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THE READING / TAPESCRIPT


 

National Sense of Smell Day is an annual event sponsored by the Sense of Smell Institute. It is an American holiday that takes place every year on the last Saturday of April. Many different events are organized at children’s museums and science centers across the country. There are usually many hands-on (or nose-on) activities for children to do to learn about the sense of smell. Activities can include finding out about different smells from around the world and remembering the smells from your childhood. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of how important the sense of smell is. We rarely think about how useful it is to be able to smell, and how it helps us survive in our lives.

How important is your sense of smell to you? Most people say it is the least important of our five senses. Humans generally have a poor sense of smell. Dogs have noses that are up to one-hundred-million times more sensitive than ours. However, we can smell thousands of different things, whereas we can only separate taste into five different tastes. Most of us have a normal sense of smell, but some people have problems smelling. People who suffer from anosmia  cannot smell at all, while people who have hyperosmia  are very, very sensitive to smells. An unusual disorder is dysosmia – things smell differently than they should. Perhaps chocolate smells like gasoline and roses smell like the sea.

Sources: http://www.wikipedia.org/ and assorted sites.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

an annual

a.

across the country

2

museums and science centers

b.

is to raise awareness

3.

activities for children to do

c.

able to smell

4.

remembering the smells

d.

event

5.

The aim of the day

e.

from your childhood

6.

how useful it is to be

f.

to learn about the sense

 

Paragraph 2

1.

the least important

a.

more sensitive

2

Humans generally have a poor

b.

cannot smell at all

3.

one-hundred-million times

c.

sense of smell

4.

some people have

d.

of our five senses

5.

People who suffer from anosmia  

e.

than they should

6.

things smell differently

f.

problems smelling


LISTENING GAP FILL

National Sense of Smell Day _____________________ sponsored by the Sense of Smell Institute. It is an American holiday that takes place every _____________________ Saturday of April. Many different events are organized at children’s museums and science centers across the country. There are _____________________ -on (or nose-on) activities for children to do to learn about the sense of smell. Activities can _____________________ about different smells from around the world and remembering the smells from your childhood. The _____________________ raise awareness of how important the sense of smell is. We rarely think about how useful it is to be able to smell, and _____________________ survive in our lives.

How important _____________________ smell to you? Most people say it is the least important of our five senses. Humans generally have a poor sense of smell. Dogs have _____________________ one-hundred-million times more sensitive than ours. However, we can smell thousands of different things, _____________________ separate taste into five different tastes. Most of us have a normal sense of smell, _____________________ problems smelling. People who suffer from anosmia  cannot smell at all, while people who have hyperosmia  are very, _____________________ smells. An unusual disorder is dysosmia – things smell differently than they should. Perhaps chocolate smells like gasoline and roses _____________________.


WHILE READING / LISTENING GAP FILL

Put the words into the gaps in the text.

National Sense of Smell Day is an annual __________ sponsored by the Sense of Smell Institute. It is an American holiday that takes place every year on the __________ Saturday of April. Many different events are organized at children’s museums and science centers __________ the country. There are usually many __________ -on (or nose-on) activities for children to do to learn about the sense of smell. Activities can include __________ out about different smells from around the world and remembering the smells from your childhood. The __________ of the day is to raise awareness of how important the sense of smell is. We __________ think about how useful it is to be able to smell, and how it helps us __________ in our lives.

 

 

 

across
hands
aim
event
rarely
finding
survive
last

How important is your sense of smell to you? Most people __________ it is the least important of our five senses. Humans __________ have a poor sense of smell. Dogs have noses that are up to one-hundred-million times more __________ than ours. However, we can smell thousands of different things, whereas we can only __________ taste into five different tastes. Most of us have a normal sense of smell, but some people have problems __________. People who suffer from anosmia  cannot smell at all, while people who have hyperosmia  are very, very sensitive to __________. An unusual __________ is dysosmia – things smell differently than they should. Perhaps chocolate smells like gasoline and roses smell like the __________.

 

 

say
 
smells
separate
sea
sensitive
generally
disorder
smelling


CHOOSE THE CORRECT WORD

Delete the wrong word in each of the pairs of italics.

National Sense of Smell Day is an annual evening / event sponsored by the Sense of Smell Institute. It is an American holiday that takes place every year on the last / lasting Saturday of April. Many different events are organized at children’s museums and science centred / centers across the country. There are usually many hand-on / hands-on (or nose-on) activities for children to do for / to learn about the sense of smell. Activities can include finding out about different smells from in / around the world and remembering the smells from your childhood. The aim / aims of the day is to raise awareness of how important the sense of smell is. We rarely think about how useful it is to be able to smell, and how it helps us survival / survive in our lives.

How important is your sense of smell to you? Most people say it is the least / less important of our five senses. Humans generally have a poor / poorly sense of smell. Dogs have noses that are up to one-hundred-million times more sensitive than our / ours. However, we can smell thousands of difference / different things, whereas we can only separate taste into five different tastes. Most of them / us have a normal sense of smell, but some people have problems smelling. People who suffer / sufferer from anosmia cannot smell at all, while people who have hyperosmia  are very, very sensitive / sensitivity to smells. An unusual disorder is dysosmia – things smell differently than they / it should. Perhaps chocolate smells like gasoline and roses smell like the sea.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

National Sense of Smell Day is an annual event (1) ____ by the Sense of Smell Institute. It is an American holiday that takes place every year on the (2) ____ Saturday of April. Many different events are organized at children’s museums and science centers across the country. There are (3) ____ many hands-on (or nose-on) activities for children to do to learn about the sense of smell. Activities can (4) ____ finding out about different smells from around the world and remembering the (5) ____ from your childhood. The aim of the day is to raise awareness of how important the sense of smell is. We rarely think about how useful it is to be able to smell, and how it helps us (6) ____ in our lives.

How important is your sense of smell to you? Most people (7) ____ it is the least important of our five senses. Humans generally have a poor sense of smell. Dogs have noses that are (8) ____ to one-hundred-million times more sensitive than ours. However, we can smell thousands of different things, (9) ____ we can only separate taste into five different tastes. Most of us have a normal sense of smell, but some people have problems (10) ____. People who suffer from anosmia  cannot smell at all, while people who have hyperosmia are very, very (11) ____ to smells. An unusual disorder is dysosmia – things smell differently than they (12) ____. Perhaps chocolate smells like gasoline and roses smell like the sea.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

sponsor

(b)

sponsored

(c)

sponsorship

(d)

sponsors

2.

(a)

lasting

(b)

lasted

(c)

last

(d)

lasts

3.

(a)

usual

(b)

unusual

(c)

unusually

(d)

usually

4.

(a)

inclusive

(b)

including

(c)

included

(d)

include

5.

(a)

smells

(b)

smelly

(c)

smelling

(d)

smelled

6.

(a)

survival

(b)

surviving

(c)

survives

(d)

survive

7.

(a)

tell

(b)

speak

(c)

say

(d)

talk

8.

(a)

down

(b)

up

(c)

across

(d)

over

9.

(a)

wherever

(b)

as

(c)

whereas

(d)

anywhere

10.

(a)

smell

(b)

smelly

(c)

smells

(d)

smelling

11.

(a)

sensitive

(b)

sensitivity

(c)

sensitivities

(d)

senses

12.

(a)

should

(b)

must

(c)

have to

(d)

need to


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

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2.

children’s usmemus

3.

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4.

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5.

We aerylr think

6.

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Paragraph 2

7.

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8.

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9.

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10.

People who fuesrf from anosmia

11.

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12.

smells like isangloe


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

differently than they should. Perhaps chocolate smells like gasoline and roses smell like the sea.

(    )

smelling. People who suffer from anosmia  cannot smell at all, while people who have hyperosmia  are very,

(    )

museums and science centers across the country. There are usually many hands-on (or nose-on) activities

(    )

different smells from around the world and remembering the smells from your childhood. The aim

(    )

very sensitive to smells. An unusual disorder is dysosmia – things smell

(    )

How important is your sense of smell to you? Most people say it is the least important of our five senses. Humans

(    )

generally have a poor sense of smell. Dogs have noses that are up to one-hundred-million times more

(    )

sensitive than ours. However, we can smell thousands of different things, whereas we can only separate

1  )

National Sense of Smell Day is an annual event sponsored by the Sense of Smell Institute. It is an American

(    )

taste into five different tastes. Most of us have a normal sense of smell, but some people have problems

(    )

holiday that takes place every year on the last Saturday of April. Many different events are organized at children’s

(    )

for children to do to learn about the sense of smell. Activities can include finding out about

(    )

of the day is to raise awareness of how important the sense of smell is. We rarely think about how

(    )

useful it is to be able to smell, and how it helps us survive in our lives.


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

an    year    every    place    takes    that    holiday    American

2.

usually    are    There    nose-on    hands-on    activities    or    many

3.

can    Activities    smells    different    about    out    finding    include

4.

awareness    day    The    is    aim    to    of    raise    the

5.

rarely    We    is    it    useful    how    about    think

6.

important    our    senses    least    of    five    the

7.

of    sense    poor    a    have    generally    Humans    smell

8.

things    can    thousands    different    we    smell    of

9.

we    into    can    five    only    different    separate    tastes    taste

10.

smell    who    from    cannot    People    suffer    anosmia


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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THE SENSE OF SMELL DAY SURVEY

Write five questions about National Sense of Smell Day in the table. Do this in pairs/groups. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper.

Without your partner, interview other students. Write down their answers.

 

STUDENT 1

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STUDENT 2

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STUDENT 3

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Q.1.

 

 

 

 

Q.2.

 

 

 

 

Q.3.

 

 

 

 

Q.4.

 

 

 

 

Q.5.

 

 

 

 

Return to your original partner(s) and share and talk about what you found out.  Make mini-presentations to other groups on your findings.


WRITING

Write about National Sense of Smell Day for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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HOMEWORK

1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find more information about National Sense of Smell Day. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about National Sense of Smell Day. Write about what happens around the world. Include two imaginary interviews with people who did something on this day.

Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. POSTER: Make your own poster about National Sense of Smell Day. Write about what will happen on this day around the world.

ANSWERS

Check your answers in "THE READING / TAPESCRIPT" section at the top of this page.


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