The Reading / Listening - Eating Greens - Level 1

Everyone knows that children don't like eating greens. Parents can't get their children to eat vegetables. A new study explains why. The study looked at the eating habits of young children. The study found that genes can make children dislike greens. The children can become fussy eaters. This means parents do not have to stress if their children do not eat vegetables. Many parents worry about what their children eat.



DNA changes how small children taste things. They think many vegetables taste bitter. A researcher into obesity said it was not surprising that children have a sensitive taste. Many children think broccoli is bitter. The new research could help to fight obesity in children. The researcher said there needs to be more research. She said: "There is a huge gap in the research when children [move] from a milk-based diet to foods that the rest of the family eats."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Eating Greens - Level 0 Eating Greens - Level 2   or  Eating Greens - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.deccanchronicle.com/lifestyle/health-and-wellbeing/091017/not-liking-green-could-be-in-your-genes.html
  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4961092/Picky-eating-gene-mutation-discovered-scientists.html
  • https://medicalxpress.com/news/2017-10-picky-eater-nature-nurture-behavior.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. get their children
  2. A new study explains
  3. the eating habits
  4. The children can become fussy
  5. parents do not have
  6. children do
  7. Many parents
  8. what their
  1. not eat vegetables
  2. to eat vegetables
  3. children eat
  4. of young children
  5. worry
  6. why
  7. to stress
  8. eaters

Paragraph 2

  1. They think many vegetables taste
  2. children have a sensitive
  3. Many children think
  4. fight obesity
  5. there needs to be more
  6. There is a huge
  7. move from a milk-
  8. the rest of the family
  1. gap in the research
  2. broccoli is bitter
  3. eats
  4. bitter
  5. based diet
  6. in children
  7. research
  8. taste

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Everyone knows that children (1) ___________________ greens. Parents (2) ___________________ children to eat vegetables. A new study explains why. The study looked at (3) ___________________ of young children. The study found that (4) ___________________ children dislike greens. The children can become fussy eaters. This means parents (5) ___________________ to stress if their children do not eat vegetables. Many parents worry about (6) ___________________ eat.

DNA (7) ___________________ children taste things. They think many vegetables taste bitter. A researcher (8) _______________ it was not surprising that children have a sensitive taste. Many children think (9) ___________________. The new research (10) ___________________ fight obesity in children. The researcher said there needs to be more research. She said: "There is (11) ___________________ in the research when children [move] from a milk-based (12) ___________________ that the rest of the family eats."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Everyoneknowsthatchildrendon'tlikeeatinggreens.Parentscan'tgett
heirchildrentoeatvegetables.Anewstudyexplainswhy.Thestudylook
edattheeatinghabitsofyoungchildren.Thestudyfoundthatgenescan
makechildrendislikegreens.Thechildrencanbecomefussyeaters.This
meansparentsdonothavetostressiftheirchildrendonoteatvegetables
.Manyparentsworryaboutwhattheirchildreneat.DNAchangeshowsm
allchildrentastethings.Theythinkmanyvegetablestastebitter.Aresea
rcherintoobesitysaiditwasnotsurprisingthatchildrenhaveasensitivet
aste.Manychildrenthinkbroccoliisbitter.Thenewresearchcouldhelpto
fightobesityinchildren.Theresearchersaidthereneedstobemorerese
arch.Shesaid:"Thereisahugegapintheresearchwhenchildren[move]
fromamilk-baseddiettofoodsthattherestofthefamilyeats."

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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