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Scientists To Build Giant Telescope

Scientists are going to build the world’s most gigantic telescope. It is called the Thirty Meter Telescope. This is because the telescope’s mirror is 30 meters in diameter. Astronomers will be able to see light from 400 billion years ago, from the Big Bang. That light spent 13 billion years traveling to Earth. A spokesman said: "It will sort of give us the history of the universe." The telescope will be built on top of Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii. Native Hawaiians are very upset about this. They say their volcano is a sacred gateway to heaven.

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I think this is a very exciting project. I can’t wait for it to open in 2018. I’ve never been to a giant telescope. I would love to look through the Thirty Meter Telescope and see the stars. It would be great to get a glimpse of the early years of the universe. I wonder what space looks like. I’ve only seen it on television. I really want to see it with my own eyes. The new telescope is not all good news. I feel sorry for the native Hawaiians. I read the telescope will be built on their burial sites. That’s not good.

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

the world’s most

a.

history of the universe

2

the telescope’s mirror is

b.

gateway to heaven

3.

see light from 400

c.

gigantic telescope

4.

It will sort of give us the

d.

billion years ago

5.

Native Hawaiians are very

e.

30 meters in diameter

6.

their volcano is a sacred

f.

upset about this

 

Paragraph 2

1.

I can’t wait

a.

giant telescope

2

I’ve never been to a

b.

Hawaiians

3.

It would be great to get

c.

with my own eyes

4.

I wonder what

d.

for it to open

5.

I really want to see it

e.

a glimpse

6.

I feel sorry for the native

f.

space looks like


LISTENING GAP FILL

Scientists are ___________________ world’s most gigantic telescope. It is called the Thirty Meter Telescope. This is because the telescope’s mirror is 30 ___________________. Astronomers will be able to see light from 400 billion years ago, from the Big Bang. ___________________ billion years traveling to Earth. A spokesman said: "It will ___________________ the history of the universe." The telescope ___________________ of Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii. Native Hawaiians are very upset about this. They say their volcano ___________________ to heaven.

I think this is a very exciting project. I ___________________ to open in 2018. I’ve never been to a giant telescope. I would love ___________________ the Thirty Meter Telescope and see the stars. It would be ___________________ of the early years of the universe. I wonder what space looks like. I’ve only seen it on television. I really want to see it ___________________. The new telescope is not all good news. ___________________ the native Hawaiians. I read the telescope will be _____________________. That’s not good.


MULTIPLE CHOICE

Scientists are going to (1) ____ the world’s most gigantic telescope. It is called the Thirty Meter Telescope. This is because the telescope’s  (2) ____ is 30 meters in diameter. Astronomers will be able to see light from 400 billion years ago, from the Big Bang. That light (3) ____ 13 billion years traveling to Earth. A spokesman said: "It will sort (4) ____ give us the history of the universe." The telescope will be built on top of Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii. Native Hawaiians are very upset about this. They say their volcano is a (5) ____ gateway to heaven.

I think this is a very (6) ____ project. I can’t wait for it to open in 2018. I’ve never been to a giant telescope. I would love to look (7) ____ the Thirty Meter Telescope and see the stars. It would be great to (8) ____ a glimpse of the early years of the universe. I wonder what space looks like. I’ve only seen it on television. I really want to see it with my own eyes. The new telescope is not (9) ____ good news. I feel sorry for the native Hawaiians. I read the telescope will be built on their burial (10) ____. That’s not good.

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

build

(b)

building

(c)

builds

2.

(a)

mirrors

(b)

mirrored

(c)

mirror

3.

(a)

spends

(b)

spent

(c)

spending

4.

(a)

at

(b)

of

(c)

for

5.

(a)

sacred

(b)

scarred

(c)

scared

6.

(a)

excited

(b)

exciting

(c)

excites

7.

(a)

though

(b)

thought

(c)

through

8.

(a)

get

(b)

do

(c)

give

9.

(a)

every

(b)

whole

(c)

all

10.

(a)

sights

(b)

sightseeing

(c)

sites


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

gagcinti telescope

2.

the telescope’s rorrim

3.

400 onililb years

4.

the iyotrsh of the universe

5.

very upset

6.

a sacred gateway to nvaehe

 

Paragraph 2

7.

a very exciting tcjeorp

8.

I would love to look uhtrogh

9.

get a gspmlie

10.

I dworen what space looks like

11.

atvnei Hawaiians

12.

blriau sites


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

2018. I’ve never been to a giant telescope. I would love to look through the Thirty Meter Telescope and see the

(    )

400 billion years ago, from the Big Bang. That light spent 13 billion years traveling to Earth. A spokesman

(    )

I think this is a very exciting project. I can’t wait for it to open in

(    )

said: "It will sort of give us the history of the universe." The telescope will be built on top of Mauna Kea volcano

(    )

news. I feel sorry for the native Hawaiians. I read the telescope will be built on their burial sites. That’s not good.

(    )

This is because the telescope’s mirror is 30 meters in diameter. Astronomers will be able to see light from

(    )

in Hawaii. Native Hawaiians are very upset about this. They say their volcano is a sacred gateway to heaven.

1  )

Scientists are going to build the world’s most gigantic telescope. It is called the Thirty Meter Telescope.

(    )

stars. It would be great to get a glimpse of the early years of the universe. I wonder what space looks

(    )

like. I’ve only seen it on television. I really want to see it with my own eyes. The new telescope is not all good


SCRAMBLED SENTENCES

With a partner, put the words back into the correct order.

1.

the     most     telescope     Build     world’s     gigantic.    

2.

is     30     The     meters     telescope’s     in     mirror     diameter.    

3.

13     traveling     spent     years     Earth    light     billion     to     That.    

4.

sort     will    It    universe    the    of    history    the     us     give     of.    

5.

gateway     volcano     to     is     heaven     a     sacred     Their.    

6.

exciting     this     project     is     a     I     very     think.    

7.

I’ve     telescope     giant     a     to     been     never.    

8.

glimpse     of     the     early     years     of     the    universe    Get     a.    

9.

want     to     see     it     with     my     own     eyes     I     really.    

10.

native     the     for     sorry     feel     I     Hawaiians.    


DISCUSSION (Write your own questions)

STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

1.

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2.

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3.

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4.

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5.

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6.

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WRITING

Write about telescopes for 10 minutes. Show your partner your paper. Correct each other’s work.

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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 more information about telescopes. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about telescopes. Include imaginary interviews people who make them. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

4. 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.

5. LETTER: Write a letter to the designer of the Thirty Meter Telescope. Ask him/her three questions about the telescope. Give him/her three of your opinions on telescopes and space. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

 

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