The Reading / Listening - Paper Books - Level 4

Technology and digital devices might not replace traditional, paper bedtime books. A study shows that paper books are better than e-books. It said printed books, with real pages that you turn, make parents and children interact more than when using electronic books. Researchers studied how 37 pairs of parents and toddlers interacted with e-books and paper books. Parents asked fewer questions and made fewer comments with e-books.



Researchers gave parents three book formats. These were printed books, e-books, and e-books with animation and sound effects. The researchers found that parents and children spoke to each other less with the digital books. A researcher said parents and children talked about the device and the technology more than about the story. Children said things like, "don't push that button" or "don't change the volume". They asked few questions about the story.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Paper Books - Level 5 or  Paper Books - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/health-47666948
  • https://www.marketwatch.com/story/how-childrens-e-books-are-ruining-storytime-2019-03-25
  • https://www.newsweek.com/parents-toddlers-interact-reading-paper-books-versus-e-books-1372052


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. Technology and digital
  2. A study shows that paper
  3. with real pages
  4. parents and children interact
  5. electronic
  6. 37 pairs of parents
  7. toddlers interacted
  8. Parents asked fewer
  1. with e-books
  2. devices
  3. books
  4. questions
  5. that you turn
  6. more
  7. books are better
  8. and toddlers

Paragraph 2

  1. Researchers gave parents
  2. e-books
  3. sound
  4. children spoke to
  5. children talked
  6. don't push
  7. don't change
  8. They asked
  1. the volume
  2. each other less
  3. few questions
  4. with animation
  5. that button
  6. effects
  7. three book formats
  8. about the device

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Technology and digital devices (1) ___________________ traditional, paper bedtime books. A study shows that paper books are better than e-books. It said printed books, (2) ___________________ that you turn, make parents and children (3) ___________________ when using electronic books. Researchers studied how (4) ___________________ parents and toddlers interacted with e-books and paper books. Parents (5) ___________________ and made (6) ___________________ e-books.

Researchers gave parents (7) ___________________. These were printed books, e-books, and e-books with animation (8) ___________________. The researchers found that parents and children (9) ___________________ other less with the digital books. A researcher said parents and children talked (10) ___________________ and the technology more than about the story. Children said things like, "don't (11) ___________________" or "don't change the volume". They (12) ___________________ about the story.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Technologyanddigitaldevicesmightnotreplacetraditional,paperbedti
mebooks.Astudyshowsthatpaperbooksarebetterthane-books.Its
aidprintedbooks,withrealpagesthatyouturn,makeparentsandchildre
ninteractmorethanwhenusingelectronicbooks.Researchersstudiedh
ow37pairsofparentsandtoddlersinteractedwithe-booksandpape
rbooks.Parentsaskedfewerquestionsandmadefewercommentswithe
-books.Researchersgaveparentsthreebookformats.Thesewereprin
tedbooks,e-books,ande-bookswithanimationandsoundeffects.Ther
esearchersfoundthatparentsandchildrenspoketoeachotherlesswitht
hedigitalbooks.Aresearchersaidparentsandchildrentalkedaboutthe
deviceandthetechnologymorethanaboutthestory.Childrensaidthing
slike,"don'tpushthatbutton"or"don'tchangethevolume".Theyaskedf
ewquestionsaboutthestory.

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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