The Reading / Listening - Animal Ears - Level 1

What animal has the biggest ears? We know it's the elephant. However, scientists looked at what animal has the biggest ears for its body size. A natural history museum in New York found the answer to this. It is the long-eared jerboa. Not many people know about this cute animal. It is a rodent and lives in the deserts of China. It is nocturnal. This means it is active at night and sleeps during the day.

A zoologist described the jerboa. She said its body is 10 centimetres long. Its ears are up to 5cm long. They are up to 50 per cent as long as its body. Elephant's ears are 17 per cent of its body length. The zoologist said jerboas usually live in very hot places. Their large ears help them to keep cool in the heat. Their ears are thin and have many tiny blood vessels. Blood releases heat from the body. This helps the animal cool down.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Animal Ears - Level 0 Animal Ears - Level 2   or  Animal Ears - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.livescience.com/largest-animal-ears-relative-to-body-size.html
  • https://www.bollyinside.com/news/which-animal-has-the-biggest-ears/
  • https://www.nationalgeographic.com/animals/article/biggest-ears-elephants-jerboa-bats


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice activities, drag and drop activities, sentence jumbles, which word activities, text reconstructions, spelling, gap fills and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)





Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. We know it's
  2. the biggest ears for
  3. A natural history
  4. found the answer
  5. It is the long-
  6. Not many people
  7. It is a
  8. it is active at night and sleeps
  1. know about this
  2. museum
  3. eared jerboa
  4. its body size
  5. rodent
  6. the elephant
  7. during the day
  8. to this

Paragraph 2

  1. A zoologist described
  2. its body is 10
  3. Its ears are up
  4. as long as
  5. 17 per cent of its
  6. jerboas usually live in
  7. help them to keep
  8. Blood releases heat
  1. its body
  2. from the body
  3. centimetres long
  4. very hot places
  5. the jerboa
  6. cool in the heat
  7. to 5cm long
  8. body length

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

What (1) ___________________ biggest ears? We know it's the elephant. However, scientists (2) ___________________ animal has the biggest ears for (3) ___________________. A natural history museum in New York found (4) ___________________ this. It is the long-eared jerboa. Not many people know about this cute animal. It (5) ___________________ and lives in the deserts of China. It is nocturnal. This means it is active at night and sleeps (6) ___________________.

A zoologist described the jerboa. She (7) ___________________ is 10 centimetres long. Its (8) ___________________ to 5cm long. They are up to 50 per cent as long as its body. Elephant's ears are 17 per cent of (9) ___________________. The zoologist said jerboas usually live in very hot places. Their (10) ___________________ them to keep cool in the heat. Their ears are thin and have (11) ___________________ vessels. Blood releases heat from the body. This helps the (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Whatanimalhasthebiggestears?Weknowit'stheelephant.However,s
cientistslookedatwhatanimalhasthebiggestearsforitsbodysize.Anat
uralhistorymuseuminNewYorkfoundtheanswertothis.Itisthelong-
earedjerboa.Notmanypeopleknowaboutthiscuteanimal.Itisarodent
andlivesinthedesertsofChina.Itisnocturnal.Thismeansitisactiveatni
ghtandsleepsduringtheday.Azoologistdescribedthejerboa.Shesaidit
sbodyis10centimetreslong.Itsearsareupto5cmlong.Theyareupto50
percentaslongasitsbody.Elephant'searsare17percentofitsbodylengt
h.Thezoologistsaidjerboasusuallyliveinveryhotplaces.Theirlargeear
shelpthemtokeepcoolintheheat.Theirearsarethinandhavemanytiny
bloodvessels.Bloodreleasesheatfromthebody.Thishelpstheanimalc
ooldown.

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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