The Reading / Listening - Bread Recipe - Level 0

Researchers found 24 breadcrumbs from the world's oldest bread. They found them in Jordan. The crumbs are about 14,000 years old. This means that Stone Age people were baking bread. This is 4,000 years earlier than we thought. The people were hunter-gatherers. They lived thousands of years before humans became farmers.



The Stone Age people made flour from wheat and barley. They mixed this with water. After that, they baked it on a hot stone. The bread looked like pitta bread. A researcher said the bread could be why the agricultural revolution started. It was easier to farm the wheat instead of getting it from the wild.

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Sources
  • https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/archaeologists-discover-evidence-bread-baked-advent-agriculture-180969667/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-44846874
  • https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trade-china-eu/forcing-china-on-trade-with-illegal-action-will-not-work-eus-malmstrom-idUSKBN1K912H


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. 24 breadcrumbs from the
  2. They found them
  3. The crumbs are about
  4. Stone Age people
  5. 4,000 years earlier
  6. The people were
  7. They lived thousands
  8. before humans
  1. were baking bread
  2. of years
  3. in Jordan
  4. became farmers
  5. 14,000 years old
  6. than we thought
  7. world's oldest bread
  8. hunter-gatherers

Paragraph 2

  1. Stone Age
  2. wheat and
  3. They mixed this
  4. they baked it
  5. The bread looked
  6. why the agricultural
  7. It was easier to farm
  8. getting it
  1. the wheat
  2. on a hot stone
  3. barley
  4. from the wild
  5. revolution started
  6. with water
  7. like pitta bread
  8. people

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Researchers found 24 breadcrumbs (1) ___________________ oldest bread. (2) ___________________ in Jordan. (3) ___________________ about 14,000 years old. This means that Stone Age (4) ___________________ bread. This is 4,000 years earlier (5) ___________________. The people were hunter-gatherers. (6) ___________________ of years before humans became farmers.

The Stone Age (7) ___________________ from wheat and barley. They (8) ___________________ water. After that, they baked it on (9) ___________________. The bread looked like pitta bread. A researcher said the bread (10) ___________________ the agricultural revolution started. (11) ___________________ to farm the wheat instead of getting it (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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oundtheminJordan.Thecrumbsareabout14,000yearsold.Thismeans
thatStoneAgepeoplewerebakingbread.Thisis4,000yearsearlierthan
wethought.Thepeoplewerehunter-gatherers.Theylivedthousands
ofyearsbeforehumansbecamefarmers.TheStoneAgepeoplemadeflo
urfromwheatandbarley.Theymixedthiswithwater.Afterthat,theybak
editonahotstone.Thebreadlookedlikepittabread.Aresearchersaidthe
breadcouldbewhytheagriculturalrevolutionstarted.Itwaseasiertofar
mthewheatinsteadofgettingitfromthewild.

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

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

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Free writing

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