The Reading / Listening - Glitter - Level 5

Scientists are highlighting the damage that glitter does to our environment. They want a worldwide ban on the shiny pieces of plastic that decorate everything from eyelids to furniture. Scientists from a New Zealand university say glitter is a micro-plastic and it should be banned. A large amount of glitter ends up in the world's oceans. Fish cannot digest it because it does not break down. It stays in the food chain. Professor Richard Thompson found that plastic particles were discovered in about one-third of the fish caught in seas around the United Kingdom.



Micro-plastics are less than five millimeters long. Most glitter produced around the world is micro-plastic. Another professor told a newspaper: "I think all glitter should be banned because it's a micro-plastic." Professor Thompson said he was concerned when somebody bought his daughters some shower gel with glitter in it. He said the glitter would, "escape down the plughole and potentially enter the environment". The cosmetics company Lush is discontinuing its use of plastic glitter. It said: "We've avoided micro-plastics by switching to synthetic and mineral glitter."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Glitter - Level 4 or  Glitter - Level 6

Sources
  • http://www.smh.com.au/environment/ban-the-glitter-scientists-calling-for-an-end-to-microplastics-20171202-gzxek1.html
  • https://globalcosmeticsnews.com/north-america/5415/environmental-scientists-call-for-glitter-ban-following-new-study
  • https://www.livescience.com/61060-global-glitter-ban.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. shiny pieces
  2. decorate everything from eyelids
  3. glitter is a micro-plastic and it
  4. A large amount
  5. it does not break
  6. It stays in the food
  7. plastic
  8. about one-third of the
  1. chain
  2. should be banned
  3. fish caught
  4. of plastic
  5. particles
  6. to furniture
  7. down
  8. of glitter

Paragraph 2

  1. less than five millimeters
  2. Most glitter produced
  3. Thompson said he was
  4. shower gel
  5. escape down
  6. Lush is discontinuing its use
  7. We've avoided
  8. switching to synthetic and
  1. micro-plastics
  2. the plughole
  3. mineral glitter
  4. concerned
  5. long
  6. with glitter in it
  7. around the world
  8. of plastic glitter

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists are highlighting the damage that (1) ___________________ our environment. They want a worldwide ban (2) ___________________ pieces of plastic that decorate everything from eyelids to furniture. Scientists from a New Zealand university (3) ___________________ a micro-plastic and it should be banned. A large amount of glitter (4) ___________________ the world's oceans. Fish cannot digest it because it does not break down. It stays in (5) ___________________. Professor Richard Thompson found that plastic particles were discovered in about one-third of the (6) ___________________ seas around the United Kingdom.

Micro-plastics (7) ___________________ five millimeters long. Most glitter produced around the world is micro-plastic. Another professor told a newspaper: "I think all glitter (8) ___________________ because it's a micro-plastic." Professor Thompson said (9) ___________________ when somebody bought his daughters some shower gel with glitter in it. He said the glitter would, "escape (10) ___________________ and potentially enter the environment". The (11) ___________________ Lush is discontinuing its use of plastic glitter. It said: "We've avoided micro-plastics (12) ___________________ synthetic and mineral glitter."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistsarehighlightingthedamagethatglitterdoestoourenvironme
nt.Theywantaworldwidebanontheshinypiecesofplasticthatdecorate
everythingfromeyelidstofurniture.ScientistsfromaNewZealanduniv
ersitysayglitterisamicro-plasticanditshouldbebanned.Alargeamoun
tofglitterendsupintheworld'soceans.Fishcannotdigestitbecauseitdo
esnotbreakdown.Itstaysinthefoodchain.ProfessorRichardThompso
nfoundthatplasticparticleswerediscoveredinaboutone-thirdofthefi
shcaughtinseasaroundtheUnitedKingdom.Micro-plasticsarelessth
anfivemillimeterslong.Mostglitterproducedaroundtheworldismicro-
plastic.Anotherprofessortoldanewspaper:"Ithinkallglittershouldbeb
annedbecauseit'samicro-plastic."ProfessorThompsonsaidhewascon
cernedwhensomebodyboughthisdaughterssomeshowergelwithglitt
erinit.Hesaidtheglitterwould,"escapedowntheplugholeandpotentiall
yentertheenvironment".ThecosmeticscompanyLushisdiscontinuingi
tsuseofplasticglitter.Itsaid:"We'veavoidedmicro-plasticsbyswitch
ingtosyntheticandmineralglitter."

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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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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