The Reading / Listening - Plastic Pollution - Level 4

The BBC made a worrying film about the terrible impact plastic is having on seabirds near Australia. The team was on Lord Howe Island for a new documentary. They filmed dead birds with stomachs full of plastic. The birds starved to death because there was no room in their stomachs for food. Marine biologists are working to save the birds. They removed plastic from the stomachs of hundreds of chicks to increase their chance of survival.



A marine biologist explained that the birds were predators that eat anything. She said: "They have no ability to detect...non-plastic, so they eat it." Adult birds then feed the plastic to their chicks without knowing the harm. She said the plastic is "entirely preventable" and could easily be swapped for things like aluminium or wood. She said: "My own toothbrush is made of bamboo." A BBC presenter said: "We saw...90 pieces of plastic come out of one of the chicks."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Plastic Pollution - Level 5 or  Plastic Pollution - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44579422
  • https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/birds-are-dropping-dead-off-australia-s-coast-and-it-s-all-our-fault-20180518-p4zg4t.html
  • http://en.mercopress.com/2018/06/23/seabirds-starving-to-death-because-of-plastic-pollution-reveals-documentary


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. The BBC made
  2. the terrible impact plastic
  3. birds with stomachs
  4. The birds starved
  5. no room in their
  6. biologists are working
  7. the stomachs of hundreds
  8. increase their chance
  1. to save the birds
  2. to death
  3. of survival
  4. a worrying film
  5. of chicks
  6. full of plastic
  7. is having
  8. stomachs for food

Paragraph 2

  1. the birds were predators
  2. They have no ability to detect
  3. feed the plastic
  4. entirely
  5. swapped for things like
  6. My own toothbrush is
  7. 90 pieces
  8. one of
  1. non-plastic
  2. of plastic
  3. aluminium
  4. the chicks
  5. to their chicks
  6. preventable
  7. that eat anything
  8. made of bamboo

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The BBC made a worrying film about (1) ___________________ plastic is having on seabirds near Australia. The (2) ___________________ Lord Howe Island for a new documentary. They filmed dead birds (3) ___________________ of plastic. The birds (4) ___________________ because there was no room in their stomachs for food. Marine biologists are (5) ___________________ the birds. They removed plastic from the stomachs of hundreds of chicks to (6) ___________________ of survival.

A marine biologist explained that the birds (7) ___________________ eat anything. She said: "They have (8) ___________________ detect...non-plastic, so they eat it." Adult birds (9) ___________________ plastic to their chicks without knowing the harm. She said the plastic is "entirely preventable" and could (10) ___________________ for things like aluminium or wood. She said: "My own toothbrush (11) ___________________ bamboo." A BBC presenter said: "We saw...90 pieces of plastic (12) ___________________ one of the chicks."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheBBCmadeaworryingfilmabouttheterribleimpactplasticishavingo
nseabirdsnearAustralia.TheteamwasonLordHoweIslandforanewdoc
umentary.Theyfilmeddeadbirdswithstomachsfullofplastic.Thebirds
starvedtodeathbecausetherewasnoroomintheirstomachsforfood.M
arinebiologistsareworkingtosavethebirds.Theyremovedplasticfromt
hestomachsofhundredsofchickstoincreasetheirchanceofsurvival.A
marinebiologistexplainedthatthebirdswerepredatorsthateatanythin
g.Shesaid:"Theyhavenoabilitytodetect...non-plastic,sotheyeatit."A
dultbirdsthenfeedtheplastictotheirchickswithoutknowingtheharm.S
hesaidtheplasticis"entirelypreventable"andcouldeasilybeswappedf
orthingslikealuminiumorwood.Shesaid:"Myowntoothbrushismadeo
fbamboo."ABBCpresentersaid:"Wesaw...90piecesofplasticcomeout
ofoneofthechicks."

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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