The Reading / Listening - Light Plants - Level 1

Scientists have made plants that light up. They will soon light up our lives. The scientists work in the USA. They hope their plant lights could replace electric lights and even street lights. Professor Michael Strano said his team hopes the plant lights will help the environment. He said: "The vision is to make a plant that will function as a desk lamp - a lamp that you don't have to plug in. The light is…powered by the energy…of the plant."



The idea for the plant lights came from fireflies. They took the thing in fireflies that makes them glow. They put this thing into spinach and watercress leaves to make them glow. The plants glowed for nearly four hours. Professor Strano said he wanted to treat a young plant just one time and have it light up, "for the lifetime of the plant". He said plant lights will be a part of our life. He said: "We think this is an idea whose time has come."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Light Plants - Level 0 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Scientists have made plants
  2. They will soon light
  3. plant lights could
  4. street
  5. the plant lights will help
  6. a plant that will function
  7. a lamp that you don't have to
  8. The light is powered by the
  1. plug in
  2. replace electric lights
  3. energy of the plant
  4. up our lives
  5. lights
  6. that light up
  7. as a desk lamp
  8. the environment

Paragraph 2

  1. The idea for the plant lights
  2. the thing in fireflies that
  3. They put this thing
  4. The plants glowed for nearly
  5. have it light
  6. for the lifetime
  7. plant lights will be a part
  8. an idea whose time
  1. of our life
  2. came from fireflies
  3. up
  4. has come
  5. into spinach
  6. makes them glow
  7. of the plant
  8. four hours

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have made plants (1) ___________________. They will soon (2) ___________________ lives. The scientists work in the USA. They (3) ___________________ lights could replace electric lights and even street lights. Professor Michael Strano said his team hopes the plant lights will help the environment. He said: "The (4) ___________________ make a plant that will function as a desk lamp - a lamp that you don't have (5) ___________________. The light is…powered by (6) ___________________ the plant."

(7) ___________________ the plant lights came from fireflies. They (8) ___________________ in fireflies that makes them glow. They put (9) ___________________ spinach and watercress leaves to make them glow. The plants glowed (10) ___________________ hours. Professor Strano said he wanted to treat a young plant just one time and have (11) ___________________, "for the lifetime of the plant". He said plant lights will (12) ___________________ of our life. He said: "We think this is an idea whose time has come."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistshavemadeplantsthatlightup.Theywillsoonlightupourlives.
ThescientistsworkintheUSA.Theyhopetheirplantlightscouldreplacee
lectriclightsandevenstreetlights.ProfessorMichaelStranosaidhistea
mhopestheplantlightswillhelptheenvironment.Hesaid:"Thevisionist
omakeaplantthatwillfunctionasadesklamp-alampthatyoudon'thav
etoplugin.Thelightis…poweredbytheenergy…oftheplant."Theideafor
theplantlightscamefromfireflies.Theytookthethinginfirefliesthatma
kesthemglow.Theyputthisthingintospinachandwatercressleavesto
makethemglow.Theplantsglowedfornearlyfourhours.ProfessorStra
nosaidhewantedtotreatayoungplantjustonetimeandhaveitlightup,"f
orthelifetimeoftheplant".Hesaidplantlightswillbeapartofourlife.Hesa
id:"Wethinkthisisanideawhosetimehascome."

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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