The Reading / Listening - To-do Lists - Level 1

Scientists have an idea to help us get to sleep faster. You need a pen and paper. Writing a to-do list helps people sleep faster. To-do lists help us to relax, so we don't worry about things we have to do. If we write things down, we can forget about them. This makes us calmer. A researcher said: "We live in a 24/7 culture in which our to-do lists seem to be constantly growing and causing us to worry about unfinished tasks at bedtime."



The researchers looked at how 57 university students slept. Half of them made a to-do list before they slept. They all had to sleep by 10:30pm and could not use technology. Those who wrote a to-do list fell asleep around 9 minutes faster. The students who wrote detailed lists fell asleep faster than students who wrote simple lists. Around 40 per cent of adults have difficulty falling asleep a few times each month.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    To-do Lists - Level 0 To-do Lists - Level 2   or  To-do Lists - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.aol.com/article/lifestyle/2018/01/13/writing-a-to-do-list-may-help-you-sleep-faster-study-says/23332682/
  • https://psychcentral.com/news/2018/01/13/writing-a-to-do-list-may-help-you-fall-asleep/131170.html
  • https://www.livescience.com/61422-journal-writing-sleep-better.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. Scientists have an
  2. You need a pen
  3. To-do lists help
  4. we can forget
  5. This makes
  6. We live in a 24/7
  7. our to-do lists seem to be
  8. worry about unfinished
  1. us calmer
  2. us to relax
  3. tasks
  4. idea to help us
  5. constantly growing
  6. and paper
  7. about them
  8. culture

Paragraph 2

  1. The researchers looked
  2. Half of them made
  3. They all had to sleep
  4. fell asleep around
  5. detailed
  6. students who wrote
  7. have difficulty
  8. a few times each
  1. falling asleep
  2. at how
  3. lists
  4. month
  5. by 10:30pm
  6. a to-do list
  7. simple lists
  8. 9 minutes faster

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists (1) ___________________ to help us get to sleep faster. You need a (2) ___________________. Writing a to-do list helps people sleep faster. To-do lists help (3) ___________________, so we don't worry about things we have to do. If we write things down, we can (4) ___________________. This makes us calmer. A researcher said: "We live in a 24/7 (5) ___________________ our to-do lists seem to be constantly growing and causing us to worry about unfinished (6) ___________________."

The researchers (7) ___________________ 57 university students slept. Half of them made a to-do list (8) _________________. They all had (9) ___________________ 10:30pm and could not use technology. Those who wrote a to-do list (10) ___________________ 9 minutes faster. The students who wrote detailed lists fell asleep faster (11) ___________________ wrote simple lists. Around 40 per cent of adults have difficulty falling asleep (12) ___________________ each month.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistshaveanideatohelpusgettosleepfaster.Youneedapenandpa
per.Writingato-dolisthelpspeoplesleepfaster.To-dolistshelpustore
lax,sowedon'tworryaboutthingswehavetodo.Ifwewritethingsdown,
wecanforgetaboutthem.Thismakesuscalmer.Aresearchersaid:"Weli
veina24/7cultureinwhichourto-dolistsseemtobeconstantlygrowin
gandcausingustoworryaboutunfinishedtasksatbedtime."Theresearc
herslookedathow57universitystudentsslept.Halfofthemmadeato-d
olistbeforetheyslept.Theyallhadtosleepby10:30pmandcouldnotuset
echnology.Thosewhowroteato-dolistfellasleeparound9minutesfas
ter.Thestudentswhowrotedetailedlistsfellasleepfasterthanstudents
whowrotesimplelists.Around40percentofadultshavedifficultyfalling
asleepafewtimeseachmonth.

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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(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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