The Reading / Listening - Cuckoos - Level 4

A cuckoo finished one of the longest migrations by a bird. The cuckoo left its winter home in Zambia in March and flew to Mongolia. Scientists named the bird Onon, after a Mongolian river. They micro-chipped five cuckoos last summer to track their migration and monitored the birds across the Indian Ocean and Asia. Onon was the quickest to make the journey from Mongolia to Zambia and back. The scientists called it "a mammoth journey".



The tagging was a joint venture between Mongolian, British and Chinese scientists. They set up a blog called the Mongolia Cuckoo Project for bird lovers to see the birds' progress. Onon arrived home on May the 27th after flying 26,000km. The blog said it was: "Remarkable navigation and endurance." It added: "Onon has no time to waste as he needs to set up his territory, defend it from competing males and mate with as many females as possible."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Cuckoos - Level 5 or  Cuckoos - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-52815286
  • https://www.sciencetimes.com/articles/25821/20200526/satellite-follows-mammoth-journey-five-cuckoos-epic.htm
  • https://birdingbeijing.com/the-mongolia-cuckoo-project/


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. one of the longest
  2. The cuckoo left its winter
  3. Scientists named
  4. They micro-chipped five
  5. track their
  6. monitored
  7. the quickest to
  8. The scientists called it
  1. cuckoos last summer
  2. make the journey
  3. home
  4. "a mammoth journey"
  5. the bird Onon
  6. migration
  7. migrations
  8. the birds

Paragraph 2

  1. The tagging was a joint
  2. They set
  3. bird
  4. Remarkable navigation
  5. Onon has no time
  6. set up his
  7. defend it from
  8. with as many females
  1. up a blog
  2. competing males
  3. to waste
  4. as possible
  5. venture
  6. lovers
  7. territory
  8. and endurance

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A cuckoo (1) ___________________ the longest migrations by a bird. The cuckoo left (2) ___________________ in Zambia in March and flew to Mongolia. Scientists (3) ___________________ Onon, after a Mongolian river. They micro-chipped five cuckoos last summer to (4) ___________________ and monitored the birds across the Indian Ocean and Asia. Onon was the quickest to (5) ___________________ from Mongolia to Zambia and back. The (6) ___________________ "a mammoth journey".

The tagging was (7) ___________________ between Mongolian, British and Chinese scientists. They (8) ___________________ blog called the Mongolia Cuckoo Project for bird lovers to see (9) ___________________. Onon arrived home on May the 27th after flying 26,000km. The blog said it was: "Remarkable (10) ___________________." It added: "Onon has no time to waste as he needs to set (11) ___________________, defend it from competing males and (12) ___________________ many females as possible."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Acuckoofinishedoneofthelongestmigrationsbyabird.Thecuckooleftit
swinterhomeinZambiainMarchandflewtoMongolia.Scientistsnamedt
hebirdOnon,afteraMongolianriver.Theymicro-chippedfivecuckoo
slastsummertotracktheirmigrationandmonitoredthebirdsacrosstheI
ndianOceanandAsia.OnonwasthequickesttomakethejourneyfromM
ongoliatoZambiaandback.Thescientistscalledit"amammothjourney
".ThetaggingwasajointventurebetweenMongolian,BritishandChines
escientists.TheysetupablogcalledtheMongoliaCuckooProjectforbirdl
overstoseethebirds'progress.OnonarrivedhomeonMaythe27thafter
flying26,000km.Theblogsaiditwas:"Remarkablenavigationandendu
rance."Itadded:"Ononhasnotimetowasteasheneedstosetuphisterrit
ory,defenditfromcompetingmalesandmatewithasmanyfemalesaspo
ssible."

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

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Free writing

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