The Reading / Listening - Measles - Level 4

UNICEF said measles cases worldwide surged by 300% this year. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) said measles cases in the U.S. are the highest since 2000. UNICEF said around 169 million children worldwide have missed measles vaccinations. Measles killed 110,000 people (mostly children) in 2017, up 22 per cent from 2016. UNICEF said: "The measles virus will always find unvaccinated children....We need to vaccinate every child."



The CDC blamed the anti-vaccination movement for the surge in measles cases. The anti-vaxxer movement began in 1763. Doctors believed vaccines were harmful. The anti-vaxxer message is spreading across social media. Facebook vowed to remove anti-vaxxer posts. The CDC said the anti-vaxxer movement spread misinformation about the safety of the measles vaccine. It said anti-vaxxers "are deliberately targeting...communities".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Measles - Level 5 or  Measles - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.npr.org/2019/04/24/716953746/cdc-reports-largest-u-s-measles-outbreak-since-year-2000
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/health-48039524
  • https://www.marketwatch.com/story/unicef-blames-anti-vaxxers-for-the-300-spike-in-global-measles-outbreaks-2019-04-25


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. measles cases worldwide surged
  2. the highest since
  3. around 169 million children
  4. missed measles
  5. Measles killed
  6. up 22 per cent
  7. find unvaccinated
  8. We need to vaccinate
  1. 110,000 people
  2. worldwide
  3. every child
  4. children
  5. from 2016
  6. by 300%
  7. 2000
  8. vaccinations

Paragraph 2

  1. the surge in measles
  2. The anti-vaxxer movement
  3. vaccines were
  4. spreading across social
  5. Facebook vowed to remove anti-
  6. the anti-vaxxer movement spread
  7. the safety of the measles
  8. deliberately targeting
  1. media
  2. vaccine
  3. began in 1763
  4. communities
  5. misinformation
  6. harmful
  7. cases
  8. vaxxer posts

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

UNICEF said measles (1) ___________________ by 300% this year. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) (2) ___________________ in the U.S. are the (3) ___________________. UNICEF said around 169 million children worldwide (4) ___________________ vaccinations. Measles killed 110,000 people (mostly children) in 2017, up 22 per cent from 2016. UNICEF said: "The measles (5) ___________________ find unvaccinated children....We need to (6) ___________________."

The CDC blamed the anti-vaccination movement (7) ___________________ in measles cases. The anti-vaxxer (8) ___________________ 1763. Doctors believed vaccines were harmful. The anti-vaxxer (9) ___________________ across social media. Facebook (10) ___________________ anti-vaxxer posts. The CDC said the anti-vaxxer movement spread misinformation about the (11) ___________________ measles vaccine. It said anti-vaxxers "are (12) ________________________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

UNICEFsaidmeaslescasesworldwidesurgedby300%thisyear.Inaddit
ion,theCentersforDiseaseControl(CDC)saidmeaslescasesintheU.S.
arethehighestsince2000.UNICEFsaidaround169millionchildrenworl
dwidehavemissedmeaslesvaccinations.Measleskilled110,000peopl
e(mostlychildren)in2017,up22percentfrom2016.UNICEFsaid:"The
measlesviruswillalwaysfindunvaccinatedchildren....Weneedtovacci
nateeverychild."TheCDCblamedtheanti-vaccinationmovementfort
hesurgeinmeaslescases.Theanti-vaxxermovementbeganin1763.D
octorsbelievedvaccineswereharmful.Theanti-vaxxermessageissp
readingacrosssocialmedia.Facebookvowedtoremoveanti-vaxxerp
osts.TheCDCsaidtheanti-vaxxermovementspreadmisinformationa
boutthesafetyofthemeaslesvaccine.Itsaidanti-vaxxers"aredelibe
ratelytargeting...communities".

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) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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