The Reading / Listening - Household Items - Level 4

Scientists say a big cause of pollution is in our home. Everyday items such as toothpaste, deodorant and perfume have volatile compounds that create pollution. Dr Brian McDonald, an air-pollution researcher, did research on what creates pollution in our homes. He was surprised to find that household items cause as much pollution as cars and trucks. He said transportation is getting cleaner, but household items are becoming more polluting.



The researchers looked at volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in household items. VOCs react with sunlight to form ozone pollution. This gets trapped in our home. VOCs form tiny particles in the air and these can damage our lungs. Dr McDonald said we should regulate household products to reduce their impact on our health. He said: "The things I use in the morning to get ready for work are comparable to emissions that come out of...my car."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Household Items - Level 5 or  Household Items - Level 6

Sources
  • https://news.sky.com/story/household-items-like-perfume-as-bad-as-cars-for-pollution-scientists-say-11252527
  • https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-02132-9
  • https://phys.org/news/2018-02-common-products-perfume-printer-ink.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. toothpaste, deodorant
  2. volatile compounds that
  3. an air-pollution
  4. research on what creates pollution
  5. He was surprised to
  6. cause as much pollution
  7. transportation is getting
  8. household items are becoming
  1. in our homes
  2. as cars and trucks
  3. and perfume
  4. more polluting
  5. cleaner
  6. researcher
  7. create pollution
  8. find that

Paragraph 2

  1. volatile organic
  2. VOCs react
  3. This gets trapped in
  4. VOCs form tiny
  5. damage our
  6. reduce their impact
  7. get ready
  8. emissions that come
  1. particles in the air
  2. for work
  3. lungs
  4. out of my car
  5. our home
  6. compounds
  7. on our health
  8. with sunlight

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists say a big (1) ___________________ is in our home. Everyday items such as toothpaste, (2) ___________________ have volatile compounds (3) ___________________. Dr Brian McDonald, an air-pollution researcher, did research on what (4) ___________________ our homes. He was surprised to find that household items (5) ___________________ pollution as cars and trucks. He said transportation is getting cleaner, but household items are (6) ___________________.

The researchers (7) ___________________ organic compounds (VOCs) in household items. VOCs react with (8) ___________________ ozone pollution. This gets trapped in our home. VOCs form (9) _________________ the air and these can (10) ___________________. Dr McDonald said we should regulate household products to (11) ___________________ on our health. He said: "The things I use in the morning to get ready for work are comparable to (12) ___________________ out of...my car."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistssayabigcauseofpollutionisinourhome.Everydayitemssuch
astoothpaste,deodorantandperfumehavevolatilecompoundsthatcre
atepollution.DrBrianMcDonald,anair-pollutionresearcher,didrese
archonwhatcreatespollutioninourhomes.Hewassurprisedtofindthat
householditemscauseasmuchpollutionascarsandtrucks.Hesaidtrans
portationisgettingcleaner,buthouseholditemsarebecomingmorepoll
uting.Theresearcherslookedatvolatileorganiccompounds(VOCs)inh
ouseholditems.VOCsreactwithsunlighttoformozonepollution.Thisge
tstrappedinourhome.VOCsformtinyparticlesintheairandthesecanda
mageourlungs.DrMcDonaldsaidweshouldregulatehouseholdproduct
storeducetheirimpactonourhealth.Hesaid:"ThethingsIuseinthemor
ningtogetreadyforworkarecomparabletoemissionsthatcomeoutof...
mycar."

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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(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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