The Reading / Listening - Pink - Level 1

Scientists have found that bright pink is the world's oldest colour. Researchers looked at 1.1-billion-year-old rocks from the Sahara. They made powder from the rocks and found a bright pink colour. A scientist from the Australia National University experimented on the rocks. She said ancient organisms made the pink colour. They lived in old oceans that no longer exist. At that time, tiny organisms were the biggest life forms on Earth.



The researcher was amazed at the pink in the rocks. She thought the rock powder would be black, but it turned pink. Another researcher was also surprised that the 1.1-billion-year-old rocks "had this bright pink" colour. The scientist explained how important this news is. She said: "Imagine you could find a fossilized dinosaur skin that still has its original colour - green or blue. That is exactly the type of discovery that we've made."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Pink - Level 0 Pink - Level 2   or  Pink - Level 3

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2018/07/10/health/oldest-color-pink-trnd/index.html
  • https://www.livescience.com/63022-earths-oldest-color-found.html
  • https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pink-was-first-color-life-earth-180969583/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. 1.1-billion-year-
  2. They made powder
  3. found a bright
  4. experimented
  5. oceans that no longer
  6. At that
  7. tiny
  8. the biggest life forms
  1. exist
  2. organisms
  3. from the rocks
  4. on Earth
  5. pink colour
  6. old rocks
  7. time
  8. on the rocks

Paragraph 2

  1. The researcher was amazed
  2. rock
  3. it turned
  4. Another researcher
  5. how important this
  6. a fossilized
  7. still has its original
  8. the type of discovery that
  1. news is
  2. pink
  3. we've made
  4. powder
  5. colour
  6. at the pink
  7. dinosaur skin
  8. was also surprised

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists (1) ___________________ bright pink is the world's oldest colour. Researchers looked at 1.1-billion-year-old rocks from the Sahara. They (2) ___________________ the rocks and found a bright pink colour. A (3) ___________________ Australia National University experimented (4) ___________________. She said ancient organisms made the pink colour. They lived in old oceans that (5) ___________________. At that time, tiny organisms were the biggest (6) ___________________ Earth.

The researcher was (7) ___________________ pink in the rocks. She thought (8) ___________________ would be black, but it turned pink. Another researcher (9) ___________________ that the 1.1-billion-year-old rocks "had this bright pink" colour. The scientist explained how important (10) ___________________. She said: "Imagine (11) ___________________ a fossilized dinosaur skin that still has its original colour - green or blue. That is exactly the type of discovery (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistshavefoundthatbrightpinkistheworld'soldestcolour.Resear
cherslookedat1.1-billion-year-oldrocksfromtheSahara.Theymade
powderfromtherocksandfoundabrightpinkcolour.Ascientistfromthe
AustraliaNationalUniversityexperimentedontherocks.Shesaidancie
ntorganismsthepinkcolour.Theylivedinoldoceansthatnolongerexist.
Atthattime,tinyorganismswerethebiggestlifeformsonEarth.Therese
archerwasamazedatthepinkintherocks.Shethoughttherockpowder
wouldbeblack,butitturnedpink.Anotherresearcherwasalsosurprised
thatthe1.1-billion-year-oldrocks"hadthisbrightpink"colour.Thescie
ntistexplainedhowimportantthisnewsis.Shesaid:"Imagineyoucouldf
indafossilizeddinosaurskinthatstillhasitsoriginalcolour-greenorblu
e.Thatisexactlythetypeofdiscoverythatwe'vemade."

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

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

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

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Free writing

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Answers

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