The Reading / Listening - Saturn - Level 4

Saturn is now the planet with the most moons. It has overtaken Jupiter as "king of the moons". Astronomers found 20 new moons orbiting Saturn, which now has 82 moons. Jupiter has 79. Each of the newly-discovered moons is at least 5km in diameter. Seventeen of them orbit Saturn backwards. They take three years to complete one orbit of Saturn. The astronomers will now look for moons that are a kilometer in diameter.



An astronomer spoke about the origins of the moons. He said: "We don't think they formed with the planet. We think they were captured by the planet in the past." He thinks Saturn sucked in a mixture of gas and dust to form the moons. He added: "We think these are the last remnants of what formed Saturn." The moons will be named in a competition after giants from Gallic, Inuit and Norse mythology.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Saturn - Level 5 or  Saturn - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-49962134
  • https://www.space.com/saturn-20-newfound-moons-naming-contest.html
  • https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/10/07/saturn-moons-20-new-moons-planet-now-has-more-moons-than-jupiter/3902220002/


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 planet with the
  2. king
  3. new moons
  4. Each of the newly-
  5. Seventeen of them orbit
  6. take three years to complete
  7. The astronomers will now
  8. a kilometer
  1. look for moons
  2. discovered moons
  3. in diameter
  4. most moons
  5. one orbit
  6. of the moons
  7. orbiting Saturn
  8. Saturn backwards

Paragraph 2

  1. An astronomer spoke
  2. We don't think they formed
  3. they were captured
  4. in the
  5. Saturn sucked in a mixture
  6. the last remnants of what
  7. The moons will be named in
  8. Inuit and Norse
  1. a competition
  2. past
  3. mythology
  4. about the origins
  5. with the planet
  6. of gas and dust
  7. by the planet
  8. formed Saturn

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Saturn is now the planet with the most moons. (1) ___________________ Jupiter as "king of the moons". Astronomers found 20 (2) ___________________ Saturn, which now has 82 moons. Jupiter has 79. Each of the newly-discovered moons (3) ___________________ 5km in diameter. Seventeen (4) ___________________ Saturn backwards. They take three years (5) ___________________ orbit of Saturn. The astronomers will now look for moons that are a (6) ___________________.

An astronomer spoke (7) ___________________ of the moons. He said: "We don't think they (8) ___________________ planet. We think they were captured by the planet (9) ___________________." He thinks Saturn sucked in a mixture of (10) ___________________ to form the moons. He added: "We think these are the (11) ___________________ what formed Saturn." The moons will be named in (12) ___________________ giants from Gallic, Inuit and Norse mythology.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Saturnisnowtheplanetwiththemostmoons.IthasovertakenJupiteras
"kingofthemoons".Astronomersfound20newmoonsorbitingSaturn,
whichnowhas82moons.Jupiterhas79.Eachofthenewly-discoveredm
oonsisatleast5kmindiameter.SeventeenofthemorbitSaturnbackw
ards.TheytakethreeyearstocompleteoneorbitofSaturn.Theastrono
merswillnowlookformoonsthatareakilometerindiameter.Anastrono
merspokeabouttheoriginsofthemoons.Hesaid:"Wedon'tthinktheyfo
rmedwiththeplanet.Wethinktheywerecapturedbytheplanetinthepas
t."HethinksSaturnsuckedinamixtureofgasanddusttoformthemoons.
Headded:"WethinkthesearethelastremnantsofwhatformedSaturn."
ThemoonswillbenamedinacompetitionaftergiantsfromGallic,Inuitan
dNorsemythology.

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) ________________

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Free writing

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Answers

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