The Reading / Listening - House Dust - Level 2

House dust could make us fat. Scientists say that people should keep their house clean to avoid putting on weight. The scientists did research on how dust affects mice. They collected dust samples from 11 different houses. Dust from nine of the houses made the mice fatter. The scientists said the house dust changed the hormones in the mice so that they made more fat in their body. The scientists said we breathe in and swallow small amounts of dust. A researcher said amounts of dust as small as three micrograms made the mice fatter.



Dust contains chemicals called EDCs. These can change or copy the body's hormones. They are in sofas and carpets and some plastics, to make them bend more. They are also in cosmetics, food packaging, and household cleaners. EDCs are everywhere in most houses. Researchers say they can affect our health. Children are at most risk and can lead to learning disabilities. Studies also show that EDCs can increase the risk of cancer and infertility. The researchers said there was a need to look at all the things we make so that they do not make us unhealthy.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    House Dust - Level 0 House Dust - Level 1   or  House Dust - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/07/12/household-dust-makes-people-fat-groundbreaking-research-indicates/
  • http://www.genengnews.com/gen-news-highlights/obesity-may-arise-in-part-from-household-dust/81254642
  • http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318379.php


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. avoid
  2. research on how
  3. They collected dust
  4. Dust from nine
  5. changed the hormones
  6. breathe
  7. swallow small amounts
  8. dust as small
  1. samples
  2. of dust
  3. putting on weight
  4. as three micrograms
  5. dust affects mice
  6. in the mice
  7. of the houses
  8. in

Paragraph 2

  1. Dust contains chemicals
  2. These can change or copy
  3. They are in sofas
  4. food
  5. they can affect
  6. Children are at
  7. learning
  8. make us
  1. most risk
  2. packaging
  3. unhealthy
  4. and carpets
  5. called EDCs
  6. our health
  7. the body's hormones
  8. disabilities

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

House dust could (1) ___________________. Scientists say that people should keep their house (2) ___________________ putting on weight. The scientists did research on (3) __________________ mice. They collected dust samples from 11 different houses. Dust from (4) ___________________ houses made the mice fatter. The scientists said the house dust changed the (5) _________________ mice so that they made more fat in their body. The scientists said we breathe in and swallow small amounts of dust. A researcher said (6) ___________________ as small as three micrograms made the mice fatter.

Dust contains chemicals called EDCs. (7) ___________________ or copy the body's hormones. They (8) ___________________ carpets and some plastics, to (9) ___________________ more. They are also in cosmetics, food packaging, and household cleaners. EDCs are everywhere in most houses. Researchers say they can affect our health. Children (10) ___________________ risk and can lead to learning disabilities. Studies also show that EDCs can increase the (11) ___________________ infertility. The researchers said there was a need to look at all the things we make (12) ___________________ not make us unhealthy.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Housedustcouldmakeusfat.Scientistssaythatpeopleshouldkeepthei
rhousecleantoavoidputtingonweight.Thescientistsdidresearchonho
wdustaffectsmice.Theycollecteddustsamplesfrom11differenthouse
s.Dustfromnineofthehousesmadethemicefatter.Thescientistssaidth
ehousedustchangedthehormonesinthemicesothattheymademorefa
tintheirbody.Thescientistssaidwebreatheinandswallowsmallamount
sofdust.Aresearchersaidamountsofdustassmallasthreemicrograms
madethemicefatter.DustcontainschemicalscalledEDCs.Thesecanch
angeorcopythebody'shormones.Theyareinsofasandcarpetsandsom
eplastics,tomakeitbendmore.Theyarealsoincosmetics,foodpackagi
ng,andhouseholdcleaners.EDCsareeverywhereinmosthouses.Rese
archerssaytheycanaffectourhealth.Childrenareatmostriskandcanle
adtolearningdisabilities.StudiesalsoshowthatEDCscanincreasetheri
skofcancerandinfertility.Theresearcherssaidtherewasaneedtolooka
tallthethingswemakesothattheydonotmakeusunhealthy.

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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Free writing

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