The Reading / Listening - Level 0

The USA put a powerful weather satellite into space. It will change how we get weather information. The $1 billion GOES-R satellite will take photos five times faster than other satellites. Photos will be four times better quality. GOES-R will change weather forecasts. It is like the difference between black and white TV and HD TV.



GOES-R will give real-time photos. They will make us safer. Airplanes will miss dangerous air. GOES-R will zoom in on events like hurricanes, flooding and ash clouds. This will warn people about danger and save lives and homes. GOES-R will show the weather as it looks right now, not the weather of 30 minutes ago.

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Sources
  • http://spaceflightnow.com/2016/11/20/atlas-5-launches-the-most-advanced-u-s-weather-satellite-in-history/
  • http://www.cbsnews.com/news/high-power-weather-satellite-set-for-launch/
  • http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-38050916


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. put a powerful weather satellite
  2. how we get weather
  3. take
  4. faster than other
  5. four times better
  6. GOES-R will
  7. weather
  8. black and white
  1. photos
  2. change
  3. into space
  4. TV
  5. satellites
  6. forecasts
  7. information
  8. quality

Paragraph 2

  1. GOES-R will give real-
  2. They will make
  3. Airplanes will miss dangerous
  4. zoom in
  5. This will warn
  6. save lives
  7. the weather as it looks right
  8. 30 minutes
  1. people
  2. air
  3. about danger
  4. ago
  5. time photos
  6. now
  7. on events
  8. us safer

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The USA (1) ___________________ weather satellite into space. It will change (2) ___________________ weather information. The $1 billion GOES-R satellite (3) ___________________ five times faster (4) ___________________ satellites. Photos will be four times (5) ___________________. GOES-R will change weather forecasts. (6) ___________________ difference between black and white TV and HD TV.

GOES-R will (7) ___________________ photos. They will make us safer. Airplanes (8) ___________________ dangerous air. GOES-R will zoom (9) ___________________ like hurricanes, flooding and ash clouds. This will warn people about danger (10) ___________________ and homes. GOES-R (11) ___________________ weather as it looks right now, not the (12) ___________________ minutes ago.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

TheUSAputapowerfulweathersatelliteintospace.Itwillchangehowwe
getweatherinformation.The$1billionGOES-Rsatellitewilltakephot
osfivetimesfasterthanothersatellites.Photoswillbefourtimesbetterq
uality.GOES-Rwillchangeweatherforecasts.Itislikethedifferencebe
tweenblackandwhiteTVandHDTV.GOES-Rwillgivereal-timepho
tos.Theywillmakeussafer.Airplaneswillmissdangerousair.GOES-Rw
illzoominoneventslikehurricanes,floodingandashclouds.Thiswillwar
npeopleaboutdangerandsavelivesandhomes.GOES-Rwillshowthew
eatherasitlooksrightnow,nottheweatherof30minutesago.

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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(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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