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Space Shuttles Find Retirement Homes (13th April, 2011)

America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced where its fleet of space shuttles will retire. The Endeavour will be going to the California Science Center in Los Angeles after it finishes its final mission in late April. It was built to replace the Challenger shuttle, which blew up in the sky in 1986. Discovery is going to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Atlantis’ new home will be the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and Enterprise is off to a museum in New York City.

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NASA's Charles Bolden said putting the shuttles in museums would get more young people interested in space travel. "People from across our nation and around the world will continue to learn from these amazing vehicles, and the stories of their crews and their missions," said Bolden. He added: "The shuttles will inspire many people who are now just in school to become the next generation of exploration leaders. Millions more…will also now have a chance to see a space shuttle in person.”

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PHRASE MATCH

Match the following phrases from the article.

Paragraph 1

1.

its fleet

a.

the Challenger

2

after it finishes

b.

of space shuttles

3.

built to replace

c.

home

4.

blew up

d.

museum in New York

5.

Atlantis’ new

e.

its final mission

6.

off to a

f.

in the sky

 

Paragraph 2

1.

get more young people

a.

generation

2

People from across

b.

vehicles

3.

learn from these amazing

c.

interested

4.

inspire

d.

see a space shuttle

5.

the next

e.

our nation

6.

have a chance to

f.

many people


LISTENING GAP FILL

America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced ___________________ space shuttles will retire. The Endeavour will be going to the California Science Center in Los Angeles after it ___________________ mission in late April. It was ___________________ the Challenger shuttle, which ___________________ in 1986. Discovery is going to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Atlantis’ ___________________ the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and Enterprise ___________________  in New York City.

NASA's Charles Bolden said ___________________ in museums would get more young people interested in space travel. "People from ___________________ and around the world will continue ___________________ amazing vehicles, and the stories of their crews and their missions," said Bolden. He added: "The shuttles ___________________ people who are now just in school to become the ___________________ exploration leaders. Millions more…will also now ___________________ see a space shuttle in person.”


MULTIPLE CHOICE

America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced where its (1) ____ of space shuttles will retire. The Endeavour will be going to the California Science Center in Los Angeles (2) ____ it finishes its final mission in (3) ____ April. It was built to replace the Challenger shuttle, which blew (4) ____ in the sky in 1986. Discovery is going to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Atlantis’ new (5) ____ will be the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and Enterprise is (6) ____ to a museum in New York City.

NASA's Charles Bolden said (7) ____ the shuttles in museums would get more young people interested (8) ____ space travel. "People from across our nation and around the world will continue to learn (9) ____ these amazing vehicles, and the stories of (10) ____ crews and their missions," said Bolden. He added: "The shuttles will (11) ____ many people who are now just in school to become the next generation of exploration leaders. Millions more…will also now have a chance to see a space shuttle in (12) ____.”

Put the correct words from this table into the article.

1.

(a)

fleet

(b)

sheet

(c)

meet

2.

(a)

post

(b)

then

(c)

after

3.

(a)

fast

(b)

late

(c)

30th

4.

(a)

down

(b)

up

(c)

on

5.

(a)

house

(b)

hotel

(c)

home

6.

(a)

off

(b)

on

(c)

up

7.

(a)

puts

(b)

put

(c)

putting

8.

(a)

at

(b)

in

(c)

of

9.

(a)

from

(b)

for

(c)

at

10.

(a)

their

(b)

them

(c)

they

11.

(a)

inspiration

(b)

inspiring

(c)

inspire

12

(a)

people

(b)

person

(c)

human


SPELLING

Spell the jumbled words (from the text) correctly.

Paragraph 1

1.

fleet of space hssuetlt

2.

will eeirtr

3.

its final monsisi

4.

built to reelpac the Challenger

5.

Kennedy Space erCtne

6.

off to a usmmeu

 

Paragraph 2

7.

tieneedrst in space travel

8.

itonnecu to learn

9.

aazgimn vehicles

10.

issrote of their crews

11.

rinispe many people

12.

in sorpne


PUT THE TEXT BACK TOGETHER

Number these lines in the correct order.

(    )

people interested in space travel. "People from across our nation and around the world will continue to learn

(    )

"The shuttles will inspire many people who are now just in school to become

(    )

where its fleet of space shuttles will retire. The Endeavour will be going to the California Science Center

(    )

the next generation of exploration leaders. Millions more…will also

(    )

from these amazing vehicles, and the stories of their crews and their missions," said Bolden. He added:

(    )

to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum, Atlantis’ new home will

(    )

be the Kennedy Space Center in Florida and Enterprise is off to a museum in New York City.

(    )

replace the Challenger shuttle, which blew up in the sky in 1986. Discovery is going

(    )

NASA's Charles Bolden said putting the shuttles in museums would get more young

1  )

America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has announced

(    )

in Los Angeles after it finishes its final mission in late April. It was built to

(    )

now have a chance to see a space shuttle in person.”


WORD JUMBLE

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

1.

National     and     Administration     America’s     Aeronautics     Space.    

2.

fleet     Its     retire     will     shuttles     space     of.    

3.

finishes     mission     April     it     final     late     After     its     in.    

4.

1986     in     sky     the     in     up     Blew.    

5.

to     York     a     City     museum     in     Off     New.    

6.

Get     in     more     space     young     travel     people     interested.    

7.

from     learn     to     Continue     vehicles     amazing     these.    

8.

The     will     many     shuttles     inspire     people.    

9.

Become     leaders     exploration     of     generation     next     the.    

10.

in     A     see     shuttle     to     space     person     chance     a.    


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.

________________________________________________________

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 space shuttles 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. SPACE SHUTTLES: Search the Internet and find more information about space shuttles. Talk about what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

3. MAGAZINE ARTICLE: Write a magazine article about the retirement of the space shuttles. Include imaginary interviews with some astronauts who went up into space in 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 a space shuttle astronaut. Ask him/her three questions about space shuttles. Give him/her three of your opinions on what should replace them. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Your partner will answer the questions you asked.

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