The Reading / Listening - Electric Eels - Level 0

Scientists found a new electric eel in the Amazon. It can give us an 860-volt electric shock. This is eight times stronger than the 110 volts of electricity used in U.S. homes. The eel is 2.4 meters long and weighs 45kgs. The scientists said the eel is "the strongest living bio-electricity generator".



Scientists found two new kinds of eel. The 860-volt eel is in the news because of its shocking power. Scientists thought there was only one electric eel in the world. A researcher said there are many more kinds of animals in the world that we don't know are there. He said there could be many unknown animals in the Amazon.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Electric Eels - Level 1 Electric Eels - Level 2   or  Electric Eels - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/9907129/electric-eel-discovered-scientists/
  • https://www.the-scientist.com/news-opinion/newly-described-electric-eel-has-strongest-voltage-yet-measured-66409
  • https://newatlas.com/biology/new-electric-eel-species-shocking/


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. Scientists found a new
  2. It can give us an 860-volt
  3. This is eight times stronger
  4. electricity used
  5. The eel is 2.4
  6. weighs
  7. The scientists said
  8. the strongest living bio-
  1. the eel is
  2. than the 110 volts
  3. electricity generator
  4. electric eel
  5. 45kgs
  6. in U.S. homes
  7. electric shock
  8. meters long

Paragraph 2

  1. Scientists found two new
  2. The 860-volt eel is in
  3. because of its shocking
  4. Scientists thought there was only
  5. A researcher said there
  6. kinds of animals in the
  7. He said there
  8. many unknown animals
  1. one electric eel
  2. power
  3. in the Amazon
  4. world
  5. could be
  6. the news
  7. are many more
  8. kinds of eel

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists (1) ___________________ electric eel in the Amazon. It can give (2) ___________________-volt electric shock. This is eight (3) ___________________ the 110 volts of electricity used in U.S. homes. (4) ___________________ 2.4 meters (5) ___________________ 45kgs. The scientists said the eel is "(6) ___________________ bio-electricity generator".

Scientists found (7) ___________________ of eel. The 860-volt eel is in the (8) ___________________ its shocking power. Scientists (9) ___________________ only one electric eel in the world. A researcher (10) ___________________ many more kinds of animals (11) ___________________ that we don't know are there. He said there could be many (12) ___________________ the Amazon.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ScientistsfoundanewelectriceelintheAmazon.Itcangiveusan860-vol
telectricshock.Thisiseighttimesstrongerthanthe110voltsofelectricit
yusedinU.S.homes.Theeelis2.4meterslongandweighs45kgs.Thesci
entistssaidtheeelis"thestrongestlivingbio-electricitygenerator".Sc
ientistsfoundtwonewkindsofeel.The860-volteelisinthenewsbecaus
eofitsshockingpower.Scientiststhoughttherewasonlyoneelectriceeli
ntheworld.Aresearchersaidtherearemanymorekindsofanimalsinthe
worldthatwedon'tknowarethere.Hesaidtherecouldbemanyunknown
animalsintheAmazon.

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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