The Reading / Listening - Terror Crocodiles - Level 1

Giant "terror crocodiles" the size of a bus were once on Earth. A study published in the "Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology" described the crocodiles. Researchers studied old bones found in North America. They said the dinosaurs lived along the Pacific and Atlantic coasts. The giant crocodiles were up to ten metres long. They hunted and ate other dinosaurs. The prehistoric crocodiles had razor-sharp teeth the size of large bananas.



The study said the giant crocodiles lived around 75 million years ago. Today's crocodiles come from them. A researcher said: "Until now, the complete animal was unknown. These new [bones] we've examined reveal a bizarre, monstrous predator with teeth the size of bananas." He said it "terrorised other dinosaurs that came to the water's edge to drink". Another researcher wrote: "It was so enormous, almost everything in its habitat was on the menu."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Terror Crocodiles - Level 0 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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the size
  2. A study published
  3. Researchers studied old
  4. along the Pacific and
  5. giant crocodiles were up
  6. They hunted and ate
  7. prehistoric
  8. razor-
  1. other dinosaurs
  2. Atlantic coasts
  3. sharp teeth
  4. of a bus
  5. crocodiles
  6. in the journal
  7. to ten metres long
  8. bones

Paragraph 2

  1. giant crocodiles lived around
  2. Today's crocodiles come
  3. Until
  4. These new bones we've
  5. a bizarre, monstrous
  6. teeth the size
  7. came to the water's edge
  8. everything in its habitat was on
  1. the menu
  2. examined
  3. predator
  4. from them
  5. to drink
  6. now
  7. of bananas
  8. 75 million years ago

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Giant "terror crocodiles" the (1) ___________________ bus were once on Earth. A study (2) ___________________ "Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology" described the crocodiles. Researchers studied (3) ___________________ in North America. They said the dinosaurs (4) ___________________ Pacific and Atlantic coasts. The giant crocodiles were up to ten metres long. They (5) ___________________ other dinosaurs. The prehistoric crocodiles had razor-sharp teeth the (6) ___________________ bananas.

The study said the giant crocodiles (7) ___________________ million years ago. Today's crocodiles come from them. A researcher said: "Until now, (8) ___________________ was unknown. These new [bones] we've examined (9) ___________________, monstrous predator with teeth the size of bananas." He said it "terrorised other dinosaurs (10) ___________________ the water's (11) ___________________". Another researcher wrote: "It was so enormous, almost everything (12) ___________________ was on the menu."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Giant"terrorcrocodiles"thesizeofabuswereonceonEarth.Astudypubli
shedinthe"JournalofVertebratePaleontology"describedthecrocodile
s.ResearchersstudiedoldbonesfoundinNorthAmerica.Theysaidthedi
nosaurslivedalongthePacificandAtlanticcoasts.Thegiantcrocodilesw
ereuptotenmetreslong.Theyhuntedandateotherdinosaurs.Theprehi
storiccrocodileshadrazor-sharpteeththesizeoflargebananas.Thest
udysaidthegiantcrocodileslivedaround75millionyearsago.Today'scr
ocodilescomefromthem.Aresearchersaid:"Untilnow,thecompletean
imalwasunknown.Thesenew[bones]we'veexaminedrevealabizarre,
monstrouspredatorwithteeththesizeofbananas."Hesaidit"terrorised
otherdinosaursthatcametothewater'sedgetodrink".Anotherresearc
herwrote:"Itwassoenormous,almosteverythinginitshabitatwasonth
emenu."

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

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

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Free writing

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