The Reading / Listening - Space Bubbles - Level 2

A band played the 'World's First Space Bubble Concert'. The audience of the rock group the Flaming Lips were all in giant, plastic bubbles called Zorbs. The band played two concerts in the city of Oklahoma. All band members were inside their own bubble. There were 100 bubbles at the shows. Some bubbles contained three people. The bubbles may allow concerts to go ahead during the pandemic. Every bubble has a special speaker, a water bottle, a battery-operated fan, a towel and an "I gotta go pee" sign. Workers refill the bubble with cool air if it gets too hot.



The idea for the bubbles came from lead singer Wayne Coyne. He often uses a Zorb to roll over the crowd at his concerts. He thought Zorb concerts would be COVID-safe. He said a space bubble concert is "safer than going to the grocery store". He told a magazine: "It's a weird event, but the weirdness is so we can enjoy a concert before putting our families and everybody at risk." He added: "You see people excited, people being happy, and people really having fun....I think it's [the] 'new normal'. You might go to a show, you might not, but I think we're going to...work it out."

Try the same news story at these levels:

    Space Bubbles - Level 0 Space Bubbles - Level 1   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. in giant,
  2. The band played
  3. band
  4. There were 100 bubbles
  5. bubbles may allow concerts
  6. a battery-
  7. refill the bubble with cool
  8. if it gets too
  1. members
  2. at the shows
  3. air
  4. hot
  5. two concerts
  6. to go ahead
  7. plastic bubbles
  8. operated fan

Paragraph 2

  1. lead
  2. the crowd at
  3. concerts would be COVID-
  4. He said a space bubble concert
  5. going to the grocery
  6. I think it's the new
  7. You might go
  8. we're going to work
  1. safe
  2. store
  3. it out
  4. singer
  5. to a show
  6. his concerts
  7. is safer
  8. normal

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

A band played the 'World's First Space Bubble Concert'. The (1) ___________________ rock group the Flaming Lips were all in giant, plastic bubbles called Zorbs. The band played two concerts in the city of Oklahoma. All (2) ___________________ inside their own bubble. There were 100 bubbles at the shows. Some bubbles (3) ___________________. The bubbles may allow concerts to (4) ___________________ the pandemic. Every bubble has (5) ___________________, a water bottle, a battery-operated fan, a towel and an "I gotta go pee" sign. Workers refill the bubble with cool air if it (6) ___________________.

The (7) ___________________ bubbles came from lead singer Wayne Coyne. He often uses a Zorb (8) ___________________ the crowd at his concerts. He thought Zorb concerts would be COVID-safe. He said a space bubble concert is "(9) ___________________ to the grocery store". He told a magazine: "It's a weird event, but the weirdness is so we can (10) ___________________ before putting our families and everybody at risk." He added: "You see people excited, people being happy, and people really having fun....I think it's (11) ___________________. You might go to a show, you might not, but I think we're going to... (12) ___________________."

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Abandplayedthe'World'sFirstSpaceBubbleConcert'.Theaudienceoft
herockgrouptheFlamingLipswereallingiant,plasticbubblescalledZor
bs.ThebandplayedtwoconcertsinthecityofOklahoma.Allbandmembe
rswereinsidetheirownbubble.Therewere100bubblesattheshows.So
mebubblescontainedthreepeople.Thebubblesmayallowconcertstog
oaheadduringthepandemic.Everybubblehasaspecialspeaker,awate
rbottle,abattery-operatedfan,atowelandan"Igottagopee"sign.Wor
kersrefillthebubblewithcoolairifitgetstoohot.Theideaforthebubblesc
amefromleadsingerWayneCoyne.HeoftenusesaZorbtorolloverthecr
owdathisconcerts.HethoughtZorbconcertswouldbeCOVID-safe.Hes
aidaspacebubbleconcertis"saferthangoingtothegrocerystore".Hetol
damagazine:"It'saweirdevent,buttheweirdnessissowecanenjoyaco
ncertbeforeputtingourfamiliesandeverybodyatrisk."Headded:"Yous
eepeopleexcited,peoplebeinghappy,andpeoplereallyhavingfun....It
hinkit's[the]'newnormal'.Youmightgotoashow,youmightnot,butIthi
nkwe'regoingto...workitout."

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)

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(m) ________________

(n) ________________

(o) ________________

(p) ________________





Free writing

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Answers

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