The Reading / Listening - Microplastics - Level 1

There are pieces of plastic called microplastics in seafood. These are tiny pieces of plastic from our garbage. They are becoming more common in oysters and other kinds of shellfish. Scientists say there are more than five trillion pieces of microplastic in our oceans. There is more every day. A marine biologist said: "Hundreds of marine organisms [mix with] plastic…in the water…and many of those encounters are harmful [or deadly]."



A study into microplastics showed that people eat up to 11,000 pieces of plastic each year. Only around 60 of these stay in our body - the rest go down the toilet. Sixty pieces is not a lot but they will build up and be bad for our health. By 2099, seafood eaters could eat up to 780,000 pieces of plastic a year. That will cause many health problems. Scientists say we need to recycle more. We should also use other things instead of plastic.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Microplastics - Level 0 Microplastics - Level 2   or  Microplastics - Level 3

Sources
  • http://news.sky.com/story/microplastics-in-seafood-could-be-a-health-risk-experts-fear-10739835
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/environment/why-recycle-plastic-rubbish-oceans-8-million-tonnes-pollution-microplastics-a7541476.html
  • http://www.cambridgenetwork.co.uk/news/study-shows-wider-impact-of-microplastics/


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. tiny pieces of plastic from
  2. oysters and other kinds
  3. there are more than five
  4. There is more every
  5. marine
  6. hundreds of marine
  7. in
  8. harmful or
  1. organisms
  2. our garbage
  3. deadly
  4. of shellfish
  5. the water
  6. trillion pieces
  7. day
  8. biologist

Paragraph 2

  1. A study
  2. up to
  3. Only around 60 of these
  4. the rest go
  5. be bad
  6. That will cause many
  7. we need to
  8. We should also use other things
  1. recycle more
  2. down the toilet
  3. instead of plastic
  4. 11,000 pieces
  5. health problems
  6. for our health
  7. into microplastics
  8. stay in our body

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There are (1) ___________________ called microplastics in seafood. These are tiny pieces of plastic (2) ___________________. They are becoming more common in oysters and (3) ___________________ shellfish. Scientists say there are more than five trillion pieces of microplastic in our oceans. There (4) ___________________ day. A marine biologist, said: "Hundreds of (5) ___________________ [mix with] plastic…in the water…and (6) ___________________ encounters are harmful [or deadly]."

A study into microplastics showed that (7) __________________ 11,000 pieces of plastic each year. Only around 60 of these stay (8) ___________________ - the rest go down the toilet. Sixty pieces is not a lot but they will (9) ___________________ be bad for our health. By 2099, seafood eaters (10) ___________________ 780,000 pieces of plastic a year. That will cause many health problems. Scientists (11) ___________________ recycle more. We should also use other things (12) ___________________ plastic.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Therearepiecesofplasticcalledmicroplasticsinseafood.Thesearetiny
piecesofplasticfromourgarbage.Theyarebecomingmorecommonino
ystersandotherkindsofshellfish.Scientistssaytherearemorethanfive
trillionpiecesofmicroplasticinouroceans.Thereismoreeveryday.Ama
rinebiologist,said:"Hundredsofmarineorganisms[mixwith]plastic…i
nthewater…andmanyofthoseencountersareharmful[ordeadly]."Ast
udyintomicroplasticsshowedthatpeopleeatupto11,000piecesofplast
iceachyear.Onlyaround60ofthesestayinourbody-therestgodownth
etoilet.Sixtypiecesisnotalotbuttheywillbuildupandbebadforourhealt
h.By2099,seafoodeaterscouldeatupto780,000piecesofplasticayear.
Thatwillcausemanyhealthproblems.Scientistssayweneedtorecycle
more.Weshouldalsouseotherthingsinsteadofplastic.

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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(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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