The Reading / Listening - Space Force Uniform - Level 6

The U.S. military has officially unveiled the uniforms for its newly created Space Force. The United States Space Force (USSF) is the space operations branch of the U.S. Armed Forces. It was officially created alongside the U.S. Space Command when President Donald Trump signed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act in December 2019. Special uniforms have been designed for Space Force personnel, but they have created quite a stir on social media. The uniforms were launched on the Space Force Twitter account. The tweet announced the uniforms had "touched down in the Pentagon". However, the design is the usual camouflage green, black and brown and not camouflaged for space.



The USSF is the sixth branch of the U.S. military. It is America's first new armed service since the establishment of the U.S. Air Force in 1947. President Trump said: "The Space Force will help us deter aggression and control the ultimate high ground. Space is the world's new war-fighting domain. Amid grave threats to our national security, American superiority in space is absolutely vital." Many people thought the force needed a special uniform. Some critics said it needed to be black, so as to blend in with the dark of space. Military officials pointed out that designing new uniforms would be a waste of taxpayers' money and that no combatants would be floating around in space in the near future.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Space Force Uniform - Level 4  or  Space Force Uniform - Level 5

Sources
  • https://www.businessinsider.com/space-force-uniforms-camo-camouflage-print-pentagon-command-2020-1
  • https://www.newsweek.com/space-force-camo-uniform-twitter-1482906
  • https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/us-space-force-uniform-camouflage-trump-a9289731.html


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. SPACE FORCES: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about space forces. 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?
       military / uniforms / space / personnel / create a stir / design / camouflage / green /
       branch / aggression / ultimate / high ground / threats / security / vital / taxpayers
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. SPACE: Students A strongly believe humans should stay out of space; Students B strongly believe the opposite.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. UNIFORMS: Design uniforms for these people? What special features will they have? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Uniform

Features

Teachers

 

 

Babies

 

 

Rock singers

 

 

Politicians

 

 

Waiters

 

 

Journalists

 

 

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5. BRANCH: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "branch". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. MILITARY: Rank these with your partner. Put the most important military units at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Space force
  • Spies
  • Cyber fighters
  • Sailors
  • Soldiers
  • Fighter pilots
  • Submariners
  • Alpine force

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. unveiled a. A division or office of a large business or organization, operating locally or having a particular function.
      2. branch b. Started or set in motion a new activity or enterprise.
      3. personnel c. A state of confused and noisy disturbance.
      4. stir d. People employed in an organization or engaged in military service.
      5. launched e. Revealed or shown to the public for the first time.
      6. touched down f. The disguising of military staff, equipment, and buildings by painting or covering them the same colour as their surroundings.
      7. camouflage g. Arrived; of an aircraft or spacecraft making contact with the ground when landing.

    Paragraph 2

      8. armed h. Absolutely necessary or important; essential.
      9. establishment i. Equipped with or carrying a weapon or weapons.
      10. deter j. Giving cause for alarm; serious.
      11. ultimate k. A person or nation involved in fighting during a war.
      12. grave l. Discourage someone from doing something.
      13. vital m. Being the best or most extreme example of its kind.
      14. combatant n. The action of creating and starting something or being created, especially a business or organisation.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. The U.S. military put a veil on its new Space Force uniforms.     T / F
  2. President Trump signed an act to create the Space Force in 2019.     T / F
  3. Very few people commented about the uniforms on social media.     T / F
  4. The new uniforms are black and dark blue.     T / F
  5. The Space Force is the sixth area of the U.S. military to be created.     T / F
  6. Donald Trump said American superiority in space is vital.     T / F
  7. Military officials don't want to use taxpayers' money to design uniforms.  T / F
  8. Space Force combatants will go up into space soon.     T / F

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

  1. unveiled
  2. branch
  3. signed
  4. stir
  5. camouflage
  6. establishment
  7. deter
  8. vital
  9. blend in
  10. combatants
  1. foundation
  2. fuss
  3. servicemen / women
  4. disguise
  5. essential
  6. revealed
  7. merge
  8. division
  9. prevent
  10. penned

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

  1. The U.S. military has officially unveiled
  2. It was officially created alongside
  3. designed for Space Force
  4. they have created quite a
  5. the design is the usual camouflage
  6. It is America's first new
  7. The Space Force will help us
  8. Amid grave threats
  9. it needed to be black, so
  10. a waste of taxpayers'
  1. the U.S. Space Command
  2. armed service
  3. stir on social media
  4. money
  5. the uniforms
  6. deter aggression
  7. as to blend
  8. green, black and brown
  9. to our national security
  10. personnel

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
personnel
design
stir
unveiled
camouflaged
branch
alongside
touched

The U.S. military has officially (1) ____________ the uniforms for its newly created Space Force. The United States Space Force (USSF) is the space operations (2) ____________ of the U.S. Armed Forces. It was officially created (3) ____________ the U.S. Space Command when President Donald Trump signed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act in December 2019. Special uniforms have been designed for Space Force (4) ____________, but they have created quite a (5) ____________ on social media. The uniforms were launched on the Space Force Twitter account. The tweet announced the uniforms had "(6) ____________ down in the Pentagon". However, the (7) ____________ is the usual camouflage green, black and brown and not (8) ____________ for space.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
deter
absolutely
grave
combatants
establishment
military
blend
superiority

The USSF is the sixth branch of the U.S. (9) ____________. It is America's first new armed service since the (10) ____________ of the U.S. Air Force in 1947. President Trump said: "The Space Force will help us (11) ____________ aggression and control the ultimate high ground. Space is the world's new war-fighting domain. Amid (12) ____________ threats to our national security, American (13) ____________ in space is (14) ____________ vital." Many people thought the force needed a special uniform. Some critics said it needed to be black, so as to (15) ____________ in with the dark of space. Military officials pointed out that designing new uniforms would be a waste of taxpayers' money and that no (16) ____________ would be floating around in space in the near future.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The U.S. military has officially unveiled the uniforms for its newly ______
     a.  create it Space Force
     b.  create a Space Force
     c.  creates Space Force
     d.  created Space Force
2)  The United States Space Force (USSF) is the space ______
     a.  upper rations branch
     b.  op rations branch
     c.  op a rations branch
     d.  operations branch
3)  Special uniforms have been designed for Space ______
     a.  Force personnel
     b.  Force personal
     c.  Force personally
     d.  Force Person Mel
4)  The uniforms were launched on the Space Force ______
     a.  Twitter accounted
     b.  Twitter account
     c.  Twitter accounting
     d.  Twitter A-count
5)  the usual camouflage green, black and brown and not ______ space
     a.  camouflaged far
     b.  camouflaged four
     c.  camouflaged for
     d.  camouflaged fir

6)  The USSF is the sixth branch of the ______
     a.  U.S. militia
     b.  U.S. militarize
     c.  U.S. military
     d.  U.S. milli-tree
7)  The Space Force will help us deter aggression and control ______ ground
     a.  the penultimate high
     b.  the estimate high
     c.  the ultimatum high
     d.  the ultimate high
8)  Amid grave threats to our national security, American superiority in space ______
     a.  is absolutely vital
     b.  is absolutely bite all
     c.  is absolutely rival
     d.  is absolutely vitality
9)  Some critics said it needed to be black, so as ______
     a.  too blending
     b.  two blending
     c.  to blend in
     d.  too blend in
10)  be a waste of taxpayers' money and that no combatants ______ around
     a.  would be float in
     b.  would be floating
     c.  would be float thing
     d.  would be floating in

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The U.S. military has (1) ___________________ uniforms for its newly created Space Force. The United States Space Force (USSF) is the (2) ___________________ of the U.S. Armed Forces. It was officially (3) ___________________ U.S. Space Command when President Donald Trump signed the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act in December 2019. Special uniforms have been designed for Space Force personnel, but they have created (4) ___________________ on social media. The uniforms were launched on the Space Force Twitter account. The tweet announced the uniforms (5) ___________________ in the Pentagon". However, the design is the usual camouflage green, black and brown and (6) ___________________ space.

The USSF is the sixth branch of the U.S. military. It is America's first new armed service (7) ___________________ of the U.S. Air Force in 1947. President Trump said: "The Space Force will help (8) ___________________ and control the ultimate high ground. Space is the world's new war-fighting domain. (9) ___________________ to our national security, American superiority in space (10) ___________________." Many people thought the force needed a special uniform. Some critics said it needed to be black, so as to (11) ___________________ the dark of space. Military officials pointed out that designing new uniforms would be a waste of taxpayers' money and that no combatants would (12) ___________________ in space in the near future.

Comprehension questions

  1. Who unveiled the new Space Force uniforms?
  2. When did Donald trump sign the act that created the Space Force?
  3. What did the uniforms create on social media?
  4. What platform was used to launch the uniforms?
  5. What did the article say the uniforms were not camouflaged for?
  6. How many branches are there in the U.S. military now?
  7. When was the U.S. Air Force established?
  8. What did President Trump say the Space Force would deter?
  9. What did critics say the uniform needed to blend in with?
  10. What will combatants not be doing in space any time soon?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Who unveiled the new Space Force uniforms?
a) Captain Kirk
b) President Trump
c) the U.S. military
d) NASA
2) When did Donald trump sign the act that created the Space Force?
a) December 2019
b) last week
c) January 2017
d) last summer
3) What did the uniforms create on social media?
a) a stir
b) a mix
c) a panic
d) laughter
4) What platform was used to launch the uniforms?
a) the NASA website
b) Twitter
c) scaffolding
d) a black stage
5) What did the article say the uniforms were not camouflaged for?
a) the Milky Way
b) the Aurora Borealis
c) attacks from aliens
d) space

6) How many branches are there in the U.S. military now?
a) 5
b) 6
c) 3
d) 4
7) When was the U.S. Air Force established?
a) 1947
b) 1937
c) 1927
d) 1917
8) What did President Trump say the Space Force would deter?
a) Klingons
b) Star Wars
c) aggression
d) aliens
9) What did critics say the uniform needed to blend in with?
a) the bright Sun
b) everyday surroundings
c) cities
d) the dark of space
10) What will combatants not be doing in space any time soon?
a) floating around
b) chasing aliens
c) fighting on Mars
d) teleporting

Role play

Role  A – Space Force
You think a space force is the most important part of the military. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their parts. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): navy, army or submariners.

Role  B – Navy
You think a navy is the most important part of the military. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their parts. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): space force, army or submariners.

Role  C – Army
You think an army is the most important part of the military. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their parts. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): navy, space force or submariners.

Role  D – Submariners
You think submariners are the most important part of the military. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their parts. Also, tell the others which is the least important of these (and why): navy, army or space force.

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 'force'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • unveiled
    • officially
    • signed
    • stir
    • touched
    • usual
    • sixth
    • first
    • ground
    • vital
    • blend
    • floating




    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 Force Uniform

    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 the idea of a space force?
    4. Why might your country need a space force?
    5. What will a space force do?
    6. What kind of uniform should space force personnel have?
    7. What dangers are there from space?
    8. Would you like to be part of the Space Force?
    9. What training would a Space Force operative need?
    10. What do you think of the green and brown camouflage uniform?

    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 'uniform'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What kind of war might be fought in space?
    5. What training would a Space Force operative do every day in space?
    6. What security threats are there from space?
    7. How vital is superiority in space?
    8. What kind of uniform would you design for the Space Force?
    9. How would you feel about going into space?
    10. What questions would you like to ask a Space Force member?

    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)

    The U.S. military has officially (1) ____ the uniforms for its newly created Space Force. The United States Space Force (USSF) is the space operations (2) ____ of the U.S. Armed Forces. It was officially created alongside the U.S. Space Command when President Donald Trump (3) ____ the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act in December 2019. Special uniforms have been designed for Space Force (4) ____, but they have created quite a (5) ____ on social media. The uniforms were launched on the Space Force Twitter account. The tweet announced the uniforms had "touched down in the Pentagon". However, the design is the (6) ____ camouflage green, black and brown and not camouflaged for space.

    The USSF is the sixth branch of the U.S. military. It is America's first new (7) ____ service since the establishment of the U.S. Air Force in 1947. President Trump said: "The Space Force will help us (8) ____ aggression and control the ultimate high ground. Space is the world's new war-fighting domain. Amid (9) ____ threats to our national security, American superiority in space is absolutely (10) ____." Many people thought the force needed a special uniform. Some critics said it needed to be black, so as to (11) ____ in with the dark of space. Military officials pointed out that designing new uniforms would be a waste of taxpayers' money and that no combatants would be (12) ____ around in space in the near future.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     reveled     (b)     unveiled     (c)     veiled     (d)     rivaled    
    2. (a)     batch     (b)     bunch     (c)     brunch     (d)     branch    
    3. (a)     signature     (b)     signed     (c)     signatory     (d)     singed     
    4. (a)     personal     (b)     personality     (c)     personnel     (d)     person    
    5. (a)     stir     (b)     whisk     (c)     mix     (d)     blend    
    6. (a)     usual     (b)     usually     (c)     usage     (d)     uses    
    7. (a)     legged     (b)     backed     (c)     headed     (d)     armed    
    8. (a)     deter     (b)     defer     (c)     refer     (d)     farer    
    9. (a)     crypt     (b)     grave     (c)     cemetery     (d)     tomb    
    10. (a)     viral     (b)     rival     (c)     vital     (d)     rebel    
    11. (a)     blonde     (b)     bland     (c)     blend     (d)     brand    
    12. (a)     gravity     (b)     floating     (c)     vacuuming     (d)     spacing

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    Put the text back together

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    (...)  aggression and control the ultimate high ground. Space is the world's new war-fighting domain. Amid grave
    (...)  threats to our national security, American superiority in space is absolutely
    (...)  have created quite a stir on social media. The uniforms were launched on the Space Force Twitter
    (...)  design is the usual camouflage green, black and brown and not camouflaged for space.
    (...)  in December 2019. Special uniforms have been designed for Space Force personnel, but they
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    Put the words in the right order

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    3. Space   personnel   .   have   designed   Force   for   been   Uniforms
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    9. waste   uniforms   are   a   taxpayers'   New   of   money   .
    10. combatants   No   be   around   floating   in   would   space   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

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    The USSF is the sixth branch of the U.S. military. It is America's first new armed / arm service since the establish / establishment of the U.S. Air Force in 1947. President Trump said: "The Space Force will help us defer / deter aggression and control the ultimately / ultimate high ground. Space is the world's new war-fighting domain / domino. Amid grave threats to our national security, American superiority in space is absolutely viral / vital." Many people thought the force needed a specially / special uniform. Some critics said it needed to be black, so as to blend / bland in with the dark of space. Military officials pointed out that designing new uniforms would be a wastage / waste of taxpayers' money and that no combatants / combats would be floating around in space in the near future.

    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

    the us military has officially unveiled the uniforms for its newly created space force the united states space force ussf is the space operations branch of the us armed forces it was officially created alongside the us space command when president donald trump signed the 2020 national defense authorization act in december 2019 special uniforms have been designed for space force personnel but they have created quite a stir on social media the uniforms were launched on the space force twitter account the tweet announced the uniforms had touched down in the pentagon however the design is the usual camouflage green black and brown and not camouflaged for space

    the ussf is the sixth branch of the us military it is americas first new armed service since the establishment of the us air force in 1947 president trump said the space force will help us deter aggression and control the ultimate high ground space is the worlds new war fighting domain amid grave threats to our national security american superiority in space is absolutely vital many people thought the force needed a special uniform some critics said it needed to be black so as to blend in with the dark of space military officials pointed out that designing new uniforms would be a waste of taxpayers money and that no combatants would be floating around in space in the near future

    Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

    TheU.S.militaryhasofficiallyunveiledtheuniformsforitsnewlycreated
    SpaceForce.TheUnitedStatesSpaceForce(USSF)isthespaceoperatio
    nsbranchoftheU.S.ArmedForces.Itwasofficiallycreatedalongsidethe
    U.S.SpaceCommandwhenPresidentDonaldTrumpsignedthe2020Na
    tionalDefenseAuthorizationActinDecember2019.Specialuniformsha
    vebeendesignedforSpaceForcepersonnel,buttheyhavecreatedquite
    astironsocialmedia.TheuniformswerelaunchedontheSpaceForceTwi
    tteraccount.Thetweetannouncedtheuniformshad"toucheddowninth
    ePentagon".However,thedesignistheusualcamouflagegreen,blacka
    ndbrownandnotcamouflagedforspace.TheUSSFisthesixthbranchoft
    heU.S.military.ItisAmerica'sfirstnewarmedservicesincetheestablish
    mentoftheU.S.AirForcein1947.PresidentTrumpsaid:"TheSpaceForc
    ewillhelpusdeteraggressionandcontroltheultimatehighground.Spac
    eistheworld'snewwar-fightingdomain.Amidgravethreatstoournatio
    nalsecurity,Americansuperiorityinspaceisabsolutelyvital."Manypeo
    plethoughttheforceneededaspecialuniform.Somecriticssaiditneede
    dtobeblack,soastoblendinwiththedarkofspace.Militaryofficialspoint
    edoutthatdesigningnewuniformswouldbeawasteoftaxpayers'money
    andthatnocombatantswouldbefloatingaroundinspaceinthenearfutu
    sre.

    Free writing

    Write about Space Force uniform for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    All nations need a space force to control space. 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. SPACE FORCES: Make a poster about space forces. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. UNIFORM: Write a magazine article about the Space Force uniform having to be black. 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 forces. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your ideas on what a space force is for. 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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