The Reading / Listening - Dirt and Babies - Level 1

It is sensible for parents to make sure their baby is always clean. Parents do their best to keep dirt away from babies. A scientist says dirt is important because it makes babies stronger. Dr Jack Gilbert did research into how dirt affects children. His research is in a book called 'Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing Immune System'. He said: "It's fine to wash their hands….but if a dog licks their face, that's not a bad thing."



Dr Gilbert said letting children get dirty was good. The dirt helps babies to build their immune system. Children often get allergies because parents clean everything that children use. This makes children's immune systems weaker, which can cause asthma and food allergies. Gilbert said the "five-second rule" is OK. This is when you eat something that fell on the floor for fewer than five seconds. Gilbert says it is OK if the floor isn't really dirty.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Dirt and Babies - Level 0 Dirt and Babies - Level 2   or  Dirt and Babies - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.scarymommy.com/jack-gilbert-scientist-dirt-good-for-kids/
  • https://www.immortal.org/34249/dirt-good-kids/
  • http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2017/07/16/537075018/dirt-is-good-why-kids-need-exposure-to-germs


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. make sure their baby
  2. do their best to keep dirt
  3. dirt is important because it makes
  4. research into how dirt
  5. His research is
  6. It's fine to
  7. if a dog licks
  8. that's not a
  1. affects children
  2. wash their hands
  3. is always clean
  4. bad thing
  5. babies stronger
  6. their face
  7. in a book
  8. away from babies

Paragraph 2

  1. The dirt helps babies to build their
  2. parents clean everything
  3. This makes children's immune
  4. cause asthma and
  5. Gilbert said the five-second
  6. you eat something that
  7. for fewer
  8. the floor isn't really
  1. fell on the floor
  2. immune system
  3. dirty
  4. that children use
  5. than five seconds
  6. food allergies
  7. rule is OK
  8. systems weaker

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It is sensible for parents (1) ___________________ their baby is always clean. Parents do their (2) ___________________ dirt away from babies. A scientist (3) ___________________ important because it makes babies stronger. Dr Jack Gilbert did research into (4) ___________________ children. His research is in a book called 'Dirt is Good: The Advantage of Germs for Your Child’s Developing (5) ___________________. He said: "It's fine to wash their hands…. (6) ___________________ licks their face, that's not a bad thing."

Dr Gilbert said letting children get (7) ___________________. The dirt helps babies (8) ___________________ immune system. Children often get allergies because parents (9) ___________________ that children use. This makes children's immune systems weaker, which can (10) ___________________ food allergies. Gilbert said the "(11) ___________________" is OK. This is when you eat something that fell on the floor for fewer than five seconds. Gilbert (12) ___________________ if the floor isn't really dirty.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Itissensibleforparentstomakesuretheirbabyisalwaysclean.Parentsd
otheirbesttokeepdirtawayfrombabies.Ascientistsaysdirtisimportant
becauseitmakesbabiesstronger.DrJackGilbertdidresearchintohowdi
rtaffectschildren.Hisresearchisinabookcalled'DirtisGood:TheAdvant
ageofGermsforYourChild’sDevelopingImmuneSystem'.Hesaid:"It's
finetowashtheirhands….butifadoglickstheirface,that'snotabadthing.
"DrGilbertsaidlettingchildrengetdirtywasgood.Thedirthelpsbabiesto
buildtheirimmunesystem.Childrenoftengetallergiesbecauseparents
cleaneverythingthatchildrenuse.Thismakeschildren'simmunesyste
msweaker,whichcancauseasthmaandfoodallergies.Gilbertsaidthe"fi
ve-secondrule"isOK.Thisiswhenyoueatsomethingthatfellonthefloorf
orfewerthanfiveseconds.GilbertsaysitisOKifthefloorisn'treallydirty.

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.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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