The Reading / Listening - Household Bugs - Level 5

Scientists have found where bugs most like to live in houses. A rich diversity of insects and creepy-crawlies share our homes. They all have different tastes regarding accommodation. Researchers from US and Danish universities studied factors in 50 houses to find out why bugs chose where they lived. The largest number of bugs live in ground-level, carpeted rooms with many windows. Lead author Dr Misha Leong said: "We are just beginning to realize and study how the home we create for ourselves also builds a complex, indoor habitat for bugs and other life."



Every room in a house offered different ecological environments for bugs. Booklice, fruit flies and ladybugs liked living rooms. Spiders, ants, centipedes and beetles preferred darker, damper places like basements. There are benefits of sharing our homes with bugs. Many bugs are essential for ensuring the microbes we need to stay healthy are present in our homes. They also play an important part in cleaning up the waste we create. Dr Leong said: "We're hoping to better understand this age-old coexistence, and how it may impact our physical and mental well-being."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Household Bugs - Level 4 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. A rich diversity
  2. creepy-
  3. They all have different
  4. studied factors
  5. find out why bugs chose where
  6. carpeted rooms with many
  7. indoor
  8. bugs and
  1. windows
  2. in 50 houses
  3. other life
  4. crawlies
  5. habitat
  6. of insects
  7. tastes
  8. they lived

Paragraph 2

  1. different ecological
  2. damper places
  3. benefits of sharing our homes
  4. the microbes we need
  5. They also play an important
  6. cleaning up the waste
  7. understand this age-old
  8. our physical and
  1. we create
  2. with bugs
  3. mental well-being
  4. like basements
  5. coexistence
  6. environments
  7. to stay healthy
  8. part

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have found where bugs most (1) ___________________ houses. A rich diversity of insects and (2) ___________________ share our homes. They all have different (3) ___________________ accommodation. Researchers from US and Danish universities studied factors in 50 houses to find out why (4) ___________________ they lived. The largest number of bugs live in ground-level, (5) ___________________ with many windows. Lead author Dr Misha Leong said: "We are just beginning to realize and study how the home we create for ourselves also builds a complex, (6) ___________________ bugs and other life."

Every room in a house offered (7) ___________________ environments for bugs. Booklice, fruit flies and ladybugs (8) ___________________. Spiders, ants, centipedes and beetles (9) ___________________, damper places like basements. There are benefits of sharing our homes with bugs. Many bugs are essential for (10) ___________________ we need to stay healthy are present in our homes. They also play an important (11) ___________________ up the waste we create. Dr Leong said: "We're hoping to better understand this age-old coexistence, and how it may impact our physical and (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistshavefoundwherebugsmostliketoliveinhouses.Arichdiversi
tyofinsectsandcreepy-crawliesshareourhomes.Theyallhavedifferen
ttastesregardingaccommodation.ResearchersfromUSandDanishuni
versitiesstudiedfactorsin50housestofindoutwhybugschosewhereth
eylived.Thelargestnumberofbugsliveinground-level,carpetedroo
mswithmanywindows.LeadauthorDrMishaLeongsaid:"Wearejustbe
ginningtorealizeandstudyhowthehomewecreateforourselvesalsobui
ldsacomplex,indoorhabitatforbugsandotherlife."Everyroominahous
eoffereddifferentecologicalenvironmentsforbugs.Booklice,fruitflies
andladybugslikedlivingrooms.Spiders,ants,centipedesandbeetlespr
eferreddarker,damperplaceslikebasements.Therearebenefitsofshar
ingourhomeswithbugs.Manybugsareessentialforensuringthemicrob
esweneedtostayhealthyarepresentinouthomes.Theyalsoplayanimp
ortantpartincleaningupthewastewecreate.DrLeongsaid:"We'rehopi
ngtobetterunderstandthisage-oldcoexistence,andhowitmayimpa
ctourphysicalandmentalwell-being."

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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Free writing

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Answers

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