Unit 1 grade 8: Leisure Activities-Skills 1
1.1. Task 1 Unit 1 grade 8
What are the benefits of using computers or mobile phones for leisure activities? What are the harmful things it may bring us? (What are the benefits of using computers and cell phones for relaxation? What are the harms that it brings?)
Guide to answer
– The benefits:
- Relax: listen to music, play games, watch films, videos, …
- Search useful information quickly
– Harmful things:
- Bad for eyes
- Be addicted
- Not focus on studying
- Relax: listen to music, play games, watch movies, videos, …
- Find useful information very quickly
– Harmful thing
- Not good for eyes
- Be addicted
- Don’t focus on studying
1.2. Task 2 Unit 1 Grade 8
Read the text and choose the correct answer (Read the text and choose the correct answer)
Guide to answer
Quang is watering his garden and is looking forward to picking ripe fruit. He spends most of his time taking care of this garden. Sounds great doesn’t it? But his garden is a virtual garden!
In today’s world, young people are more dependent on technology than in the past. This can be a problem because too much computer use can have an adverse effect on the mind and body.
They prefer watching TV and playing computer games to reading books. Maybe because they don’t have to think and imagine too much. They don’t join clubs and have hobbies and dislikes in sports. They sit in front of the computer all the time. They don’t leave the house. Even walking. They are in. in a world that does not exist (virtual world).
While Quang now knows the names of many plants and his English seems to improve as he chats with playmates around the world, his parents are still worried. They want him out more. They even thought of banning him from using the computer.
first. The passage is about ________________________________.
A. Leisure time of teenagers in the past
REMOVE. Teenager leisure time in the present
OLD. Adult relaxation time in the present
2. The passage discusses ________________________________.
A. The positive side of using technology in your free time
REMOVE. The negative side of using technology in your free time
OLD. Both A and B
1.3. Task 3 Unit 1 grade 8
Write the questions for the answers based on information from the text (Write questions for the answers based on information from the text.)
Guide to answer
first. Is Quang’s garden real? (Is Quang’s garden real?)
⇒ No, it isn’t real. It is a computer game. (No, it’s not real. It’s a computer game.)
2. What is the problem with using technology in your free time? (What’s the problem with using technology in your free time?)
⇒ It can harm both the mind and the body. (It can harm the mind and body.)
3. What leisure activities do teenagers do these days? (What relaxing activities do teenagers do these days?)
⇒ They don’t go out but just sit in front of the computer all the time. (They don’t go out, they just sit in front of the computer all day.)
4. What is the benefits of using the computer? (Benefits of using a computer?)
⇒ Quang knows the names of many plants, and his English seems to be improving. (Quang knows the names of many plants and his English seems to be improving.)
2.1. Task 4 Unit 1 grade 8
Quang and his parents are talking about how he should spend his free time. Decide which statements are from Quang and which are from his parents (Quang and his parents are talking about how he should spend his free time. Decide which sentences from Quang, which sentences from his parents)
Guide to answer
- My English is much better because I surf the net.
- I think computer games train my mind and my memory.
- I’ve made lots of friends from the game network.
– Quang’s parents
- Go out and play a sport. It’s good for you!
- Sitting for too long in front of the computer makes your eyes tired.
- You see your real friends less and less.
2.2. Task 5 Unit 1 grade 8
Role-play: WHAT’S THE SOLUTION? (Role-play: What’s the solution?)
Quang, his parents, and his teacher are discussing the impacts of his using the computer. Play the following roles (Quang, his parents and his teacher are discussing the effects of using computers. Play the following roles)
Guide to answer
Quang’s parents: We think that you should stop playing computer. It’s so harmful. You should get out and play sports.
Quang: I think computer trains my mind and memory. My English is much better because I surf the net.
Quang’s parents: You see your real friends less and less.
Quang: I have made a lot of friends from the game network.
teacher: I think that computer is also good for you, but you should not use it much. You should use it in limited time about 1-2 hours a day after you finish your homework. You should take up a new sport.
Quang’s parents: I think you should stop playing computer. It’s really harmful. You should get out of the house and play sports.
Quang: I think computers train my mind and memory. My English is better because I surf the net.
Quang’s parents: I have less and less real friends
Quang: I made a lot of friends from the game network.
Teacher: I think the computer is also good for you, but you shouldn’t use it much. You should use it for a limited time of about 1 to 2 hours in a day after you finish your homework. You should play a new sport.
3. Practice Task 1
Read the following text and decide which answer best fits each numbered blank (Read the passage below and decide which word to fill in the blank.)
Although computers can be used as a tool to spread awareness about problems in the environment, they cause (first) ___________ of environmental problems themselves. Pollution caused by the production of computer (2) ___________, as well as from the cleaning agents used to clean computers, is (3) ___________ great hazard to the environment and the people that live in it. People leave (4) ___________ computers on nonstop results in a lot of energy consumption and enormous amounts of paper are (5) ___________ used daily to print out electronically stored data. It causes health problems as well as (6) ___________ problems and is in urgent need of treatment. Use computer only when needed. If we all shut (7) ___________ our computers at night the energy savings could light the Eiffel Tower 24 hours a day for 720 years. The increase (8) ___________ of computers in the workplace has brought about the development of a number of health concerns. Many individuals who (9) ___________ at a computer report a high level of job-related complaints and symptoms, including ocular discomfort, muscular strain and stress. The (ten) ___________ of discomfort appears to increase with the amount of computer use.
first. A. a lot B. lot C. many D. much
2. A. software B. hardware C. glassware D. footwear
3. A. a B. an C. the D. x
4. A. they B. them C. their D. theirs
5. A. beige B. big C. being D. been
6. A. economic B. economy C. economics D. economize
7. A. up B. down C. on D. under
8. A. used B. to use C. to be used D. use
9. A. working B. work C. works D. to work
10. A. area B. range C. level D. size
4. Practice Task 2
Read the following text and use the words given in the box to fill in the blanks (Read the passage below and use the suggested words in the box to fill in the blanks)
arrange invented later first on
instead from was crossword horizontal
Arthur Wynne’s first crossword puzzle was originally called word- cross and was diamond-shaped. The name (first) ___________ switched to dropped, and the name became (2) ___________.
Wynne based his crossword puzzle (3) ___________ a similar but much older game played in ancient Pompeii that translated (4) ___________ Latin to English was called Magic Squares. In Magic Squares, the player is given a group of words and has to (5) ___________ them on a grid so that the words read the same way across and down.
A crossword puzzle is very similar, except (6) ___________ of being given the words the player is given clues.
Arthur Wynne added other innovations to the crossword puzzle. While the first puzzle was diamond-shaped, he later invented (7) ___________ and vertical shaped puzzles; and Wynne (8) ___________ the use of adding blank black squares to a crossword puzzle.
The crossword puzzle in a British publication (9) ___________ published in Pearson’s Magazine in February 1922. The (ten) ___________ New York Times crossword was published on February 1, 1930.
Through this lesson, students will strengthen their reading comprehension and speaking skills (presenting their own opinions and views on a particular statement or problem; at the same time, refuting and listening to the opinions of others. others). Some of the main things you should keep in mind are as follows:
- benefit: benefit
- harmful: harmful
- vitural: virtual
- ban: forbidden
- exist: to exist
Some useful phrases in the Speaking section:
- Give an opinion: I think that, In my opinion
- Ask others for opinions: What do you think?, How do you feel about that?
- Agree: I agree with you; That’s so true; Exactly
- Disagree: I’m afraid I don’t agree; I don’t think so