The Reading / Listening - Mission Jurassic - Level 1

A huge dinosaur dig called Mission Jurassic will take place in the USA. Scientists who study fossils will go there. It is at a site called the Jurassic Mile, which is 2.6 square kilometers in size. Scientists from the USA, England and Holland will join the team. They will try to find bones from the Jurassic Era, 150 million years ago. Scientists already found many interesting things. They include dinosaur footprints, plant fossils and Diplodocus bones.



The bones will go on display at the world's largest children's museum. A co-leader of the dig said: "The hope is to find...new species of dinosaurs and the animals and plants that lived around them." A museum professor said: "This site offers a rare opportunity to build a picture of what the real Jurassic ecosystem would have looked like 150 million years ago." He hopes to find fossils from plants, crocodiles, mammals, lizards and sea life.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Mission Jurassic - Level 0 Mission Jurassic - Level 2   or  Mission Jurassic - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.nhm.ac.uk
  • https://www.thetimes.co.uk
  • https://www.bbc.com


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Scientists who
  2. It is at a site called the
  3. 2.6 square kilometers
  4. They will try
  5. from the Jurassic
  6. 150 million years
  7. Scientists already found many
  8. They include dinosaur
  1. in size
  2. ago
  3. to find bones
  4. footprints
  5. Jurassic Mile
  6. Era
  7. study fossils
  8. interesting things

Paragraph 2

  1. The bones will
  2. the world's largest children's
  3. A co-
  4. find new
  5. A museum
  6. the real Jurassic
  7. He hopes to find fossils
  8. sea
  1. species of dinosaurs
  2. from plants
  3. ecosystem
  4. life
  5. leader of the dig
  6. go on display
  7. professor
  8. museum

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A huge (1) ___________________ Mission Jurassic will take place in the USA. Scientists (2) ___________________ will go there. It is at a site called the Jurassic Mile, (3) ___________________ square kilometers in size. Scientists from the USA, England and Holland will join the team. They (4) ___________________ find bones from the Jurassic Era, 150 (5) ___________________. Scientists already found many interesting things. They include dinosaur footprints, (6) ___________________ Diplodocus bones.

The bones will go (7) ___________________ the world's largest children's museum. A (8) ___________________ dig said: "The hope is to find...new species of dinosaurs and the animals and plants (9) ___________________ them." A museum professor said: "This site offers a rare opportunity to (10) ___________________ of what the real Jurassic ecosystem would (11) ___________________ 150 million years ago." He hopes to find fossils from plants, crocodiles, mammals, (12) ___________________ life.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AhugedinosaurdigcalledMissionJurassicwilltakeplaceintheUSA.Scie
ntistswhostudyfossilswillgothere.ItisatasitecalledtheJurassicMile,w
hichis2.6squarekilometersinsize.ScientistsfromtheUSA,Englandan
dHollandwilljointheteam.TheywilltrytofindbonesfromtheJurassicEra
,150millionyearsago.Scientistsalreadyfoundmanyinterestingthings
.Theyincludedinosaurfootprints,plantfossilsandDiplodocusbones.Th
eboneswillgoondisplayattheworld'slargestchildren'smuseum.Aco-
leaderofthedigsaid:"Thehopeistofind...newspeciesofdinosaursandt
heanimalsandplantsthatlivedaroundthem."Amuseumprofessorsaid
:"ThissiteoffersarareopportunitytobuildapictureofwhattherealJuras
sicecosystemwouldhavelookedlike150millionyearsago."Hehopestof
indfossilsfromplants,crocodiles,mammals,lizardsandsealife.

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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