The Reading / Listening - Ecology - Level 1

Plants from Earth are growing on the moon. China's space agency showed photos of seeds sprouting into life. This is part of a project on the far side of the moon. It is called a "moon surface micro-ecological circle". Project leader Liu Hanlong says cotton was the first plant to sprout. He chose cotton and potatoes because they were small, strong and could grow in the difficult conditions on the moon's surface.



Professor Hanlong wants to understand how plants grow in space. He wants plants to grow on the moon. His team is looking at the future survival in space. These plants could allow us to start a space base. The project also includes yeast and fruit flies in a mini-ecosystem. The plants will produce oxygen and food for the fruit flies; the yeast could change the flies' waste and the dead plants into another food source.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Ecology - Level 0 Ecology - Level 2   or  Ecology - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/2182111/chinese-lunar-landers-cotton-seeds-lead-way-plant-life-germinates
  • https://www.newscientist.com/article/2190704-first-moon-plants-sprout-in-chinas-change-4-biosphere-experiment/
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-46873526


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. China's space
  2. photos of seeds
  3. on the far side
  4. cotton was the first plant
  5. He chose cotton
  6. because they
  7. grow in the difficult
  8. the moon's
  1. conditions
  2. of the moon
  3. and potatoes
  4. surface
  5. sprouting
  6. agency
  7. to sprout
  8. were small

Paragraph 2

  1. understand how plants
  2. He wants plants to grow
  3. His team is looking at
  4. start a space
  5. The project also
  6. fruit
  7. The plants will
  8. yeast could change the flies'
  1. base
  2. the future
  3. flies
  4. waste
  5. grow in space
  6. produce oxygen
  7. includes yeast
  8. on the moon

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Plants from Earth (1) ___________________ the moon. China's space agency showed (2) ___________________ sprouting into life. This is part (3) ___________________ on the far side of the moon. It (4) ___________________ "moon surface micro-ecological circle". Project leader Liu Hanlong says cotton was the (5) ___________________ sprout. He chose cotton and potatoes because they were small, strong and could grow in the difficult (6) ___________________ moon's surface.

Professor Hanlong (7) ___________________ how plants grow in space. He wants (8) ___________________ on the moon. His team is looking at the (9) ___________________ space. These plants could allow (10) ___________________ a space base. The project also includes yeast and fruit flies in a mini-ecosystem. The plants will produce (11) ___________________ for the fruit flies; the yeast could change the flies' waste and (12) ___________________ into another food source.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

PlantsfromEartharegrowingonthemoon.China'sspaceagencyshowe
dphotosofseedssproutingintolife.Thisispartofaprojectonthefarsideo
fthemoon.Itiscalleda"moonsurfacemicro-ecologicalcircle".Projectle
aderLiuHanlongsayscottonwasthefirstplanttosprout.Hechosecotton
andpotatoesbecausetheyweresmall,strongandcouldgrowinthediffic
ultconditionsonthemoon'ssurface.ProfessorHanlongwantstounders
tandhowplantsgrowinspace.Hewantsplantstogrowonthemoon.Histe
amislookingatthefuturesurvivalinspace.Theseplantscouldallowusto
startaspacebase.Theprojectalsoincludesyeastandfruitfliesinamini-
ecosystem.Theplantswillproduceoxygenandfoodforthefruitflies;the
yeastcouldchangetheflies'wasteandthedeadplantsintoanotherfoods
ource.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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