The Reading / Listening - TRAPPIST-1 - Level 0

Scientists think there might be life on the seven planets in the TRAPPIST-1 solar system. TRAPPIST-1 is a very small sun with seven Earth-sized planets. NASA said three of the planets get heat like the Earth, so life could exist. TRAPPIST-1 is nearly 40 light-years away from Earth. Its sun is not very bright.



NASA said you could see the other TRAPPIST-1 planets if you were on any of them. They would not look small. They would look bigger than our Moon. You would see things on them. A scientist said life can live in very hot caves and at the bottom of the ocean where there is no light. She said life could be on the TRAPPIST-1 planets.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    TRAPPIST-1 - Level 1 TRAPPIST-1 - Level 2   or  TRAPPIST-1 - Level 3

Sources
  • http://sciexaminer.com/news/space/earth-2-0-trappist-1-host-another-earth-2357.html
  • http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0227/Could-the-TRAPPIST-1-worlds-harbor-alien-life
  • http://www.space.com/35811-life-on-trappist-1-earth-like-exoplanets.html


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. Scientists think there might be
  2. the TRAPPIST-1 solar
  3. TRAPPIST-1 is a very
  4. seven Earth-
  5. three of the planets get heat
  6. life could
  7. TRAPPIST-1 is nearly 40 light-
  8. Its sun is not
  1. small sun
  2. exist
  3. very bright
  4. like the Earth
  5. life on the seven planets
  6. years away from Earth
  7. system
  8. sized planets

Paragraph 2

  1. if you were on any of
  2. They would not look
  3. They would look bigger
  4. You would see things
  5. live in very hot
  6. at the bottom
  7. where there is no
  8. life could be on the
  1. TRAPPIST-1 planets
  2. on them
  3. of the ocean
  4. than our Moon
  5. light
  6. them
  7. caves
  8. small

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists (1) ___________________ be life on the seven planets in the TRAPPIST-1 solar system. TRAPPIST-1 (2) ___________________ sun with seven Earth-sized planets. NASA said (3) ___________________ planets get heat like the Earth, so (4) ___________________. TRAPPIST-1 is nearly 40 (5) ___________________ from Earth. Its sun is (6) ___________________.

NASA said you could (7) ___________________ TRAPPIST-1 planets if you (8) ___________________ them. They would not look small. They would (9) ___________________ than our Moon. You would see (10) ___________________. A scientist said life can (11) ___________________ caves and at the bottom of the ocean where there is no light. She said life (12) ___________________ TRAPPIST-1 planets.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

ScientiststhinktheremightbelifeonthesevenplanetsintheTRAPPIST-
1solarsystem.TRAPPIST-1isaverysmallsunwithsevenEarth-sizedpl
anets.NASAsaidthreeoftheplanetsgetheatliketheEarth,solifecoulde
xist.TRAPPIST-1isnearly40light-yearsawayfromEarth.Itssunisnotv
erybright.NASAsaidyoucouldseetheotherTRAPPIST-1planetsifyo
uwereonanyofthem.Theywouldnotlooksmall.Theywouldlookbiggert
hanourMoon.Youwouldseethingsonthem.Ascientistsaidlifecanlivein
veryhotcavesandatthebottomoftheoceanwherethereisnolight.Shes
aidlifecouldbeontheTRAPPIST-1planets.

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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(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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