The Reading / Listening - Space Exploration - Level 5

Astronomers are predicting that 2021 will be great for space exploration. More countries and companies are investing in technology to venture into the heavens. Entrepreneurs like SpaceX's Elon Musk are setting their sights on space tourism and on sending astronauts to Mars. What once seemed like science fiction is now becoming space fact. There are many advances in technology that no longer surprise us. These include things like asteroids being mined, Mars being colonised, or holidays and weekend breaks to the Moon.



This year will start with a project to help scientists better understand the universe. NASA will launch a probe to study the collision of small particles in space. This will help us understand how planets formed. A month later, a NASA rover will land on Mars. This will test for signs of past microbial life. NASA said: "Returning samples of Mars to Earth has been a goal of planetary scientists since the early days of the space age." In October, the James Webb Space Telescope will launch into space. Its mission is to observe the first galaxies that formed in the early universe.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Space Exploration - Level 4 or  Space Exploration - Level 6

Sources
  • https://www.salon.com/2020/12/29/all-the-space-missions-to-look-forward-to-in-2021/
  • https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2020/12/30/2021-space-events-plan/
  • https://newatlas.com/space/year-space-2020-retrospective/


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. Astronomers are
  2. great for space
  3. companies are investing
  4. venture into
  5. setting their
  6. science fiction is now becoming
  7. Mars being
  8. weekend breaks
  1. the heavens
  2. space fact
  3. to the Moon
  4. in technology
  5. predicting that
  6. colonised
  7. sights on space
  8. exploration

Paragraph 2

  1. the collision of small
  2. help us understand how
  3. signs of past microbial
  4. a goal of planetary
  5. since the early days
  6. launch
  7. observe the first galaxies
  8. in the early
  1. universe
  2. scientists
  3. planets formed
  4. that formed
  5. particles
  6. of the space age
  7. into space
  8. life

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Astronomers are predicting that 2021 (1) ___________________ for space exploration. More countries and companies are investing in technology (2) ___________________ the heavens. Entrepreneurs like SpaceX's Elon Musk are (3) ___________________ on space tourism and on sending astronauts to Mars. What once seemed like (4) ___________________ now becoming space fact. There are many advances in technology that no (5) ___________________. These include things like asteroids being mined, Mars being colonised, or holidays and (6) ___________________ the Moon.

This year will start with a (7) ___________________ scientists better understand the universe. NASA will (8) ___________________ to study the collision of small particles in space. This will help us understand (9) ___________________. A month later, a NASA rover will land on Mars. This will test for signs (10) ___________________ life. NASA said: "Returning samples of Mars to Earth has been a goal (11) ___________________ since the early days of the space age." In October, the James Webb Space Telescope will launch into space. (12) ___________________ to observe the first galaxies that formed in the early universe.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Astronomersarepredictingthat2021willbegreatforspaceexploration.
Morecountriesandcompaniesareinvestingintechnologytoventureint
otheheavens.EntrepreneurslikeSpaceX'sElonMuskaresettingtheirsi
ghtsonspacetourismandonsendingastronautstoMars.Whatoncesee
medlikesciencefictionisnowbecomingspacefact.Therearemanyadva
ncesintechnologythatnolongersurpriseus.Theseincludethingslikeas
teroidsbeingmined,Marsbeingcolonised,orholidaysandweekendbre
akstotheMoon.Thisyearwillstartwithaprojecttohelpscientistsbetteru
nderstandtheuniverse.NASAwilllaunchaprobetostudythecollisionofs
mallparticlesinspace.Thiswillhelpusunderstandhowplanetsformed.
Amonthlater,aNASAroverwilllandonMars.Thiswilltestforsignsofpast
microbiallife.NASAsaid:"ReturningsamplesofMarstoEarthhasbeena
goalofplanetaryscientistssincetheearlydaysofthespaceage."InOcto
ber,theJamesWebbSpaceTelescopewilllaunchintospace.Itsmissioni
stoobservethefirstgalaxiesthatformedintheearlyuniverse.

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)

(i) ________________

(j) ________________

(k) ________________

(l) ________________

(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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