The Reading / Listening - Ig Nobel Prize - Level 4

Everyone knows the Nobel Peace Prize. This is for the person who contributed "the greatest benefit to humankind". Fewer people know about the Ig Nobel Prize. This is to "honor achievements that first make people laugh, and then make them think". This year's Ig Nobel award for transportation is for an experiment on the effects on rhinoceroses of hanging them upside down. Researchers wanted to know the healthiest way to move rhinoceroses by helicopter.

Wikipedia says: "The Ig Nobel Prize is a satirical prize awarded…to celebrate ten unusual or trivial achievements in scientific research." It added: "The name of the award is a pun on the Nobel Prize." Other winners this year studied bacteria in chewing gum, cat communication, and whether humans grow beards to protect themselves from punches to the face. All winners win an old Zimbabwean $10 trillion note.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Ig Nobel Prize - Level 5 or  Ig Nobel Prize - Level 6

Sources
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ig_Nobel_Prize
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58507100
  • https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ig-nobel-prize-awards-recognise-063744595.html
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-58507100
  • https://uk.news.yahoo.com/ig-nobel-prize-awards-recognise-063744595.html


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. Everyone knows the
  2. the greatest benefit
  3. Fewer people
  4. This is to honor
  5. make people
  6. This year's Ig Nobel award for
  7. the healthiest
  8. move rhinoceroses by
  1. transportation
  2. way
  3. helicopter
  4. laugh
  5. know
  6. Nobel Peace Prize
  7. to humankind
  8. achievements

Paragraph 2

  1. unusual or trivial
  2. scientific
  3. a pun
  4. chewing
  5. cat
  6. humans grow
  7. protect themselves from punches
  8. $10 trillion
  1. research
  2. to the face
  3. gum
  4. note
  5. achievements
  6. communication
  7. on the Nobel Prize
  8. beards

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Everyone knows the Nobel Peace Prize. (1) ___________________ the person who contributed "the (2) ___________________ humankind". Fewer people know about the Ig Nobel Prize. This is to "honor achievements that first (3) ___________________, and then make them think". This year's Ig Nobel award for transportation is for (4) ___________________ the effects on rhinoceroses (5) ___________________ upside down. Researchers wanted to know the healthiest (6) ___________________ rhinoceroses by helicopter.

Wikipedia says: "The Ig Nobel Prize (7) ___________________ prize awarded...to celebrate ten (8) ___________________ achievements in scientific research." It added: "The name of the award is (9) ___________________ the Nobel Prize." Other winners this year studied (10) ___________________ gum, cat communication, and whether humans (11) ___________________ protect themselves from (12) ___________________ face. All winners win an old Zimbabwean $10 trillion note.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

EveryoneknowstheNobelPeacePrize.Thisisforthepersonwhocontrib
uted"thegreatestbenefittohumankind".FewerpeopleknowabouttheI
gNobelPrize.Thisisto"honorachievementsthatfirstmakepeoplelaugh
,andthenmakethemthink".Thisyear'sIgNobelawardfortransportatio
nisforanexperimentontheeffectsonrhinocerosesofhangingthemupsi
dedown.Researcherswantedtoknowthehealthiestwaytomoverhinoc
erosesbyhelicopter.Wikipediasays:"TheIgNobelPrizeisasatiricalpriz
eawarded...tocelebratetenunusualortrivialachievementsinscientific
research."Itadded:"ThenameoftheawardisapunontheNobelPrize."O
therwinnersthisyearstudiedbacteriainchewinggum,catcommunicati
on,andwhetherhumansgrowbeardstoprotectthemselvesfrompunch
estotheface.AllwinnerswinanoldZimbabwean$10trillionnote.

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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Answers

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