The Reading / Listening - Paper Books - Level 5

Technology may seem unstoppable, but digital devices might not replace the traditional, paper bedtime book. A new study shows that paper books are better than e-books at bedtime. It suggests that printed books, with real pages that you turn with your fingers, make parents and children interact more than when reading with an electronic book. Researchers studied how 37 pairs of parents and toddlers interacted with e-books and paper books. They found that parents asked their children fewer questions and made fewer comments about the story with e-books.



Researchers studied parents reading three different book formats to young children. These were printed books, basic e-books, and e-books with features such as animation and sound effects. The researchers discovered that parents and toddlers interacted with each other less with the digital books than they did with the printed books. A researcher said parents and children talked about the device and the technology rather than about the story. Children said things like, "don't push that button" or "don't change the volume" rather than ask questions or make comments.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Paper Books - Level 4 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 may seem
  2. digital
  3. printed books with
  4. turn with
  5. make parents and children
  6. 37 pairs of parents
  7. interacted
  8. made fewer comments
  1. real pages
  2. and toddlers
  3. with e-books
  4. devices
  5. about the story
  6. interact more
  7. unstoppable
  8. your fingers

Paragraph 2

  1. three different book
  2. features such
  3. sound
  4. parents
  5. children talked
  6. don't push
  7. don't change
  8. ask questions or
  1. the volume
  2. and toddlers
  3. that button
  4. make comments
  5. as animation
  6. formats
  7. effects
  8. about the device

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Technology (1) ___________________, but digital devices might not replace the traditional, paper bedtime book. A new (2) ___________________ paper books are better than e-books at bedtime. It (3) ___________________ books, with real pages that you turn (4) ___________________, make parents and children interact more than when reading with an electronic book. Researchers studied how 37 pairs of parents (5) ___________________ with e-books and paper books. They found that parents asked their children fewer questions and (6) ___________________ about the story with e-books.

Researchers studied parents reading three (7) ___________________ to young children. These were printed books, basic e-books, and e-books with features (8) ___________________ and sound effects. The researchers discovered that parents and toddlers interacted with (9) ___________________ with the digital books than they did with the printed books. A researcher said parents and children talked (10) ___________________ and the technology rather than about the story. Children said things like, "don't (11) ___________________" or "don't change the volume" rather than ask questions (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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hrealpagesthatyouturnwithyourfingers,makeparentsandchildrenint
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edhow37pairsofparentsandtoddlersinteractedwithe-booksandpap
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ndmadefewercommentsaboutthestorywithe-books.Researcherss
tudiedparentsreadingthreedifferentbookformatstoyoungchildren.T
hesewereprintedbooks,basice-books,ande-bookswithfeaturess
uchasanimationandsoundeffects.Theresearchersdiscoveredthatpar
entsandtoddlersinteractedwitheachotherlesswiththedigitalbooksth
antheydidwiththeprintedbooks.Aresearchersaidparentsandchildren
talkedaboutthedeviceandthetechnologyratherthanaboutthestory.C
hildrensaidthingslike,"don'tpushthatbutton"or"don'tchangethevolu
me"ratherthanaskquestionsormakecomments.

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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(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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