The Reading / Listening - Terror Crocodiles - Level 0

Giant "terror crocodiles" the size of a bus lived on Earth 75 million years ago. Researchers studied old bones found in America. They said the crocodiles lived along the east and west coasts of North America. Some of the giant crocodiles were ten metres long. They hunted and ate other dinosaurs.



The giant crocodiles changed to give us today's crocodiles. A researcher studied new bones. He said the bones showed there was a strange, giant hunter "with teeth the size of bananas". He said it scared "other dinosaurs that came to the water's edge to drink". Another researcher said it was so big it ate almost everything.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Terror Crocodiles - Level 1 Terror Crocodiles - Level 2   or  Terror Crocodiles - Level 3

Sources
  • https://edition.cnn.com/2020/08/11/us/deinosuchus-crocodile-scn-trnd/index.html
  • https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-08/tfg-nsc081020.php
  • https://phys.org/news/2020-08-power-deinosuchus-teeth-size-bananas.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. the size
  2. lived
  3. 75 million years
  4. Researchers studied old
  5. east and west
  6. Some of the giant
  7. ten metres
  8. They hunted and ate
  1. ago
  2. crocodiles
  3. of a bus
  4. other dinosaurs
  5. bones
  6. long
  7. on Earth
  8. coasts

Paragraph 2

  1. The giant crocodiles
  2. today's
  3. He said the bones showed there
  4. a strange, giant
  5. teeth the size of
  6. dinosaurs that came to the water's
  7. Another researcher said it was so
  8. it ate almost
  1. big
  2. was
  3. everything
  4. bananas
  5. crocodiles
  6. hunter
  7. edge
  8. changed

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Giant "terror crocodiles" (1) ___________________ a bus lived on Earth 75 million years ago. Researchers (2) __________________ found in America. (3) ___________________ crocodiles lived along the (4) ___________________ coasts of North America. Some of the giant crocodiles (5) ___________________ long. They hunted and (6) ___________________.

The giant crocodiles (7) ___________________ us today's crocodiles. A researcher (8) ___________________. He said the bones showed there (9) ___________________, giant hunter "with teeth the (10) ___________________". He said it scared "other dinosaurs that came to (11) ___________________ to drink". Another researcher said it was so (12) ___________________ almost everything.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Giant"terrorcrocodiles"thesizeofabuslivedonEarth75millionyearsag
o.ResearchersstudiedoldbonesfoundinAmerica.Theysaidthecrocodil
eslivedalongtheeastandwestcoastsofNorthAmerica.Someofthegian
tcrocodilesweretenmetreslong.Theyhuntedandateotherdinosaurs.T
hegiantcrocodileschangedtogiveustoday'scrocodiles.Aresearcherst
udiednewbones.Hesaidthebonesshowedtherewasastrange,gianthu
nter"withteeththesizeofbananas".Hesaiditscared"otherdinosaursth
atcametothewater'sedgetodrink".Anotherresearchersaiditwassobig
itatealmosteverything.

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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