The Reading / Listening - Mission Jurassic - Level 2

There will be one of the world's biggest ever dinosaur digs. Paleontologists (people who study fossils) will go to a site in the USA known as the Jurassic Mile. The site is roughly 2.6 square kilometers in size. The dig is called Mission Jurassic. Researchers from the USA, England and Holland will join the team. They will try to find bones from dinosaurs that lived 150 million years ago, in the Jurassic Era. Scientists have already found many interesting things in the past two years. They include dinosaur footprints, plant fossils and the bones of a 30-metre-long Diplodocus.



The bones will go on display at the world's largest children's museum. A professor at the museum and co-leader of the dig said: "This is an area that hasn't been...extensively studied....The hope is to find...new species of dinosaurs and the animals and plants that lived around them." Another 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, invertebrates, ancient crocodiles, mammals, lizards and sea life.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Mission Jurassic - Level 0 Mission Jurassic - Level 1   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. people who
  2. The site is roughly 2.6 square
  3. join
  4. in the Jurassic
  5. Scientists have already found many
  6. in the past
  7. They include dinosaur
  8. the bones of a 30-metre-
  1. long Diplodocus
  2. the team
  3. interesting things
  4. study fossils
  5. footprints
  6. Era
  7. kilometers in size
  8. two years

Paragraph 2

  1. The bones will go on
  2. the world's largest children's
  3. co-leader
  4. an area that hasn't been
  5. find new
  6. animals and plants that lived
  7. This site offers a rare
  8. sea
  1. extensively studied
  2. opportunity
  3. life
  4. around them
  5. of the dig
  6. display
  7. species of dinosaurs
  8. museum

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There will (1) ___________________ the world's biggest ever dinosaur digs. Paleontologists (people who study fossils) will go to a site in the USA (2) ___________________ Jurassic Mile. The site is (3) ___________________ kilometers in size. The dig is called Mission Jurassic. Researchers from the USA, England and Holland will join the team. They will (4) ___________________ bones from dinosaurs that lived 150 million years ago, in the Jurassic Era. Scientists have already found many interesting things (5) ___________________ two years. They include dinosaur footprints, plant fossils and the (6) ___________________ 30-metre-long Diplodocus.

The bones will (7) ___________________ at the world's largest children's museum. A professor (8) ___________________ and co-leader of the dig said: "This is an area that hasn't been...extensively studied....The hope (9) ___________________...new species of dinosaurs and the animals and plants that lived around them." Another museum professor said: "This site (10) ___________________ opportunity to build a picture of what the real Jurassic (11) ___________________ looked like 150 million years ago." He hopes to find fossils from plants, invertebrates, ancient crocodiles, mammals, lizards (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Therewillbeoneoftheworld'sbiggesteverdinosaurdigs.Paleontologist
s(peoplewhostudyfossils)willgotoasiteintheUSAknownastheJurassi
cMile.Thesiteisroughly2.6squarekilometersinsize.ThedigiscalledMis
sionJurassic.ResearchersfromtheUSA,EnglandandHollandwilljointh
eteam.Theywilltrytofindbonesfromdinosaursthatlived150millionye
arsago,intheJurassicEra.Scientistshavealreadyfoundmanyinteresti
ngthingsinthepasttwoyears.Theyincludedinosaurfootprints,plantfo
ssilsandthebonesofa30-metre-longDiplodocus.Theboneswillgoond
isplayattheworld'slargestchildren'smuseum.Aprofessoratthemuseu
mandco-leaderofthedigsaid:"Thisisanareathathasn'tbeen...exten
sivelystudied....Thehopeistofind...newspeciesofdinosaursandthean
imalsandplantsthatlivedaroundthem."Anothermuseumprofessorsai
d:"ThissiteoffersarareopportunitytobuildapictureofwhattherealJura
ssicecosystemwouldhavelookedlike150millionyearsago."Hehopest
ofindfossilsfromplants,invertebrates,ancientcrocodiles,mammals,li
zardsandsealife.

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

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Free writing

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