The Reading / Listening - Plastic Pollution - Level 5

A BBC team made a worrying film about the devastating impact plastic pollution is having on seabirds in the Tasman Sea near Australia. The team was working on the remote Lord Howe Island for a documentary called "Drowning in Plastic". They filmed many birds that had died because their stomachs were full of plastic. The birds starved to death. There there was no room in their stomachs for food. The team filmed marine biologists working to try and save the birds. The scientists captured hundreds of chicks and removed plastic from their stomachs to give them a chance of survival.



A marine biologist explained what was happening. She said the birds were predators that eat anything. She said: "They have no ability to detect...non-plastic, so they eat it." Adult birds feed the plastic to their chicks, not knowing what they are feeding them. The biologist said most of the plastic is "entirely preventable". She said much of the plastic could easily be swapped for other materials, such as aluminium or wood. She said: "My own toothbrush is made of bamboo." A BBC TV 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 4 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 devastating
  2. working on the remote
  3. their stomachs were
  4. no room in their
  5. marine
  6. The scientists captured
  7. removed plastic
  8. give them a chance
  1. biologists
  2. of survival
  3. Lord Howe Island
  4. full of plastic
  5. from their stomachs
  6. stomachs for food
  7. hundreds of chicks
  8. impact

Paragraph 2

  1. the birds were predators
  2. They have no ability to
  3. Adult birds feed the plastic
  4. what they are
  5. entirely
  6. the plastic could easily
  7. materials such as
  8. 90 pieces
  1. to their chicks
  2. aluminium
  3. feeding them
  4. be swapped
  5. that eat anything
  6. of plastic
  7. detect non-plastic
  8. preventable

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A BBC team made (1) ___________________ about the devastating impact plastic pollution (2) ___________________ seabirds in the Tasman Sea near Australia. The team was working (3) ___________________ Lord Howe Island for a documentary called "Drowning in Plastic". They filmed many birds that had died because their stomachs were (4) ___________________. The birds starved to death. There was no room in their stomachs for food. The team filmed marine biologists (5) ___________________ and save the birds. The scientists captured hundreds of chicks and removed plastic from their stomachs to give them a (6) ___________________.

A marine biologist explained (7) ___________________. She said the birds were predators that eat anything. She said: "They have no ability to (8) ___________________, so they eat it." Adult birds feed the plastic to their chicks, not knowing what they (9) ___________________. The biologist said most of the plastic is "entirely preventable". She said much of the plastic could (10) ___________________ for other materials, such as aluminium or wood. She said: "My own toothbrush is (11) ___________________." A BBC TV presenter said: "We saw...90 (12) ___________________ come out of one of the chicks."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ABBCteammadeaworryingfilmaboutthedevastatingimpactplasticpol
lutionishavingonseabirdsintheTasmanSeanearAustralia.Theteamw
asworkingontheremoteLordHoweIslandforadocumentarycalled"Dro
wninginPlastic".Theyfilmedmanybirdsthathaddiedbecausetheirsto
machswerefullofplastic.Thebirdsstarvedtodeath.Theretherewasnor
oomintheirstomachsforfood.Theteamfilmedmarinebiologistsworkin
gtotryandsavethebirds.Thescientistscapturedhundredsofchicksand
removedplasticfromtheirstomachstogivethemachanceofsurvival.A
marinebiologistexplainedwhatwashappening.Shesaidthebirdswere
predatorsthateatanything.Shesaid:"Theyhavenoabilitytodetect...n
on-plastic,sotheyeatit."Adultbirdsfeedtheplastictotheirchicks,notkn
owingwhattheyarefeedingthem.Thebiologistsaidmostoftheplasticis
"entirelypreventable".Shesaidmuchoftheplasticcouldeasilybeswapp
edforothermaterials,suchasaluminiumorwood.Shesaid:"Myowntoot
hbrushismadeofbamboo."ABBCTVpresentersaid:"Wesaw...90piece
sofplasticcomeoutofoneofthechicks."

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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