The Reading / Listening - Moon Flashes - Level 4

Scientists are puzzled at flashes of light on the moon. This strange situation is happening several times a week. Sometimes the flashes are short; at other times they are long. On occasion, there are places on the moon that become darker. Experts are wondering what is causing the flashes. A meteorite strike can make the moon's surface glow briefly. The flashes could occur when electrically charged particles of solar wind hit moon dust.



A telescope has been set up to look at the moon. A professor said that seismic activities on the moon move its surface. He said gases that reflect sunlight could escape from the interior and cause the flashes. He added that the moon flashes have been happening since the 1950s, "but they have not been sufficiently observed". The professor said countries that want to build a base on the moon should be "familiar with the local conditions".

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Moon Flashes - Level 5 or  Moon Flashes - Level 6

Sources
  • https://phys.org/news/2019-05-moon.html
  • https://metro.co.uk/2019/05/31/mysterious-unexplained-flashes-light-spotted-moon-9768936/
  • https://futurism.com/the-byte/flashes-moon-scientists


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. happening several
  2. Sometimes the flashes
  3. places on the moon that
  4. A meteorite
  5. make the moon's surface
  6. The flashes could
  7. charged particles
  8. moon
  1. of solar wind
  2. strike
  3. occur
  4. dust
  5. are short
  6. become darker
  7. glow briefly
  8. times a week

Paragraph 2

  1. A telescope has been set
  2. seismic
  3. move its
  4. gases that reflect
  5. the moon flashes have been happening
  6. they have not been sufficiently
  7. build a base
  8. familiar with the local
  1. surface
  2. conditions
  3. since the 1950s
  4. up
  5. on the moon
  6. sunlight
  7. activities
  8. observed

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists are puzzled at flashes of light on the moon. This strange situation is happening (1) ___________________ week. Sometimes the flashes are short; (2) ___________________ they are long. On occasion, there are places on the moon (3) ___________________. Experts are wondering what is causing the flashes. A meteorite (4) ___________________ the moon's surface glow briefly. The (5) ___________________ when electrically charged particles of solar wind (6) ___________________.

A telescope has been (7) ___________________ look at the moon. A professor said that (8) ___________________ the moon move its surface. He said gases that (9) ___________________ escape from the interior and cause the flashes. He added that the moon flashes have (10) ___________________ the 1950s, "but they have (11) ___________________ observed". The professor said countries that want to build a base on the moon should be "familiar with (12) ___________________".

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistsarepuzzledatflashesoflightonthemoon.Thisstrangesituati
onishappeningseveraltimesaweek.Sometimestheflashesareshort;a
tothertimestheyarelong.Onoccasion,thereareplacesonthemoonthat
becomedarker.Expertsarewonderingwhatiscausingtheflashes.Amet
eoritestrikecanmakethemoon'ssurfaceglowbriefly.Theflashescould
occurwhenelectricallychargedparticlesofsolarwindhitmoondust.Atel
escopehasbeensetuptolookatthemoon.Aprofessorsaidthatseismica
ctivitiesonthemoonmoveitssurface.Hesaidgasesthatreflectsunlightc
ouldescapefromtheinteriorandcausetheflashes.Headdedthatthemo
onflasheshavebeenhappeningsincethe1950s,"buttheyhavenotbeen
sufficientlyobserved".Theprofessorsaidcountriesthatwanttobuildab
aseonthemoonshouldbe"familiarwiththelocalconditions".

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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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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