The Reading / Listening - Flamingos - Level 2

Scientists think they have found how flamingos stand on one leg. We all love the image of these beautiful birds doing this. The reason why the birds do this has always puzzled scientists. Researchers in the USA say they have found this secret of the natural world. A professor says a flamingo can stand on one leg for many hours because of its skeleton. The flamingo's hips and leg bones are in a special position that gives the bird great balance. The professor said the flamingo's bones help it to stand on one leg. Flamingos do not have to use their muscles a lot to do this.



Another researcher said the flamingo is unique because it can stand still for a long time on one leg. It is very difficult for a human to stay still, even for an hour. The researcher said most of us don't know that we're moving all the time. Even when we stand still, our muscles always work to keep us straight so we don't fall over. The position of the bones in a flamingo means the birds do not need to use so many muscles to keep still. They can save energy. The researchers say that saving energy could be the reason why other birds also stand on one leg.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Flamingos - Level 0 Flamingos - Level 1   or  Flamingos - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.sciencenews.org/article/how-flamingo-balances-one-leg
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-40016816
  • http://www.express.co.uk/news/nature/808240/flamingos-one-leg-Iconic-pose-animal-kingdom-explained-research


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. We all love the image of these
  2. this has always puzzled
  3. the natural
  4. stand on one leg for
  5. The flamingo's hips and leg bones are
  6. gives the bird great
  7. the flamingo's bones help it to
  8. Flamingos do not have to use their
  1. in a special position
  2. stand on one leg
  3. scientists
  4. muscles a lot
  5. world
  6. many hours
  7. beautiful birds
  8. balance

Paragraph 2

  1. Another researcher said the
  2. it can stand
  3. even for
  4. most of us don't know
  5. our muscles always work to
  6. so we don't fall
  7. They can save
  8. saving energy could be
  1. that we're moving
  2. an hour
  3. energy
  4. keep us straight
  5. flamingo is unique
  6. the reason
  7. still for a long time
  8. over

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists (1) ___________________ found how flamingos stand on one leg. We all love (2) ___________________ these beautiful birds doing this. The reason why the birds do (3) ___________________ puzzled scientists. Researchers in the USA say they have found this (4) ___________________ natural world. A professor says a flamingo can stand on one leg for many hours because of its skeleton. The flamingo's (5) ___________________ bones are in a special position that gives the bird great balance. The professor said the flamingo's bones help it to stand on one leg. Flamingos do not have to use their (6) ___________________ to do this.

Another researcher said the flamingo (7) ___________________ because it can stand still (8) ___________________ time on one leg. It is very difficult for a human to stay still, even for an hour. The researcher said (9) ___________________ don't know that we're moving all the time. Even when we stand still, our muscles always work to (10) ___________________ so we don't fall over. The position of the bones in a flamingo means the birds do not need to use (11) ___________________ to keep still. They can save energy. The researchers say that saving energy could (12) ___________________ why other birds also stand on one leg.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientiststhinktheyhavefoundhowflamingosstandononeleg.Wealllo
vetheimageofthesebeautifulbirdsdoingthis.Thereasonwhythebirdsd
othishasalwayspuzzledscientists.ResearchersintheUSAsaytheyhav
efoundthissecretofthenaturalworld.Aprofessorsaysaflamingocansta
ndononelegformanyhoursbecauseofitsskeleton.Theflamingo'shipsa
ndlegbonesareinaspecialpositionthatgivesthebirdgreatbalance.The
professorsaidtheflamingo'sboneshelpittostandononeleg.Flamingos
donothavetousetheirmusclesalottodothis.Anotherresearchersaidth
eflamingoisuniquebecauseitcanstandstillforalongtimeononeleg.Itis
verydifficultforahumantostaystill,evenforanhour.Theresearchersai
dmostofusdon'tknowthatwe'removingallthetime.Evenwhenwestan
dstill,ourmusclesalwaysworktokeepusstraightsowedon'tfallover.Th
epositionofthebonesinaflamingomeansthebirdsdonotneedtouseso
manymusclestokeepstill.Theycansaveenergy.Theresearcherssayth
atsavingenergycouldbethereasonwhyotherbirdsalsostandononeleg
.

Student survey

Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

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Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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Answers

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