The Reading / Listening - Mouse Plague - Level 2

Millions of mice have been causing a lot of damage in Australia. One state is suffering its worst mouse plague in decades. Mice numbers started growing last year because of a big wheat harvest. The mice have been causing farmers a big headache for a year. They have now caused problems for a prison about 350km west of Sydney. It has evacuated 200 staff and 420 prisoners. They have been moved to other jails in the area because of health and safety reasons. It will take 10 days to clean the prison and to repair electric cables and woodwork.

Mice have damaged buildings all over the region. Their droppings are now a health hazard that has cost a lot of money to clean up. In addition, they have damaged electrical wiring. This is a danger to property and human life. A prisons spokesperson spoke about the cleaning and repairs. He said: "The health, safety and wellbeing of staff and inmates is our number one priority, so it's important for us to act now to carry out the vital repair work....We need to take this step now to ensure the site is thoroughly cleaned and...repaired." He will look at ways to protect against future plagues.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Mouse Plague - Level 0 Mouse Plague - Level 1   or  Mouse Plague - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.canberratimes.com.au/story/7307607/nsw-jail-evacuated-because-of-mice-plague/
  • https://www.smh.com.au/environment/sustainability/everywhere-s-bad-farmers-eye-long-campaign-against-mouse-plague-20210607-p57yor.html
  • https://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2021-06-23/bromadiolone-mouse-plague-poison-rejected-for-use/100218864


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. its worst mouse plague
  2. Mice numbers started
  3. because of a big wheat
  4. causing farmers
  5. It has evacuated
  6. because of health and
  7. It will take 10 days
  8. repair electric cables
  1. and woodwork
  2. 200 staff
  3. growing last year
  4. to clean the prison
  5. in decades
  6. a big headache
  7. safety reasons
  8. harvest

Paragraph 2

  1. Their droppings are now a
  2. they have damaged electrical
  3. The health, safety and
  4. it's important for us
  5. carry out the vital
  6. We need to take
  7. ensure the site is thoroughly
  8. ways to protect against
  1. this step now
  2. repair work
  3. cleaned
  4. wellbeing of staff
  5. health hazard
  6. future plagues
  7. wiring
  8. to act now

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Millions of mice have been causing a (1) ___________________ in Australia. One state is suffering its worst mouse plague in decades. Mice (2) ___________________ last year because of a big wheat harvest. The mice have been causing farmers (3) ___________________ for a year. They have now caused problems for a prison about 350km west of Sydney. It has (4) ___________________ and 420 prisoners. They have been moved to other jails in the area because of (5) ___________________ reasons. It will take 10 days to clean the prison and to (6) ___________________ and woodwork.

Mice have damaged buildings all (7) ___________________. Their droppings are now a (8) ___________________ has cost a lot of money to clean up. In addition, they have damaged electrical wiring. This is a (9) ___________________ and human life. A prisons spokesperson spoke about the cleaning and repairs. He said: "The health, safety and (10) ___________________ and inmates is our number one priority, so it's important for us to act now to carry out the (11) ___________________....We need to take this step now to ensure the site is thoroughly cleaned and...repaired." He will look at (12) ___________________ against future plagues.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

MillionsofmicehavebeencausingalotofdamageinAustralia.Onestatei
ssufferingitsworstmouseplagueindecades.Micenumbersstartedgro
winglastyearbecauseofabigwheatharvest.Themicehavebeencausin
gfarmersabigheadacheforayear.Theyhavenowcausedproblemsfora
prisonabout350kmwestofSydney.Ithasevacuated200staffand420p
risoners.Theyhavebeenmovedtootherjailsintheareabecauseofhealt
handsafetyreasons.Itwilltake10daystocleantheprisonandtorepairel
ectriccablesandwoodwork.Micehavedamagedbuildingsalloverthere
gion.Theirdroppingsarenowahealthhazardthathascostalotofmoneyt
ocleanup.Inaddition,theyhavedamagedelectricalwiring.Thisisadang
ertopropertyandhumanlife.Aprisonsspokespersonspokeaboutthecl
eaningandrepairs.Hesaid:"Thehealth,safetyandwellbeingofstaffand
inmatesisournumberonepriority,soit'simportantforustoactnowtocar
ryoutthevitalrepairwork....Weneedtotakethisstepnowtoensurethesi
teisthoroughlycleanedand...repaired."Hewilllookatwaystoprotectag
ainstfutureplagues.

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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