The Reading / Listening - Animal Ears - Level 2

Have you ever thought what animal has the biggest ears? We all know it's the elephant. However, scientists have looked at what animal has the biggest ears for its body size. The elephant has big ears but it also has a big body. Zoologists from a natural history museum in New York have found out which animal has the biggest ears for its body size. It is the long-eared jerboa. Not many people know about this cute creature. It is a rodent and lives in the deserts of China and Mongolia. It is nocturnal, which means it is active at night and sleeps during the day.

A zoologist described the jerboa. She said its body measures about 10 centimetres. Its ears are 3.8 to 5cm long. They are 40 to 50 per cent as long as its body. Elephant's ears are just 17 per cent of its body length. The zoologist said: "The jerboa has the longest ears for the size of its body in the entire animal kingdom." She 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 into the air. This helps the animal cool down.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Animal Ears - Level 0 Animal Ears - Level 1   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


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. We all know it's
  2. what animal has
  3. Zoologists from a natural
  4. the biggest ears
  5. this cute
  6. It is a
  7. lives in the deserts
  8. it is active
  1. the biggest ears
  2. creature
  3. of China
  4. at night
  5. rodent
  6. history museum
  7. the elephant
  8. for its body size

Paragraph 2

  1. its body measures
  2. 50 per cent as long
  3. the entire animal
  4. live in
  5. help them to keep
  6. many tiny blood
  7. Blood releases heat
  8. This helps the animal cool
  1. vessels
  2. very hot places
  3. down
  4. as its body
  5. from the body
  6. kingdom
  7. cool
  8. about 10 centimetres

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Have you ever (1) ___________________ has the biggest ears? We all know it's the elephant. However, (2) ___________________ at what animal has the biggest ears for (3) ___________________. The elephant has big ears but it also has a big body. Zoologists from a natural (4) ___________________ New York have found out which animal has the biggest ears for its body size. It is the long-eared jerboa. Not many people know (5) ___________________ creature. It is a rodent and lives in the deserts of China and Mongolia. It is nocturnal, which means it is (6) ___________________ and sleeps during the day.

A zoologist described the jerboa. She said (7) __________________ about 10 centimetres. Its ears are 3.8 to 5cm long. They are 40 to 50 per cent as long (8) ___________________. Elephant's ears are just 17 per cent of its body length. The zoologist said: "The jerboa (9) ___________________ ears for the size of its body in the entire animal kingdom." She said jerboas (10) ___________________ very hot places. Their large ears help them to keep cool in the heat. Their ears are thin and have many (11) ___________________. Blood releases heat from the body into the air. This helps the (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Haveyoueverthoughtwhatanimalhasthebiggestears?Weallknowit'st
heelephant.However,scientistshavelookedatwhatanimalhasthebigg
estearsforitsbodysize.Theelephanthasbigearsbutitalsohasabigbody
.ZoologistsfromanaturalhistorymuseuminNewYorkhavefoundoutw
hichanimalhasthebiggestearsforitsbodysize.Itisthelong-earedjerbo
a.Notmanypeopleknowaboutthiscutecreature.Itisarodentandlivesin
thedesertsofChinaandMongolia.Itisnocturnal,whichmeansitisactive
atnightandsleepsduringtheday.Azoologistdescribedthejerboa.Shes
aiditsbodymeasuresabout10centimetres.Itsearsare3.8to5cmlong.T
heyare40to50percentaslongasitsbody.Elephant'searsarejust17perc
entofitsbodylength.Thezoologistsaid:"Thejerboahasthelongestears
forthesizeofitsbodyintheentireanimalkingdom."Shesaidjerboasusu
allyliveinveryhotplaces.Theirlargeearshelpthemtokeepcoolinthehe
at.Theirearsarethinandhavemanytinybloodvessels.Bloodreleasesh
eatfromthebodyintotheair.Thishelpstheanimalcooldown.

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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