The Reading / Listening - Light Plants - Level 0

Scientists in the USA have made plants that light up. They hope their plant lights could replace electric lights and street lights. The team hopes the plant lights will help the environment. It said: "The vision is to make a plant that will [work] as a desk lamp…that you don't have to plug in.…powered by the energy…of the plant."



The idea for the plant lights came from fireflies. They put the thing in fireflies that makes them glow into spinach and watercress leaves. The plants glowed for nearly four hours. Scientists said they want to treat a young plant one time and have it light up for its lifetime. They said plant lights will be a part of our life.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Light Plants - Level 1 Light Plants - Level 2   or  Light Plants - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.independent.co.uk/news/science/glowing-plants-streetlamps-lamps-replacement-new-invention-a8113191.html
  • http://news.mit.edu/2017/engineers-create-nanobionic-plants-that-glow-1213
  • https://phys.org/news/2017-12-engineers-create-plants-that-glow.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. plants that light
  2. plant lights could
  3. street
  4. the plant lights will
  5. The vision is
  6. work as a
  7. that you don't have to plug
  8. powered by the energy
  1. in
  2. help the environment
  3. of the plant
  4. replace electric lights
  5. desk lamp
  6. up
  7. to make a plant
  8. lights

Paragraph 2

  1. The idea for the plant
  2. came from
  3. fireflies that makes them
  4. spinach and watercress
  5. The plants glowed for
  6. treat a young plant one
  7. have it light up
  8. plant lights will be a part
  1. nearly four hours
  2. for its lifetime
  3. fireflies
  4. of our life
  5. glow
  6. leaves
  7. lights
  8. time

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists in the USA have made plants (1) _________________. They hope their plant lights could replace electric (2) ___________________ lights. The team hopes the plant lights (3) ___________________ environment. It said: "The vision (4) ___________________ a plant that will [work] as a (5) ___________________ you don't have to plug in.…powered by the energy…(6) ___________________."

The idea for the plant lights (7) ___________________. They put the thing in fireflies (8) ___________________ glow into spinach and watercress leaves. The plants (9) ___________________ four hours. Scientists said (10) ___________________ treat a young plant (11) ___________________ have it light up for its lifetime. They said plant lights will be a (12) ___________________ life.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ScientistsintheUSAhavemadeplantsthatlightup.Theyhopetheirplant
lightscouldreplaceelectriclightsandstreetlights.Theteamhopesthepl
antlightswillhelptheenvironment.Itsaid:"Thevisionistomakeaplantt
hatwill[work]asadesklamp…thatyoudon'thavetoplugin.…powered
ytheenergy…oftheplant."Theideafortheplantlightscamefromfireflie
s.Theyputthethinginfirefliesthatmakesthemglowintospinachandwat
ercressleaves.Theplantsglowedfornearlyfourhours.Scientistssaidth
eywanttotreatayoungplantonetimeandhaveitlightupforitslifetime.H
esaidplantlightswillbeapartofourlife.

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) ________________

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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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