Seeta Reading Challenge:Physical Training in Your Dreams - Lesson Activities


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Put the activities in order of Before, While or Post reading stages.

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Seeta Reading Challenge:Physical Training in Your Dreams - Lesson Activities

  1. 1. Physical Training - In Your Dreams?Janet’s Reading Challenge: Put the following activities in order ofBEFORE, DURING or POST reading orderFIND SOMEONE WHO..............thinks they are a bit of a COUCH POTATO......takes exercise every day......never takes exercise......thinks taking exercise is a great way to keep fit......thinks people who exercise will probably live longer than those who don’t......believes that taking exercise could reduce the crime rate (how?)......agrees that you can become better at a sport simply by visualising yourself playing it......dreams of becoming a super fit athlete one day!WORDSEARCHThe following wordsearch puzzle contains some key words to a text that you are going toread. How quickly can you find them? What do you think the article is going to be about?You can do a more interactive and dynamic version by pressing the link below:
  2. 2. RANKING ACTIVITYIn pairs put the following jobs in order of who you both think deserves to earn the most / least money and why:TWENTY QUESTIONS GAMEGuess the object / place or person! Your teacher can only answer with YES / NO.See if you can beat the teacher and guess what is on the photo that your teacher is looking at.You have a maximum of 20 questions. If you can’t guess, then your teacher will be the winner!!REVEAL THE PHOTO below after 20 questions game!Fun alternative suggestion:Play the same game, but this time place 20 stickies all over the picture to cover it. If you answer YESto a question, you peel off the sticky to reveal more of the image gradually.
  3. 3. Picture taken from Google images by searching “couch potato”VOCABULARY FOCUSWhich words in the article can you find which mean:
  4. 4. GUESS THE STORYWe have just received some breaking news via BBC News 5!!What do you think this story is about???Image adapted with Image ChefWRITINGWrite 4 questions that you would like to ask about thetext you are going to read. Who? What? Where? Why?
  5. 5. GUESS THE CONNECTION!What connects these 2 images to the article you have just read?Do you know anyone who is similar to one of the people depicted in the imagesabove?Can YOU connect in any way with either / both or neither of these 2 images?Write a short paragraph connecting the 2 images above. Use your imaginationand be creative!SUMMARY WRITINGYou work for a weekly magazine and want to report the article in your Strangebut True column. Unfortunately you have space for no more than 200 words!!Go to, paste your article and print in theform of a newspaper!
  6. 6. COMPLETE THE STEMS................Having a set of biceps like the ones below is .......................It’s cool to be fit because......................................................Keeping fit is important .......................................................This image could be an advert for.........................................I would like /not like to be this person because....................... Compare your answers with a partner.
  7. 7. CHECK THE INFORMATION Quickly read the short extract from the newspaper article below, and locate the bits that are wrong and then correct them.www.fodey.comNumber Crunching!Read the text quickly in order to find out what the connection is to the numbers below.Compare your answers with your partner. Are you surprised by any of these facts?
  8. 8. Physical training in your dreamPhysical training in your dreamsScientists have come up with just about the best news that a couch potato could ever want tohear.They say you can increase the strength of your muscles just by sitting back and imagineyourself taking exercise.The discovery could help patients too weak to exercise to start recuperating from strokes orother injuries.Dr Peter CloughIf the technique works in older people, they might use it to help maintain their strength.Muscles move in response to impulses from nearby nerve cells called motor neurons.The firing of those neurons in turn depends on the strength of electrical impulses sent by thebrain.Dr Guang Yue, an exercise physiologist at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Ohio, says thatthis suggests you can increase muscle strength solely by sending a larger signal to motorneurons from the brain.New Scientist magazine reports that Dr Yue and his colleagues have already found thatvisualising exercise was enough to increase strength in a muscle in the little finger, which ituses to move sideways.Flexing bicepsNow his team have turned their attention to a larger, more frequently used muscle, the bicep.They asked 10 volunteers aged 20 to 35 to imagine flexing one of their biceps as hard aspossible in training sessions five times a week.The researchers recorded the electrical brain activity during the sessions.To ensure the volunteers werent unintentionally tensing, they also monitored electricalimpulses at the motor neurons of their arm muscles.
  9. 9. Every two weeks, they measured the strength of the volunteers muscles.The volunteers who thought about exercise showed a 13.5% increase in strength after a fewweeks, and maintained that gain for three months after the training stopped.Controls who missed out on the mental workout showed no improvement in strength.The researchers are now repeating the experiment with people aged 65 to 80 to see if mentalgymnastics also works for them.Aerobic exerciseDr Peter Clough, a sports psychologist from Hull University, said that it was well known thatvisualising playing a sport could often be a more effective way of getting better than actuallypractising it.However, he said that muscle strength was only one aspect of taking exercise. Flexibility andaerobic exercise were also important parts - and these could not be achieved by simply usingyour imagination."This is an interesting theory, but sitting on the sofa thinking about taking exercise in notreally a good idea."Simply building muscle mass might make you look good, but it is not what exercise is allabout."We need to encourage people to take aerobic exercise that raises their heart rate to 70% ofits maximum for 20 minutes three times a week - it is that which helps you to live longer."A spokesman for Sport England said that everybody would benefit from taking exercise.Not only was it healthy, for young people in particular it was a confidence builder, and hadbeen shown to help reduce crime.This article was taken from: 6 Task: Design some activities for Before, duringand after readingSeeta Reading ChallengeLL Janet BianchiniMarch 7th 2011