The Reading / Listening - Giant Parrot - Level 1

Scientists found fossilised bones from the biggest parrot that ever lived. It was a metre tall and weighed around eight kilograms. The fossils were in New Zealand. Researchers called the parrot Hercules. They studied the leg bones and said Hercules was twice the size of all other parrots. The largest parrot scientists know about is the kakapo. This is a flightless bird that also lives in New Zealand. The kakapo is very endangered.



New Zealand is famous for its birds. The kiwi is its national symbol. Kiwis could become endangered if their environment does not change. The 3.6-metre-tall moa also came from New Zealand. These flightless birds were the biggest birds that ever lived. They became extinct 600 years ago. Hercules lived 19 million years ago. It ate nuts, fruit and seeds, and other parrots. A researcher said: "There are many more unexpected species yet to be discovered."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Giant Parrot - Level 0 Giant Parrot - Level 2   or  Giant Parrot - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/giant-parrot-1.5238617
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/science/2019/08/07/scientists-just-discovered-prehistoric-parrot-nearly-size-kindergartner/
  • https://www.cnet.com/news/giant-dog-sized-parrot-was-more-cannibal-than-copycat/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Scientists found fossilised
  2. the biggest parrot
  3. weighed
  4. Researchers called the
  5. Hercules was twice the size
  6. The largest parrot scientists
  7. This is a flightless
  8. The kakapo
  1. around eight kilograms
  2. is very endangered
  3. of all other parrots
  4. that ever lived
  5. bird
  6. bones
  7. parrot Hercules
  8. know about

Paragraph 2

  1. The kiwi is its national
  2. Kiwis could
  3. the biggest birds that
  4. They became
  5. Hercules lived
  6. It ate nuts, fruit
  7. There are many more
  8. yet to
  1. and seeds
  2. extinct
  3. unexpected species
  4. symbol
  5. be discovered
  6. ever lived
  7. become endangered
  8. 19 million years ago

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists found fossilised (1) ___________________ biggest parrot (2) ___________________. It was a metre tall and weighed around eight kilograms. The fossils were in New Zealand. Researchers (3) ___________________ Hercules. They studied the leg bones and said Hercules was twice the (4) ___________________ other parrots. The largest parrot scientists know about is the kakapo. This is (5) ___________________ that also lives in New Zealand. The kakapo (6) ___________________.

New Zealand (7) ___________________ its birds. The kiwi is its national symbol. Kiwis (8) ___________________ if their environment does not change. The 3.6-metre-tall moa also came from New Zealand. These (9) ___________________ the biggest birds that ever lived. (10) ___________________ 600 years ago. Hercules lived 19 million years ago. It ate nuts, (11) ___________________, and other parrots. A researcher said: "There are many more unexpected (12) ___________________ be discovered."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistsfoundfossilisedbonesfromthebiggestparrotthateverlived.I
twasametretallandweighedaroundeightkilograms.Thefossilswerein
NewZealand.ResearcherscalledtheparrotHercules.Theystudiedthel
egbonesandsaidHerculeswastwicethesizeofallotherparrots.Thelarg
estparrotscientistsknowaboutisthekakapo.Thisisaflightlessbirdthat
alsolivesinNewZealand.Thekakapoisveryendangered.NewZealandi
sfamousforitsbirds.Thekiwiisitsnationalsymbol.Kiwiscouldbecomee
ndangerediftheirenvironmentdoesnotchange.The3.6-metre-tallm
oaalsocamefromNewZealand.Theseflightlessbirdswerethebiggestbi
rdsthateverlived.Theybecameextinct600yearsago.Herculeslived19
millionyearsago.Itatenuts,fruitandseeds,andotherparrots.Aresearc
hersaid:"Therearemanymoreunexpectedspeciesyettobediscovered
."

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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