The Reading / Listening - Light Plants - Level 2

Scientists have made plants that glow in the dark. They want to make plants that can light up our lives. The scientists are from a university in the USA. They hope their plant lights could replace electric lights. Trees could produce light that could replace street lights. Lead author professor Michael Strano explained that his team wants to make light sources and 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 itself."



The idea for the lighting plants came from fireflies. The researchers used the substance in fireflies that makes them glow. They put the substance into plant leaves to make them glow. The scientists made plants that glowed for nearly four hours. The research team tested the substance on spinach and watercress leaves. Professor Strano said: "Our target is to perform one treatment, when the plant is a seedling or a mature plant, and have it last 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."

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    Light Plants - Level 0 Light Plants - Level 1   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. plants that glow
  2. make plants that can
  3. their plant lights could
  4. replace street
  5. help the
  6. make a plant that will
  7. a lamp that you don't
  8. powered by the
  1. function as a desk lamp
  2. in the dark
  3. energy of the plant itself
  4. light up our lives
  5. have to plug in
  6. lights
  7. environment
  8. replace electric lights

Paragraph 2

  1. The idea for the lighting plants
  2. They put the substance
  3. spinach and watercress
  4. Our target is to perform
  5. when the plant is a
  6. last for the lifetime
  7. plant lights will be a part
  8. We think this is an idea whose
  1. leaves
  2. seedling
  3. time has come
  4. came from fireflies
  5. of our life
  6. into plant leaves
  7. one treatment
  8. of the plant

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have made plants (1) ___________________ the dark. They want to make plants that can (2) ___________________ lives. The scientists are from a university in the USA. They hope their (3) ___________________ replace electric lights. Trees could produce light that could replace street lights. Lead author professor Michael Strano explained that his team wants (4) ___________________ sources and help the environment. He said: "The vision is to make a plant that will (5) ________________ desk lamp - a lamp that you don't have to plug in. The light is…powered by the energy…of (6) ___________________."

The idea for the lighting plants (7) ___________________. The researchers used the substance in fireflies that makes them glow. They put (8) ___________________ plant leaves to make them glow. The scientists made plants that glowed (9) ___________________ hours. The research team tested the substance on spinach and watercress leaves. Professor Strano said: "Our (10) ___________________ perform one treatment, when the plant is a seedling or a mature plant, and have it (11) ___________________ lifetime of the plant." He said plant lights will be a part of our life. He said: "We think this is (12) ___________________ time has come."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistshavemadeplantsthatglowinthedark.Theywanttomakeplan
tsthatcanlightupourlives.ThescientistsarefromauniversityintheUSA
.Theyhopetheirplantlightscouldreplaceelectriclights.Treescouldpro
ducelightthatcouldreplacestreetlights.LeadauthorprofessorMichael
Stranoexplainedthathisteamwantstomakelightsourcesandhelpthee
nvironment.Hesaid:"Thevisionistomakeaplantthatwillfunctionasad
esklamp-alampthatyoudon'thavetoplugin.Thelightis…poweredbyth
eenergy…oftheplantitself."Theideaforthelightingplantscamefromfir
eflies.Theresearchersusedthesubstanceinfirefliesthatmakesthemgl
ow.Theyputthesubstanceintoplantleavestomakethemglow.Thescie
ntistsmadeplantsthatglowedfornearlyfourhours.Theresearchteamt
estedthesubstanceonspinachandwatercressleaves.ProfessorStrano
said:"Ourtargetistoperformonetreatment,whentheplantisaseedling
oramatureplant,andhaveitlastforthelifetimeoftheplant."Hesaidplan
tlightswillbeapartofourlife.Hesaid:"Wethinkthisisanideawhosetime
hascome."

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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