The Reading / Listening - Space Bubbles - Level 0

The 'World's First Space Bubble Concert' took place. People watched inside 100 giant bubbles called Zorbs. All band members had their own bubble. Some bubbles contained three people. Every bubble has a speaker, a water bottle, a fan, a towel and an "I gotta go pee" sign. Workers fill the bubble with cool air if it gets too hot.



The lead singer thought of the bubble concerts. He thought bubble concerts would be COVID-safe. He said they are "safer than going to the grocery store". He said: "It's a weird event, but...we can enjoy a concert before putting...everybody at risk." He added: "You see...people really having fun....I think it's [the] 'new normal'"

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Space Bubbles - Level 1 Space Bubbles - Level 2   or  Space Bubbles - Level 3

Sources
  • https://www.loudersound.com/news/the-flaming-lips-bubble-concert-could-be-a-blueprint-to-revolutionise-the-live-music-circuit
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-55794674
  • https://www.cbsnews.com/news/flaming-lips-concert-perform-inflatable-bubbles-oklahoma/


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. inside 100
  2. All band members had
  3. bubbles contained three
  4. Every bubble
  5. a water
  6. I gotta go
  7. fill the bubble with cool
  8. if it gets too
  1. hot
  2. has a speaker
  3. pee
  4. their own bubble
  5. air
  6. giant bubbles
  7. bottle
  8. people

Paragraph 2

  1. The lead
  2. bubble concerts would be
  3. He said they
  4. going to the grocery
  5. we can enjoy a
  6. putting everybody at
  7. You see people really having
  8. it's the new
  1. are safer
  2. normal
  3. concert
  4. fun
  5. singer
  6. store
  7. risk
  8. COVID-safe

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

The 'World's First Space Bubble (1) ___________________. People watched (2) ___________________ bubbles called Zorbs. All band members (3) ___________________ bubble. Some bubbles (4) ___________________. Every bubble has a speaker, a water bottle, (5) ___________________ towel and an "I gotta go pee" sign. Workers fill the bubble (6) ___________________ if it gets too hot.

The lead singer (7) ___________________ bubble concerts. He thought bubble (8) ___________________ COVID-safe. He said they are "safer than going to (9) ___________________". He said: "It's (10) ___________________, but...we can enjoy a concert before putting... (11) ___________________." He added: "You see...people really having fun....I think it's (12) ___________________ "

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

The'World'sFirstSpaceBubbleConcert'tookplace.Peoplewatchedinsi
de100giantbubblescalledZorbs.Allbandmembershadtheirownbubbl
e.Somebubblescontainedthreepeople.Everybubblehasaspeaker,aw
aterbottle,afan,atowelandan"Igottagopee"sign.Workersfillthebubbl
ewithcoolairifitgetstoohot.Theleadsingerthoughtofthebubbleconcer
ts.HethoughtbubbleconcertswouldbeCOVID-safe.Hesaidtheyare"sa
ferthangoingtothegrocerystore".Hesaid:"It'saweirdevent,but...wec
anenjoyaconcertbeforeputting...everybodyatrisk."Headded:"Youse
e...peoplereallyhavingfun....Ithinkit's[the]'newnormal'"

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

Write about this topic for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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Answers

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