The Reading / Listening - Vegetables - Level 5

Pasta is now classified as a vegetable in U.S. schools. An overhaul of dietary regulations means pasta now counts towards the vegetable requirements in school lunches in the USA. New school guidelines, released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last week, stipulate that: "Pasta made of vegetable flour may credit as a vegetable, even if the pasta is not served with another recognizable vegetable." Pasta can only be a vegetable serving if it is made with potato, soy or starchy vegetable-based flour. Critics of the rules joked that bread could be a vegetable as that is made from flour.



Other guidelines include halving the fruit children have for breakfast. There will also be more burgers, fries, pizza and other high-calorie food that is full of fat and salt. The department defended the guidelines, saying they would reduce food waste. It said, "a more common-sense flexibility is needed to provide students with nutritious and appetizing meals". The guidelines reverse the Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. A health expert said: "This makes absolutely no sense. Politics and industry pressure should not interfere with what is best for children's health."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Vegetables - Level 4 or  Vegetables - Level 6

Sources
  • https://metro.co.uk/2020/01/25/pasta-count-vegetable-schoolkids-trump-administration-12121778
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-politics/pasta-vegetable-trump-school-lunch-flour-a9301186.html
  • https://www.indy100.com/article/trump-pasta-vegetable-school-lunch-guidelines-potato-fruit-michelle-obama-9301296


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. Pasta is now classified
  2. dietary
  3. New school
  4. Pasta made
  5. even if the pasta is
  6. vegetable-
  7. Critics
  8. made from
  1. based flour
  2. flour
  3. not served
  4. of the rules
  5. as a vegetable
  6. guidelines
  7. regulations
  8. of vegetable flour

Paragraph 2

  1. halving the fruit children
  2. other high-
  3. full of fat
  4. a more common-
  5. nutritious and appetizing
  6. This makes absolutely no
  7. industry pressure should not
  8. what is best for children's
  1. interfere
  2. sense flexibility
  3. sense
  4. health
  5. calorie food
  6. have
  7. and salt
  8. meals

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Pasta is (1) ___________________ a vegetable in U.S. schools. An overhaul of dietary regulations means pasta (2) ___________________ the vegetable requirements in school lunches in the USA. New school guidelines, released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture last (3) ___________________: "Pasta made of vegetable flour (4) ___________________ a vegetable, even if the pasta is not served with another recognizable vegetable." Pasta can only be a vegetable serving if it is made with potato, (5) ___________________ vegetable-based flour. Critics of the rules joked that bread could be a vegetable as that is (6) ___________________.

Other guidelines (7) ___________________ fruit children have for breakfast. There will also be more burgers, fries, pizza and (8) ___________________ that is full of fat and salt. The department defended the guidelines, saying they would (9) ___________________. It said, "a more common-sense flexibility is needed to provide students with (10) ___________________ meals". The (11) ___________________ Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. A health expert said: "This makes absolutely no sense. Politics and industry pressure should (12) ___________________ what is best for children's health."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PastaisnowclassifiedasavegetableinU.S.schools.Anoverhaulofdietar
yregulationsmeanspastanowcountstowardsthevegetablerequireme
ntsinschoollunchesintheUSA.Newschoolguidelines,releasedbytheU.
S.DepartmentofAgriculturelastweek,stipulatethat:"Pastamadeofve
getableflourmaycreditasavegetable,evenifthepastaisnotservedwith
anotherrecognizablevegetable."Pastacanonlybeavegetableservingi
fitismadewithpotato,soyorstarchyvegetable-basedflour.Criticsofthe
rulesjokedthatbreadcouldbeavegetableasthatismadefromflour.Oth
erguidelinesincludehalvingthefruitchildrenhaveforbreakfast.There
willalsobemoreburgers,fries,pizzaandotherhigh-caloriefoodthatisf
ulloffatandsalt.Thedepartmentdefendedtheguidelines,sayingtheyw
ouldreducefoodwaste.Itsaid,"amorecommon-senseflexibilityisnee
dedtoprovidestudentswithnutritiousandappetizingmeals".Theguide
linesreversetheHunger-FreeKidsActof2010.Ahealthexpertsaid:"Thi
smakesabsolutelynosense.Politicsandindustrypressureshouldnotint
erferewithwhatisbestforchildren'shealth."

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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