The Reading / Listening - Cutting the Grass - Level 3

A charity in the U.K. is urging people not to cut the grass in their garden. When spring arrives, many gardeners mow their lawn. The call to not do this is part of a project called "No Mow May". It is to help flowers grow wild and insects breed. No Mow May is a campaign to promote biodiversity. It is from the charity Plantlife. The charity is also asking people to count the types and number of wild flowers in their garden. Plantlife says leaving the grass uncut creates a habitat that will help "our bees, butterflies, wildlife and us". Bees are an essential part of nature as they pollinate flowers. Cutting the grass means there are fewer flowers for bees to work their natural magic.

A spokesperson for Plantlife said garden lawns have the potential to be "biodiversity hotspots". Last year, the charity found over 250 species of plants on people's lawns. These included wild strawberry and wild garlic. Plantlife wants people to value wild lawns more. It said people would get a nice, colourful surprise if they did not cut their grass. One gardener spoke to the BBC about the joy of wild gardens. He said people care too much about having a neat garden and use too many chemicals. He believes not mowing the lawn lets people "reconnect with the natural world". Plantlife agreed. It said a wild garden "makes you feel like you're somewhere tropical instead of your own garden".

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Cutting the Grass - Level 0 Cutting the Grass - Level 1   or  Cutting the Grass - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-61264905
  • https://www.cambridgeindependent.co.uk/news/no-mow-may-county-council-joins-in-biodiversity-initiative-9252289/
  • https://nomowmay.plantlife.org.uk/what-is-no-mow-may/


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 :-)

Warm-ups

1. GRASS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about grass. 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?
       charity / cut the grass / garden / gardener / flowers / biodiversity / bees / butterflies /
       plants / strawberry / garlic / surprise / neat / chemicals / the natural world / tropical
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. CUT LAWNS: Students A strongly believe that cut lawns should be banned to encourage greater biodiversity; Students B strongly believe the opposite. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. WILDLIFE: What do you know about these creatures below? How important are they? What do they do for the environment? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What I Know

Importance

What They Do

Bees

 

 

 

Butterflies

 

 

 

Humans

 

 

 

Worms

 

 

 

Ants

 

 

 

Ladybird (UK) / Ladybug (USA)

 

 

 

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5. PROJECT: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "project". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. USES OF GRASS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Garden lawn
  • Tennis court
  • Soccer pitch
  • Golf course green
  • Children's park
  • Meadow
  • Food production
  • Paper production

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

1.

charity

a.

An organization that helps people and raises money for those in need.

2.

mow

b.

Totally necessary; extremely important.

3.

breed

c.

Cut grass with a machine.

4.

promote

d.

The natural home or environment of an animal, plant, or other organism.

5.

habitat

e.

When animals get together to make babies.

6.

essential

f.

Support or actively encourage a cause or project.

7.

pollinate

g.

Take pollen from plant to plant to help them grow.

    Paragraph 2

8.

potential

h.

Happiness.

9.

biodiversity

i.

The importance or usefulness of something.

10.

species

j.

Having or showing the capacity to develop into something in the future.

11.

value

k.

Arranged or put in a tidy way; in good order.

12.

joy

l.

The variety of plant and animal life in the world or in a particular place.

13.

neat

m.

Very hot and humid.

14.

tropical

n.

A group of living things that are similar and can have babies together.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. A charity in the U.K. has banned people from cutting their grass.     T / F
  2. There is a campaign in the U.K. called "May Not Mow".     T / F
  3. A campaign in the U.K. is trying to promote biodiversity.     T / F
  4. A charity said not cutting the grass helps us.     T / F
  5. A charity said spots in the U.K. are too hot for biodiversity.     T / F
  6. Every garden in the U.K. has more than 250 plant species in it.     T / F
  7. A gardener said people are too concerned with neat gardens.    T / F
  8. Many wild gardens in the U.K. are tropical.     T / F

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

  1. urging
  2. mow
  3. breed
  4. habitat
  5. essential
  6. potential
  7. value
  8. joy
  9. neat
  10. tropical
  1. reproduce
  2. happiness
  3. important
  4. cut
  5. appreciate
  6. very hot
  7. encouraging
  8. tidy
  9. ability
  10. natural environment

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

  1. When spring arrives, many
  2. It is to help flowers grow wild and insects
  3. a campaign to promote
  4. help our bees, butterflies, wildlife
  5. fewer flowers for bees to work their
  6. garden lawns have the potential to be
  7. the charity found over 250
  8. people care too much about having a
  9. reconnect
  10. feel like you're somewhere
  1. species of plants
  2. natural magic
  3. biodiversity hotspots
  4. with the natural world
  5. breed
  6. and us
  7. tropical
  8. gardeners mow their lawn
  9. neat garden
  10. biodiversity

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
mow
types
essential
urging
breed
natural
habitat
project

A charity in the U.K. is (1) _____________________ people not to cut the grass in their garden. When spring arrives, many gardeners (2) _____________________ their lawn. The call to not do this is part of a (3) _____________________ called "No Mow May". It is to help flowers grow wild and insects (4) _____________________. No Mow May is a campaign to promote biodiversity. It is from the charity Plantlife. The charity is also asking people to count the (5) _____________________ and number of wild flowers in their garden. Plantlife says leaving the grass uncut creates a (6) _____________________ that will help "our bees, butterflies, wildlife and us". Bees are an (7) _____________________ part of nature as they pollinate flowers. Cutting the grass means there are fewer flowers for bees to work their (8) _____________________ magic.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
value
neat
potential
joy
species
instead
nice
reconnect

A spokesperson for Plantlife said garden lawns have the (9) _____________________ to be "biodiversity hotspots". Last year, the charity found over 250 (10) _____________________ of plants on people's lawns. These included wild strawberry and wild garlic. Plantlife wants people to (11) _____________________ wild lawns more. It said people would get a (12) _____________________, colourful surprise if they did not cut their grass. One gardener spoke to the BBC about the (13) _____________________ of wild gardens. He said people care too much about having a (14) _____________________ garden and use too many chemicals. He believes not mowing the lawn lets people "(15) _____________________ with the natural world". Plantlife agreed. It said a wild garden "makes you feel like you're somewhere tropical (16) _____________________ of your own garden".

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) A charity in the U.K. is urging people not to cut the grass ______
     a.  on their garden
     b.  at their garden
     c.  in their garden
     d.  sin their garden
2)  It is to help flowers grow wild ______
     a.  and insects bleed
     b.  and insects breed
     c.  and insects brood
     d.  and insects braid
3)  No Mow May is a campaign ______
     a.  to pro note biodiversity
     b.  to prom moat biodiversity
     c.  to pro moat biodiversity
     d.  to promote biodiversity
4)  a habitat that will help our bees, butterflies, ______
     a.  wildlife and use
     b.  wildlife and dust
     c.  wildlife and us
     d.  wildlife end dust
5)  Cutting the grass means there are fewer flowers for bees to work ______
     a.  their natural magician
     b.  their natural magic
     c.  their natural magical
     d.  their nature all magic

6)  Plantlife said garden lawns have the potential to ______
     a.  be biodiversity hots pots
     b.  be biodiversity hot pots
     c.  be biodiversity hots spots
     d.  be biodiversity hotspots
7)  Last year, the charity found over 250 ______
     a.  specials of plants
     b.  species of plants
     c.  species off plants
     d.  specials off plants
8)  people would get a nice, colourful surprise if they did not ______
     a.  cut a grass
     b.  cut their grass
     c.  cut there grass
     d.  cut they're grass
9)  He said people care too much about having a neat garden and use ______
     a.  too many chemicals
     b.  too more chemicals
     c.  too most chemicals
     d.  too much chemicals
10)  It said a wild garden makes you feel like ______
     a.  you're somewhere topical
     b.  you're somewhere tropical
     c.  you're somewhere tropics
     d.  you're somewhere tropic all

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A charity in the U.K. is (1) ____________________ to cut the grass in their garden. When spring arrives, many gardeners mow their lawn. The call to not do this is part (2) ____________________ called "No Mow May". It is to help flowers grow wild (3) ____________________. No Mow May is a campaign to promote biodiversity. It is from the charity Plantlife. The charity is also asking people to count the types and number of wild flowers in their garden. Plantlife says leaving the grass uncut (4) ____________________ that will help "our bees, butterflies, wildlife and us". Bees are an (5) ____________________ nature as they pollinate flowers. Cutting the grass means there are (6) ____________________ bees to work their natural magic.

A spokesperson for Plantlife said garden lawns (7) ____________________ to be "biodiversity hotspots". Last year, the charity found over 250 species of plants on people's lawns. These included wild strawberry (8) ____________________. Plantlife wants people to value wild lawns more. It said people would get a nice, colourful surprise if they did not cut their grass. One gardener spoke to the BBC about (9) ____________________ wild gardens. He said people care too much about (10) ____________________ garden and use too many chemicals. He believes not mowing the lawn lets people "(11) ____________________ natural world". Plantlife agreed. It said a wild garden "makes you feel like you're somewhere (12) ____________________ your own garden".

Comprehension questions

  1. When do gardeners in the U.K. mow their lawns?
  2. What is the name of the campaign to stop people cutting their grass?
  3. What does the charity say it wants its campaign to promote?
  4. Who does uncut lawns help besides bees, butterflies and wildlife?
  5. What does the article say bees work?
  6. What did Plantlife say lawns have the potential to be?
  7. How many species of plants can there be on our lawns?
  8. What did Plantlife say people could get if they did not cut their grass?
  9. What did a gardener say people put too much of on lawns?
  10. Where did Plantlife say a wild garden can make you feel you are?

Multiple choice quiz

1) When do gardeners in the U.K. mow their lawns?
a) in the mornings
b) when spring arrives
c) after it rains
d) on May the 10th
2) What is the name of the campaign to stop people cutting their grass?
a) Mow No May
b) No May Mow
c) Mow May Now
d) No Mow May
3) What does the charity say it wants its campaign to promote?
a) biodiversity
b) greenness
c) perfect lawns
d) gardening
4) Who does uncut lawns help besides bees, butterflies and wildlife?
a) gardeners
b) park visitors
c) us
d) soccer players
5) What does the article say bees work?
a) their legs
b) their magic
c) making honey
d) making pollen

6) What did Plantlife say lawns have the potential to be?
a) biodiversity hotspots
b) green
c) picnic spots
d) places to relax
7) How many species of plants can there be on our lawns?
a) 350
b) 240
c) 250
d) 800
8) What did a gardener say people could get if they did not cut their grass?
a) a nice surprise
b) insect bites
c) angry neighbours
d) stressed
9) What did Plantlife say people put too much of on lawns?
a) chemicals
b) water
c) love and attention
d) garden furniture
10) Where did Plantlife say a wild garden can make you feel you are?
a) in heaven
b) in a jungle
c) in a botanical garden
d) somewhere tropical

Role play

Role  A – Garden Lawns
You think garden lawns are the best use of grass. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their uses aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): tennis courts, food production or children's parks.

Role  B – Tennis Courts
You think tennis courts are the best use of grass. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their uses aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): garden lawns, food production or children's parks.

Role  C – Food Production
You think food production is the best use of grass. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their uses aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): tennis courts, garden lawns or children's parks.

Role  D – Children's Parks
You think children's parks are the best use of grass. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their uses aren't as bad. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): tennis courts, food production or garden lawns.

After reading / listening

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

'garden'

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  • and 'grass'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • arrives
    • part
    • promote
    • types
    • habitat
    • magic
    • potential
    • included
    • joy
    • neat
    • reconnect
    • tropical

    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 - Cutting the Grass

    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 'garden'?
    3. How important are gardens?
    4. What should gardens look like?
    5. Is a cut lawn or a wild lawn best?
    6. How important is grass in a garden?
    7. What gardens do you see every day?
    8. What do you think of the No Mow May project?
    9. What 'natural magic' do bees perform?
    10. What advice do you have for gardeners?

    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 'grass'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How can gardens be 'biodiversity hotspots'?
    5. What are the benefits of neatly cut lawns?
    6. How do you connect with nature?
    7. Why do people use chemicals on gardens?
    8. Should we study gardening at school?
    9. What wildlife is there in your garden?
    10. What questions would you like to ask gardeners?

    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)

    A charity in the U.K. is (1) ____ people not to cut the grass in their garden. When spring arrives, many gardeners (2) ____ their lawn. The call to not do this is part of a project called "No Mow May". It is to help flowers grow wild and insects (3) ____. No Mow May is a campaign to promote biodiversity. It is from the charity Plantlife. The charity is also asking people to count the (4) ____ and number of wild flowers in their garden. Plantlife says leaving the grass uncut creates a habitat that will help "our bees, butterflies, wildlife and (5) ____". Bees are an essential part of nature as they pollinate flowers. Cutting the grass means there are (6) ____ flowers for bees to work their natural magic.

    A spokesperson for Plantlife said garden lawns have the potential (7) ____ be "biodiversity hotspots". Last year, the charity found over 250 (8) ____ of plants on people's lawns. These included wild strawberry and wild garlic. Plantlife wants people to (9) ____ wild lawns more. It said people would get a nice, colourful surprise if they did not cut their grass. One gardener spoke to the BBC about the (10) ____ of wild gardens. He said people care too much about having a neat garden and use too (11) ____ chemicals. He believes not mowing the lawn lets people "reconnect with the natural world". Plantlife agreed. It said a wild garden "makes you feel like you're somewhere (12) ____ instead of your own garden".

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     urging     (b)     urgent     (c)     urges     (d)     urge    
    2. (a)     mown     (b)     mower     (c)     mow     (d)     mowing    
    3. (a)     bleed     (b)     braid     (c)     breed     (d)     broad    
    4. (a)     tips     (b)     thyme     (c)     times     (d)     types    
    5. (a)     us     (b)     we     (c)     them     (d)     they    
    6. (a)     lack     (b)     fewer     (c)     plenty     (d)     less    
    7. (a)     by     (b)     at     (c)     for     (d)     to    
    8. (a)     specials     (b)     species     (c)     spaces     (d)     specialize    
    9. (a)     wealth     (b)     worth     (c)     value     (d)     reckon    
    10. (a)     toy     (b)     soy     (c)     boy     (d)     joy    
    11. (a)     most     (b)     much     (c)     more     (d)     many    
    12. (a)     equator     (b)     tropical     (c)     hemisphere     (d)     polar

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    3. a campaign to tprmoeo biodiversity
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    6. bees to work their untlraa magic

    Paragraph 2

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    2. These ndulcied wild strawberry
    3. over 250 esspice of plants
    4. a nice, colourful rpisrseu
    5. use too many scealimch
    6. feel like you're somewhere aolprtic

    Put the text back together

    (...)  help flowers grow wild and insects breed. No Mow May is a campaign to promote biodiversity. It is from the
    (...)  of wild flowers in their garden. Plantlife says leaving the grass uncut creates a habitat that will help "our bees,
    (...)  arrives, many gardeners mow their lawn. The call to not do this is part of a project called "No Mow May". It is to
    (...)  surprise if they did not cut their grass. One gardener spoke to the BBC about the joy
    (...)  butterflies, wildlife and us". Bees are an essential part of nature as they pollinate flowers. Cutting
    (...)  chemicals. He believes not mowing the lawn lets people "reconnect with the natural world". Plantlife
    (...)  agreed. It said a wild garden "makes you feel like you're somewhere tropical instead of your own garden".
    (...)  A spokesperson for Plantlife said garden lawns have the potential to be "biodiversity
    (...)  and wild garlic. Plantlife wants people to value wild lawns more. It said people would get a nice, colourful
    (...)  charity Plantlife. The charity is also asking people to count the types and number
    (...)  hotspots". Last year, the charity found over 250 species of plants on people's lawns. These included wild strawberry
    1  ) A charity in the U.K. is urging people not to cut the grass in their garden. When spring
    (...)  of wild gardens. He said people care too much about having a neat garden and use too many
    (...)  the grass means there are fewer flowers for bees to work their natural magic.

    Put the words in the right order

    1. grass   .   to   people   not   the   It's   cut   urging
    2. help   It   wild   .   grow   flowers   is   to
    3. the   types   flowers   .   Count   wild   of   and   number
    4. grass   uncut   a   creates   habitat   .   Leaving   the
    5. there   flowers   .   grass   fewer   are   Cutting   means   the
    6. biodiversity   hotspots   .   the   Lawns   potential   to   have   be
    7. plants   .   species   found   over   The   charity   250   of
    8. wild   wants   value   people   to   lawns   more   .   Plantlife
    9. too   about   neat   care   much   having   gardens   .   People
    10. It   tropical   .   somewhere   you   feel   makes   like   you're

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    A charity in the U.K. is urging people not to cut the grass in there / their garden. When spring arrives, many gardeners mow / mown their lawn. The call to not do this is partner / part of a project called "No Mow May". It is to help flowers grow wild / wildly and insects breed. No Mow May is a campaign to promote / demote biodiversity. It is from the charity Plantlife. The charity is also asking people to country / count the types and number of wild flowers in their garden. Plantlife says leaving the grass uncut creates a habit / habitat that will help "our bees, butterflies, wildlife and us / we". Bees are an essential part of nature / natural as they pollinate flowers. Cutting the grass means there are fewer flowers for bees to work / effort their natural magic.

    A spokesperson for Plantlife said garden lawns have the possible / potential to be "biodiversity hotspots". Last year, the charity found / fund over 250 species of plants on people / people's lawns. These included wild strawberry and wild garlic. Plantlife wants people to valuable / value wild lawns more. It said people would get a nice / nicely, colourful surprise if they did not cut their grass. One gardener spoke to the BBC about the joy to / of wild gardens. He said people care too much about have / having a neat garden and use too many / much chemicals. He believes not mowing the lawn lets people "reconnect with all / the natural world". Plantlife agreed. It said a wild garden "makes you feel like you're somewhere tropical instead on / of your own garden".

    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)

    _  ch_r_ty  _n  th_  _.K.  _s  _rg_ng  p__pl_  n_t  t_  c_t  th_  gr_ss  _n  th__r  g_rd_n.  Wh_n  spr_ng  _rr_v_s,  m_ny  g_rd_n_rs  m_w  th__r  l_wn.  Th_  c_ll  t_  n_t  d_  th_s  _s  p_rt  _f  _  pr_j_ct  c_ll_d  "N_  M_w  M_y".  _t  _s  t_  h_lp  fl_w_rs  gr_w  w_ld  _nd  _ns_cts  br__d.  N_  M_w  M_y  _s  _  c_mp__gn  t_  pr_m_t_  b__d_v_rs_ty.  _t  _s  fr_m  th_  ch_r_ty  Pl_ntl_f_.  Th_  ch_r_ty  _s  _ls_  _sk_ng  p__pl_  t_  c__nt  th_  typ_s  _nd  n_mb_r  _f  w_ld  fl_w_rs  _n  th__r  g_rd_n.  Pl_ntl_f_  s_ys  l__v_ng  th_  gr_ss  _nc_t  cr__t_s  _  h_b_t_t  th_t  w_ll  h_lp  "__r  b__s,  b_tt_rfl__s,  w_ldl_f_  _nd  _s".  B__s  _r_  _n  _ss_nt__l  p_rt  _f  n_t_r_  _s  th_y  p_ll_n_t_  fl_w_rs.  C_tt_ng  th_  gr_ss  m__ns  th_r_  _r_  f_w_r  fl_w_rs  f_r  b__s  t_  w_rk  th__r  n_t_r_l  m_g_c.

    _  sp_k_sp_rs_n  f_r  Pl_ntl_f_  s__d  g_rd_n  l_wns  h_v_  th_  p_t_nt__l  t_  b_  "b__d_v_rs_ty  h_tsp_ts".  L_st  y__r,  th_  ch_r_ty  f__nd  _v_r  250  sp_c__s  _f  pl_nts  _n  p__pl_'s  l_wns.  Th_s_  _ncl_d_d  w_ld  str_wb_rry  _nd  w_ld  g_rl_c.  Pl_ntl_f_  w_nts  p__pl_  t_  v_l__  w_ld  l_wns  m_r_.  _t  s__d  p__pl_  w__ld  g_t  _  n_c_,  c_l__rf_l  s_rpr_s_  _f  th_y  d_d  n_t  c_t  th__r  gr_ss.  _n_  g_rd_n_r  sp_k_  t_  th_  BBC  _b__t  th_  j_y  _f  w_ld  g_rd_ns.  H_  s__d  p__pl_  c_r_  t__  m_ch  _b__t  h_v_ng  _  n__t  g_rd_n  _nd  _s_  t__  m_ny  ch_m_c_ls.  H_  b_l__v_s  n_t  m_w_ng  th_  l_wn  l_ts  p__pl_  "r_c_nn_ct  w_th  th_  n_t_r_l  w_rld".  Pl_ntl_f_  _gr__d.  _t  s__d  _  w_ld  g_rd_n  "m_k_s  y__  f__l  l_k_  y__'r_  s_m_wh_r_  tr_p_c_l  _nst__d  _f  y__r  _wn  g_rd_n".

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    a charity in the uk is urging people not to cut the grass in their garden when spring arrives many gardeners mow their lawn the call to not do this is part of a project called no mow may it is to help flowers grow wild and insects breed no mow may is a campaign to promote biodiversity it is from the charity plantlife the charity is also asking people to count the types and number of wild flowers in their garden plantlife says leaving the grass uncut creates a habitat that will help our bees butterflies wildlife and us bees are an essential part of nature as they pollinate flowers cutting the grass means there are fewer flowers for bees to work their natural magic

    a spokesperson for plantlife said garden lawns have the potential to be biodiversity hotspots last year the charity found over 250 species of plants on peoples lawns these included wild strawberry and wild garlic plantlife wants people to value wild lawns more it said people would get a nice colourful surprise if they did not cut their grass one gardener spoke to the bbc about the joy of wild gardens he said people care too much about having a neat garden and use too many chemicals he believes not mowing the lawn lets people reconnect with the natural world plantlife agreed it said a wild garden makes you feel like youre somewhere tropical instead of your own garden

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    AcharityintheU.K.isurgingpeoplenottocutthegrassintheirgarden.Wh
    enspringarrives,manygardenersmowtheirlawn.Thecalltonotdothisis
    partofaprojectcalled"NoMowMay".Itistohelpflowersgrowwildandins
    ectsbreed.NoMowMayisacampaigntopromotebiodiversity.Itisfromt
    hecharityPlantlife.Thecharityisalsoaskingpeopletocountthetypesan
    dnumberofwildflowersintheirgarden.Plantlifesaysleavingthegrassu
    ncutcreatesahabitatthatwillhelp"ourbees,butterflies,wildlifeandus".
    Beesareanessentialpartofnatureastheypollinateflowers.Cuttingtheg
    rassmeanstherearefewerflowersforbeestoworktheirnaturalmagic.A
    spokespersonforPlantlifesaidgardenlawnshavethepotentialtobe"bio
    diversityhotspots".Lastyear,thecharityfoundover250speciesofplant
    sonpeople'slawns.Theseincludedwildstrawberryandwildgarlic.Plantl
    ifewantspeopletovaluewildlawnsmore.Itsaidpeoplewouldgetanice,c
    olourfulsurpriseiftheydidnotcuttheirgrass.Onegardenerspoketothe
    BBCaboutthejoyofwildgardens.Hesaidpeoplecaretoomuchabouthav
    inganeatgardenandusetoomanychemicals.Hebelievesnotmowingth
    elawnletspeople"reconnectwiththenaturalworld".Plantlifeagreed.It
    saidawildgarden"makesyoufeellikeyou'resomewheretropicalinstea
    dofyourowngarden".

    Free writing

    Write about cutting the grass for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    A wild and natural lawn is better than a neatly cut lawn 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. GRASS: Make a poster about grass. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. BIODIVERSITY: Write a magazine article about banning people from cutting grass to help biodiversity. 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 grass. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on cutting the grass. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    A Few Additional Activities for Students

    Ask your students what they have read, seen or heard about this news in their own language. Students are likely to / may have have encountered this news in their L1 and therefore bring a background knowledge to the classroom.

    Get students to role play different characters from this news story.

    Ask students to keep track of this news and revisit it to discuss in your next class.

    Ask students to male predictions of how this news might develop in the next few days or weeks, and then revisit and discuss in a future class.

    Ask students to write a follow-up story to this news.

    Students role play a journalist and someone who witnessed or was a part of this news. Perhaps they could make a video of the interview.

    Ask students to keep a news journal in English and add this story to their thoughts.

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