The Reading / Listening - Space-Baked Cookies - Level 1

Cooking has reached higher levels. Astronauts in space have made the first space-baked cookies. They said the chocolate chip cookies looked out of this world. They are the first food to be baked in space from raw ingredients. Space food is usually made on Earth. It is pre-packaged and then heated up in space. Eating freshly baked food will make astronauts happy. It will remind them of home. This is important for astronauts who go to the moon or Mars.



Baking the cookies was not as easy as the astronauts thought. Cookies take 20 minutes to bake. The space cookies needed longer. The first cookie was undercooked. It was more raw dough than cookie. The space bakers turned up the temperature and baked the dough for longer. They baked the fifth cookie for 130 minutes. No one knows how it tastes. It is in a laboratory in Texas. Scientists will test it to see if it is safe to eat.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Space-Baked Cookies - Level 0 Space-Baked Cookies - Level 2   or  Space-Baked Cookies - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/nasa-astronauts-cookies-space-iss-international-baking-a9300126.html
  • https://phys.org/news/2020-01-space-baked-cookies-hours-experimental-oven.html
  • https://www.cnet.com/news/first-chocolate-chip-cookies-baked-in-space-have-to-be-vetted-for-safety/


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. Cooking has reached higher
  2. cookies looked out of
  3. raw
  4. It is pre-packaged and then
  5. Eating freshly
  6. It will remind them
  7. This is important
  8. go to the moon
  1. for astronauts
  2. heated up
  3. or Mars
  4. ingredients
  5. of home
  6. this world
  7. baked food
  8. levels

Paragraph 2

  1. Baking the cookies was
  2. Cookies take 20 minutes
  3. The space cookies
  4. The first cookie
  5. It was more raw
  6. The space bakers turned up
  7. baked the dough
  8. No one knows
  1. needed longer
  2. how it tastes
  3. was undercooked
  4. the temperature
  5. not as easy
  6. for longer
  7. to bake
  8. dough

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Cooking (1) ___________________ levels. Astronauts in space have (2) ___________________ space-baked cookies. They said the chocolate chip cookies looked out (3) ___________________. They are the first food to be baked in (4) ___________________ ingredients. Space food is usually made on Earth. It is pre-packaged and then (5) ___________________ space. Eating freshly baked food will make astronauts happy. It will (6) ___________________ home. This is important for astronauts who go to the moon or Mars.

Baking the cookies was (7) ___________________ as the astronauts thought. Cookies take 20 minutes to bake. The space (8) ___________________. The first cookie was undercooked. It was more (9) ___________________ cookie. The space bakers turned up the temperature and baked the (10) ___________________. They baked the fifth cookie for 130 minutes. No one knows (11) ___________________. It is in a laboratory in Texas. Scientists will test it to see if it is (12) ___________________.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Cookinghasreachedhigherlevels.Astronautsinspacehavemadethefir
stspace-bakedcookies.Theysaidthechocolatechipcookieslookedou
tofthisworld.Theyarethefirstfoodtobebakedinspacefromrawingredie
nts.SpacefoodisusuallymadeonEarth.Itispre-packagedandthenhe
atedupinspace.Eatingfreshlybakedfoodwillmakeastronautshappy.It
willremindthemofhome.Thisisimportantforastronautswhogotothem
oonorMars.Bakingthecookieswasnotaseasyastheastronautsthought
.Cookiestake20minutestobake.Thespacecookiesneededlonger.Thef
irstcookiewasundercooked.Itwasmorerawdoughthancookie.Thespa
cebakersturnedupthetemperatureandbakedthedoughforlonger.The
ybakedthefifthcookiefor130minutes.Nooneknowshowittastes.Itisin
alaboratoryinTexas.Scientistswilltestittoseeifitissafetoeat.

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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