The Reading / Listening - Pink - Level 2

Is the world's oldest colour black or dark grey? No. Scientists have found out that bright pink is the oldest colour. Researchers looked at 1.1-billion-year-old rocks in the Sahara Desert. They crushed the rocks into powder and found a bright pink colour. Dr. Nur Gueneli from the Australia National University led the research. She experimented on the rocks in a lab in Australia. She said the colour was made by ancient organisms that lived in the oceans. She added that those oceans no longer exist. At that time, tiny organisms were the largest life forms on Earth.



Dr. Gueneli said she was amazed when she saw the pink in the rocks. She thought the rock powder might turn black in their experiments, but it turned pink. Another researcher said: "Dr. Gueneli came running into my office and said, 'look at this,' and she had this bright pink stuff…It turned out to be real colour, 1.1 billion years old." Gueneli explained how important her find was. 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 1   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/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. black or
  2. bright pink is
  3. Researchers looked at 1.1-billion-
  4. They crushed the rocks
  5. She experimented
  6. ancient organisms that
  7. those oceans no
  8. the largest life
  1. lived in the oceans
  2. dark grey
  3. forms on Earth
  4. year-old rocks
  5. longer exist
  6. the oldest colour
  7. on the rocks
  8. into powder

Paragraph 2

  1. Dr. Gueneli said she
  2. when she saw the pink
  3. She thought the rock powder
  4. Dr. Gueneli came running
  5. she had this bright pink
  6. a fossilized dinosaur
  7. still has its original colour -
  8. the type of discovery
  1. might turn black
  2. green or blue
  3. that we've made
  4. skin
  5. in the rocks
  6. was amazed
  7. stuff
  8. into my office

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Is the world's oldest colour black (1) __________________? No. Scientists have (2) ___________________ that bright pink is the oldest colour. Researchers looked at 1.1-billion-year-old rocks in the Sahara Desert. They (3) ___________________ into powder and found a bright pink colour. Dr. Nur Gueneli from the Australia National University (4) ___________________. She experimented on the rocks in a lab in Australia. She said the colour was made by ancient organisms (5) ___________________ the oceans. She added that those oceans no longer exist. At that time, tiny organisms were the largest (6) ___________________ Earth.

Dr. Gueneli said (7) ___________________ when she saw the pink in the rocks. She thought the rock powder might turn black in their experiments, but (8) ___________________. Another researcher said: "Dr. Gueneli came running into my office and said, 'look at this,' and she had this (9) ___________________…It turned out to be real colour, 1.1 billion years old." Gueneli explained (10) ___________________ find was. She said: "Imagine you could find a fossilized dinosaur skin that still has (11) ___________________ - green or blue. That is exactly the (12) ___________________ that we've made."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Istheworld'soldestcolourblackordarkgrey?No.Scientistshavefoundo
utthatbrightpinkistheoldestcolour.Researcherslookedat1.1-billion-
year-oldrocksintheSaharaDesert.Theycrushedtherocksintopowde
randfoundabrightpinkcolour.Dr.NurGuenelifromtheAustraliaNation
alUniversityledtheresearch.SheexperimentedontherocksinalabinA
ustralia.Shesaidthecolourwasmadebyancientorganismsthatlivedint
heoceans.Sheaddedthatthoseoceansnolongerexist.Atthattime,tiny
organismswerethelargestlifeformsonEarth.Dr.Guenelisaidshewasa
mazedwhenshesawthepinkintherocks.Shethoughttherockpowderm
ightturnblackintheirexperiments,butitturnedpink.Anotherresearch
ersaid:"Dr.Guenelicamerunningintomyofficeandsaid,'lookatthis,'an
dshehadthisbrightpinkstuff…Itturnedouttoberealcolour,1.1billionye
arsold."Gueneliexplainedhowimportantherfindwas.Shesaid:"Imagi
neyoucouldfindafossilizeddinosaurskinthatstillhasitsoriginalcolour-
greenorblue.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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Free writing

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