The Reading / Listening - Zealandia - Level 1

There used to be nine planets, but now there are eight. Pluto is not a planet. Now we may have to change the number of continents. We are taught there are seven - Asia, Africa, North America, etc. Geologists now say there is an eighth continent - Zealandia. This is a largely underwater landmass in the Pacific. Six per cent of it is above water and is New Zealand. The rest is under the ocean. Scientists say it is big enough to be a continent.



Geologists explained why Zealandia is a continent in a research paper. They said the land does not have to be above water to be a continent. Zealandia is a continent because it is a lot higher than the area around it, it has a special geology, it is easy to see its shape, and it is thicker than the ocean floor. It would be easy to understand that Zealandia is a continent, "if you could pull the plug on the world's oceans" and let the water out.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Zealandia - Level 0 Zealandia - Level 2   or  Zealandia - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www. bbc.com/news/world-asia-39000936
  • https://www. tvnz.co.nz/one-news/new-zealand/its-just-cool-isnt-scientists-excited-gigantic-new-global-continent-zealandia
  • http://www. nature.com/news/geologists-spy-an-eighth-continent-zealandia-1.21503


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 :-)



Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. There used to
  2. Pluto is not
  3. we may have to change the number
  4. Geologists now say there
  5. This is a largely underwater
  6. Six per cent of it is above
  7. The rest is under the
  8. Scientists say it is big enough
  1. water
  2. to be a continent
  3. ocean
  4. of continents
  5. be nine planets
  6. is an eighth continent
  7. a planet
  8. landmass

Paragraph 2

  1. Geologists explained why Zealandia
  2. the land does not have to be
  3. a lot higher than the
  4. it is easy to
  5. thicker
  6. It would be easy
  7. pull the plug on
  8. let the water
  1. see its shape
  2. the world's oceans
  3. out
  4. than the ocean floor
  5. is a continent
  6. above water
  7. to understand
  8. area around it

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

There (1) ___________________ planets, but now there are eight. Pluto is not a planet. Now (2) ___________________ change the number of continents. We (3) ___________________ are seven - Asia, Africa, North America, etc. Geologists now say there is an eighth continent - Zealandia. (4) ___________________ underwater landmass in the Pacific. Six per cent (5) ___________________ water and is New Zealand. The rest is under the ocean. Scientists say (6) ___________________ to be a continent.

Geologists explained why Zealandia (7) ___________________ in a research paper. They said the land does (8) ___________________ above water to be a continent. Zealandia is a continent because it is (9) ___________________ than the area around it, it has a special geology, (10) ___________________ its shape, and it is thicker than the ocean floor. It (11) ___________________ to understand that Zealandia is a continent, "if you could pull (12) ___________________ world's oceans" and let the water out.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Thereusedtobenineplanets,butnowthereareeight.Plutoisnotaplanet
.Nowwemayhavetochangethenumberofcontinents.Wearetaughtthe
reareseven-Asia,Africa,NorthAmerica,etc.Geologistsnowsaytherei
saneighthcontinent-Zealandia.Thisisalargelyunderwaterlandmassi
nthePacific.SixpercentofitisabovewaterandisNewZealand.Therestis
undertheocean.Scientistssayitisbigenoughtobeacontinent.Geologis
tsexplainedwhyZealandiaisacontinentinaresearchpaper.Theysaidth
elanddoesnothavetobeabovewatertobeacontinent.Zealandiaisacon
tinentbecauseitisalothigherthantheareaaroundit,ithasaspecialgeolo
gy,itiseasytoseeitsshape,anditisthickerthantheoceanfloor.Itwouldb
eeasytounderstandthatZealandiaisacontinent,"ifyoucouldpullthepl
ugontheworld'soceans"andletthewaterout.

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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