The Reading / Listening - Pink - Level 3

Most of us might think that the world's oldest colour is black or dark grey. However, scientists have found out that bright pink is the oldest known colour. Researchers looked at 1.1-billion-year-old rocks deep beneath the Sahara Desert. They crushed the rocks into powder and found the bright pink colouring in them. This means that pink is the oldest colour on geological record. Dr. Nur Gueneli from the Australia National University led the research. She made the discovery in a lab in Australia. Dr. Gueneli said the colour was produced by ancient organisms that lived in the oceans. She added that the oceans are so old they no longer exist. At that time, tiny organisms were the largest life forms on Earth.



Dr. Gueneli said her first reaction was "sheer amazement". She said her team thought the rock powder might turn black when they were doing their experiments on it. Instead, it turned pink. Another researcher said: "I remember I heard this screaming in the lab. 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." The rocks could contain other colours, from a blood red to a deep purple. 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 easier levels:

    Pink - Level 0 Pink - Level 1   or  Pink - Level 2

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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Warm-ups

1. PINK: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about pink. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       black / scientists / bright pink / powder / geological / research / organisms / tiny
       reaction / experiments / screaming / stuff / blood red / imagine / dinosaur / discovery
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. GEOLOGY: Students A strongly believe geology is important; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. COLOUR: What do you think of these colours? How useful are they? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What you think

Usefulness

Pink

 

 

Black

 

 

Green

 

 

Yellow

 

 

Blue

 

 

Red

 

 

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5. BLACK: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "black". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. BEST COLOURS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best colours at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • yellow
  • red
  • silver
  • purple
  • pink
  • black
  • blue
  • green

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. found out a. Very, very, very, very old.
      2. bright b. Discovered something new.
      3. beneath c. Very fine, small, dry, dust-like particles.
      4. crushed d. When a colour is really, really clear and shining.
      5. powder e. Squashed so much something becomes black or breaks up.
      6. geological f. Under.
      7. ancient g. About the study of the earth's physical structure and substance.

    Paragraph 2

      8. reaction h. What happens because of a situation or event.
      9. experiments i. Totally, totally accurate.
      10. lab j. Tests done by people to find out new things.
      11. stuff k. The huge animals that lived on Earth millions of years ago.
      12. contain l. A room or building full of people and things for research.
      13. dinosaur m. Things.
      14. exactly n. Have inside or as part of.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article said black was the world's oldest colour.     T / F
  2. Scientists found pink colouring in 1.1-billion-year-old rocks.     T / F
  3. The rocks with the pink colouring were found in the desert in Australia.    T / F
  4. The pink colouring came from chemical reactions in caves.     T / F
  5. A researcher thought rock powder would turn a white colour.     T / F
  6. Another researcher heard the lead researcher scream in a lab.     T / F
  7. The lead researcher said the rocks could contain other colours.     T / F
  8. A researcher likened her discovery to finding blue dinosaur skin.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. found out
  2. beneath
  3. produced
  4. ancient
  5. largest
  6. first
  7. amazement
  8. contain
  9. important
  10. exactly
  1. very old
  2. significant
  3. biggest
  4. initial
  5. under
  6. include
  7. discovered
  8. precisely
  9. created
  10. surprise

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Most of us might
  2. 1.1-billion-year-old rocks deep beneath
  3. They crushed the
  4. pink is the oldest colour
  5. tiny
  6. her first reaction was
  7. I remember I heard this screaming
  8. The rocks could contain
  9. find a fossilized
  10. exactly the type of discovery
  1. other colours
  2. on geological record
  3. that we've made
  4. rocks into powder
  5. "sheer amazement"
  6. the Sahara Desert
  7. dinosaur skin
  8. organisms
  9. think that
  10. in the lab

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
record
exist
dark
forms
discovery
crushed
known
ancient

Most of us might think that the world's oldest colour is black or (1) ____________ grey. However, scientists have found out that bright pink is the oldest (2) ____________ colour. Researchers looked at 1.1-billion-year-old rocks deep beneath the Sahara Desert. They (3) ____________ the rocks into powder and found the bright pink colouring in them. This means that pink is the oldest colour on geological (4) ____________. Dr. Nur Gueneli from the Australia National University led the research. She made the (5) ____________ in a lab in Australia. Dr. Gueneli said the colour was produced by (6) ____________ organisms that lived in the oceans. She added that the oceans are so old they no longer (7) ____________. At that time, tiny organisms were the largest life (8) ____________ on Earth.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
stuff
reaction
type
deep
screaming
contain
powder
skin

Dr. Gueneli said her first (9) ____________ was "sheer amazement". She said her team thought the rock (10) ____________ might turn black when they were doing their experiments on it. Instead, it turned pink. Another researcher said: "I remember I heard this (11) ____________ in the lab. Dr. Gueneli came running into my office and said, 'look at this,' and she had this bright pink (12) ____________ …It turned out to be real colour, 1.1 billion years old." The rocks could (13) ____________ other colours, from a blood red to a (14) ____________ purple. Gueneli explained how important her find was. She said: "Imagine you could find a fossilized dinosaur (15) ____________ that still has its original colour - green or blue. That is exactly the (16) ____________ of discovery that we've made."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Most of us might think that the world's oldest colour is black ______
     a.  or darkly grey
     b.  or duck grey
     c.  or drake grey
     d.  or dark grey
2)  Researchers looked at 1.1-billion-year-old rocks deep ______ Sahara Desert
     a.  beneath a
     b.  beneath this
     c.  beneath them
     d.  beneath the
3)  They crushed the rocks into powder and found the bright pink ______
     a.  colouring in them
     b.  colour in then
     c.  coloured in them
     d.  colouring in then
4)  She added that the oceans are so old they ______
     a.  no longer existence
     b.  no longer exists
     c.  no longer exist
     d.  no longer desist
5)  At that time, tiny organisms were the largest ______ Earth
     a.  life forms on
     b.  life farms on
     c.  life firms on
     d.  life frames on

6)  Dr. Gueneli said her first reaction was "______"
     a.  sheep amazement
     b.  sheen amazement
     c.  sheer amazement
     d.  sheet amazement
7) the rock powder might turn black when they were doing their ______
     a.  experiments on it
     b.  experiments in it
     c.  experiments to it
     d.  experiments of it
8)  Another researcher said:  "I remember I heard this screaming ______."
     a.  in the lab
     b.  in the lob
     c.  in the lib
     d.  in the rib
9)  The rocks could contain other colours, from a blood red ______ purple
     a.  to a depth
     b.  to adept
     c.  to a deep
     d.  to add deep
10)  Imagine you could find a fossilized dinosaur skin that still has its ______
     a.  original colour
     b.  originals colours
     c.  originally colour
     d.  original colours

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Most of us might think that the world's oldest colour is black                        (1) ___________________. However, scientists have found out that bright pink is the oldest known colour. Researchers (2) ___________________-billion-year-old rocks deep beneath the Sahara Desert. They crushed the rocks into powder and found (3) ___________________ colouring in them. This means that pink is the oldest colour on geological record. Dr. Nur Gueneli from the Australia National University (4) ___________________. She made the discovery in a lab in Australia. Dr. Gueneli said the colour       (5) ___________________ ancient organisms that lived in the oceans. She added that the oceans are so old they no longer exist. At that time, tiny organisms were the largest (6) ___________________ Earth.

Dr. Gueneli said (7) ___________________ was "sheer amazement". She said her team thought the rock powder might turn black when they were doing their (8) ___________________. Instead, it turned pink. Another researcher said: "I remember I heard this screaming in the lab. Dr. Gueneli came running (9) ___________________ and said, 'look at this,' and she had this bright pink stuff…It turned out to be real colour, 1.1 billion years old." The rocks could contain other colours, from a (10) ___________________ a deep purple. Gueneli explained how important her find was. She said: "Imagine you (11) ___________________ fossilized dinosaur skin that still has its original colour - green or blue. That is exactly the (12) ___________________ that we've made."

Comprehension questions

  1. What colours did the article say we might have thought were the oldest?
  2. How old were the rocks the scientists looked at?
  3. What did the scientists do to the rocks to turn them into powder?
  4. Which university are the researchers from?
  5. Where are the oceans in which ancient organisms lived?
  6. What was Dr Gueneli's first reaction?
  7. What colour did Dr Gueneli initially think the rock powder would turn to?
  8. What did a researcher hear coming from a lab?
  9. What other two colours did researchers say could be in the rocks?
  10. What did Dr Gueneli compare her discovery to?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What colours did the article say we might have thought were the oldest?
a) silver and gold
b) green and blue
c) white and yellow
d) black and dark grey
2) How old were the rocks the scientists looked at?
a) 11 million years old
b) 1.1 billion years old
c) 11 billion years old
d) 1.1 million years old
3) What did the scientists do to the rocks to turn them into powder?
a) sliced them
b) dissolved them
c) crushed them
d) melted them
4) Which university are the researchers from?
a) Australia National University
b) Cairo University
c) Oxford University
d) Tokyo University
5) Where are the oceans in which ancient organisms lived?
a) the Indian Ocean
b) the Pacific
c) they no longer exist
d) the Atlantic

6) What was Dr Gueneli's first reaction?
a) boredom
b) amazement
c) disappointment
d) horror
7) What colour did Dr Gueneli initially think the rock powder would turn to?
a) gold
b) silver
c) white
d) black
8) What did a researcher hear coming from a lab?
a) screaming
b) sirens
c) crying
d) clapping
9) What other two colours did researchers say could be in the rocks?
a) black and white
b) blue and green
c) red and purple
d) silver and gold
10) What did Dr Gueneli compare her discovery to?
a) a Moon landing
b) the finding of dinosaur skin
c) the theory of relativity
d) the invention of the printing press

Role play

Role  A – Pink
You think pink is the best colour. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their colours. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): black, red or blue.

Role  B – Black
You think black is the best colour. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their colours. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): pink, red or blue.

Role  C – Red
You think red is the best colour. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their colours. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): black, pink or blue.

Role  D – Blue
You think blue is the best colour. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their colours. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): black, red or pink.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'pink'

  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • and 'rock'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • first
    • instead
    • office
    • blood
    • skin
    • exactly
    • dark
    • beneath
    • record
    • led
    • lived
    • largest




    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 - Bright pink is the world's oldest colour

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'pink'?
    3. What do you think of the colour pink?
    4. Do you prefer the colour black or pink?
    5. Why weren't there colours before this pink was found?
    6. What colour was the rest of Earth when the rocks were pink?
    7. What is the colour pink used for today?
    8. How big a discovery is this?
    9. How interested are you in geology?
    10. What happened to the ancient oceans?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'rock'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why is pink associated with love and romance today?
    5. When was the last time you were totally amazed?
    6. Will scientists ever find dinosaur skin with its original colour?
    7. What's your favourite colour, and why?
    8. How important is colour?
    9. What pink things do you have?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Most of us might think that the world's oldest colour is black or dark grey. However, scientists have found out that bright pink is the oldest (1) ____ colour. Researchers looked at 1.1-billion-year-old rocks deep (2) ____ the Sahara Desert. They crushed the rocks into powder and found the bright pink colouring in (3) ____. This means that pink is the oldest colour on geological record. Dr. Nur Gueneli from the Australia National University led the research. She made the (4) ____ in a lab in Australia. Dr. Gueneli said the colour was produced by ancient organisms (5) ____ lived in the oceans. She added that the oceans are so old they (6) ____ longer exist. At that time, tiny organisms were the largest life forms on Earth.

    Dr. Gueneli said her first reaction was "(7) ____ amazement". She said her team thought the rock powder might turn black when they were (8) ____ their experiments on it. Instead, it turned pink. Another researcher said: "I remember I heard (9) ____ screaming in the lab. Dr. Gueneli came running into my office and said, 'look at this,' and she had this bright pink stuff…It turned (10) ____ to be real colour, 1.1 billion years old." The rocks could contain other colours, from a blood red to a (11) ____ purple. 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 (12) ____ the type of discovery that we've made."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     knew     (b)     known     (c)     knows     (d)     knowing    
    2. (a)     behest     (b)     behind     (c)     beyond     (d)     beneath    
    3. (a)     there     (b)     them     (c)     they     (d)     that    
    4. (a)     discover     (b)     discovered     (c)     discovery     (d)     discovers     
    5. (a)     that     (b)     when     (c)     what     (d)     why    
    6. (a)     no     (b)     not     (c)     non     (d)     now    
    7. (a)     sheep     (b)     sheet     (c)     sheen     (d)     sheer    
    8. (a)     doing     (b)     done     (c)     does     (d)     do    
    9. (a)     these     (b)     this     (c)     those     (d)     them    
    10. (a)     on     (b)     up     (c)     out     (d)     in    
    11. (a)     depth     (b)     depend     (c)     deep     (d)     deeply    
    12. (a)     exact     (b)     exactly     (c)     expect     (d)     extent

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

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    (...)  office and said, 'look at this,' and she had this bright pink stuff…It turned out to be real colour, 1.1 billion
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    (...)  colouring in them. This means that pink is the oldest colour on geological record. Dr. Nur Gueneli from the
    (...)  powder might turn black when they were doing their experiments on it. Instead, it turned
    (...)  Australia National University led the research. She made the discovery in a lab in Australia. Dr. Gueneli
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    (...)  beneath the Sahara Desert. They crushed the rocks into powder and found the bright pink
    (...)  pink. Another researcher said:  "I remember I heard this screaming in the lab. Dr. Gueneli came running into my
    (...)  Dr. Gueneli said her first reaction was "sheer amazement". She said her team thought the rock
    (...)  colour - green or blue. That is exactly the type of discovery that we've made."
    (...)  important her find was. She said: "Imagine you could find a fossilized dinosaur skin that still has its original

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. into   powder   .   rocks   the   crushed   They
    3. lived   oceans   .   that   the   Ancient   organisms   in
    4. longer   old   no   Oceans   so   exist   .   they   are
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    10. the   discovery   we've   of   Exactly   made   .   type   that

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Dr. Gueneli said her first react / reaction was "sheer amazement". She said her team thought the rock powder might turning / turn black when they were doing / done their experiments on it. Instead, it turning / turned pink. Another researcher said:  "I remember I heard those / this screaming in the lab. Dr. Gueneli came running into / onto my office and said, 'look at this,' and she had this bright pink stuff…It tuned / turned out to be real colour, 1.1 billion years old." The rocks could contain other colours, from a blood red to a depth / deep purple. Gueneli explained how important her find was. She said: "Imagine you could find a fossilized dinosaur skin that still / already has its original colour - green or blue. That is exactly / exact the type of discovery that we've made."

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    most of us might think that the worlds oldest colour is black or dark grey however scientists have found out that bright pink is the oldest known colour researchers looked at 11billionyearold rocks deep beneath the sahara desert they crushed the rocks into powder and found the bright pink colouring in them this means that pink is the oldest colour on geological record dr nur gueneli from the australia national university led the research she made the discovery in a lab in australia dr gueneli said the colour was produced by ancient organisms that lived in the oceans she added that the oceans are so old they no longer exist at that time tiny organisms were the largest life forms on earth

    dr gueneli said her first reaction was sheer amazement she said her team thought the rock powder might turn black when they were doing their experiments on it instead it turned pink another researcher said i remember i heard this screaming in the lab dr gueneli came running into my office and said look at this and she had this bright pink stuffit turned out to be real colour 11 billion years old the rocks could contain other colours from a blood red to a deep purple 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 weve made

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    Mostofusmightthinkthattheworld'soldestcolourisblackordarkgrey.H
    owever,scientistshavefoundoutthatbrightpinkistheoldestknowncolo
    ur.Researcherslookedat1.1-billion-year-oldrocksdeepbeneathth
    eSaharaDesert.Theycrushedtherocksintopowderandfoundthebright
    pinkcolouringinthem.Thismeansthatpinkistheoldestcolourongeolog
    icalrecord.Dr.NurGuenelifromtheAustraliaNationalUniversityledth
    eresearch.ShemadethediscoveryinalabinAustralia.Dr.Guenelisaidt
    hecolourwasproducedbyancientorganismsthatlivedintheoceans.Sh
    eaddedthattheoceansaresooldtheynolongerexist.Atthattime,tinyor
    ganismswerethelargestlifeformsonEarth.Dr.Guenelisaidherfirstrea
    ctionwas"sheeramazement".Shesaidherteamthoughttherockpowde
    rmightturnblackwhentheyweredoingtheirexperimentsonit.Instead,i
    tturnedpink.Anotherresearchersaid:"IrememberIheardthisscreami
    nginthelab.Dr.Guenelicamerunningintomyofficeandsaid,'lookatthis
    ,'andshehadthisbrightpinkstuff…Itturnedouttoberealcolour,1.1billio
    nyearsold."Therockscouldcontainothercolours,fromabloodredtoade
    eppurple.Gueneliexplainedhowimportantherfindwas.Shesaid:"Ima
    gineyoucouldfindafossilizeddinosaurskinthatstillhasitsoriginalcolou
    r-greenorblue.Thatisexactlythetypeofdiscoverythatwe'vemade."

    Free writing

    Write about pink for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Pink is the most important colour in the world. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. COLOUR: Make a poster about colours. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. PINK: Write a magazine article about the colour pink. Include imaginary interviews with people who love it and with those who hate it.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on the colour pink. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your opinions on the colour pink. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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