The Reading / Listening - Cartoon Characters - Level 0

Health groups want candy companies to stop putting Peppa Pig and Disney characters on sweet wrappers. They do this to get children to buy candies. The groups said 51 per cent of products using cartoon characters were too high in fat, sugar and salt. They were too unhealthy to advertise on children's TV shows.



The health groups looked at 526 products. The Peppa Pig Candy Bites were among the worst. These were 99 per cent sugar. The Action on Sugar group is shocked because companies are making money from children by using cartoon characters. It said children cannot say no to chocolates, sweets and fizzy drinks.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cartoon Characters - Level 1 Cartoon Characters - Level 2   or  Cartoon Characters - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jun/04/food-drink-companies-cartoon-characters-appeal-children-sugar-survey
  • https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/peppa-pig-disney-characters-could-16249968
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-7098743/More-HALF-food-aimed-children-high-sugar-salt-campaigners-call-ban.html


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. Health groups want candy
  2. sweet
  3. get children to
  4. 51 per cent
  5. high in
  6. sugar
  7. They were too unhealthy
  8. children's TV
  1. shows
  2. of products
  3. wrappers
  4. to advertise
  5. and salt
  6. buy candies
  7. companies to stop
  8. fat

Paragraph 2

  1. The health groups looked
  2. Candy Bites were among
  3. These were 99
  4. The Action on Sugar group
  5. making money
  6. using cartoon
  7. cannot say
  8. sweets and fizzy
  1. characters
  2. per cent sugar
  3. no to chocolates
  4. from children
  5. drinks
  6. at 526 products
  7. is shocked
  8. the worst

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Health (1) ___________________ companies to stop putting Peppa Pig and Disney (2) ___________________ wrappers. They do this (3) ___________________ to buy candies. The groups said 51 per cent (4) ___________________ cartoon characters were too high (5) ___________________ and salt. They were too unhealthy to advertise (6) ___________________ shows.

The health (7) ___________________ 526 products. The Peppa Pig Candy Bites were (8) ___________________. These were 99 per cent sugar. The Action on Sugar (9) ___________________ because companies (10) ___________________ from children by using cartoon characters. (11) ___________________ cannot say no to chocolates, (12) ___________________ drinks.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

HealthgroupswantcandycompaniestostopputtingPeppaPigandDisne
ycharactersonsweetwrappers.Theydothistogetchildrentobuycandie
s.Thegroupssaid51percentofproductsusingcartooncharactersweret
oohighinfat,sugarandsalt.Theyweretoounhealthytoadvertiseonchil
dren'sTVshows.Thehealthgroupslookedat526products.ThePeppaPi
gCandyBiteswereamongtheworst.Thesewere99percentsugar.TheA
ctiononSugargroupisshockedbecausecompaniesaremakingmoneyfr
omchildrenbyusingcartooncharacters.Itsaidchildrencannotsaynoto
chocolates,sweetsandfizzydrinks.

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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