The Reading / Listening - Space Exploration - Level 6

Cosmologists, astronomers and space engineers are predicting that 2021 will be a great year for space exploration. An increasing number of countries and commercial companies are investing in technology to venture into the heavens. Entrepreneurs like SpaceX's Elon Musk and Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson are setting their sights on space tourism and sending astronauts to Mars. What once seemed like science fiction is quickly becoming space fact. Such are the advances in technology, we might no longer be surprised at news of asteroids being mined, Mars being colonised, or of new forms of holidays, such as getaway weekend breaks to the Moon.



The year will start with an exciting project that will help scientists better understand the universe. NASA will launch its Q-PACE probe on January the 15th. This will study the collision of small particles in space to provide an insight into how planets originally formed. A month later, NASA's Perseverance rover will land on Mars. This mission will test for signs of possible 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, the successor to the Hubble 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 easier levels:

    Space Exploration - Level 4  or  Space Exploration - Level 5

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 :-)



Warm-ups

1. SPACE EXPLORATION: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about space exploration. 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?
       cosmologist / astronomer / a great year / the heavens / space tourism / asteroids /
       project / the universe / collision / an insight / mission / microbial life / space / galaxy
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. THE HEAVENS: Students A strongly believe it is essential for humans to explore the heavens; Students B strongly believe it isn't. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. EXPLORATION: How important is it to explore these things? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

How Important?

Why?

The Moon

 

 

Mars

 

 

The deep oceans

 

 

The human brain

 

 

Deep space

 

 

Artificial intelligence

 

 

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

  • Jetpacks
  • Robot police
  • Drone cars
  • Moon holidays
  • Reverse-ageing machine
  • Teletransportation
  • Computer-assisted brains
  • 100% sustainability

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. astronomer a. Saying or estimating that a specified thing will happen in the future.
      2. predicting b. A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks to do that.
      3. venture c. The sky, especially where the sun, moon, stars, and planets are situated.
      4. the heavens d. Dare to do something or go somewhere that may be dangerous.
      5. entrepreneur e. An expert of student the branch of science which deals with space, and the physical universe.
      6. asteroid f. Sent a group of settlers to a place and establish political control over it.
      7. colonised g. A small rocky object orbiting the sun.

    Paragraph 2

      8. launch h. A person or thing that takes over from another.
      9. probe i. Sent a missile, satellite, or spacecraft on its course or into orbit.
      10. collision j. Relating to or characteristic of a micro-organism.
      11. insight k. A system of millions or billions of stars.
      12. microbial l. An instance of one moving object or person striking violently against another.
      13. successor m. A deep understanding of a person or thing.
      14. galaxy n. An unmanned exploratory spacecraft designed to transmit information about its environment.

 

Before reading / listening

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

  1. Cosmologists doubt that 2021 will be great for space exploration.     T / F
  2. Companies are investing in technology to get us to heaven.     T / F
  3. The article says science fiction is turning out to be real life.     T / F
  4. The article says we will not be surprised by our colonising Mars.     T / F
  5. A NASA probe called Q-PACE will study the collision of small particles.     T / F
  6. Another NASA probe will look for microbial life on the Moon.     T / F
  7. NASA said scientists have wanted samples of Mars for a long time.     T / F
  8. The Hubble Telescope will re-launch in October.     T / F

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

  1. predicting
  2. commercial
  3. venture
  4. advances
  5. breaks
  6. project
  7. collision
  8. samples
  9. successor
  10. universe
  1. impact
  2. journey
  3. enterprise
  4. vacations
  5. cosmos
  6. forecasting
  7. specimens
  8. next-in-line
  9. private enterprise
  10. breakthroughs

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

  1. investing in technology to venture
  2. setting their sights
  3. science fiction is quickly becoming
  4. surprised at news of asteroids
  5. getaway weekend
  6. the collision of small
  7. an insight into how planets
  8. test for signs of possible past
  9. planetary
  10. observe the first galaxies that formed
  1. microbial life
  2. being mined
  3. in the early universe
  4. into the heavens
  5. space fact
  6. scientists
  7. particles in space
  8. breaks to the Moon
  9. originally formed
  10. on space tourism

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
venture
mined
once
predicting
getaway
number
fact
sights

Cosmologists, astronomers and space engineers are (1) _____________________ that 2021 will be a great year for space exploration. An increasing (2) _____________________ of countries and commercial companies are investing in technology to (3) _____________________ into the heavens. Entrepreneurs like SpaceX's Elon Musk and Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson are setting their (4) _____________________ on space tourism and sending astronauts to Mars. What (5) _____________________ seemed like science fiction is quickly becoming space (6) _____________________. Such are the advances in technology, we might no longer be surprised at news of asteroids being (7) _____________________, Mars being colonised, or of new forms of holidays, such as (8) _____________________ weekend breaks to the Moon.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
land
project
successor
insight
goal
probe
galaxies
microbial

The year will start with an exciting (9) _____________________ that will help scientists better understand the universe. NASA will launch its Q-PACE (10) _____________________ on January the 15th. This will study the collision of small particles in space to provide an (11) _____________________ into how planets originally formed. A month later, NASA's Perseverance rover will (12) _____________________ on Mars. This mission will test for signs of possible past (13) _____________________ life. NASA said: "Returning samples of Mars to Earth has been a (14) _____________________ of planetary scientists since the early days of the space age." In October, the James Webb Space Telescope, the (15) _____________________ to the Hubble Telescope, will launch into space. Its mission is to observe the first (16) _____________________ that formed in the early universe.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  commercial companies are investing in technology to ______ heavens
     a.  adventure into the
     b.  vent your into the
     c.  venture into the
     d.  vent tour into the
2)  and Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson are setting their ______
     a.  sights son space
     b.  sights Sun space
     c.  sighs on space
     d.  sights on space
3)  What once seemed like science fiction is quickly ______
     a.  becoming space fact
     b.  becoming space farce
     c.  becoming space factual
     d.  becoming space fat
4)  the advances in technology, we might no longer be surprised at news of ______
     a.  asteroids be in mined
     b.  asteroids being mined
     c.  asteroids been mined
     d.  asteroids bin mined
5)  or of new forms of holidays, such as ______
     a.  get the way weekend breaks
     b.  getaway weekend breaks
     c.  get a way weekend breaks
     d.  gets away weekend breaks

6)  This will study the collision of small ______
     a.  particles Sun space
     b.  particles on space
     c.  particles in space
     d.  particle sin space
7)  rover will land on Mars. This mission will test for signs of possible ______
     a.  past microbe be all life
     b.  past micro vial life
     c.  past micro bile life
     d.  past microbial life
8)  Returning samples of Mars to Earth has been a goal ______
     a.  of plant a tree scientists
     b.  of plan a tree scientists
     c.  of planet tree scientists
     d.  of planetary scientists
9)  In October, the James Webb Space Telescope, the ______ Hubble Telescope
     a.  successor to the
     b.  successive to the
     c.  succession to the
     d.  success or to the
10)  Its mission is to observe the first galaxies that formed in ______
     a.  the yearning universe
     b.  the earthly universe
     c.  the early universe
     d.  the twirly universe

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Cosmologists, astronomers and space engineers (1) ____________________ 2021 will be a great year for space exploration. An increasing number of countries and commercial companies (2) ____________________ technology to venture into the heavens. Entrepreneurs like SpaceX's Elon Musk and Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson are (3) ____________________ on space tourism and sending astronauts to Mars. What once seemed like science (4) ____________________ becoming space fact. Such are the advances in technology, we might no longer be surprised at (5) ____________________ being mined, Mars being colonised, or of new forms of holidays, (6) ____________________ weekend breaks to the Moon.

The year will start with (7) ____________________ that will help scientists better understand the universe. NASA will launch its Q-PACE probe on January the 15th. This will study (8) ____________________ small particles in space to provide an insight into how planets originally formed. A month later, NASA's Perseverance (9) ____________________ on Mars. This mission will test for signs of possible past microbial life. NASA said: "Returning samples of Mars to Earth has been a (10) ____________________ scientists since the early days of the space age." In October, the James Webb Space Telescope, (11) ____________________ the Hubble Telescope, will launch into space. Its mission is to observe the first galaxies (12) ____________________ the early universe.

Comprehension questions

  1. Who is predicting a great 2021 besides cosmologists and astronomers?
  2. Where do commercial companies want to venture into?
  3. Where do entrepreneurs want to send astronauts?
  4. What does the article say science fiction is becoming?
  5. Where might we be going for weekend breaks?
  6. What will NASA launch on January the 15th?
  7. In what month will NASA launch its rover?
  8. What will NASA's Perseverance rover test for signs of?
  9. When will the James Webb Space Telescope launch into space?
  10. What is the mission of the James Webb Space Telescope?




Multiple choice quiz

1) Who is predicting a great 2021 besides cosmologists and astronomers?
a) coders
b) enthusiasts
c) space engineers
d) astrologers
2) Where do commercial companies want to venture into?
a) the heavens
b) new markets
c) time travel
d) the past
3) Where do entrepreneurs want to send astronauts?
a) Neptune
b) another galaxy
c) Mercury
d) Mars
4) What does the article say science fiction is becoming?
a) illogical
b) space fact
c) fantasy
d) difficult to understand
5) Where might we be going for weekend breaks?
a) Mount Everest
b) Mars
c) the Moon
d) Saturn

6) What will NASA launch on January the 15th?
a) a new website
b) its Q-PACE probe
c) the Perseverance rover
d) a telescope
7) In what month will NASA launch its rover?
a) October
b) July
c) March
d) February
8) What will NASA's Perseverance rover test for signs of?
a) water
b) possible past microbial life
c) human existence
d) gas
9) When will the James Webb Space Telescope launch into space?
a) October
b) September
c) August
d) July
10) What is the mission of the James Webb Space telescope?
a) to look at Earth
b) to find new galaxies
c) to find new light
d) to observe the earliest galaxies

Role play

Role  A – Jetpacks
You think jetpacks are the most desirable things to have in the future. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which are the least desirable of these (and why): Moon holidays, drone cars or robot police.

Role  B – Drone Cars
You think drone cars are the most desirable things to have in the future. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which are the least desirable of these (and why): jetpacks, Moon holidays or robot police.

Role  C – Moon Holidays
You think Moon holidays are the most desirable things to have in the future. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which are the least desirable of these (and why): drone cars, jetpacks or robot police.

Role  D – Robot Police
You think robot police are the most desirable things to have in the future. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which are the least desirable of these (and why): Moon holidays, drone cars or jetpacks.

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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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
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  • and 'exploration'.

  • ________________
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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:

    • predicting
    • investing
    • sights
    • seemed
    • surprised
    • breaks
    • start
    • small
    • later
    • goal
    • launch
    • first




    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 Exploration

    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 know about space?
    4. What do you want to know about space?
    5. How important is space exploration?
    6. How good is the job of an astronomer?
    7. How have commercial companies changed space exploration?
    8. What motivates space entrepreneurs?
    9. Does science fiction always become space fact?
    10. What do you think of getaway weekend breaks to the Moon?

    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 'exploration'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. How excited are you about space exploration?
    5. How do you think the early universe started?
    6. Why is space exploration important?
    7. What would happen if alien life came to Earth?
    8. What do you know about the Hubble Telescope?
    9. What do you think space exploration will be like in 100 years?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the astronomers?

    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)

    Cosmologists, astronomers and space engineers are (1) ____ that 2021 will be a great year for space exploration. An (2) ____ number of countries and commercial companies are investing in technology to (3) ____ into the heavens. Entrepreneurs like SpaceX's Elon Musk and Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson are (4) ____ their sights on space tourism and sending astronauts to Mars. What once seemed like science fiction is quickly becoming space fact. Such are the advances (5) ____ technology, we might no longer be surprised at news of asteroids being mined, Mars being colonised, or of new forms of holidays, such (6) ____ getaway weekend breaks to the Moon.

    The year will start with an exciting project that will help scientists better understand the universe. NASA will launch its Q-PACE (7) ____ on January the 15th. This will study the collision of small (8) ____ in space to provide an insight into how planets originally formed. A month later, NASA's Perseverance rover will land on Mars. This mission will test for signs of possible past (9) ____ life. NASA said: "Returning samples of Mars to Earth has been a goal of (10) ____ scientists since the early days of the space age." In October, the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor (11) ____ the Hubble Telescope, will launch into space. Its mission is to observe the first galaxies that formed in the (12) ____ universe.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     predicts     (b)     predictive     (c)     prediction     (d)     predicting    
    2. (a)     increasable     (b)     increase     (c)     increases     (d)     increasing    
    3. (a)     vulture     (b)     venture     (c)     votive     (d)     vacuous    
    4. (a)     letting     (b)     betting     (c)     setting     (d)     wetting     
    5. (a)     at     (b)     in     (c)     on     (d)     as    
    6. (a)     as     (b)     is     (c)     was     (d)     has    
    7. (a)     prove     (b)     probe     (c)     prose     (d)     prone    
    8. (a)    particles     (b)     sights     (c)     sighting     (d)     sightseer    
    9. (a)     macro     (b)     microbial     (c)     macro     (d)     mic    
    10. (a)     planter     (b)     planting     (c)     planetary     (d)     plants    
    11. (a)     at     (b)     of     (c)     to     (d)     on    
    12. (a)     slow     (b)     late     (c)     fast     (d)     early

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

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    2. micalomrec companies
    3. enevutr into the heavens
    4. nrrpereeesnut like SpaceX's Elon Musk
    5. adascven in technology
    6. news of odsaretsi being mined

    Paragraph 2

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    2. provide an tiinghs into
    3. signs of possible past acomrbiil life
    4. a goal of laaetrnyp scientists
    5. the ousserccs to the Hubble Telescope
    6. the first axagslei that formed

    Put the text back together

    (...)  advances in technology, we might no longer be surprised at news of asteroids being mined, Mars being
    (...)  into space. Its mission is to observe the first galaxies that formed in the early universe.
    (...)  colonised, or of new forms of holidays, such as getaway weekend breaks to the Moon.
    (...)  in technology to venture into the heavens. Entrepreneurs like SpaceX's Elon Musk and
    1  ) Cosmologists, astronomers and space engineers are predicting that 2021 will be a great year
    (...)  in space to provide an insight into how planets originally formed. A month later, NASA's Perseverance rover will land
    (...)  The year will start with an exciting project that will help scientists better understand the
    (...)  for space exploration. An increasing number of countries and commercial companies are investing
    (...)  Mars. What once seemed like science fiction is quickly becoming space fact. Such are the
    (...)  universe. NASA will launch its Q-PACE probe on January the 15th. This will study the collision of small particles
    (...)  on Mars. This mission will test for signs of possible past microbial life. NASA said: "Returning samples of Mars
    (...)  age." In October, the James Webb Space Telescope, the successor to the Hubble Telescope, will launch
    (...)  to Earth has been a goal of planetary scientists since the early days of the space
    (...)  Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson are setting their sights on space tourism and sending astronauts to

    Put the words in the right order

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    2. technology   in   into   to   venture   Investing   the   heavens   .
    3. becoming   space   quickly   fiction   Science   is   fact   .
    4. surprised   We   no   be   news   .   at   longer   might
    5. to   Such   the   Moon   .   as   breaks   getaway   weekend
    6. exciting   project   .   The   with   an   will   start   year
    7. originally   into   insight   formed   .   planets   an   Provide   how
    8. of   signs   life   .   microbial   for   Test   possible   past
    9. Since   early   space   of   the   age   .   days   the
    10. early   the   Galaxies   that   universe   .   formed   in

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Cosmologists, astronomers and space engineers are predictive / predicting that 2021 will be a great year for space exploration. An increasing numeral / number of countries and commercial companies are investing on / in technology to venture into the heavens. Entrepreneurs like SpaceX's Elon Musk and Virgin Galactic's Richard Branson are setting their sights / sounds on space tourism and sending astronauts to / at Mars. What once seemed like science fiction be / is quickly becoming space fact / farce. Such are the advances on / in technology, we might no longer be surprise / surprised at news of asteroids being mined, Mars being colonised, or of new forms of holidays, such as getaway weekend broken / breaks to the Moon.

    The year will start with an exciting / excitement project that will help scientists better understand the universe. NASA will launch its Q-PACE prove / probe on January the 15th. This will study the collide / collision of small particles in space to provide an insight / inside into how planets originally formed. A month later, NASA's Perseverance driver / rover will land on Mars. This mission will test for signs of possible post / past microbial life. NASA said: "Returning samples of Mars to Earth has been a goal of plant / planetary scientists since the early days of the space age / year." In October, the James Webb Space Telescope, the success / successor to the Hubble Telescope, will launch into space. Its mission is to observe the first galaxies that formed in the early / fast universe.

    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

    cosmologists astronomers and space engineers are predicting that 2021 will be a great year for space exploration an increasing number of countries and commercial companies are investing in technology to venture into the heavens entrepreneurs like spacexs elon musk and virgin galactics richard branson are setting their sights on space tourism and sending astronauts to mars what once seemed like science fiction is quickly becoming space fact such are the advances in technology we might no longer be surprised at news of asteroids being mined mars being colonised or of new forms of holidays such as getaway weekend breaks to the moon

    the year will start with an exciting project that will help scientists better understand the universe nasa will launch its qpace probe on january the 15th this will study the collision of small particles in space to provide an insight into how planets originally formed a month later nasas perseverance rover will land on mars this mission will test for signs of possible 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 the successor to the hubble telescope will launch into space its mission is to observe the first galaxies that formed in the early universe

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    Cosmologists,astronomersandspaceengineersarepredictingthat20
    21willbeagreatyearforspaceexploration.Anincreasingnumberofcou
    ntriesandcommercialcompaniesareinvestingintechnologytoventure
    intotheheavens.EntrepreneurslikeSpaceX'sElonMuskandVirginGala
    ctic'sRichardBransonaresettingtheirsightsonspacetourismandsendi
    ngastronautstoMars.Whatonceseemedlikesciencefictionisquicklybe
    comingspacefact.Sucharetheadvancesintechnology,wemightnolon
    gerbesurprisedatnewsofasteroidsbeingmined,Marsbeingcolonised,
    orofnewformsofholidays,suchasgetawayweekendbreakstotheMoon
    .Theyearwillstartwithanexcitingprojectthatwillhelpscientistsbetteru
    nderstandtheuniverse.NASAwilllaunchitsQ-PACEprobeonJanuaryt
    he15th.Thiswillstudythecollisionofsmallparticlesinspacetoprovidea
    ninsightintohowplanetsoriginallyformed.Amonthlater,NASA'sPerse
    veranceroverwilllandonMars.Thismissionwilltestforsignsofpossiblep
    astmicrobiallife.NASAsaid:"ReturningsamplesofMarstoEarthhasbee
    nagoalofplanetaryscientistssincetheearlydaysofthespaceage."InOc
    tober,theJamesWebbSpaceTelescope,thesuccessortotheHubbleTel
    escope,willlaunchintospace.Itsmissionistoobservethefirstgalaxiest
    hatformedintheearlyuniverse.

    Free writing

    Write about space exploration for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    It is important to spend lots of money on space exploration. 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 EXPLORATION: Make a poster about space exploration. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. MONEY: Write a magazine article about spending more money on space exploration. 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 exploration. Ask him/her three questions about it. Give him/her three of your ideas on what to explore. 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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