(P1) Researchers say children should learn more outdoors. Children spend too much time in classrooms. Outdoor learning helps with social skills and health. It also gives a better quality of life. There is less outdoor learning today. The researchers want all schools to do outdoor learning more.
(P2) There are many good things about outdoor learning for children. It builds their confidence. They do things like climb trees. It teaches children about the environment and nature. There are also health benefits because children exercise instead of sitting in classrooms. It also helps with the problem of ‘stranger danger‘.
VOCABULARY: spend, social skills, confidence, climb, nature, instead, stranger danger
If you found the passage difficult to read or had problems understanding specific words or idiomatic expressions, please discuss them with your tutor. The following discussion questions should be answered in your own words and with your own arguments.
- Briefly, summarize the content of the article in your own words.
- Do you think schools in your country should do more outdoor learning? Why or why not?
- What types of outdoor learning can schools do for the students?
- Do you like outdoor activities? Why or why not?
READING COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:
- Wellness and being social are two benefits of learning outdoors. (T or F)
- Nowadays there’s the same amount of outdoor learning as 10 years ago. (T or F)
- Researchers want 100% of the schools to have more outdoor learning. (T or F)
- What can children do outside to keep them healthy?
- Knowing how to deal with strangers is not a benefit. (T or F)
EXPRESSIONS or PHRASES:
What do the following expressions or phrases mean?
- too much time in classrooms (P1)
- less outdoor learning today (P1)
- to do (P1)
- do things (P2)
- health benefits (P2)
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