The Reading / Listening - Level 3

Scientists are trying to get humans to Mars. Researchers from the U.S. space agency NASA are currently trying to find out what kind of plants could grow in the red soil on Mars. They hope that astronauts will be able to start growing their own food on the Red Planet. The journey to Mars could take up to two-and-a-half years. The astronauts will need to take a lot of food with them just to last for the journey. They will never be able to return to Earth, which means they will need to grow their own fruit, vegetables and other plants from seeds. NASA said there could be a problem because Mars doesn't have soil that is good for growing things. It just has red dust.



Humans may be on their way to Mars in the next 15 years. NASA has been testing special "Martian gardens" to see what kind of things might grow on Mars. They have used a special soil made up of crushed volcanic rock. It contains no nutrients or organic material, so it is similar to the soil on Mars. The scientists managed to grow lettuce in it. They said the lettuce tasted normal, but it had weaker roots and took longer to grow. They will now try growing other vegetables. A NASA spokesman said: "Discoveries made in these Earth-based 'Martian gardens' will pave the way for future studies and technology development in terms of reliable, efficient food production a long way from [Earth]."

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Sources
  • http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2016/1006/NASA-s-Martian-gardens-What-kinds-of-veggies-can-we-grow-on-Mars
  • http://www.techtimes.com/articles/181178/20161007/martian-gardens-key-to-surviving-mars-colonization-nasa.htm
  • http://www.natureworldnews.com/articles/29858/20161008/survival-in-mars-nasa-scientists-developing-martian-garden.htm


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. VEGETABLE GARDENS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about vegetable gardens. 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?

       humans / Mars / agency / astronauts / journey / return / fruit / vegetables / soil /
       Martian / gardens / volcanic / rock / nutrients / organic material / discoveries / Earth

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

3. MARS: Students A strongly believe it is a good idea to live on Mars; Students B strongly believe it isn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. LIFE ON MARS: How can astronauts live on Mars? Discuss this with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

  • Food
  • Oxygen
  • Warmth
  • Hobbies
  • Health
  • Friends
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5. SPACE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "space". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. SCIENCE FICTION: Rank these with your partner. Put the things you want to happen most the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • download skills to brain
  • typing by thought
  • recording dreams
  • healthy forever pills
  • holidays in space
  • jet-backpacks
  • cities on Mars
  • live to be 200

Before reading / listening

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

  1. NASA is looking at ways to get things to grow on Mars.     T / F
  2. The article says Mars is also called the Black Planet.     T / F
  3. It could take two-and-a-half years to get to Mars.     T / F
  4. Astronauts will need to grow things on Mars from seeds.     T / F
  5. Astronauts will not get to Mars until at least 2050.     T / F
  6. Scientists used crushed salt rock because it is like the soil on Mars.     T / F
  7. Scientists grew lettuce in volcanic dust and it tasted like normal lettuce.  T / F
  8. Scientists want to pave a large part of Mars.     T / F

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

  1. trying
  2. find out
  3. journey
  4. last
  5. soil
  6. next
  7. contains
  8. material
  9. pave the way
  10. reliable
  1. has
  2. trip
  3. earth
  4. prepare
  5. discover
  6. stuff
  7. upcoming
  8. attempting
  9. safe
  10. keep going

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

  1. Scientists are trying to get
  2. what kind of plants could grow in
  3. The journey to Mars could take up
  4. grow their own fruit, vegetables and other
  5. Mars doesn't have soil that is good
  6. a special soil made up of crushed
  7. The scientists managed to grow
  8. it had weaker
  9. pave the
  10. reliable, efficient food
  1. plants from seeds
  2. way for future studies
  3. volcanic rock
  4. for growing things
  5. humans to Mars
  6. roots
  7. production
  8. the red soil on Mars
  9. lettuce in it
  10. to two-and-a-half years

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
soil
return
agency
seeds
last
things
journey
own

Scientists are trying to get humans to Mars. Researchers from the U.S. space (1) ____________ NASA are currently trying to find out what kind of plants could grow in the red (2) ____________ on Mars. They hope that astronauts will be able to start growing their own food on the Red Planet. The (3) ____________ to Mars could take up to two-and-a-half years. The astronauts will need to take a lot of food with them just to (4) ____________ for the journey. They will never be able to (5) ____________ to Earth, which means they will need to grow their (6) ____________ fruit, vegetables and other plants from (7) ____________. NASA said there could be a problem because Mars doesn't have soil that is good for growing (8) ____________. It just has red dust.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
material
way
pave
crushed
normal
reliable
kind
roots

Humans may be on their (9) ____________ to Mars in the next 15 years. NASA has been testing special "Martian gardens" to see what (10) ____________ of things might grow on Mars. They have used a special soil made up of (11) ____________ volcanic rock. It contains no nutrients or organic (12) ____________, so it is similar to the soil on Mars. The scientists managed to grow lettuce in it. They said the lettuce tasted (13) ____________, but it had weaker (14) ____________ and took longer to grow. They will now try growing other vegetables. A NASA spokesman said: "Discoveries made in these Earth-based 'Martian gardens' will (15) ____________ the way for future studies and technology development in terms of (16) ____________, efficient food production a long way from [Earth]."

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  Researchers from the U.S. space agency NASA are currently trying ______
     a.  to finding in
     b.  too find out
     c.  to find out
     d.  to find in

2)  They hope that astronauts will be able to start growing ______
     a.  their only food
     b.  their own food
     c.  their owned food
     d.  their owner food

3)  The astronauts will need to take a lot of food with ______
     a.  then justly to last
     b.  them just to last
     c.  them just to lasts
     d.  then just to last

4) they will need to grow their own fruit, vegetables and other ______
     a.  plants for seeds
     b.  plants from these
     c.  plants from seats
     d.  plants from seeds

5)  Mars doesn't have soil that is good for growing things. It ______
     a.  just has red dust
     b.  just has red dusty
     c.  just has red dusts
     d.  just has red dusted

6)  testing special "Martian gardens" to see what kind of things ______ Mars
     a.  might growth on
     b.  might grow on
     c.  might grows on
     d.  might grew on

7)  They have used a special soil made up of crushed ______
     a.  volcanic rocked
     b.  volcanic rocky
     c.  volcanic rock
     d.  volcanic rocking

8)  They said the lettuce tasted normal, but it had weaker roots and ______ grow
     a.  took longer too
     b.  took longer two
     c.  took longer thru
     d.  took longer to

9)  Discoveries made in these Earth-based 'Martian gardens' will ______
     a.  paved the way
     b.  pave the weigh
     c.  pave the way
     d.  pave a way

10) studies and technology development in terms of reliable, ______ production
     a.  efficiently food
     b.  efficient food
     c.  efficiency food
     d.  deficient food

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists are trying (1) ___________________ Mars. Researchers from the U.S. space agency NASA are (2) ___________________ to find out what kind of plants could grow in the red soil on Mars. They hope that astronauts will be able to start growing (3) ___________________ on the Red Planet. The journey to Mars could take up to two-and-a-half years. The astronauts will need to (4) ___________________ food with them just to last for the journey. They will never be able to return to Earth, which means they will need to grow their own fruit, vegetables and other (5) ___________________. NASA said there could be a problem because Mars doesn't (6) ___________________ good for growing things. It just has red dust.

Humans may (7) ___________________ to Mars in the next 15 years. NASA has been testing special "Martian gardens" to see what kind of things might grow on Mars. They have (8) ___________________ soil made up of crushed volcanic rock. It contains (9) ___________________ organic material, so it is similar to the soil on Mars. The scientists managed to grow lettuce in it. They said (10) ___________________ normal, but it had weaker roots and took longer to grow. They will now try growing other vegetables. A NASA spokesman said: "Discoveries (11) ___________________ Earth-based 'Martian gardens' will pave the way for future studies and technology development (12) ___________________ reliable, efficient food production a long way from [Earth]."

Comprehension questions

  1. Who is trying to get humans to Mars?
  2. What is the other name used for Mars in the article?
  3. How long will it take to get to Mars?
  4. What will astronauts use to grow plants?
  5. What does Mars not have that might cause problems growing things?
  6. Within how many years could the first humans be on Mars?
  7. What did scientists crush to get a soil similar to Mars?
  8. What vegetable did scientists grow in the soil?
  9. What part of the vegetable was weaker?
  10. What do scientists hope will become reliable and efficient?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Who is trying to get humans to Mars?
a) scientists
b) Google
c) a rocket company
d) airline pilots

2) What is the other name used for Mars in the article?
a) Mercury
b) c-5fBx
c) the Red Plant
d) space agency

3) How long will it take to get to Mars?
a) 2½ months
b) 2½ years
c) 2½ decades
d) 2½ centuries

4) What will astronauts use to grow plants?
a) flower pots
b) fertiliser
c) boxes
d) seeds

5) What does Mars not have that might cause problems growing things?
a) good soil
b) rain
c)  bamboo poles
d) greenhouses

6) Within how many years could the first humans be on Mars?
a) 12
b) 13
c) 14
d) 15

7) What did scientists crush to get a soil similar to Mars?
a) earth
b) volcanic rock
c) salt
d) seeds

8) What vegetable did scientists grow in the soil?
a) tomato
b) pumpkin
c) spinach
d) lettuce

9) What part of the vegetable was weaker?
a) the taste
b) the seeds
c) the roots
d) the leaves

10) What do scientists hope will become reliable and efficient?
a) technology
b) food production
c) Earth
d) development

Role play

Role A —Holidays in space

You think holidays in space is the best thing to happen in the future. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): living to be 200, downloading skills to the brain or recording dreams.

Role B —Living to be 200

You think living to be 200 is the best thing to happen in the future. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): holidays in space, downloading skills to the brain or recording dreams.

Role C —Downloading skills to brain

You think downloading skills to the brain is the best thing to happen in the future. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): living to be 200, holidays in space or recording dreams.

Role D —Recording dreams

You think recording dreams is the best thing to happen in the future. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): living to be 200, downloading skills to the brain or holidays in space.

After reading / listening

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

'space'

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  • and 'agency'.

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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:

    • 15
    • crushed
    • no
    • managed
    • longer
    • future
    • get
    • find
    • take
    • start
    • never
    • just




    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 - Vegetable gardens tested for Mars

    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 'Mars'?
    3. Is there life on Mars?
    4. What do you think about what you read?
    5. What do you think it would be like to live on Mars?
    6. What do you think of growing things on Mars?
    7. What do you think of gardening?
    8. What kind of people are astronauts?
    9. What would it be like to travel to Mars for 2½ years?
    10. How would it feel to never return to Earth?

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

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you know about Mars?
    3. Should money be spent on health instead of space research?
    4. How will people live on Mars?
    5. What is your experience of gardening?
    6. What will we be doing on Mars in 100 years from now?
    7. What three things would you take to Mars?
    8. What are the dangers of vegetables grown on Mars?
    9. How will you feel if humans get to Mars?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the astronauts?

    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)

    Scientists are trying to (1) ____ humans to Mars. Researchers from the U.S. space agency NASA are currently trying to find (2) ____ what kind of plants could grow in the red soil on Mars. They (3) ____ that astronauts will be able to start growing their own food on the Red Planet. The journey to Mars could take (4) ____ to two-and-a-half years. The astronauts will need to take a lot of food with them just to last for the journey. They will never (5) ____ able to return to Earth, which means they will need to grow their own fruit, vegetables and other plants from seeds. NASA said there could be a problem because Mars doesn't have soil that is good for growing things. It (6) ____ has red dust.

    Humans may be on their way to Mars (7) ____ the next 15 years. NASA has been testing special "Martian gardens" to see what kind of things might grow on Mars. They have used a special soil made (8) ____ of crushed volcanic rock. It contains no nutrients or organic material, so it is (9) ____ to the soil on Mars. The scientists managed to grow lettuce in it. They said the lettuce tasted normal, but it had weaker (10) ____ and took longer to grow. They will now try growing other vegetables. A NASA spokesman said: "Discoveries made in these Earth-based 'Martian gardens' will (11) ____ the way for future studies and technology development in (12) ____ of reliable, efficient food production a long way from [Earth]."

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     port     (b)     save     (c)     make     (d)     get    
    2. (a)     on     (b)     in     (c)     up     (d)     out    
    3. (a)     hop     (b)     hope     (c)     hoop     (d)     hops    
    4. (a)     over     (b)     around     (c)     up     (d)     about    
    5. (a)     can     (b)     is     (c)     be     (d)     would    
    6. (a)     just     (b)     simple     (c)     everywhere     (d)     lots    
    7. (a)     on     (b)     in     (c)     at     (d)     to    
    8. (a)     up     (b)     to     (c)     by     (d)     at    
    9. (a)     likely     (b)     similar     (c)     liken     (d)     same    
    10. (a)     boots     (b)     loots     (c)     roots     (d)     hoots    
    11. (a)     tunnel     (b)     concrete     (c)     pave     (d)     eat    
    12. (a)     trams     (b)     tames     (c)     teams     (d)     terms

    Spelling

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (    )     to grow lettuce in it. They said the lettuce tasted normal, but it had weaker roots and took

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    (    )     development in terms of reliable, efficient food production a long way from [Earth]."

    (    )     what kind of things might grow on Mars. They have used a special soil made up of crushed volcanic

    (    )     able to start growing their own food on the Red Planet. The journey to Mars could take up to two-and-a-

    (    )     Humans may be on their way to Mars in the next 15 years. NASA has been testing special "Martian gardens" to see

    (    )     because Mars doesn't have soil that is good for growing things. It just has red dust.

    (    )     own fruit, vegetables and other plants from seeds. NASA said there could be a problem

    (    )     rock. It contains no nutrients or organic material, so it is similar to the soil on Mars. The scientists managed

    (    )     trying to find out what kind of plants could grow in the red soil on Mars. They hope that astronauts will be

    (    )     these Earth-based 'Martian gardens' will pave the way for future studies and technology

    (    )     half years. The astronauts will need to take a lot of food with them just to last for the

    (    )     longer to grow. They will now try growing other vegetables. A NASA spokesman said: "Discoveries made in

    (    )     journey. They will never be able to return to Earth, which means they will need to grow their

    Put the words in the right order

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    9. for   will   future   pave   studies   the   Martian   way   gardens   .
    10. production   a   long   way   from   Earth   Efficient   food   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    Humans may be on their weigh / way to Mars in the next 15 years. NASA has been testing specially / special "Martian gardens" to see what kind of things might grow / growing on Mars. They have used a special soil made up of crushed volcanic rock. It contains no / not nutrients or organic material, so it is similar / similarly to the soil on Mars. The scientists managed to grow lettuce in it. They said the lettuce tasted normal / normality, but it had weaker roots and got / took longer to grow. They will now try growing another / other vegetables. A NASA spokesman said: "Discoveries made in these Earth-based 'Martian gardens' will pave / save the way for future studies and technology development in terms of reliability / reliable, efficient food production a long way from [Earth]."

    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

    scientists are trying to get humans to mars researchers from the us space agency nasa are currently trying to find out what kind of plants could grow in the red soil on mars they hope that astronauts will be able to start growing their own food on the red planet the journey to mars could take up to two-and-a-half years the astronauts will need to take a lot of food with them just to last for the journey they will never be able to return to earth which means they will need to grow their own fruit vegetables and other plants from seeds nasa said there could be a problem because mars doesn't have soil that is good for growing things it just has red dust

    humans may be on their way to mars in the next 15 years nasa has been testing special "martian gardens" to see what kind of things might grow on mars they have used a special soil made up of crushed volcanic rock it contains no nutrients or organic material so it is similar to the soil on mars the scientists managed to grow lettuce in it they said the lettuce tasted normal but it had weaker roots and took longer to grow they will now try growing other vegetables a nasa spokesman said "discoveries made in these earth-based 'martian gardens' will pave the way for future studies and technology development in terms of reliable efficient food production a long way from [earth]"

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    ScientistsaretryingtogethumanstoMars.ResearchersfromtheU.S.sp
    aceagencyNASAarecurrentlytryingtofindoutwhatkindofplantscould
    growintheredsoilonMars.Theyhopethatastronautswillbeabletostart
    growingtheirownfoodontheRedPlanet.ThejourneytoMarscouldtakeu
    ptotwo-and-a-halfyears.Theastronautswillneedtotakealotoffoodwit
    hthemjusttolastforthejourney.TheywillneverbeabletoreturntoEarth
    ,whichmeanstheywillneedtogrowtheirownfruit,vegetablesandother
    plantsfromseeds.NASAsaidtherecouldbeaproblembecauseMarsdoe
    sn'thavesoilthatisgoodforgrowingthings.Itjusthasreddust.Humans
    maybeontheirwaytoMarsinthenext15years.NASAhasbeentestingsp
    ecial"Martiangardens"toseewhatkindofthingsmightgrowonMars.Th
    eyhaveusedaspecialsoilmadeupofcrushedvolcanicrock.Itcontainsno
    nutrientsororganicmaterial,soitissimilartothesoilonMars.Thescienti
    stsmanagedtogrowlettuceinit.Theysaidthelettucetastednormal,buti
    thadweakerrootsandtooklongertogrow.Theywillnowtrygrowingothe
    rvegetables.ANASAspokesmansaid:"DiscoveriesmadeintheseEarth
    -based'Martiangardens'willpavethewayforfuturestudiesandtechno
    logydevelopmentintermsofreliable,efficientfoodproductionalongwa
    yfrom[Earth]."

    Free writing

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

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    Academic writing

    Money should not be spent on health, not on researching gardens on Mars. 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 life on Mars. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. VEGETABLE GARDENS: Make a poster about vegetable gardens on Mars. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. MARS: Write a magazine article about spending money on going to Mars. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    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 vegetable gardens on Mars. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on what humans can do to survive on Mars. 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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