. going to become more qteufren

    Put the text back together

    (...)  on fruit and vegetables. He said: "If you eat a damaged fruit, there's no risk to your health. The fruit just doesn't look
    (...)  of England. The insects get their name from the bad smell they create when they feel they are in danger. Stink bugs were accidentally
    (...)  trade, these stories are going to become more frequent."
    (...)  quite often ends up as juice. Max Barclay, an insect expert, said there is no risk to human health from the insects feeding
    (...)  causing farmers trouble. The stink bugs came from either China, Japan or Korea. They are not
    (...)  Stink bugs feed by piercing the surface of fruits and vegetables and then sucking out the
    (...)  juice. This makes the fruit rotten where the insects pierce the skin. It means farmers cannot sell the crops. The fruit
    (...)  beautiful, so the sale value is reduced." He said the species has a wide diet and can eat over one
    (...)  introduced to the USA in the mid-1990s and are now a problem for farmers in 44 states.
    (...)  native to the UK. The smelly insects are now posing a threat to fruit and vegetable crops in the south
    (...)  to worry about - stink bugs. For the first time, stink bugs have arrived in the UK and they are
    (...)  of rain. Others worry about pests that eat the crops. Farmers in the UK have a new pest
    ( 1 ) There are many things that farmers have to worry about. Some farmers worry about a lack
    (...)  hundred different types of plants. He added that: "With climate change and global

    Put the words in the right order

    1. things   to   farmers   worry   that   Many   about   .   have
    2. lack   of   Some   farmers   a   about   rain   .   worry
    3. crops   .   about   pests   that   worry   the   Others   eat
    4. posing   a   now   threat   .   The   insects   are   smelly
    5. bad   smell   .   their   from   name   the   get   They
    6. sell   the   farmers   crops   .   It   cannot   means
    7. as   up   juice   .   quite   ends   The   often   fruit
    8. risk   .   there's   If   you   damaged   fruit,   no   eat
    9. one   plants   .   Eat   over   of   hundred   types   different
    10. to   going   stories   more   These   become   are   frequent   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    There are many things that farmers have to worries / worry about. Some farmers worry about a lack of rain. Others worry about pests / pest that eat the crops. Farmers in the UK have a new pest to worry about - stink bugs. For the fast / first time, stink bugs have arrived in the UK and they are causing / caused farmers trouble. The stink bugs came from either China, Japan or Korea. They are not native of / to the UK. The smelly insects are now posting / posing a threat to fruit and vegetable crops in the south of England. The insects get their name from the bad smelly / smell they create when they feel they are in / on danger. Stink bugs were accidentally introduced to / at the USA in the mid-1990s and are now a problem as / for farmers in 44 states.

    Stink bugs feed by piecing / piercing the surface of fruits and vegetables and then sucking / sucked out the juice. This makes the fruit rotten where the insects pierce the skin / skinny. It means farmers cannot sell the crops. The fruit quietly / quite often ends up as juice. Max Barclay, an insect expat / expert, said there is no risk to human health from the insects feeding on fruit and vegetables. He said: "If you eat a damaged fruity / fruit, there's no risk to your health. The fruit just doesn't look handsome / beautiful, so the sale value is reduced." He said the species has a wide / width diet and can eat over one hundred different types of plants. He added that: "With climate change and global tirade / trade, these stories are going to become more / many frequent."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    St_nk  b_gs  f__d  by  p__rc_ng  th_  s_rf_c_  _f  fr__ts  _nd  v_g_t_bl_s  _nd  th_n  s_ck_ng  __t  th_  j__c_.  Th_s  m_k_s  th_  fr__t  r_tt_n  wh_r_  th_  _ns_cts  p__rc_  th_  sk_n.  _t  m__ns  f_rm_rs  c_nn_t  s_ll  th_  cr_ps.  Th_  fr__t  q__t_  _ft_n  _nds  _p  _s  j__c_.  M_x  B_rcl_y,  _n  _ns_ct  _xp_rt,  s__d  th_r_  _s  n_  r_sk  t_  h_m_n  h__lth  fr_m  th_  _ns_cts  f__d_ng  _n  fr__t  _nd  v_g_t_bl_s.  H_  s__d:  "_f  y__  __t  _  d_m_g_d  fr__t,  th_r_'s  n_  r_sk  t_  y__r  h__lth.  Th_  fr__t  j_st  d__sn't  l__k  b___t_f_l,  s_  th_  s_l_  v_l__  _s  r_d_c_d."  H_  s__d  th_  sp_c__s  h_s  _  w_d_  d__t  _nd  c_n  __t  _v_r  _n_  h_ndr_d  d_ff_r_nt  typ_s  _f  pl_nts.  H_  _dd_d  th_t:  "W_th  cl_m_t_  ch_ng_  _nd  gl_b_l  tr_d_,  th_s_  st_r__s  _r_  g__ng  t_  b_c_m_  m_r_  fr_q__nt."

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    there are many things that farmers have to worry about some farmers worry about a lack of rain others worry about pests that eat the crops farmers in the uk have a new pest to worry about  stink bugs for the first time stink bugs have arrived in the uk and they are causing farmers trouble the stink bugs came from either china japan or korea they are not native to the uk the smelly insects are now posing a threat to fruit and vegetable crops in the south of england the insects get their name from the bad smell they create when they feel they are in danger stink bugs were accidentally introduced to the usa in the mid1990s and are now a problem for farmers in 44 states

    stink bugs feed by piercing the surface of fruits and vegetables and then sucking out the juice this makes the fruit rotten where the insects pierce the skin it means farmers cannot sell the crops the fruit quite often ends up as juice max barclay an insect expert said there is no risk to human health from the insects feeding on fruit and vegetables he said if you eat a damaged fruit theres no risk to your health the fruit just doesnt look beautiful so the sale value is reduced he said the species has a wide diet and can 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

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Therearemanythingsthatfarmershavetoworryabout.Somefarmersw
    orryaboutalackofrain.Othersworryaboutpeststhateatthecrops.Farm
    ersintheUKhaveanewpesttoworryabout-stinkbugs.Forthefirsttime,s
    tinkbugshavearrivedintheUKandtheyarecausingfarmerstrouble.The
    stinkbugscamefromeitherChina,JapanorKorea.Theyarenotnativetot
    heUK.Thesmellyinsectsarenowposingathreattofruitandvegetablecr
    opsinthesouthofEngland.Theinsectsgettheirnamefromthebadsmellt
    heycreatewhentheyfeeltheyareindanger.Stinkbugswereaccidentall
    yintroducedtotheUSAinthemid-1990sandarenowaproblemforfar
    mersin44states.Stinkbugsfeedbypiercingthesurfaceoffruitsandveg
    etablesandthensuckingoutthejuice.Thismakesthefruitrottenwheret
    heinsectspiercetheskin.Itmeansfarmerscannotsellthecrops.Thefruit
    quiteoftenendsupasjuice.MaxBarclay,aninsectexpert,saidthereisno
    risktohumanhealthfromtheinsectsfeedingonfruitandvegetables.Hes
    aid:"Ifyoueatadamagedfruit,there'snorisktoyourhealth.Thefruitjust
    doesn'tlookbeautiful,sothesalevalueisreduced."Hesaidthespeciesha
    sawidedietandcaneatoveronehundreddifferenttypesofplants.Headd
    edthat:"Withclimatechangeandglobaltrade,thesestoriesaregoingto
    becomemorefrequent."

    Free writing

    Write about stink bugs for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Farming is the world's most important industry. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. STINK BUGS: Make a poster about stink bugs. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PESTS: Write a magazine article about killing all of the world's pests. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on stink bugs. Ask him/her three questions about stink bugs. Give him/her three of your ideas. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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