The Reading / Listening - Level 6

Plants are a lot smarter than we thought. According to researchers, they are capable of making intelligent decisions regarding risk. Scientists have discovered that one plant, the humble pea, can make decisions regarding how to survive best, even though it does not have a brain. Researchers from the UK's Oxford University and Israel's Tel-Hai College grew several pea plants that had their roots separated between two pots. Each pot contained differing amounts of nutrients. One pot always had the same amount, while the other pot varied between a lot and a little. The plants turned out to be remarkably consistent at diverting their roots to the pot with the most nutrients.



The research paper will be published this week in the 'Current Biology' journal. Researcher Alex Kacelnik said the experiment, "raises a question, not about plants, but about animals and humans". He wondered whether the pea plant might be more efficient in using its limited decision-making resources than humans. He said: "We have a very fancy brain, but maybe most of the time we're not using it." Professor Kacelnik said he did not think that pea plants were intelligent in the human sense, but that they exhibited complex behaviours to efficiently take advantage of natural opportunities. It would be interesting to see how our lives would be different if we adopted similar strategies.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Level 4  or  Level 5

Sources
  • http://gizmodo.com/plants-can-make-some-decisions-better-than-humans-1782946737
  • http://www.techtimes.com/articles/168007/20160701/pea-plants-show-ability-to-take-risks-and-gamble-for-nutrients.htm
  • http://www.wired.co.uk/article/pea-plants-can-gamble


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. PLANTS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about plants. 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?

       smarter / capable / intelligent / decisions / survive / roots / nutrients / consistent /
       research / journal / experiment / question / efficient / resources / complex / strategies

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. INTELLIGENCE: Students A strongly believe plants have intelligence; Students B strongly believe they don't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. SMART: In what ways might these be smarter than humans? Could we do as they do?? Could we do as they do? Discuss this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Plants
  • Ants
  • Dolphins
  • Leopards
  • Rats
  • Bees
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5. RISK: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "risk". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. DECISIONS: Rank these with your partner. Put the most difficult decisions at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • home
  • food
  • holidays
  • clothes
  • relationships
  • financial
  • job
  • hair

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Researchers say plants make decisions regarding risk.     T / F
  2. Scientists found that the pea plant has a brain.     T / F
  3. Scientists tied the roots of different pea plants together.     T / F
  4. The roots of pea plants were inconsistent in finding pots with nutrients.   T / F
  5. The research will be published in a journal called 'Current Biology'.     T / F
  6. A researcher said we don't use our brain most of the time.     T / F
  7. The researcher said pea plants were intelligent in the human sense.     T / F
  8. The researcher said pea plants took advantage of natural opportunities.   T / F

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

  1. smarter
  2. capable
  3. humble
  4. separated
  5. remarkably
  6. raises
  7. wondered
  8. sense
  9. take advantage of
  10. adopted
  1. amazingly
  2. divided
  3. meaning
  4. simple
  5. competent
  6. exploit
  7. took on
  8. brings up
  9. cleverer
  10. pondered

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

  1. they are capable of
  2. make decisions regarding how
  3. Each pot contained differing
  4. The plants turned out to be remarkably
  5. diverting their roots to the pot with
  6. research
  7. raises a
  8. We have a very fancy
  9. take advantage
  10. if we adopted
  1. to survive best
  2. the most nutrients
  3. similar strategies
  4. question
  5. amounts of nutrients
  6. brain
  7. consistent
  8. of natural opportunities
  9. paper
  10. making intelligent decisions

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
separated
remarkably
capable
varied
humble
several
brain
nutrients

Plants are a lot smarter than we thought. According to researchers, they are (1) ____________ of making intelligent decisions regarding risk. Scientists have discovered that one plant, the (2) ____________ pea, can make decisions regarding how to survive best, even though it does not have a (3) ____________. Researchers from the UK's Oxford University and Israel's Tel-Hai College grew (4) ____________ pea plants that had their roots (5) ____________ between two pots. Each pot contained differing amounts of (6) ____________. One pot always had the same amount, while the other pot (7) ____________ between a lot and a little. The plants turned out to be (8) ____________ consistent at diverting their roots to the pot with the most nutrients.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
resources
raises
sense
similar
published
fancy
wondered
advantage

The research paper will be (9) ____________ this week in the 'Current Biology' journal. Researcher Alex Kacelnik said the experiment, "(10) ____________ a question, not about plants, but about animals and humans". He (11) ____________ whether the pea plant might be more efficient in using its limited decision-making (12) ____________ than humans. He said: "We have a very (13) ____________ brain, but maybe most of the time we're not using it." Professor Kacelnik said he did not think that pea plants were intelligent in the human (14) ____________, but that they exhibited complex behaviours to efficiently take (15) ____________ of natural opportunities. It would be interesting to see how our lives would be different if we adopted (16) ____________ strategies.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  they are capable of making intelligent decisions ______
     a.  regarding risky
     b.  regarding risks
     c.  regarding risked
     d.  regarding risk

2)  the humble pea, can make decisions regarding how ______
     a.  to survival best
     b.  to survivor best
     c.  to survive best
     d.  to survives best

3)  grew several pea plants that had their roots separated ______
     a.  between the pots
     b.  between two pots
     c.  between two posts
     d.  between the posts

4)  while the other pot varied between a ______
     a.  lots and a little
     b.  lot and a little
     c.  lots and a little
     d.  lot and the little

5)  remarkably consistent at diverting their roots to the pot with ______
     a.  the most nutrients
     b.  the most nutritious
     c.  the most new tridents
     d.  the most new traders

6)  The research paper will be published this week in the ______
     a.  'Current Biology' journey
     b.  'Current Biology' journeyed
     c.  'Current Biology' journal
     d.  'Current Biology' journals

7)  He said: "We have a very ______"
     a.  fancied brain
     b.  fan see brain
     c.  fancy brain
     d.  fan seed brain

8)  he did not think that pea plants were intelligent in ______
     a.  the human sense
     b.  the human cents
     c.  the human sentence
     d.  the human senses

9)  they exhibited complex behaviours to efficiently take advantage ______
     a.  of neutral opportunities
     b.  of naturally opportunities
     c.  of neural opportunities
     d.  of natural opportunities

10)  see how our lives would be different if we adopted ______
     a.  similarly strategies
     b.  similar strategy
     c.  similar strategies
     d.  similar strategise

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Plants are a lot smarter (1) ___________________. According to researchers, they are capable of making intelligent decisions regarding risk. Scientists have discovered that one plant, (2) ___________________, can make decisions (3) ___________________ survive best, even though it does not have a brain. Researchers from the UK's Oxford University and Israel's Tel-Hai College grew several pea plants (4) ___________________ roots separated between two pots. Each pot contained differing amounts of nutrients. One pot (5) ___________________ amount, while the other pot varied between a lot and a little. The plants turned out to be remarkably consistent at diverting their (6) ___________________ with the most nutrients.

The research paper will (7) ___________________ week in the 'Current Biology' journal. Researcher Alex Kacelnik said the experiment, "(8) ___________________, not about plants, but about animals and humans". He wondered whether the pea plant might (9) ___________________ in using its limited decision-making resources than humans. He said: "We have a (10) ___________________, but maybe most of the time we're not using it." Professor Kacelnik said he did not think that pea plants were intelligent in the human sense, but that they (11) ___________________ behaviours to efficiently take advantage of natural opportunities. It would be interesting to see how our lives would be different if we adopted (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. Who said plants were capable of making intelligent decisions?
  2. What did scientists say the pea plant did not have?
  3. What was the university in the research?
  4. What did each pot contain?
  5. Which pot did the roots choose most of the time?
  6. What is the name of the journal the research will be in?
  7. What did the researcher say the experiment raised?
  8. What kind of brain did the researcher say we had?
  9. In what sense did a professor say pea plants were not intelligent?
  10. What did the professor say plants took advantage of?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Who said plants were capable of making intelligent decisions?
a) botanists
b) researchers
c) gardeners
d) a humble person

2) What did scientists say the pea plant did not have?
a) a nose
b) eyes
c) ears
d) a brain

3) What was the university in the research?
a) Tokyo
b) Harvard
c) Oxford
d) Delhi

4) What did each pot contain?
a) nutrients
b) grass
c) pellets
d) worms

5) Which pot did the roots choose most of the time?
a) the biggest one
b) the one with the most nutrients
c) the green one
d) the most expensive one

6) What is the name of the journal the research will be in?
a) 'Current Biology'
b) 'Currently Biology'
c) 'Current Biological'
d) 'Currently Biological'

7) What did the researcher say the experiment raised?
a) risk
b) money
c) a question
d) peas

8) What kind of brain did the researcher say we had?
a) a fancy one
b) a pea-brained one
c) a superior one
d) a grey one

9) In what sense did a professor say pea plants were not intelligent?
a) fashion sense
b) nonsense
c) common sense
d) the human sense

10) What did the professor say plants took advantage of?
a) beans
b) other plants
c) natural opportunities
d) researchers

Role play

Role A — Relationships

You think decisions about relationships are the hardest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their decisions aren't so difficult. Also, tell the others which is the easiest of these (and why): what to buy, hair or what to eat.

Role B — What to buy

You think decisions about what to buy are the hardest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their decisions aren't so difficult. Also, tell the others which is the easiest of these (and why): relationships, hair or what to eat.

Role C — Hair

You think decisions about hair are the hardest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their decisions aren't so difficult. Also, tell the others which is the easiest of these (and why): what to buy, relationships or what to eat.

Role D — What to eat

You think decisions about what to eat are the hardest. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them why their decisions aren't so difficult. Also, tell the others which is the easiest of these (and why): what to buy, hair or relationships.

After reading / listening

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

'pea'

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  • and 'plant'.

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  • • 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:

    • week
    • question
    • using
    • fancy
    • complex
    • similar
    • thought
    • humble
    • though
    • between
    • little
    • turned




    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 - Plants can make intelligent decisions

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

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What springs to mind when you hear the word 'pea'?
    3. What do you think of peas?
    4. What kind of intelligence do you think plants have?
    5. What does the adjective "pea-brained" mean?
    6. What's the worst decision you've ever made?
    7. What do you think about what you read?
    8. In what ways are plants more intelligent than humans?
    9. What do you think of the test the researchers did?
    10. What are your favourite plants, and why?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. How interesting do you think the research paper might be?
    3. What's the best decision you've ever made?
    4. What processes do you go through when making a decision?
    5. How 'fancy' is our brain?
    6. Why do some people talk to plants?
    7. How decisive are you?
    8. What decisions do you have to make in the next week?
    9. How would our lives be different if we made decisions like a pea plant?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the researchers?

    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)

    Plants are a lot smarter than we (1) ____. According to researchers, they are capable of making intelligent decisions regarding risk. Scientists have discovered that one plant, the (2) ____ pea, can make decisions (3) ____ how to survive best, even though it does not have a (4) ____. Researchers from the UK's Oxford University and Israel's Tel-Hai College grew several pea plants that had their roots separated between two pots. Each pot contained (5) ____ amounts of nutrients. One pot always had the same amount, while the other pot varied between a lot and a little. The plants turned out to be (6) ____ consistent at diverting their roots to the pot with the most nutrients.

    The research paper will be published this week in the 'Current Biology' journal. Researcher Alex Kacelnik said the experiment, "(7) ____ a question, not about plants, but about animals and humans". He (8) ____ whether the pea plant might be more efficient in using its limited decision-making resources than humans. He said: "We have a very (9) ____ brain, but maybe most of the time we're not using it." Professor Kacelnik said he did not think that pea plants were intelligent in the human (10) ____, but that they exhibited complex behaviours to efficiently (11) ____ advantage of natural opportunities. It would be interesting to see (12) ____ our lives would be different if we adopted similar strategies.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)          thinking     (b)     thinks     (c)     thought     (d)     thoughtful    
    2. (a)          humble     (b)     bumble     (c)     crumble     (d)     tumble    
    3. (a)          regards     (b)     regarding     (c)     regard     (d)     regarded    
    4. (a)          bran     (b)     brawn     (c)     bean     (d)     brain    
    5. (a)          diffusion     (b)     daffodil     (c)     differing     (d)     diffident    
    6. (a)          remarked     (b)     remarkably     (c)     remarkable     (d)     remarks    
    7. (a)          raises     (b)     rises     (c)     risers     (d)     arises    
    8. (a)          weaned     (b)     meandered     (c)     wandered     (d)     wondered    
    9. (a)          antsy     (b)     infancy     (c)     fancy     (d)     pansy    
    10. (a)          sensory     (b)     cents     (c)     sensor     (d)     sense    
    11. (a)          make     (b)     take     (c)     fake     (d)     rake    
    12. (a)          how     (b)     what     (c)     which     (d)     while

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    Put the words in the right order

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    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Plants are a lot / loads smarter than we thought. According to researchers, they are capacity / capable of making intelligent decisions regarding / regardless risk. Scientists have discovered that one / once plant, the humble pea, can make decisions regarding how to survive best, even though / thought it does not have a brain. Researchers from the UK's Oxford University and Israel's Tel-Hai College grown / grew several pea plants that had their roots separated among / between two pots. Each pot contained differing amounts of nutritious / nutrients. One pot always had the same amount, while the other pot varied / various between a lot and a little. The plants turned out to be remarkably consistent at / of diverting their roots to the pot with the most nutrients.

    The research paper will be publishing / published this week in the 'Current Biology' journal. Researcher Alex Kacelnik said the experimental / experiment, "raises / rises a question, not about plants, but about animals and humans / humanise". He wondered whether the pea plant might be more efficient / efficiently in using its limited decision-making resources than humans. He said: "We have a very fancy / fancied brain, but maybe most of the time we're not using / useful it." Professor Kacelnik said he did not think that pea plants were intelligently / intelligent in the human sense, but that they exhibited complex behaviours to efficiently take / took advantage of natural opportunities. It would be interesting to see how our lives would be different if we adopted similarly / similar strategies.

    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

    plants are a lot smarter than we thought according to researchers they are capable of making intelligent decisions regarding risk scientists have discovered that one plant the humble pea can make decisions regarding how to survive best even though it does not have a brain researchers from the uk's oxford university and israel's tel-hai college grew several pea plants that had their roots separated between two pots each pot contained differing amounts of nutrients one pot always had the same amount while the other pot varied between a lot and a little the plants turned out to be remarkably consistent at diverting their roots to the pot with the most nutrients

    the research paper will be published this week in the 'current biology' journal researcher alex kacelnik said the experiment "raises a question not about plants but about animals and humans" he wondered whether the pea plant might be more efficient in using its limited decision-making resources than humans he said "we have a very fancy brain but maybe most of the time we're not using it" professor kacelnik said he did not think that pea plants were intelligent in the human sense but that they exhibited complex behaviours to efficiently take advantage of natural opportunities it would be interesting to see how our lives would be different if we adopted similar strategies

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

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    redwhetherthepeaplantmightbemoreefficientinusingitslimiteddecisi
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    attheyexhibitedcomplexbehaviourstoefficientlytakeadvantageofnat
    uralopportunities.Itwouldbeinterestingtoseehowourliveswouldbedif
    ferentifweadoptedsimilarstrategies.

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Plants are intelligent and we can learn from them. 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 pea plants. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. DECISIONS: Make a poster about decisions. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. PLANTS: Write a magazine article about plants being smart. Include imaginary interviews with people believe this is true and with people who think it is not true.

    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 decision-making. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on how best to make decisions. 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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