The Reading / Listening - String - Level 1

Archaeologists found the world's oldest piece of string. They are happy because the string is about 50,000 years old. The string also shows that early humans called Neanderthals were very intelligent. Neanderthals became extinct 35,000 years ago, but the string shows they understood plants and textiles. The Neanderthals may have used the string to make clothes, bags, rope, mats and other things. They were probably as intelligent as humans today.



The string is very small but it shows how people lived 50,000 years ago. A researcher said she could learn many things from the string. It had three different fibres in it. Nature does not make this naturally. The Neanderthals could make things like rope from different fibres. They also knew about plants and trees. The researcher said the Neanderthals had the intelligence, "to use different parts of the environment".

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Sources
  • https://uk.news.yahoo.com/oldest-string-neanderthal-181822003.html
  • https://metro.co.uk/2020/04/13/oldest-piece-string-found-neanderthal-dwelling-12548889/
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/neanderthals-string-discovery-50000-years-old-france-scientists-abri-du-maras-a9462706.html


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. They
  2. the string is about
  3. Neanderthals were very
  4. Neanderthals became extinct
  5. they understood plants
  6. The Neanderthals may have
  7. make clothes, bags, rope, mats
  8. as intelligent as
  1. used the string
  2. and other things
  3. are happy
  4. humans today
  5. intelligent
  6. 35,000 years ago
  7. and textiles
  8. 50,000 years old

Paragraph 2

  1. The string is
  2. how people lived
  3. A researcher said she could
  4. Nature does not make
  5. make things like
  6. They also knew about
  7. Neanderthals had
  8. use different parts
  1. plants and trees
  2. rope
  3. of the environment
  4. 50,000 years ago
  5. this naturally
  6. the intelligence
  7. learn many things
  8. very small

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Archaeologists (1) ___________________ oldest piece of string. They are happy because the (2) ___________________ 50,000 years old. The string also shows (3) ___________________ called Neanderthals were very intelligent. Neanderthals became extinct 35,000 years ago, but the (4) ___________________ understood plants and textiles. The Neanderthals may have used the string to make clothes, (5) ___________________ and other things. They were probably as intelligent (6) ___________________.

The string is very small (7) ___________________ how people lived 50,000 years ago. A researcher said she (8) ___________________ things from the string. It had three different fibres in it. Nature (9) ___________________ this naturally. The Neanderthals could make (10) ___________________ from different fibres. They also (11) ___________________ and trees. The researcher said the Neanderthals had the intelligence, "to (12) ___________________ of the environment".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Archeologistsfoundtheworld'soldestpieceofstring.Theyarehappyb
ecausethestringisabout50,000yearsold.Thestringalsoshowsthatear
lyhumanscalledNeanderthalswereveryintelligent.Neanderthalsbeca
meextinct35,000yearsago,butthestringshowstheyunderstoodplant
sandtextiles.TheNeanderthalsmayhaveusedthestringtomakeclothe
s,bags,rope,matsandotherthings.Theywereprobablyasintelligentas
humanstoday.Thestringisverysmallbutitshowshowpeoplelived50,0
00yearsago.Aresearchersaidshecouldlearnmanythingsfromthestrin
g.Ithadthreedifferentfibresinit.Naturedoesnotmakethisnaturally.Th
eNeanderthalscouldmakethingslikeropefromdifferentfibres.Theyals
oknewaboutplantsandtrees.TheresearchersaidtheNeanderthalshad
theintelligence,"tousedifferentpartsoftheenvironment".

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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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

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Free writing

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