The Reading / Listening - String - Level 2

Archaeologists have found the world's oldest piece of string. They are very happy about this. One reason is the string is around 50,000 years old. The second reason is the string shows that an early species of humans called Neanderthals were more intelligent than we thought. Neanderthals became extinct about 35,000 years ago but the string shows they had a good understanding of 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 modern humans.



The piece of string is tiny but it shows a lot about how people lived 50,000 years ago. A researcher said: "We were able to uncover details about the fibres and we observed that they're different, twisted fibres. It is not possible to find these kinds of fibres in nature." She added that in her opinion, the Neanderthals had the ability to make rope. She also said they knew many things about trees. They also knew about vegetables, 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 are very
  2. an early
  3. became extinct about
  4. they had a good understanding
  5. used the string
  6. bags, rope, mats
  7. They were probably
  8. modern
  1. and other things
  2. happy about this
  3. humans
  4. to make clothes
  5. as intelligent
  6. 35,000 years ago
  7. species of humans
  8. of plants

Paragraph 2

  1. The piece
  2. uncover details
  3. find these kinds of fibres
  4. in her
  5. the ability
  6. they knew many things
  7. vegetables, plants and
  8. use different parts
  1. about trees
  2. of string is tiny
  3. of the environment
  4. in nature
  5. trees
  6. about the fibres
  7. to make rope
  8. opinion

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Archaeologists have found the world's (1) ___________________ string. They are very happy about this. One (2) ___________________ string is around 50,000 years old. The second reason is the string shows that (3) ___________________ of humans called Neanderthals were more intelligent than we thought. Neanderthals (4) ___________________ 35,000 years ago but the string shows they had a good understanding (5) ___________________ textiles. The Neanderthals may have used the string to make clothes, bags, rope, mats and other things. They were probably as intelligent (6) ___________________.

The piece of string (7) ___________________ it shows a lot about how people lived 50,000 years ago. A researcher said: "We were (8) ___________________ details about the fibres and we observed that they're different, twisted fibres. It is not (9) ___________________ these kinds of fibres in nature." She added that in her opinion, the Neanderthals had (10) ___________________ make rope. She also said they knew many things about trees. They also knew about vegetables, (11) ___________________. The researcher said the Neanderthals had the intelligence, "to use different (12) ___________________ environment".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Archeologistshavefoundtheworld'soldestpieceofstring.Theyarever
yhappyaboutthis.Onereasonisthestringisaround50,000yearsold.Th
esecondreasonisthestringshowsthatanearlyspeciesofhumanscalled
Neanderthalsweremoreintelligentthanwethought.Neanderthalsbec
ameextinctabout35,000yearsagobutthestringshowstheyhadagood
understandingofplantsandtextiles.TheNeanderthalsmayhaveusedt
hestringtomakeclothes,bags,rope,matsandotherthings.Theywerep
robablyasintelligentasmodernhumans.Thepieceofstringistinybutits
howsalotabouthowpeoplelived50,000yearsago.Aresearchersaid:"
Wewereabletouncoverdetailsaboutthefibresandweobservedthatthe
y'redifferent,twistedfibres.Itisnotpossibletofindthesekindsoffibresi
nnature."Sheaddedthatinheropinion,theNeanderthalshadtheability
tomakerope.Shealsosaidtheyknewmanythingsabouttrees.Theyalso
knewaboutvegetables,plantsandtrees.TheresearchersaidtheNeand
erthalshadtheintelligence,"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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Answers

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