The Reading / Listening - Space-Baked Cookies - Level 3

Kitchen technology has reached new heights. Astronauts on the International Space Station have made the universe's first ever space-baked cookies. The ISS residents said the chocolate chip cookies looked out of this world. The cookies mark a first in space cookery. They are the very first kind of food to be baked in space from raw ingredients. Astronauts' food is usually pre-made on Earth. The food is dehydrated or pre-packaged and is heated or warmed up on the space station. The astronauts said eating freshly baked food will make them happy while on the space station. It will be a comforting reminder of home. This will be important for astronauts going to the moon or on the long journey to Mars.



Baking the space cookies was not as straightforward as the astronauts thought it would be. On Earth, cookies take about 20 minutes to bake in an oven heated to 150 degrees Celsius (302 degrees Fahrenheit). That was not long enough in space. The first cookie came out totally undercooked. It was more raw dough than cookie. The space bakers turned up the oven's temperature and baked the dough for longer until they were successful. The fifth cookie they made took 130 minutes to bake. And the big question is - how do they taste? No one knows yet. The space-baked cookies are now in a laboratory in Houston, Texas. Scientists will test them to see if they are safe to eat.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Space-Baked Cookies - Level 0 Space-Baked Cookies - Level 1   or  Space-Baked Cookies - Level 2

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. COOKIES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about cookies. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       kitchen / technology / space station / cookies / cookery / baking / ingredients / moon
       straightforward / astronauts / space / dough / raw / temperature / taste / laboratory
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SPACE FOOD: Students A strongly believe we should make farms in space to feed people on Earth; Students B strongly believe this is silly.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. COOKERY: How difficult is it to do these things in space? What do you make or cook using these ways of cooking? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How Difficult?

What Do You Make?

Baking

 

 

Boiling

 

 

Barbequing

 

 

Roasting

 

 

Microwaving

 

 

Frying

 

 

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5. CHOCOLATE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "chocolate". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. SNACKS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best snacks at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • cookies
  • brownies
  • cup cakes
  • potato chips
  • peanuts
  • jerky
  • pretzels
  • rice crackers

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. heights a. A person who lives somewhere permanently or on a long-term basis.
      2. universe b. Removed all water from (food) in order to make it last longer and to store it.
      3. resident c. Top levels.
      4. cookery d. The whole of space and everything in it.
      5. ingredients e. The practice or skill of preparing and cooking food.
      6. dehydrated f. Any of the foods or things that are mixed to make a particular dish or food.
      7. journey g. An act of traveling from one place to another.

    Paragraph 2

      8. straightforward h. The level of heat or cold in degrees C (Cº) of degrees F (Fº).
      9. oven i. Simple and very easy to do or understand.
      10. raw j. A thick, sticky mixture of flour and liquid, used for baking into bread or pastry.
      11. dough k. Carrying out an aim or purpose to the end.
      12. temperature l. A closed space for cooking and heating food.
      13. successful m. A room or building with scientific experiment used to make or test drugs or chemicals.
      14. laboratory n. Totally uncooked; totally fresh.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. Scientists have made the highest kitchen in the world.     T / F
  2. Astronauts said the cookies looked out of this world.     T / F
  3. The cookies are the first food made in space from raw ingredients.     T / F
  4. The article says astronauts would like freshly baked food to go to Mars.   T / F
  5. The astronauts said baking the cookies was a piece of cake (easy).     T / F
  6. The first cookie came out from the oven perfect.     T / F
  7. The fifth cookie took over two hours to bake.     T / F
  8. A scientist said the cookies were delicious, tasty and spacy.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. heights
  2. universe
  3. mark
  4. happy
  5. journey
  6. straightforward
  7. totally
  8. turned up
  9. big
  10. safe
  1. represent
  2. OK
  3. trip
  4. easy
  5. increased
  6. satisfied
  7. important
  8. levels
  9. completely
  10. cosmos

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Kitchen technology has reached
  2. the universe's first ever space-
  3. the chocolate chip cookies looked
  4. baked in space from raw
  5. It will be a comforting
  6. not as straightforward as the
  7. The first cookie came out totally
  8. baked the dough for
  9. No one knows
  10. The space-baked cookies are now in a
  1. longer
  2. ingredients
  3. laboratory in Houston
  4. out of this world
  5. undercooked
  6. new heights
  7. yet
  8. reminder of home
  9. baked cookies
  10. astronauts thought

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
residents
warmed
raw
journey
heights
happy
dehydrated
mark

Kitchen technology has reached new (1) ____________. Astronauts on the International Space Station have made the universe's first ever space-baked cookies. The ISS (2) ____________ said the chocolate chip cookies looked out of this world. The cookies (3) ____________ a first in space cookery. They are the very first kind of food to be baked in space from (4) ____________ ingredients. Astronauts' food is usually pre-made on Earth. The food is (5) ____________ or pre-packaged and is heated or (6) ____________ up on the space station. The astronauts said eating freshly baked food will make them (7) ____________ while on the space station. It will be a comforting reminder of home. This will be important for astronauts going to the moon or on the long (8) ____________ to Mars.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
enough
taste
straightforward
safe
oven
laboratory
dough
raw

Baking the space cookies was not as (9) ____________ as the astronauts thought it would be. On Earth, cookies take about 20 minutes to bake in an (10) ____________ heated to 150 degrees Celsius (302 degrees Fahrenheit). That was not long (11) ____________ in space. The first cookie came out totally undercooked. It was more (12) ____________ dough than cookie. The space bakers turned up the oven's temperature and baked the (13) ____________ for longer until they were successful. The fifth cookie they made took 130 minutes to bake. And the big question is - how do they (14) ____________? No one knows yet. The space-baked cookies are now in a (15) ____________ in Houston, Texas. Scientists will test them to see if they are (16) ____________ to eat.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The ISS residents said the chocolate chip cookies looked ______ world
     a.  outer this
     b.  outing this
     c.  out of this
     d.  out off this
2)  They are the very first kind of food to be baked in space from ______
     a.  paw ingredients
     b.  raw ingredients
     c.  saw ingredients
     d.  law ingredients
3)  heated or warmed up on the space station. The astronauts said eating ______
     a.  freshly brake food
     b.  fresh baked food
     c.  freshly braked food
     d.  freshly baked food
4)  make them happy while on the space station. It will be a comforting ______
     a.  reminder off home
     b.  remainder of home
     c.  remind her of home
     d.  reminder of home
5)  important for astronauts going to the moon or on the ______ Mars
     a.  along journey to
     b.  longed journey to
     c.  longing journey to
     d.  long journey to

6)  Baking the space cookies was not as straightforward as the astronauts thought ______
     a.  it would been
     b.  it would be
     c.  it would being
     d.  it would do
7)  On Earth, cookies take about 20 minutes to bake in an oven ______ degrees
     a.  heat it to 150
     b.  heating to 150
     c.  heat tied to 150
     d.  heated to 150
8)  The space bakers turned up the ______
     a.  oven's temperature
     b.  oven is temperature
     c.  ovens temperature
     d.  ovens' temperature
9)  And the big question is - how ______?
     a.  do they taste
     b.  do they tasty
     c.  do they taster
     d.  do they tastes
10)  Scientists will test them to see if they are ______
     a.  safety to eat
     b.  safest to eat
     c.  suave to eat
     d.  safe to eat

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Kitchen technology has (1) ___________________. Astronauts on the International Space Station have made the universe's first ever space-baked cookies. The ISS residents said the chocolate chip cookies looked out of this world. The cookies (2) ___________________ in space cookery. They are the very first kind of food to be baked in space (3) ___________________. Astronauts' food is usually pre-made on Earth. The food is dehydrated or pre-packaged and is (4) ___________________ up on the space station. The astronauts said eating freshly baked food will make them happy while on the space station. It will be (5) ___________________ of home. This will be important for astronauts going to the moon or on (6) ___________________ to Mars.

Baking the space cookies was not (7) ___________________ the astronauts thought it would be. On Earth, cookies take about 20 minutes to bake in an (8) ___________________ 150 degrees Celsius (302 degrees Fahrenheit). That was not long enough in space. The first cookie came out totally undercooked. It was (9) ___________________ than cookie. The space bakers turned up the oven's temperature and baked the dough for longer until (10) ___________________. The fifth cookie they made took 130 minutes to bake. And the big question is - how do they taste? No one knows yet. The space-baked cookies are now (11) ___________________ in Houston, Texas. Scientists will test them to see if they are (12) ___________________.

Comprehension questions

  1. What did the article say kitchen technology had reached?
  2. How did the ISS residents say the cookies looked?
  3. How many foods have now been made in space with raw ingredients?
  4. What kind of food do astronauts eat besides dehydrated food?
  5. What did the article say would be a reminder of home for astronauts?
  6. What was not as straightforward as astronauts thought?
  7. What temperature was the oven heated to in decrees Celsius?
  8. How many cookies did the astronauts bake?
  9. How long did the last cookie take to bake?
  10. How did the cookies taste?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did the article say kitchen technology had reached?
a) the end
b) new heights
c) perfection
d) the stars
2) How did the ISS residents say the cookies looked?
a) like moon craters
b) universal
c) spaced out
d) out of this world
3) How many foods have now been made in space with raw ingredients?
a) three
b) four
c) one
d) two
4) What kind of food do astronauts eat besides dehydrated food?
a) pre-packaged food
b) McDonald's hamburgers
c) coconuts and pineapples
d) junk food
5) What did the article say would be a reminder of home for astronauts?
a) hip-hop songs
b) freshly baked food
c) photos
d) chocolate milkshakes

6) What was not as straightforward as astronauts thought?
a) baking space cookies
b) stopping the milk floating away
c) getting the flour and milk to mix
d) the cookie recipe
7) What temperature was the oven heated to in decrees Celsius?
a) 302ºC
b) 20ºC
c) 150ºC
d) 800ºC
8) How many cookies did the astronauts bake?
a) 5
b) 3
c) 12
d) 10
9) How long did the last cookie take to bake?
a) over three hours
b) 113 minutes
c) three days
d) 2 hours and 10 minutes

10) How did the cookies taste?
a) spacy
b) chocolaty
c) no one knows yet
d) like chicken

Role play

Role  A – Cookies
You think cookies are the best snack to take into space. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their snacks. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): potato chips, peanuts or rice crackers.

Role  B – Potato Chips
You think potato chips are the best snack to take into space. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their snacks. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): cookies, peanuts or rice crackers.

Role  C – Peanuts
You think peanuts are the best snack to take into space. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their snacks. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): potato chips, cookies or rice crackers.

Role  D – Rice Crackers
You think rice crackers are the best snack to take into space. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their snacks. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these (and why): potato chips, peanuts or cookies.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'space'

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  • and 'cookie'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • heights
    • world
    • raw
    • warmed
    • reminder
    • moon
    • thought
    • 150
    • totally
    • longer
    • big
    • test




    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 - Space-Baked Cookies

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'space'?
    3. What do you think of kitchen technology?
    4. What do you know about the International Space Station?
    5. What do you think of cookies?
    6. What would you do on the ISS?
    7. What do you think of pre-packaged food?
    8. What experiences do you have with baking?
    9. What reminder of home would you take into space?
    10. How would you feel about going to Mars?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'cookie'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What are your favourite kinds of cookies?
    5. What kind of food is good to eat in space?
    6. What food from Earth would you miss if you went to space?
    7. Should we make farms in space to feed people on Earth?
    8. How might zero gravity in space change cooking?
    9. Why might the space cookies not be safe to eat?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the astronauts?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Kitchen technology has reached new (1) ____. Astronauts on the International Space Station have made the universe's first ever space-baked cookies. The ISS (2) ____ said the chocolate chip cookies looked out of this world. The cookies (3) ____ a first in space cookery. They are the very first kind of food to be baked in space from raw ingredients. Astronauts' food is usually pre-made on Earth. The food is dehydrated or pre-packaged and is heated or warmed (4) ____ on the space station. The astronauts said eating (5) ____ baked food will make them happy while on the space station. It will be a comforting (6) ____ of home. This will be important for astronauts going to the moon or on the long journey to Mars.

    Baking the space cookies was not as straightforward as the astronauts thought it would (7) ____. On Earth, cookies take about 20 minutes to bake in an oven heated to 150 degrees Celsius (302 degrees Fahrenheit). That was not (8) ____ enough in space. The first cookie came out totally undercooked. It was more raw (9) ____ than cookie. The space bakers turned up the oven's temperature and baked the dough for (10) ____ until they were successful. The fifth cookie they made took 130 minutes to bake. And the big question is - how do they (11) ____? No one knows yet. The space-baked cookies are now in a laboratory in Houston, Texas. Scientists will test them to see if they are (12) ____ to eat.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     heightens     (b)     highest     (c)     heights     (d)     higher    
    2. (a)     residents     (b)     resides     (c)     residence     (d)     residual    
    3. (a)     cook     (b)     mark     (c)     make     (d)     burn    
    4. (a)     hot     (b)     high     (c)     down     (d)     up    
    5. (a)     fresher     (b)     fresh     (c)     freshly     (d)     freshman    
    6. (a)     remain     (b)     reminder     (c)     remainder     (d)     remand    
    7. (a)     be     (b)     have     (c)     do     (d)     cook    
    8. (a)     vacuum     (b)     time     (c)     length     (d)     long    
    9. (a)     though     (b)     cough     (c)     dough     (d)     rough    
    10. (a)     longing     (b)     longest     (c)     long     (d)     longer    
    11. (a)     tasty     (b)     taste     (c)     tasteful     (d)     tasteless    
    12. (a)     safe     (b)     safety     (c)     safes     (d)     safest

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Paragraph 2

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    Put the text back together

    (...)  or pre-packaged and is heated or warmed up on the space station. The astronauts said eating freshly baked food will
    (...)  enough in space. The first cookie came out totally undercooked. It was more raw dough
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    (...)  this world. The cookies mark a first in space cookery. They are the very first kind of food to be baked in space from raw
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    (...)  about 20 minutes to bake in an oven heated to 150 degrees Celsius (302 degrees Fahrenheit). That was not long
    (...)  make them happy while on the space station. It will be a comforting reminder of
    (...)  universe's first ever space-baked cookies. The ISS residents said the chocolate chip cookies looked out of
    (...)  until they were successful. The fifth cookie they made took 130 minutes to bake. And the big
    (...)  ingredients. Astronauts' food is usually pre-made on Earth. The food is dehydrated
    (...)  in Houston, Texas. Scientists will test them to see if they are safe to eat.
    (...)  home. This will be important for astronauts going to the moon or on the long journey to Mars.
    (...)  question is - how do they taste? No one knows yet. The space-baked cookies are now in a laboratory
    (...)  than cookie. The space bakers turned up the oven's temperature and baked the dough for longer

    Put the words in the right order

    1. first   made   ever   They   space-baked   the   cookies   .   universe's
    2. cookies   chocolate   of   out   The   world   .   looked   this
    3. space   the   station   .   Heated   on   warmed   up   or
    4. freshly   happy   .   Eating   baked   will   make   food   them
    5. going   moon   .   for   Important   the   to   astronauts
    6. as   Not   straightforward   the   as   astronauts   thought   .
    7. about   bake   .   The   take   minutes   20   to   cookies
    8. totally   first   The   came   undercooked   .   out   cookie
    9. now   are   a   cookies   laboratory   .   space-baked   The   in
    10. safe   .   Test   they   see   to   are   if   them

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Kitchen technology has reached new heightens / heights. Astronauts on the International Space Station have made the universe's first even / ever space-baked cookies. The ISS residents said the chocolate chip cookies looked out / in of this world. The cookies mark a first / thirst in space cookery. They are the very first kind of food to be baked in space from saw / raw ingredients. Astronauts' food is usual / usually pre-made on Earth. The food is dehydrated or pre-packaged and is heated or warmth / warmed up on the space station. The astronauts said eating / eaten freshly baked food will make them happy while / whose on the space station. It will be a comforting reminder of home. This will be important for astronauts going to the moon or on / in the long journey to Mars.

    Baking the space cookies was not was / as straightforward as the astronauts thought it would bake / be. On Earth, cookies take about 20 minutes to / for bake in an oven heated up / to 150 degrees Celsius (302 degrees Fahrenheit). That was not long enough / plenty in space. The first cookie came out totally undercooked. It was more raw doubt / dough than cookie. The space bakers tuned / turned up the oven's temperature and baked the dough for longer since / until they were successful. The fifth cookie they made took 130 minutes to bake. And the big question is - how do they taste? No one knows yet. The space-baked cookies are now in a lavatory / laboratory in Houston, Texas. Scientists will test them to see if they are safe / safety to eat.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    kitchen technology has reached new heights astronauts on the international space station have made the universes first ever spacebaked cookies the iss residents said the chocolate chip cookies looked out of this world the cookies mark a first in space cookery they are the very first kind of food to be baked in space from raw ingredients astronauts food is usually premade on earth the food is dehydrated or pre-packaged and is heated or warmed up on the space station the astronauts said eating freshly baked food will make them happy while on the space station it will be a comforting reminder of home this will be important for astronauts going to the moon or on the long journey to mars

    baking the space cookies was not as straightforward as the astronauts thought it would be on earth cookies take about 20 minutes to bake in an oven heated to 150 degrees celsius 302 degrees fahrenheit that was not long enough in space the first cookie came out totally undercooked it was more raw dough than cookie the space bakers turned up the ovens temperature and baked the dough for longer until they were successful the fifth cookie they made took 130 minutes to bake and the big question is how do they taste no one knows yet the spacebaked cookies are now in a laboratory in houston texas scientists will test them to see if they are safe to eat

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    Kitchentechnologyhasreachednewheights.AstronautsontheInterna
    tionalSpaceStationhavemadetheuniverse'sfirsteverspace-bakedco
    okies.TheISSresidentssaidthechocolatechipcookieslookedoutofthis
    world.Thecookiesmarkafirstinspacecookery.Theyaretheveryfirstkin
    doffoodtobebakedinspacefromrawingredients.Astronauts'foodisusu
    allypre-madeonEarth.Thefoodisdehydratedorpre-packagedandishe
    atedorwarmeduponthespacestation.Theastronautssaideatingfreshl
    ybakedfoodwillmakethemhappywhileonthespacestation.Itwillbeaco
    mfortingreminderofhome.Thiswillbeimportantforastronautsgoingto
    themoonoronthelongjourneytoMars.Bakingthespacecookieswasnot
    asstraightforwardastheastronautsthoughtitwouldbe.OnEarth,cooki
    estakeabout20minutestobakeinanovenheatedto150degreesCelsius
    (302degreesFahrenheit).Thatwasnotlongenoughinspace.Thefirstco
    okiecameouttotallyundercooked.Itwasmorerawdoughthancookie.T
    hespacebakersturneduptheoven'stemperatureandbakedthedoughf
    orlongeruntiltheyweresuccessful.Thefifthcookietheymadetook130
    minutestobake.Andthebigquestionis-howdotheytaste?Nooneknow
    syet.Thespace-bakedcookiesarenowinalaboratoryinHouston,Texa
    s.Scientistswilltestthemtoseeiftheyaresafetoeat.

    Free writing

    Write about space-baked cookies for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    In the future, we should have farms in space to help feed people on Earth. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. COOKIES: Make a poster about cookies. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. SPACE FOOD: Write a magazine article about creating farms in space to feed people on Earth. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on space cookies. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on space cookies. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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