The Reading / Listening - Balloons - Level 4

Scientists found what plastic is most harmful to seabirds. Marine and Antarctic studies researchers discovered that balloons were deadliest. They said balloons were 32 times likelier to kill seabirds than hard plastics. Balloons and soft plastics accounted for 5 per cent of plastics ingested, but were responsible for over 40 per cent of seabird deaths. Researchers said hard plastic can pass quickly through the bird, but balloons can get blocked and kill birds.



The study looked at 1,733 dead seabirds. Over a quarter of them died because of the growing threat of plastic. A researcher said: "Marine debris ingestion is now a globally recognized threat....We suggest that [fewer] balloons and balloon fragments in the ocean would directly reduce seabird mortalities." There is 280,000 tons of marine debris worldwide. About half of seabirds eat plastic daily. Seabirds think balloons look like squid.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Balloons - Level 5 or  Balloons - Level 6

Sources
  • https://cosmosmagazine.com/biology/balloons-the-biggest-risk-to-seabirds
  • https://www.livescience.com/64918-balloons-killing-seabirds.html
  • https://m.health24.com/Lifestyle/Environmental-health/Animals/the-deadliest-plastic-for-seabirds-balloons-20190305


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. plastic is most harmful
  2. Marine and Antarctic
  3. researchers discovered that balloons
  4. balloons were 32 times
  5. soft plastics accounted
  6. over 40 per cent
  7. pass quickly
  8. balloons can get
  1. were deadliest
  2. for 5 per cent
  3. blocked
  4. studies
  5. likelier to kill
  6. through the bird
  7. to seabirds
  8. of seabird deaths

Paragraph 2

  1. Over a quarter
  2. the growing
  3. a globally recognized
  4. balloon fragments
  5. directly reduce seabird
  6. 280,000 tons of marine
  7. About half of seabirds eat
  8. Seabirds think balloons look
  1. like squid
  2. mortalities
  3. threat of plastic
  4. plastic daily
  5. threat
  6. in the ocean
  7. debris
  8. of them died

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists found (1) ___________________ most harmful to seabirds. Marine and Antarctic studies researchers discovered (2) ___________________ deadliest. They said balloons were (3) ___________________ to kill seabirds than hard plastics. Balloons (4) ___________________ accounted for 5 per cent of plastics ingested, (5) ___________________ for over 40 per cent of seabird deaths. Researchers said hard plastic can pass quickly through the bird, but balloons (6) ___________________ and kill birds.

The study looked at 1,733 dead seabirds. Over (7) ___________________ them died because of the growing (8) ___________________. A researcher said: "Marine debris ingestion is (9) ___________________ recognized threat....We suggest that [fewer] balloons (10) ___________________ in the ocean would (11) ___________________ mortalities." There is 280,000 tons of marine debris worldwide. About half of seabirds eat plastic daily. Seabirds think balloons they (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistsfoundwhatplasticismostharmfultoseabirds.MarineandAnt
arcticstudiesresearchersdiscoveredthatballoonsweredeadliest.The
ysaidballoonswere32timeslikeliertokillseabirdsthanhardplastics.Bal
loonsandsoftplasticsaccountedfor5percentofplasticsingested,butwe
reresponsibleforover40percentofseabirddeaths.Researcherssaidha
rdplasticcanpassquicklythroughthebird,butballoonscangetblockeda
ndkillbirds.Thestudylookedat1,733deadseabirds.Overaquarterofth
emdiedbecauseofthegrowingthreatofplastic.Aresearchersaid:"Mari
nedebrisingestionisnowagloballyrecognizedthreat....Wesuggesttha
t[fewer]balloonsandballoonfragmentsintheoceanwoulddirectlyredu
ceseabirdmortalities."Thereis280,000tonsofmarinedebrisworldwid
e.Abouthalfofseabirdseatplasticdaily.Seabirdsthinkballoonstheyloo
klikesquid.

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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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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