The Reading / Listening - World's Fastest Ant - Level 1

Scientists said the Saharan silver ant is the world's fastest ant. It runs at just over 3kph. This is the ant speed of a person running 580kph. It runs 108 times its body length every second. It makes up to 50 strides a second. This almost breaks the limits of what is possible for a living thing. An Olympic 100-meter runner makes four strides a second. The ants' feet touch the ground for a very short time - just seven milliseconds before they take the next stride.



The silver ant runs fast because the desert is hot. The sand can be 60 degrees Celsius. The ant doesn't want to spend time on the hot sand. Also, the ants will sink a little and slow down if they spend too long on the sand. A professor said the ants' feet move so fast because of their sandy habitat. Their fast speed stops their feet sinking into the soft sand. He said nobody knew how fast the ants really were, and how they could run so fast.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    World's Fastest Ant - Level 0 World's Fastest Ant - Level 2   or  World's Fastest Ant - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7580045/Worlds-fastest-ant-hits-record-breaking-speed-TWO-miles-hour.html
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2019/10/17/world/record-breaking-ants-scli-intl-scn/index.html
  • https://www.foxnews.com/science/worlds-fastest-ant-360-mph


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. It runs at just
  2. body
  3. up to 50 strides
  4. the limits of what
  5. The ants' feet touch
  6. for a very short
  7. just seven
  8. before they take the
  1. milliseconds
  2. is possible
  3. over 3kph
  4. next stride
  5. time
  6. a second
  7. the ground
  8. length

Paragraph 2

  1. The sand can be 60
  2. spend time on
  3. the ants' feet move
  4. because of their sandy
  5. stops their feet sinking
  6. nobody
  7. how fast the
  8. how they could
  1. into the soft sand
  2. so fast
  3. run so fast
  4. degrees Celsius
  5. ants really were
  6. habitat
  7. the hot sand
  8. knew

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists said the Saharan silver ant is the world's fastest ant. It runs (1) ___________________ 3kph. This is the ant speed of a person running 580kph. It runs 108 (2) ___________________ length every second. It (3) ___________________ 50 strides a second. This almost breaks the (4) ___________________ is possible for a living thing. An Olympic 100-meter runner makes four (5) ___________________. The ants' feet touch the ground for a very short time - just seven milliseconds (6) ___________________ the next stride.

The silver ant runs fast because the (7) ___________________. The sand can be 60 degrees Celsius. The ant doesn't want to (8) ___________________ the hot sand. Also, the ants will sink a little (9) ___________________ if they spend too long on the sand. A professor said the ants' (10) ___________________ fast because of their sandy habitat. Their fast speed stops (11) ___________________ into the soft sand. He said nobody knew how fast the ants really were, and how they could (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ScientistssaidtheSaharansilverantistheworld'sfastestant.Itrunsatju
stover3kph.Thisistheantspeedofapersonrunning580kph.Itruns108t
imesitsbodylengtheverysecond.Itmakesupto50stridesasecond.This
almostbreaksthelimitsofwhatispossibleforalivingthing.AnOlympic1
00-meterrunnermakesfourstridesasecond.Theants'feettouchthegr
oundforaveryshorttime-justsevenmillisecondsbeforetheytakethene
xtstride.Thesilverantrunsfastbecausethedesertishot.Thesandcanbe
60degreesCelsius.Theantdoesn'twanttospendtimeonthehotsand.Al
so,theantswillsinkalittleandslowdowniftheyspendtoolongonthesand
.Aprofessorsaidtheants'feetmovesofastbecauseoftheirsandyhabitat
.Theirfastspeedstopstheirfeetsinkingintothesoftsand.Hesaidnobody
knewhowfasttheantsreallywere,andhowtheycouldrunsofast.

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.

(Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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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