The Reading / Listening - Household Bugs - Level 4

Scientists know where bugs like to live in our houses. Many insects and creepy-crawlies share our homes. They all like different kinds of accommodation. Researchers looked at factors in 50 houses to find out why bugs chose where they lived. Most bugs live in ground-level, carpeted rooms with many windows. A researcher said: "The home we create for ourselves also builds a complex, indoor habitat for bugs and other life."



Every room in a house has different environments for bugs. Fruit flies and ladybugs liked living rooms. Spiders, ants and beetles preferred darker, damper rooms. The benefits of sharing our homes with bugs include making sure the microbes we need to stay healthy are in our homes. Bugs also clean up the waste we create. A researcher hopes to understand more about how we can live with bugs and how they help our health.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Household Bugs - Level 5 or  Household Bugs - Level 6

Sources
  • https://eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2017-11/caos-sih110717.php
  • https://www.upi.com/New-study-shows-preferred-spots-for-household-insects/4851510422237/
  • https://uk.news.yahoo.com/bugs-house-why-insects-living-132049710.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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. creepy-
  2. different kinds of
  3. Researchers looked at factors
  4. find out why bugs chose
  5. carpeted rooms with
  6. The home we create
  7. indoor
  8. bugs and other
  1. for ourselves
  2. where they lived
  3. life
  4. accommodation
  5. habitat
  6. crawlies
  7. many windows
  8. in 50 houses

Paragraph 2

  1. different environments
  2. ladybugs liked living
  3. beetles preferred darker,
  4. sharing our
  5. the microbes we need
  6. Bugs also clean up the
  7. how we can live
  8. how they help
  1. waste we create
  2. homes with bugs
  3. our health
  4. rooms
  5. with bugs
  6. for bugs
  7. damper rooms
  8. to stay healthy

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists know where bugs (1) ___________________ our houses. Many insects and (2) ___________________ share our homes. They all like (3) ___________________ accommodation. Researchers looked at factors in 50 houses to find out (4) ___________________ where they lived. Most bugs live in ground-level, (5) ___________________ with many windows. A researcher said: "The home we create for ourselves also builds a complex, (6) ___________________ for bugs and other life."

Every room in a house has (7) ___________________ for bugs. Fruit flies and ladybugs liked living rooms. Spiders, ants and beetles (8) ___________________, damper rooms. The benefits of sharing our homes with bugs include making sure the (9) ___________________ to stay healthy are in our homes. Bugs also clean (10) ___________________ we create. A (11) ___________________ understand more about how we can live with bugs and how they (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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epy-crawliesshareourhomes.Theyalllikedifferentkindsofaccommod
ation.Researcherslookedatfactorsin50housestofindoutwhybugscho
sewheretheylived.Mostbugsliveinground-level,carpetedroomswit
hmanywindows.Aresearchersaid:"Thehomewecreateforourselvesal
sobuildsacomplex,indoorhabitatforbugsandotherlife."Everyroomin
ahousehasdifferentenvironmentsforbugs.Fruitfliesandladybugslike
dlivingrooms.Spiders,antsandbeetlespreferreddarker,damperroom
s.Thebenefitsofsharingourhomeswithbugsincludemakingsurethemi
crobesweneedtostayhealthyareinouthomes.Bugsalsocleanupthewa
stewecreate.Aresearcherhopestounderstandmoreabouthowwecanli
vewithbugsandhowtheyhelpourhealth.

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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