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What Staring At A Screen Is Doing To Your Body & Brain

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Video Length: 3:27

Updated on: 10/22/2020

Lesson Time: 1–2 hrs.

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Lesson Description

In this ESL lesson plan for adults and teens, students watch a short informational video about screen time and using digital devices. It includes discussion questions, conversation, and other speaking activities about screen use, digital technology, and sleeping. Students also learn some important vocabulary terms and phrases from the video. The post-viewing section includes sections on vocabulary context usage and prepositions / conjunctions. There are additional speaking tasks included, as well as a quiz and review section with a bonus activity.

Video Description

Americans spend more than seven hours a day starting at digital screens. This screen time often leads to blurred vision, eyestrain, and long-term vision problems like nearsightedness. What’s more, screens emit blue light, which disrupts our circadian rhythms at night when we’re trying to fall asleep. And all of this screen time might even change our brains. A new and ongoing study supported by the NIH found that some pre-teens who clocked over seven hours a day on screens had differences in parts of their brains compared to kids who spent less time on screens.

Lesson Activities

Screen Use, Digital Technology
Short Answers, True / False
Nouns, Verbs, Phrasal Verbs, Context Usage
Quiz & Review + Bonus Activity

Lesson Topics

Digital Screens

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