The Reading / Listening - Pencils - Level 2

New technology is reducing children's ability to use a pencil. Researchers from the UK's health service said that children spend so much time swiping iPads or mobile phone screens that they cannot hold a pencil properly. This means their hands do not have the muscle strength to be able to write properly. Researcher Dr Sally Payne said: "Children are not coming into school with the hand strength...they had 10 years ago. Children coming into school are being given a pencil but are increasingly not able to hold it because they don't have the...skills."



Technology is changing the way that children write, draw or make things. Children are now using technology to create. Dr Payne explained that: "It's easier to give a child an iPad than encourage them to do muscle-building play such as building blocks, cutting and sticking, or pulling toys and ropes [so] they're not developing the...skills they need to grip and hold a pencil." Some experts say technology is causing bigger problems. One expert said if a child isn't strong enough to hold a pencil, perhaps their whole body is weak. She said children needed to climb trees instead.

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    Pencils - Level 0 Pencils - Level 1   or  Pencils - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.treehugger.com/culture/kids-spend-so-much-time-ipads-they-cant-hold-pencil.html
  • https://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/feb/25/children-struggle-to-hold-pencils-due-to-too-much-tech-doctors-say
  • Schwellnus et al https://ajot.aota.org/article.aspx?articleid=1851631


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the UK's health
  2. swiping
  3. mobile phone
  4. their hands do not have the
  5. be able to write
  6. Children are not
  7. not able
  8. they don't have
  1. properly
  2. to hold it
  3. service
  4. the skills
  5. iPads
  6. muscle strength
  7. screens
  8. coming into school

Paragraph 2

  1. changing the way that
  2. draw or
  3. encourage them to do
  4. the skills they
  5. technology is causing
  6. a child isn't strong enough
  7. perhaps their whole body is
  8. children needed to climb
  1. need to grip
  2. weak
  3. bigger problems
  4. trees
  5. make things
  6. muscle building
  7. children write
  8. to hold a pencil

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

New technology is reducing children's (1) ___________________ a pencil. Researchers from the UK's (2) ___________________ that children spend so much time swiping iPads or (3) ___________________ that they cannot hold a pencil properly. This means their hands do not have (4) ___________________ to be able to write properly. Researcher Dr Sally Payne said: "Children are not coming into school with the hand strength...they had 10 years ago. Children coming into school (5) ___________________ a pencil but are (6) ___________________ able to hold it because they don't have the...skills."

Technology is (7) ___________________ that children write, draw or make things. Children are (8) ___________________ to create. Dr Payne explained that: "It's easier to give a child an iPad than encourage them to do muscle-building play (9) ___________________ blocks, cutting and sticking, or pulling toys and ropes [so] they're not developing the...skills they (10) ___________________ and hold a pencil." Some experts say technology is causing bigger problems. (11) ___________________ if a child isn't strong enough to hold a pencil, perhaps their whole body is weak. She said children needed to (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Newtechnologyisreducingchildren'sabilitytouseapencil.Researchers
fromtheUK'shealthservicesaidthatchildrenspendsomuchtimeswipin
giPadsormobilephonescreensthattheycannotholdapencilproperly.T
hismeanstheirhandsdonothavethemusclestrengthtobeabletowritep
roperly.ResearcherDrSallyPaynesaid:"Childrenarenotcomingintosc
hoolwiththehandstrength...theyhad10yearsago.Childrencomingint
oschoolarebeinggivenapencilbutareincreasinglynotabletoholditbec
ausetheydon'thavethe...skills."Technologyischangingthewaythatch
ildrenwrite,drawormakethings.Childrenarenowusingtechnologytocr
eate.DrPayneexplainedthat:"It'seasiertogiveachildaniPadthanenco
uragethemtodomuscle-buildingplaysuchasbuildingblocks,cuttingan
dsticking,orpullingtoysandropes[so]they'renotdevelopingthe...skill
stheyneedtogripandholdapencil."Someexpertssaytechnologyiscaus
ingbiggerproblems.Oneexpertsaidifachildisn'tstrongenoughtoholda
pencil,perhapstheirwholebodyisweak.Shesaidchildrenneededtoclim
btreesinstead.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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