The Reading / Listening - Loch Ness Monster - Level 2

People say a monster lives in the deep Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. It is called the Loch Ness Monster, or "Nessie" for short. It looks like a dinosaur. It has a small head, a long neck and humps. People first spotted it in 1933. There have been many sightings and some photographs. Scientists will now use a special technique to see if there is such a monster. A research team will use a technique called eDNA sampling to try and find some of Nessie's DNA. A professor says this will show if the monster is real or not.



Many scientists have tried to find the monster before. They have even sent equipment to the bottom of the loch, which is 230 metres deep. Nessie is often in the newspapers, however, all of the photographs of Nessie are blurred. Some people say they are car tyres floating in the water. The professor will test water from the loch. He wants to find DNA from the monster's skin, urine and other things. He will check all DNA found and make sure it is not from other animals. If he finds DNA scientists don't know about, that could belong to Nessie.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Loch Ness Monster - Level 0 Loch Ness Monster - Level 1   or  Loch Ness Monster - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.engadget.com/2018/05/23/edna-sampling-loch-ness-monster-nessie-scotland/
  • https://abcnews.go.com/US/scientists-search-proof-loch-ness-monster/story?id=55378010
  • https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2018/05/loch-ness-monster-scotland-environmental-dna-science/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the Loch Ness Monster, or
  2. a long neck
  3. People first spotted
  4. There have been many
  5. see if there
  6. a technique called
  7. find some of Nessie's
  8. this will show if the monster
  1. eDNA sampling
  2. it in 1933
  3. is real or not
  4. and humps
  5. DNA
  6. sightings
  7. is such a monster
  8. "Nessie" for short

Paragraph 2

  1. all of the photographs of Nessie
  2. car tyres floating
  3. The professor will test water
  4. DNA from the monster's
  5. He will check all
  6. make sure it is not
  7. DNA scientists don't
  8. that could belong
  1. DNA
  2. know about
  3. are blurred
  4. to Nessie
  5. from other animals
  6. from the loch
  7. in the water
  8. skin

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

People say a monster lives (1) ___________________ Loch Ness in the Scottish Highlands. It (2) ___________________ Loch Ness Monster, or "Nessie" for short. It looks like a dinosaur. It has a small head, a long (3) ___________________. People first spotted it in 1933. There have been many sightings and some photographs. Scientists will now use (4) ___________________ to see if there is (5) ___________________. A research team will use a technique called eDNA sampling to try and find some of Nessie's DNA. A professor says this will show if the monster (6) ___________________ not.

Many scientists (7) ___________________ find the monster before. They (8) ___________________ equipment to the bottom of the loch, which is 230 metres deep. Nessie is often in the newspapers, however, all of the photographs of Nessie are blurred. Some people say they are (9) ___________________ in the water. The professor (10) ___________________ from the loch. He wants to find DNA from the monster's skin, urine and other things. He will check all DNA found (11) ___________________ it is not from other animals. If he finds DNA scientists don't know about, that (12) ___________________ Nessie.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PeoplesayamonsterlivesinthedeepLochNessintheScottishHighlands
.ItiscalledtheLochNessMonster,or"Nessie"forshort.Itlookslikeadino
saur.Ithasasmallhead,alongneckandhumps.Peoplefirstspotteditin1
933.Therehavebeenmanysightingsandsomephotographs.Scientists
willnowuseaspecialtechniquetoseeifthereissuchamonster.Aresearc
hteamwilluseatechniquecalledeDNAsamplingtotryandfindsomeofN
essie'sDNA.Aprofessorsaysthiswillshowifthemonsterisrealornot.Ma
nyscientistshavetriedtofindthemonsterbefore.Theyhaveevensente
quipmenttothebottomoftheloch,whichis230metresdeep.Nessieisoft
eninthenewspapers,however,allofthephotographsofNessieareblurr
ed.Somepeoplesaytheyarecartyresfloatinginthewater.Theprofessor
willtestwaterfromtheloch.HewantstofindDNAfromthemonster'sskin
,urineandotherthings.HewillcheckallDNAfoundandmakesureitisnotf
romotheranimals.IfhefindsDNAscientistsdon'tknowabout,thatcould
belongtoNessie.

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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

Discussion — Write your own questions

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Free writing

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