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Giant Meat-Eating Plant Found

Botanists have found a new type of plant. It is a giant meat-eating plant called a pitcher plant. This kind of plant usually eats insects which fall inside it. The new pitcher plant is not an ordinary one. It is so big it can eat rats and lizards. Small children and pet dogs are probably safe. They are too big for this new plant. Botanists found this new species in the Philippines. It was on a mountain about 1,600 metres above sea level. It has a special name – ‘Nepentles attenboroughi’. This is because it is named after a famous British botanist called David Attenborough.

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This is an amazing and exciting discovery. It’s great that we keep on finding new plants and animals. I always thought we knew everything about life on Earth. This find in the Philippines shows we don’t. We might even find a dangerous pitcher plant in the future. Can you imagine a really giant one? One that is so big it could swallow an elephant. We’re lucky there aren’t so many plants that are dangerous. It would be a very different world if more plants ate meat. I wonder if meat-eating plants can be vegetarian.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

a new type

a.

species

2

This kind of plant usually

b.

British botanist

3.

pet dogs are

c.

eats insects

4.

Botanists found this new

d.

of plant

5.

1,600 metres above

e.

sea level

6.

it is named after a famous

f.

probably safe

 

Paragraph 2

1.

an amazing and

a.

one

2

we keep on

b.

different world

3.

life

c.

that are dangerous

4.

imagine a really giant

d.

exciting discovery

5.

there aren’t so many plants

e.

finding new plants

6.

It would be a very

f.

on Earth


LISTENING GAP FILL

Botanists have found _______________ plant. It is a giant meat-eating plant called a pitcher plant. This kind of plant usually eats insects _______________ it. The new pitcher plant is not an ordinary one. It is so big it can eat rats and lizards. Small children and pet dogs _______________. They are too big for this new plant. Botanists found this new species in the Philippines. It was _______________ about 1,600 metres above sea level. It has a special name – ‘Nepentles attenboroughi’. This is because it is named _______________ British botanist called David Attenborough.

This is an _______________ discovery. It’s great that we keep on finding new plants and animals. I always thought we knew everything _______________ Earth. This find in the Philippines shows we don’t. We might even find a dangerous pitcher plant in the future. _______________ a really giant one? One that is so big it could swallow an elephant. We’re lucky there aren’t so many plants that are dangerous. _______________ very different world if more plants ate meat. I wonder if meat-eating plants _______________.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Botanists have found a new (1) ____ of plant. It is a giant meat-eating plant called a pitcher plant. This (2) ____ of plant usually eats insects which fall inside it. The new pitcher plant is not an ordinary one. It is so big it can eat rats and lizards. Small children and pet dogs are (3) ____ safe. They are too big for this new plant. Botanists found this new species in the Philippines. It was on a mountain about 1,600 metres above sea level. It has a (4) ____ name – ‘Nepentles attenboroughi’. This is because it is named (5) ____ a famous British botanist called David Attenborough.

This is an amazing and exciting (6) ____. It’s great that we keep on finding new plants and animals. I always thought we knew everything about (7) ____ on Earth. This find in the Philippines shows we don’t. We might even find a dangerous pitcher plant in the future. Can you (8) ____ a really giant one? One that is so big it could swallow an elephant. We’re lucky there aren’t so many plants that are (9) ____. It would be a very different world if more plants ate meat. I (10) ____ if meat-eating plants can be vegetarian.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

type

(b)

typist

(c)

typed

2.

(a)

kindness

(b)

kind

(c)

kindly

3.

(a)

probable

(b)

probably

(c)

probability

4.

(a)

species  

(b)

special

(c)

specialize

5.

(a)

later

(b)

then

(c)

after

6.

(a)

discovery

(b)

discover

(c)

discovers

7.

(a)

live

(b)

lives

(c)

life

8.

(a)

imaginative

(b)

imagine

(c)

imagination

9.

(a)

dangers

(b)

danger

(c)

dangerous

10.

(a)

wonder

(b)

wonderful

(c)

wonders


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

a new tepy of plant

2.

usually eats stnesic

3.

not an rrdaoyni one

4.

opbralby safe

5.

1,600 metres above sea elvel

6.

named after a omfsau British botanist

 

Paragraph 2

7.

znaaigm and exciting

8.

we keep on ifgidnn new plants

9.

a ousagrned pitcher plant

10.

ianmieg a really giant one

11.

We’re uklcy

12.

be naiertgave


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

This is an amazing and exciting discovery. It’s great that we keep on finding new plants and

(    )

insects which fall inside it. The new pitcher plant is not an ordinary one. It is so big it can eat rats and lizards. Small children and

(    )

even find a dangerous pitcher plant in the future. Can you imagine a really giant one? One that is so big it could swallow an

(    )

animals. I always thought we knew everything about life on Earth. This find in the Philippines shows we don’t. We might

(    )

pet dogs are probably safe. They are too big for this new plant. Botanists found this new species in the Philippines. It was on

(    )

named after a famous British botanist called David Attenborough.

(    )

be a very different world if more plants ate meat. I wonder if meat-eating plants can be vegetarian.

(    )

a mountain about 1,600 metres above sea level. It has a special name – ‘Nepentles attenboroughi’. This is because it is

(    )

elephant. We’re lucky there aren’t so many plants that are dangerous. It would

1  )

Botanists have found a new type of plant. It is a giant meat-eating plant called a pitcher plant. This kind of plant usually eats


THE READING / TAPESCRIPT

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

Botanists     type     have     of     found     plant     a     new.    

2.

kind     This     insects     eats     usually     plant     of.    

3.

big     it     It     can     is     eat     so     rats.    

4.

sea    above    metres    1,600    about     mountain     a     On     level.

5.

named     botanist     after     a     It     famous     is     British.    

6.

is     This     discovery     exciting     and     amazing     an.    

7.

always     we     everything     I     thought     knew.    

8.

a     imagine     you     Can     one     giant     really?    

9.

There     that     aren’t     are     so     dangerous     many     plants.    

10.

meat-eating     plants     can     be     vegetarian     I     wonder     if.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

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

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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

1.

________________________________________________________

2.

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3.

________________________________________________________

4.

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5.

________________________________________________________

6.

________________________________________________________


WRITING

Write about plants for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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 more information about pitcher plants. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about a giant meat-eating plant. Include imaginary interviews with people who saw it eat strange things. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. 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.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to a botanist. Ask him/her three questions about plants. Give him/her three of your opinions on plants. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

 

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