The Reading / Listening - Bird Photos - Level 3

It seems we share photos online of everything these days, from what we eat for breakfast to the new shoes we have bought. Researchers have recently published a study about what kinds of bird photos we like on the social media site Instagram. This is a photo and video-sharing social networking service on which uploaded images are viewable for just 24 hours. The researchers are from the University of Konstanz in Germany. They looked into the question: "What makes a great bird photo?" They tried to find the most 'instagrammable' bird. They discovered that the frogmouth is our favourite. This is a nocturnal bird that is found from India, across Southeast Asia to Australia.



The researchers analysed nearly 30,000 bird photos from nine popular bird photography Instagram accounts. They created a special computer algorithm to find which photos attracted the most "likes" on the photo-sharing platform. Ornithologist Tim Snyder suggested the frogmouth was the most liked bird because of its large eyes and wide beak. He said that while most birds' eyes are positioned on the sides of their head, the frogmouth's eyes are more in the centre of its face, which makes the bird appear more "humanlike". Wildlife photographer Graeme Purdy told the BBC: "Anything cute and cuddly evokes something in human nature - and particularly anything with big eyes."

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Bird Photos - Level 0 Bird Photos - Level 1   or  Bird Photos - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-56946165
  • https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2021/apr/30/researchers-find-frogmouth-is-worlds-most-instagrammable-bird
  • https://www.businessinsider.com/photos-of-the-bird-that-researchers-deemed-most-instagrammable-2021-4


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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. BIRD PHOTOS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about bird photos. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       share / photos / online / breakfast / social network / 24 hours / birds / favourite /
       photography / computer / algorithm / platform / large eyes / beak / wildlife / cute
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SOCIAL MEDIA: Students A strongly believe animals and birds are the best things to post on social media; Students B strongly believe other things are better. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. SHARING: What is interesting about these kinds of photos on social media? How interested are you in them? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

What Is Interesting?

How Interested Are You?

Birds

 

 

Breakfast

 

 

People's new shoes

 

 

Other people's children

 

 

Puppies and kittens

 

 

Cars

 

 

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5. BREAKFAST: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "breakfast". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. BIRDS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best birds at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Frogmouth
  • Eagle
  • Pigeon
  • Hummingbird
  • Seagull
  • Parrot
  • Ostrich
  • Kiwi

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. seems a. At a time near to now; not long ago.
      2. recently b. Able to be looked at or inspected.
      3. published c. A picture obtained by a camera, telescope, microscope, or other device, or displayed on a computer or video screen.
      4. image d. Prepared and issued a book, journal, piece of music, or other work for public sale.
      5. viewable e. Gives the feeling or sensation of being something or having a particular quality.
      6. discovered f. Done, occurring, or active at night.
      7. nocturnal g. Found.

    Paragraph 2

      8. analysed h. Put or arranged someone or something in a particular place or way.
      9. popular i. Examined something, especially information, to explain something.
      10. algorithm j. A bird's horny projecting jaws; a bill.
      11. attracted k. Cute and pleasant to hold close to your body.
      12. beak l. A process or set of rules to be followed in calculations or other problem-solving operations, especially by a computer.
      13. positioned m. Caused to come to a place or participate in something by offering something of interest, favorable conditions, or opportunities.
      14. cuddly n. Liked, admired, or enjoyed by many people or by a particular person or group.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article says the most popular photos to put online are of breakfasts.  T / F
  2. The article says some Instagram posts stay online for over 24 hours.     T / F
  3. The research is from a university in Germany.     T / F
  4. Researchers found the most "instagrammable" bird to be the mouthfrog. T / F
  5. Researchers looked at over 30,000 photos of birds in their research.     T / F
  6. Researchers used a special algorithm to find the "best" bird.     T / F
  7. The "winning" bird has big eyes and a narrow beak.     T / F
  8. A photographer said animals with large eyes are cute and cuddly.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. seems
  2. study
  3. uploaded
  4. tried
  5. discovered
  6. analysed
  7. popular
  8. suggested
  9. positioned
  10. particularly
  1. examined
  2. found
  3. indicated
  4. especially
  5. paper
  6. located
  7. posted
  8. attempted
  9. well-liked
  10. appears

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. It seems we share photos online of
  2. Researchers have recently published
  3. a photo and video-sharing social
  4. uploaded images are viewable
  5. This is a nocturnal
  6. The researchers analysed nearly
  7. computer
  8. its large eyes and
  9. most birds' eyes are positioned on the
  10. cute and
  1. 30,000 bird photos
  2. networking service
  3. cuddly
  4. bird
  5. wide beak
  6. everything these days
  7. sides of their head
  8. a study
  9. algorithm
  10. for just 24 hours

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
discovered
bought
across
social
question
everything
just
kinds

It seems we share photos online of (1) _____________________ these days, from what we eat for breakfast to the new shoes we have (2) _____________________. Researchers have recently published a study about what (3) _____________________ of bird photos we like on the social media site Instagram. This is a photo and video-sharing (4) _____________________ networking service on which uploaded images are viewable for (5) _____________________ 24 hours. The researchers are from the University of Konstanz in Germany. They looked into the (6) _____________________: "What makes a great bird photo?" They tried to find the most 'instagrammable' bird. They (7) _____________________ that the frogmouth is our favourite. This is a nocturnal bird that is found from India, (8) _____________________ Southeast Asia to Australia.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
sides
algorithm
particularly
nearly
appear
wide
platform
cute

The researchers analysed (9) _____________________ 30,000 bird photos from nine popular bird photography Instagram accounts. They created a special computer (10) _____________________ to find which photos attracted the most "likes" on the photo-sharing (11) _____________________. Ornithologist Tim Snyder suggested the frogmouth was the most liked bird because of its large eyes and (12) _____________________ beak. He said that while most birds' eyes are positioned on the (13) _____________________ of their head, the frogmouth's eyes are more in the centre of its face, which makes the bird (14) _____________________ more "humanlike". Wildlife photographer Graeme Purdy told the BBC: "Anything (15) _____________________ and cuddly evokes something in human nature - and (16) _____________________ anything with big eyes."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) It seems we share photos online of ______
     a.  everything this days
     b.  everything thesis days
     c.  everything these days
     d.  everything them days
2)  a study about what kinds of bird photos we like on the social ______
     a.  media site Instagram
     b.  media sight Instagram
     c.  media side Instagram
     d.  media spite Instagram
3)  video-sharing social networking service on which uploaded ______
     a.  image is are viewable
     b.  imagines are viewable
     c.  imageries are viewable
     d.  images are viewable
4)  They discovered that the frogmouth ______
     a.  is hour favourite
     b.  is out favourite
     c.  is ours favourite
     d.  is our favourite
5)  This is a nocturnal bird that is found from India, ______
     a.  abreast Southeast Asia
     b.  across Southeast Asia
     c.  ache cross Southeast Asia
     d.  a cross Southeast Asia

6)  a special computer algorithm to find which photos attracted ______
     a.  the must likes
     b.  the mast likes
     c.  the moist likes
     d.  the most likes
7)  the frogmouth was the most liked bird because of its large eyes ______
     a.  and wide break
     b.  and wide bleak
     c.  and wide back
     d.  and wide beak
8)  He said that while most birds' eyes are positioned on the sides ______
     a.  of their head
     b.  off their head
     c.  oft their head
     d.  oaf their head
9)  the centre of its face, which makes the bird appear ______
     a.  more humane like
     b.  more humane likes
     c.  more human liked
     d.  more humanlike
10)  Anything cute and cuddly evokes something ______
     a.  in humans nature
     b.  in humane nature
     c.  in human nature
     d.  in who man nature

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

It seems we share (1) ____________________ everything these days, from what we eat for breakfast to the new shoes (2) ____________________. Researchers (3) ____________________ a study about what kinds of bird photos we like on the social media site Instagram. This is a photo and video-sharing social (4) ____________________ which uploaded images are viewable for just 24 hours. The researchers are from the University of Konstanz in Germany. They looked (5) ____________________: "What makes a great bird photo?" They tried to find the most 'instagrammable' bird. They discovered that the frogmouth is our favourite. This is a (6) ____________________ is found from India, across Southeast Asia to Australia.

The researchers (7) ____________________ bird photos from nine popular bird photography Instagram accounts. They created a special computer algorithm (8) ____________________ photos attracted the most "likes" on the photo-sharing platform. Ornithologist Tim Snyder suggested the frogmouth was the most liked bird because of (9) ____________________ and wide beak. He said that while most birds' eyes (10) ____________________ the sides of their head, the frogmouth's eyes are more in the centre of its face, which makes the (11) ____________________ "humanlike". Wildlife photographer Graeme Purdy told the BBC: "Anything cute and cuddly evokes something in human nature - (12) ____________________ with big eyes."

Comprehension questions

  1. What two things does the article say we share photos of online?
  2. What have researchers recently published?
  3. For how long do Instagram photos stay online?
  4. In which country is the university that did this research?
  5. When is the frogmouth most active?
  6. How many photos of birds did the researchers look at?
  7. What did the researchers use to analyse the bird photos?
  8. What part of the frogmouth did an ornithologist say was wide?
  9. Where on the frogmouth's face are its eyes?
  10. What did a photographer say evokes something in human nature?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What two things does the article say we share photos of online?
a) puppies and kittens
b) breakfast and new shoes
c) selfies and cars
d) sunrises and sunsets
2) What have researchers recently published?
a) a magazine
b) a book
c) a newspaper
d) a study
3) For how long do Instagram photos stay online?
a) 24 hours
b) 12 hours
c) 2 hours
d) 48 hours
4) In which country is the university that did this research?
a) Italy
b) France
c) Germany
d) Spain

5) When is the frogmouth most active?
a) at the weekend
b) at night
c) on Mondays
d) in the afternoon

6) How many photos of birds did the researchers look at?
a) just over 30,000
b) exactly 30,000
c) nearly 30,000
d) around 30,000
7) What did the researchers use to analyse the bird photos?
a) an opinion poll
b) a microscope
c) a camera
d) a computer algorithm
8) What part of the frogmouth did an ornithologist say was wide?
a) its beak
b) its wingspan
c) its feet
d) its smile
9) Where on the frogmouth's face are its eyes?
a) in the centre
b) at the bottom
c) on the left
d) at the top
10) What did a photographer say evokes something in human nature?
a) a scary bird
b) anything cute and cuddly
c) anything full of colour
d) sounds

Role play

Role  A – Frogmouth
You think a frogmouth is the best bird. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their birds. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): eagle, hummingbird or kiwi.

Role  B – Eagle
You think an eagle is the best bird. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their birds. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): frogmouth, hummingbird or kiwi.

Role  C – Hummingbird
You think a hummingbird is the best bird. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their birds. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): eagle, frogmouth or kiwi.

Role  D – Kiwi
You think a kiwi is the best bird. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their birds. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): eagle, hummingbird or frogmouth.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'bird'

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'photos'.

  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • share
    • recently
    • service
    • looked
    • find
    • found
    • nearly
    • special
    • platform
    • wide
    • appear
    • nature




    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 - Bird Photos

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'bird'?
    3. What do you think of birds?
    4. What are your favourite birds?
    5. Do you like taking photos of birds?
    6. What do you think of social media?
    7. What kinds of photos do you post on social media?
    8. What do you think of Instagram?
    9. What do you think of the frogmouth?
    10. What do you think of the national bird of your country?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'photo'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why do people like ornithology?
    5. Are animals with large eyes cuter than those with small eyes?
    6. What do you think of the name 'frogmouth'?
    7. What are the cutest and cuddliest animals and birds?
    8. Do you think birds are good pets?
    9. What birds don't you like?
    10. What questions would you like to ask an ornithologist?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

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

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

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

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    It seems we share photos online of everything (1) ____ days, from what we eat for breakfast to the new shoes we have bought. Researchers have recently published a study about (2) ____ kinds of bird photos we like on the social media site Instagram. This is a photo and video-sharing social networking service (3) ____ which uploaded images are viewable for just 24 hours. The researchers are from the University of Konstanz in Germany. They looked into the question: "What (4) ____ a great bird photo?" They tried to (5) ____ the most 'instagrammable' bird. They discovered that the frogmouth is our favourite. This is a (6) ____ bird that is found from India, across Southeast Asia to Australia.

    The researchers analysed (7) ____ 30,000 bird photos from nine popular bird photography Instagram accounts. They created a special computer algorithm to find which photos (8) ____ the most "likes" on the photo-sharing platform. Ornithologist Tim Snyder suggested the frogmouth was the most liked bird because of its large eyes and (9) ____ beak. He said that while most birds' eyes are positioned on the sides of their head, the frogmouth's eyes are (10) ____ in the centre of its face, which makes the bird (11) ____ more "humanlike". Wildlife photographer Graeme Purdy told the BBC: "Anything cute and (12) ____ evokes something in human nature - and particularly anything with big eyes."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     these     (b)     them     (c)     they     (d)     that    
    2. (a)     such     (b)     much     (c)     what     (d)     that    
    3. (a)     at     (b)     of     (c)     on     (d)     so    
    4. (a)     be     (b)     gives     (c)     does     (d)     makes    
    5. (a)     fund     (b)     fond     (c)     find     (d)     fend    
    6. (a)     sparkle     (b)     nocturnal     (c)     evening     (d)     eternal    
    7. (a)     close     (b)     nearly     (c)     closely     (d)     near    
    8. (a)     downloaded     (b)     attracted     (c)     photographed     (d)     liked    
    9. (a)     width     (b)     widen     (c)     wide     (d)     widens    
    10. (a)     many     (b)     some     (c)     much     (d)     more    
    11. (a)     appeared     (b)     appearing     (c)     appears     (d)     appear    
    12. (a)     cuddles     (b)     cuddle     (c)     cuddled     (d)     cuddly

    Spelling

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    Put the text back together

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    (...)  is our favourite. This is a nocturnal bird that is found from India, across Southeast Asia to Australia.
    (...)  "likes" on the photo-sharing platform. Ornithologist Tim Snyder suggested the frogmouth was the most
    (...)  BBC: "Anything cute and cuddly evokes something in human nature - and particularly anything with big eyes."
    (...)  breakfast to the new shoes we have bought. Researchers have recently published a study about what kinds
    (...)  the University of Konstanz in Germany. They looked into the question: "What makes a great
    (...)  liked bird because of its large eyes and wide beak. He said that while most birds' eyes are
    (...)  The researchers analysed nearly 30,000 bird photos from nine popular bird photography Instagram

    Put the words in the right order

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    9. humanlike   .   bird   the   makes   more   appear   This
    10. in   cute   Anything   human   something   evokes   nature   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The researchers analysed nears / nearly 30,000 bird photos from nine popularity / popular bird photography Instagram accounts. They created a special computer algorithm to fund / find which photos attracted / attractive the most "likes" on the photo-sharing stage / platform. Ornithologist Tim Snyder suggested the frogmouth was the most liked bird because / due of its large eyes and wide beak. He said that while most birds' eyes are positioned / posted on the sides of their head, the frogmouth's eyes are more on / in the centre of its face, which makes the bird appear more "humanlike". Wildlife photography / photographer Graeme Purdy told the BBC: "Anything cute and cuddle / cuddly evokes something in human nature - and particularly anything with big eyes."

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    it seems we share photos online of everything these days from what we eat for breakfast to the new shoes we have bought researchers have recently published a study about what kinds of bird photos we like on the social media site instagram this is a photo and videosharing social networking service on which uploaded images are viewable for just 24 hours the researchers are from the university of konstanz in germany they looked into the question what makes a great bird photo they tried to find the most instagrammable bird they discovered that the frogmouth is our favourite this is a nocturnal bird that is found from india across southeast asia to australia

    the researchers analysed nearly 30000 bird photos from nine popular bird photography instagram accounts they created a special computer algorithm to find which photos attracted the most likes on the photosharing platform ornithologist tim snyder suggested the frogmouth was the most liked bird because of its large eyes and wide beak he said that while most birds eyes are positioned on the sides of their head the frogmouths eyes are more in the centre of its face which makes the bird appear more humanlike wildlife photographer graeme purdy told the bbc anything cute and cuddly evokes something in human nature  and particularly anything with big eyes

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    Itseemswesharephotosonlineofeverythingthesedays,fromwhatwee
    atforbreakfasttothenewshoeswehavebought.Researchershaverece
    ntlypublishedastudyaboutwhatkindsofbirdphotoswelikeonthesocial
    mediasiteInstagram.Thisisaphotoandvideo-sharingsocialnetwor
    kingserviceonwhichuploadedimagesareviewableforjust24hours.Th
    eresearchersarefromtheUniversityofKonstanzinGermany.Theylook
    edintothequestion:"Whatmakesagreatbirdphoto?"Theytriedtofindt
    hemost'instagrammable'bird.Theydiscoveredthatthefrogmouthisou
    rfavourite.ThisisanocturnalbirdthatisfoundfromIndia,acrossSouthe
    astAsiatoAustralia.Theresearchersanalysednearly30,000birdphoto
    sfromninepopularbirdphotographyInstagramaccounts.Theycreated
    aspecialcomputeralgorithmtofindwhichphotosattractedthemost"lik
    es"onthephoto-sharingplatform.OrnithologistTimSnydersuggeste
    dthefrogmouthwasthemostlikedbirdbecauseofitslargeeyesandwide
    beak.Hesaidthatwhilemostbirds'eyesarepositionedonthesidesofthei
    rhead,thefrogmouth'seyesaremoreinthecentreofitsface,whichmake
    sthebirdappearmore"humanlike".WildlifephotographerGraemePurd
    ytoldtheBBC:"Anythingcuteandcuddlyevokessomethinginhumanna
    ture-andparticularlyanythingwithbigeyes."

    Free writing

    Write about bird photos for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Bird photos on social media are better than breakfast photos. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. BIRD PHOTOS: Make a poster about bird photos. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SOCIAL MEDIA: Write a magazine article about making social media companies delete all social media posts 24 hours after they are posted. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on bird photos. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on birds. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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