The Reading / Listening - Flat Earth - Level 0

A scientist says the Earth is flat and not round. Mike Hughes, 61, taught himself how to make a rocket for $20,000. He will fly it hundreds of meters in the air. It uses steam and can fly at 800 kmh. He said: "I like to do extraordinary things….No one in the history of mankind has…launched himself in his own rocket."



Mr Hughes will take photos to prove the Earth is flat and has walls of ice at the edges. He said his project will "shut the door on this ball-Earth" idea. He said the flight is, "as scary as hell, but none of us are getting out of this world alive". The will be live on his website on Saturday. He already gave lots of food to his four cats.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Flat Earth - Level 1 Flat Earth - Level 2   or  Flat Earth - Level 3

Sources
  • http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/world/2017/11/stuntman-taking-rocket-trip-to-prove-earth-is-flat.html.
  • https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/4955648/flat-earth-self-taught-scientist-mad-mike-launch-california-home-made-rocket/
  • http://metro.co.uk/2017/11/22/flat-earther-will-launch-himself-into-the-sky-on-steam-powered-rocket-this-week-7098673/


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. the Earth is flat and
  2. how to make a rocket
  3. fly it hundreds of meters
  4. It uses
  5. fly at
  6. I like to do extraordinary
  7. the history of
  8. launched himself in his
  1. 800 kmh
  2. mankind
  3. for $20,000
  4. own rocket
  5. in the air
  6. steam
  7. not round
  8. things

Paragraph 2

  1. take photos to prove the
  2. walls of ice
  3. shut the
  4. this ball-Earth
  5. the flight is as
  6. none of us are getting out
  7. The flight will be live
  8. He already gave lots of food
  1. on his website
  2. door
  3. to his four cats
  4. scary as hell
  5. Earth is flat
  6. at the edges
  7. of this world alive
  8. idea

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A scientist says the Earth is flat (1) ___________________. Mike Hughes, 61, (2) ___________________ to make a rocket for $20,000. He (3) ___________________ hundreds of meters in the air. It uses steam and (4) ___________________ 800 kmh. He said: "I (5) ___________________ extraordinary things….No one in the history of mankind has…launched himself (6) ___________________ rocket."

Mr Hughes will take (7) ___________________ the Earth is flat and has (8) ___________________ at the edges. He said his project will "(9) ___________________ on this ball-Earth" idea. He said the flight is, "as (10) ___________________, but none of us are getting out of (11) ___________________". The will be live on his website on Saturday. He already gave (12) ___________________ to his four cats.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

AscientistsaystheEarthisflatandnotround.MikeHughes,61,taughthi
mselfhowtomakearocketfor$20,000.Hewillflyithundredsofmetersin
theair.Itusessteamandcanflyat800kmh.Hesaid:"Iliketodoextraordi
narythings….Nooneinthehistoryofmankindhas…launchedhimselfinh
isownrocket."MrHugheswilltakephotostoprovetheEarthisflatandhas
wallsoficeattheedges.Hesaidhisprojectwill"shutthedooronthisball-
Earth"idea.Hesaidtheflightis,"asscaryashell,butnoneofusaregetting
outofthisworldalive".ThewillbeliveonhiswebsiteonSaturday.Healrea
dygavelotsoffoodtohisfourcats.

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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(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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