The Reading / Listening - Household Bugs - Level 6

Scientists have discovered where bugs most like to live in your house. There is a rich diversity of insects and other creepy-crawlies we share our homes with and they all have particular tastes regarding accommodation. Researchers from universities in the USA and Denmark studied different physical factors in 50 houses to find out what affected where bugs lived. They discovered that the largest number of bugs generally reside in ground-level, carpeted rooms that have many windows. Lead author of the research, 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."



The researchers found that every room in a house offered differing ecological environments for bugs. They found that booklice, fruit flies and ladybugs preferred living rooms. Spiders, ants, centipedes and beetles were more likely to live in darker, damper places like basements. The researchers said there were many benefits of sharing our homes with insects and other bugs. They said many were essential for ensuring microbes we need to stay healthy are present in our homes. They also play an essential role in cleaning up microscopic 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 easier levels:

    Household Bugs - Level 4  or  Household Bugs - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. HOUSEHOLD BUGS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about household bugs. 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?

       scientists / bugs / homes / tastes / accommodation / carpeted rooms / windows / life
       researchers / environments / beetles / basements / benefits / microscopic / physical

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. BUGS: Students A strongly believe bugs are useful; Students B strongly believe bugs are not useful.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. CREEPY-CRAWLIES: What do you know about these bugs? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What I know?

What I want to know

Ants

 

 

Spiders

 

 

Centipedes

 

 

Ladybugs

 

 

Ants

 

 

Beetles

 

 

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5. DIVERSITY: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "diversity". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. USEFUL: Rank these with your partner. Put the most useful insects at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • bees
  • worms
  • ladybugs
  • dragonflies
  • ants
  • butterflies
  • cockroaches
  • spiders

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. diversity a. The natural home or environment of a human, animal, plant, or other organism.
      2. creepy-crawlies b. Having a range or variety of different things.
      3. particular c. Live somewhere.
      4. accommodation d. A spider, worm, or other small, flightless creature, especially when considered unpleasant or frightening.
      5. reside e. A place to live.
      6. realize f. Used to single out or focus on an individual member of a group or class.
      7. habitat g. Become fully aware of something as a fact; understand clearly.

    Paragraph 2

      8. ecological h. Relating to or concerned with the relation of living organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings.
      9. preferred i. Live peacefully and tolerantly with people or animals that are different.
      10. centipedes j. Liked one thing or person more than another.
      11. damper k. So small we can't see it with our eyes.
      12. essential l. Long, insect-like animals with many, many, many pairs of legs.
      13. microscopic m. More wet.
      14. coexistence n. Absolutely necessary; extremely important.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The article says insects make us richer.     T / F
  2. Researchers from universities in three countries conducted the research. T / F
  3. Researchers said most bugs lived in the kitchen.     T / F
  4. A researcher said we are just beginning to understand bugs in the home. T / F
  5. Rooms in houses offer different environments to bugs.     T / F
  6. Researchers said fruit flies prefer to live in kitchens.     T / F
  7. Researchers said bugs in the house were important for our health.     T / F
  8. A researcher wants to know more about how we live with bugs.     T / F

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

  1. rich
  2. diversity
  3. tastes
  4. reside
  5. habitat
  6. likely
  7. essential
  8. role
  9. impact
  10. well-being
  1. environment
  2. effect
  3. probably
  4. plentiful
  5. crucial
  6. preferences
  7. part
  8. welfare
  9. variety
  10. live in

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

  1. where bugs most like to
  2. There is a rich diversity
  3. they all have particular
  4. ground-level, carpeted rooms that
  5. study how the home we create
  6. fruit flies and ladybugs preferred
  7. live in darker, damper
  8. microbes we need
  9. an essential role in cleaning up microscopic
  10. it may impact our physical and mental
  1. have many windows
  2. tastes
  3. waste we create
  4. for ourselves
  5. living rooms
  6. live in your house
  7. well-being
  8. places like basements
  9. of insects
  10. to stay healthy

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
physical
generally
habitat
rich
affected
realize
particular
windows

Scientists have discovered where bugs most like to live in your house. There is a (1) ____________ diversity of insects and other creepy-crawlies we share our homes with and they all have (2) ____________ tastes regarding accommodation. Researchers from universities in the USA and Denmark studied different (3) ____________ factors in 50 houses to find out what (4) ____________ where bugs lived. They discovered that the largest number of bugs (5) ____________ reside in ground-level, carpeted rooms that have many (6) ____________. Lead author of the research, Dr Misha Leong, said: "We are just beginning to (7) ____________ and study how the home we create for ourselves also builds a complex, indoor (8) ____________ for bugs and other life."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
preferred
microscopic
benefits
impact
differing
coexistence
beetles
essential

The researchers found that every room in a house offered (9) ____________ ecological environments for bugs. They found that booklice, fruit flies and ladybugs (10) ____________ living rooms. Spiders, ants, centipedes and (11) ____________ were more likely to live in darker, damper places like basements. The researchers said there were many (12) ____________ of sharing our homes with insects and other bugs. They said many were (13) ____________ for ensuring microbes we need to stay healthy are present in our homes. They also play an essential role in cleaning up (14) ____________ waste we create. Dr Leong said: "We're hoping to better understand this age-old (15) ____________, and how it may (16) ____________ our physical and mental well-being."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  There is a rich diversity of insects and other ______
     a.  creepy-crawl lies
     b.  creep-pee-crawlies
     c.  creepy-claw lies
     d.  creepy-crawlies

2)  we share our homes with and they all have ______
     a.  particularly tastes
     b.  particular tastes
     c.  particulars tastes
     d.  particularity tastes

3)  studied different physical factors in 50 houses to find out what ______ lived
     a.  affected where bugs
     b.  infected where bugs
     c.  reflected where bugs
     d.  effected where bugs

4)  the largest number of bugs generally reside in ground-level, ______
     a.  carpet it rooms
     b.  car petted rooms
     c.  carpet did rooms
     d.  carpeted rooms

5)  We are just beginning to realize and study how the home we ______
     a.  creates for ourselves
     b.  create for yourselves
     c.  create for ourselves
     d.  creates for yourselves

6)  researchers found that every room in a house offered ______ environments
     a.  differing ecological
     b.  differ in encological
     c.  differing ecologically
     d.  differing encological

7)  They found that booklice, fruit flies and ladybugs ______ rooms
     a.  prefers live in
     b.  preferred living in
     c.  preferred living
     d.  prefers living

8)  centipedes and beetles were more likely to live in darker, ______
     a.  damper places
     b.  dumper places
     c.  damp per places
     d.  dump per places

9)  They said many were essential for ensuring microbes we ______ healthy
     a.  need to stay
     b.  needs to stay
     c.  need too stay
     d.  need to stays

10)  this age-old coexistence, and how it may impact our physical and mental ______
     a.  well-been
     b.  well-being
     c.  well-bean
     d.  well-be in

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have discovered where bugs most like to live in your house. There is a (1) ___________________ insects and other creepy-crawlies we share our homes with and they all have (2) ___________________ regarding accommodation. Researchers from universities in the USA and Denmark studied different (3) ___________________ 50 houses to find out what affected where bugs lived. They discovered that the largest number of bugs (4) ___________________ ground-level, carpeted rooms that have many windows. Lead author of the research, Dr Misha Leong, said: "We are just (5) ___________________ and study how the home we create for ourselves also builds a complex, (6) ___________________ bugs and other life."

The researchers found that every room in a house offered (7) ___________________ environments for bugs. They found that booklice, fruit flies and ladybugs preferred living rooms. Spiders, (8) ___________________ and beetles were more likely to live in darker, damper places like basements. The researchers said there (9) ___________________ of sharing our homes with insects and other bugs. They said many were essential for (10) ___________________ we need to stay healthy are present in our homes. They also play (11) ___________________ in cleaning up microscopic 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) ___________________."

Comprehension questions

  1. What did scientists say was rich?
  2. What do insects have differing tastes for?
  3. How many houses did the researchers use in their study?
  4. What room did the researchers say most bugs lived in?
  5. What is Misha Leong's role in this research?
  6. What insects preferred living rooms besides booklice and fruit flies?
  7. What kind of damp place was mentioned?
  8. What did the article say was essential to keep us healthy?
  9. What kind of waste do insects play a role in cleaning up?
  10. What age-old thing did a researcher say she wanted to understand?




Multiple choice quiz

1)  What did scientists say was rich?
a) environments
b) diversity of insects
c) money
d) accommodation

2) What do insects have differing tastes for?
a) houses
b) food
c) universities
d) accommodation

3) How many houses did the researchers use in their study?
a) 40
b) 60
c) 50
d) 70

4) What kind of rooms did the researchers say most bugs lived in?
a) carpeted rooms
b) comfortable rooms
c) dirty rooms
d) kitchens

5) What is Misha Leong's role in this research?
a) housing expert
b) lead author
c) insect expert
d) insect collector

6) What insects preferred living rooms besides booklice and fruit flies?
a) ladybugs
b) centipedes
c) ants
d) bees

7) What kind of damp place was mentioned?
a) bathroomss
b) gardens
c) basements
d) swimming pools

8) What did the article say was essential to keep us healthy?
a) microbes
b) nutrients
c) exercise
d) ants

9) What kind of waste do insects play a role in cleaning up?
a) huge waste
b) vegetable waste
c) radioactive waste
d) microscopic waste

10) What age-old thing did a researcher say she wanted to understand?
a) carpets
b) centipedes
c) our co-existence with insects
d) the Pyramids

Role play

Role  A – Ants

You think ants are the most useful insects. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their insects are not as useful. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): butterflies, spiders or bees.

Role  B – Butterflies

You think butterflies are the most useful insects. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their insects are not as useful. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): ants, spiders or bees.

Role  C – Spiders

You think spiders are the most useful insects. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their insects are not as useful. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why): butterflies, ants or bees.

Role  D – Bees

You think bees are the most useful insects. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their insects are not as useful. Also, tell the others which is the least useful of these (and why):  butterflies, spiders or ants.

After reading / listening

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

'bug'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'insect'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • 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:

    • offered
    • preferred
    • benefits
    • stay
    • role
    • impact
    • most
    • rich
    • tastes
    • 50
    • windows
    • just




    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 - Where do bugs like to live in your house?

    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 'bug'?
    3. What kind of bugs live in your house?
    4. How do you feel about insects in your house?
    5. What are your favourite insects and why?
    6. What are the most useless insects in the world?
    7. Why do so many people hate insects?
    8. What use are insects?
    9. What do you do when you see insects in your house?
    10. Why do different insects prefer different rooms in a house?

    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 'insect'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What insects do you dislike?
    5. Would you rather live with or without insects?
    6. What would happen to the world if insects disappeared?
    7. How can insects make us healthier?
    8. What is the coolest thing that insects do?
    9. What insect would be best for a superhero?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    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)

    Scientists have (1) ____ where bugs most like to live in your house. There is a rich diversity of insects and other (2) ____-crawlies we share our homes with and they all have particular (3) ____ regarding accommodation. Researchers from universities in the USA and Denmark studied different physical factors in 50 houses to find out what (4) ____ where bugs lived. They discovered that the largest number of bugs generally (5) ____ in ground-level, carpeted rooms that have many windows. Lead author of the research, Dr Misha Leong, said: "We are just beginning to realize and study how the home we create for ourselves also builds a complex, indoor (6) ____ for bugs and other life."

    The researchers found that every room in a house offered (7) ____ ecological environments for bugs. They found that booklice, fruit flies and ladybugs preferred living rooms. Spiders, ants, centipedes and beetles were more (8) ____ live in darker, damper places like basements. The researchers said there were many benefits (9) ____ sharing our homes with insects and other bugs. They said many were essential (10) ____ ensuring microbes we need to stay healthy are present in our homes. They also play an essential role (11) ____ cleaning up microscopic waste we create. Dr Leong said: "We're hoping to better understand this age-old coexistence, and how it may (12) ____ our physical and mental well-being."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     discover     (b)     discovered     (c)     discovery     (d)     discovers    
    2. (a)     crept     (b)     crept     (c)     creeps     (d)     creepy    
    3. (a)     tastes     (b)     feels     (c)     touches     (d)     sees    
    4. (a)     effected     (b)     infected     (c)     affected     (d)     reflected    
    5. (a)     deride     (b)     reside     (c)     aside     (d)     beside    
    6. (a)     habitat     (b)     inhabit     (c)     inhabitant     (d)     habitually    
    7. (a)     diffident     (b)     diffusing     (c)     differing     (d)     differential    
    8. (a)     likely     (b)     likeable     (c)     liking     (d)     liken    
    9. (a)     of     (b)     by     (c)     at     (d)     as    
    10. (a)     of     (b)     at     (c)     by     (d)     for    
    11. (a)     as     (b)     in     (c)     so     (d)     such    
    12. (a)     packed     (b)     pact     (c)     compact     (d)     impact

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. all have rriuatcpal tastes regarding accommodation
    3. find out what aecedftf where bugs lived
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    6. a complex, indoor abtitah

    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     "We are just beginning to realize and study how the home we create for

    (    )     essential role in cleaning up microscopic waste we create. Dr Leong said: "We're hoping to better understand

    (    )     for bugs. They found that booklice, fruit flies and ladybugs preferred living rooms. Spiders, ants, centipedes and

    (    )     of insects and other creepy-crawlies we share our homes with and they all have particular

    (    )     this age-old coexistence, and how it may impact our physical and mental well-being."

    (    )     essential for ensuring microbes we need to stay healthy are present in our homes. They also play an

    (    )     reside in ground-level, carpeted rooms that have many windows. Lead author of the research, Dr Misha Leong, said:

    (    )     tastes regarding accommodation. Researchers from universities in the USA and Denmark studied different physical

    (    )     beetles were more likely to live in darker, damper places like basements. The researchers said there were many

    (    )     benefits for sharing our homes with insects and other bugs. They said many were

    (    )     The researchers found that every room in a house offered differing ecological environments

    (    )     ourselves also builds a complex, indoor habitat for bugs and other life."

    (    )     factors in 50 houses to find out what affected where bugs lived. They discovered that the largest number of bugs generally

    (    )     Scientists have discovered where bugs most like to live in your house. There is a rich diversity

    Put the words in the right order

    1. discovered   to   where   live   bugs   Scientists   most   have   like   .
    2. have   tastes   accommodation   all   particular   regarding   They   .
    3. lived   out   affected   bugs   Find   what   where   .
    4. level   rooms   reside   carpeted   generally   ground-   ,   Bugs   in   .
    5. other   life   Builds   a   complex   ,   indoor   habitat   for   bugs   and   .
    6. basements  live  ,  like   likely  to  darker   places  More   in   damper   .
    7. our   sharing   for   benefits   Many   insects   with   homes   .
    8. stay   microbes   healthy   we   are   need   present   to   Ensuring   .
    9. up   essential   microscopic   role   waste   in   Play   cleaning   an   .
    10. understand   We're   better   age-old   coexistence   to   this   hoping   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Scientists have discovered where bugs most likely / like to live in your house. There is a rich diversity / diverse of insects and other creepy-crawlies we share our homes by / with and they all have particularly / particular tastes regarding accommodation. Researchers from universities in the USA and Denmark studied different physical factors / factories in 50 houses to find out what effected / affected where bugs lived. They discovered that the largest number of bugs generally reside / beside in ground-level, carpeted rooms that have many windows. Lead author of a / the research, Dr Misha Leong, said: "We are just beginning / begun to realize and study how the home we create for ourselves also builds a complex, indoor habitat for bugs and other / another life."

    The researchers found that every room in a house offering / offered differing ecological environments for bugs. They found that booklice, fruit flies and ladybugs preferred / preferring living rooms. Spiders, ants, centipedes and beetles were more liken / likely to live in darker, damper places like basements / basement. The researchers said there were many beneficial / benefits of sharing our homes with insects and another / other bugs. They said many were essential / essence for ensuring microbes we need to stay healthy are present in our homes. They also do / play an essential role in cleaning up microscopic paste / waste we create. Dr Leong said: "We're hoping to better understand this age-old coexistence, and how it may impact / compact our physical and mental well-being."

    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)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    scientists have discovered where bugs most like to live in your house there is a rich diversity of insects and other creepy-crawlies we share our homes with and they all have particular tastes regarding accommodation researchers from universities in the usa and denmark studied different physical factors in 50 houses to find out what affected where bugs lived they discovered that the largest number of bugs generally reside in ground-level carpeted rooms that have many windows lead author of the research 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"

    the researchers found that every room in a house offered differing ecological environments for bugs they found that booklice fruit flies and ladybugs preferred living rooms spiders ants centipedes and beetles were more likely to live in darker damper places like basements the researchers said there were many benefits of sharing our homes with insects and other bugs they said many were essential for ensuring microbes we need to stay healthy are present in our homes they also play an essential role in cleaning up microscopic 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"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Scientistshavediscoveredwherebugsmostliketoliveinyourhouse.The
    reisarichdiversityofinsectsandothercreepy-crawliesweshareourho
    meswithandtheyallhaveparticulartastesregardingaccommodation.
    ResearchersfromuniversitiesintheUSAandDenmarkstudieddifferent
    physicalfactorsin50housestofindoutwhataffectedwherebugslived.T
    heydiscoveredthatthelargestnumberofbugsgenerallyresideingroun
    d-level,carpetedroomsthathavemanywindows.Leadauthoroftheres
    earch,DrMishaLeong,said:"Wearejustbeginningtorealizeandstudyh
    owthehomewecreateforourselvesalsobuildsacomplex,indoorhabitat
    forbugsandotherlife."Theresearchersfoundthateveryroominahouse
    offereddifferingecologicalenvironmentsforbugs.Theyfoundthatbook
    lice,fruitfliesandladybugspreferredlivingrooms.Spiders,ants,centip
    edesandbeetlesweremorelikelytoliveindarker,damperplaceslikebas
    ements.Theresearcherssaidthereweremanybenefitsofsharingourho
    meswithinsectsandotherbugs.Theysaidmanywereessentialforensur
    ingmicrobesweneedtostayhealthyarepresentinouthomes.Theyalso
    playanessentialroleincleaningupmicroscopicwastewecreate.DrLeon
    gsaid:"We'rehopingtobetterunderstandthisage-oldcoexisten
    ce,andhowitmayimpactourphysicalandmentalwell-being."

    Free writing

    Write about household bugs for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    We need a chemical to kill all bugs in the home forever. 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. HOUSEHOLD BUGS: Make a poster about household bugs. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. BUG REMOVAL: Write a magazine article about removing all household bugs people's homes. 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 household bugs. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions of insects in the home. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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