The Reading / Listening - Level 0

A slide has opened in L.A. It is on the outside of a building, 300 metres high. It is made of 3-cm-thick glass. It cost $3.5 million to make. The slide starts at the 70th floor and goes down 15 metres. It takes about five seconds from top to bottom. Only one person can slide at a time.



The tower's owner wanted to make something that other buildings didn't have. The slide can support the weight of a school bus. A reporter went on the slide. He said you finish very quickly. You don't even have time to scream. It costs $25 to get to the 70th floor area. A ride on the slide costs an extra $8.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Level 1 Level 2   or  Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-skyslide-downtown-los-angeles-tourism-20160623-snap-story.html
  • http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/arts/la-et-cm-hawthorne-skyslide-20160621-snap-story.html
  • https://www.timeout.com/los-angeles/blog/braving-the-glass-skyslide-at-the-us-bank-towers-skyspace-062316


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. A slide has
  2. on the outside
  3. 300 metres
  4. It is made of 3-cm-thick
  5. It cost $3.5 million
  6. The slide starts at
  7. It takes about five seconds
  8. Only one person can
  1. glass
  2. high
  3. from top to bottom
  4. the 70th floor
  5. opened in L.A.
  6. slide at a time
  7. of a building
  8. to make

Paragraph 2

  1. make something that other buildings
  2. The slide can support the
  3. school
  4. A reporter went on
  5. He said you finish very
  6. You don't even have time
  7. It costs $25 to get to the
  8. A ride on the slide costs
  1. quickly
  2. an extra $8
  3. didn't have
  4. bus
  5. 70th floor area
  6. weight
  7. to scream
  8. the slide

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A slide (1) ___________________ L.A. It is on the outside of a building, (2) ___________________ high. It is made of 3-cm- (3) ___________________. It cost $3.5 million (4) ___________________. The slide starts at the 70th floor and goes down 15 metres. It takes (5) ___________________ from top to bottom. Only one person can (6) ___________________.

The (7) ___________________ wanted to make something that (8) ___________________ didn't have. The slide can support the (9) ___________________ school bus. A reporter went on the slide. He said you finish (10) ___________________. You don't even have (11) ___________________. It costs $25 to get to the 70th floor area. A ride on the slide (12) _________________ $8.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AslidehasopenedinL.A.Itisontheoutsideofabuilding,300metreshigh.
Itismadeof3-cm-thickglass.Itcost$3.5milliontomake.Theslidestar
tsatthe70thfloorandgoesdown15metres.Ittakesaboutfivesecondsfr
omtoptobottom.Onlyonepersoncanslideatatime.Thetower'sownerw
antedtomakesomethingthatotherbuildingsdidn'thave.Theslidecans
upporttheweightofaschoolbus.Areporterwentontheslide.Hesaidyouf
inishveryquickly.Youdon'tevenhavetimetoscream.Itcosts$25togett
othe70thfloorarea.Arideontheslidecostsanextra$8.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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