The Reading / Listening - TRAPPIST-1 - Level 1

Scientists have been discussing whether some of the seven planets in the TRAPPIST-1 solar system could contain life. TRAPPIST-1 is a small sun with seven Earth-sized planets, like our own solar system. A NASA scientist said three of the planets get as much heat as the Earth. He said this provides an environment for life to exist. TRAPPIST-1 is nearly 40 light-years away from Earth. Its sun is smaller and less bright than our Sun, but it could support life.



The NASA scientist said you would have a wonderful view of the other planets if you were on any of the TRAPPIST-1 planets. They would not be like dots of light. They would look bigger than our Moon. You would see things on them. Another scientist said life can live in caves that are 130-degrees centigrade and at the bottom of the ocean where there is no light. She said it is possible that life is on some of the TRAPPIST-1 planets.

Try the same news story at these levels:

    TRAPPIST-1 - Level 0 TRAPPIST-1 - Level 2   or  TRAPPIST-1 - Level 3

Sources
  • http://sciexaminer.com/news/space/earth-2-0-trappist-1-host-another-earth-2357.html
  • http://www.csmonitor.com/Science/2017/0227/Could-the-TRAPPIST-1-worlds-harbor-alien-life
  • http://www.space.com/35811-life-on-trappist-1-earth-like-exoplanets.html


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Phrase Matching

Paragraph 1

  1. the TRAPPIST-1 solar system could
  2. a small sun with seven Earth-
  3. like our own solar
  4. three of the planets get as much
  5. an environment for life
  6. TRAPPIST-1 is nearly 40 light-years
  7. Its sun is smaller and less
  8. it could support
  1. to exist
  2. bright than our Sun
  3. sized planets
  4. system
  5. life
  6. heat as the Earth
  7. contain life
  8. away from Earth

Paragraph 2

  1. you would have a wonderful view
  2. They would not be like dots
  3. They would look bigger
  4. You would see things
  5. live in caves that are 130-degrees
  6. at the bottom
  7. where there is no
  8. She said it
  1. of light
  2. of the ocean
  3. centigrade
  4. of the other planets
  5. light
  6. than our Moon
  7. is possible
  8. on them

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Scientists have been discussing whether (1) ___________________ seven planets in the TRAPPIST-1 solar system (2) ___________________. TRAPPIST-1 is a small sun with seven Earth-sized planets, (3) ___________________ solar system. A NASA scientist said three of the planets (4) ___________________ heat as the Earth. He said this provides an environment (5) ___________________. TRAPPIST-1 is nearly 40 light-years away from Earth. Its (6) ___________________ less bright than our Sun, but it could support life.

The NASA scientist said you would (7) ___________________ view of the other planets if you (8) ___________________ the TRAPPIST-1 planets. They would not be (9) ___________________ light. They would look bigger than our Moon. You would see (10) ___________________. Another scientist said life can live in caves that are 130-degrees centigrade and at the bottom of the ocean where (11) ___________________. She said it is possible that life is on (12) ___________________ TRAPPIST-1 planets.

Put a slash (/) where the spaces are

Scientistshavebeendiscussingwhethersomeofthesevenplanetsinthe
TRAPPIST-1solarsystemcouldcontainlife.TRAPPIST-1isasmallsunwi
thsevenEarth-sizedplanets,likeourownsolarsystem.ANASAscientis
tsaidthreeoftheplanetsgetasmuchheatastheEarth.Hesaidthisprovid
esanenvironmentforlifetoexist.TRAPPIST-1isnearly40light-yearsa
wayfromEarth.ItssunissmallerandlessbrightthanourSun,butitcould
supportlife.TheNASAscientistsaidyouwouldhaveawonderfulviewoft
heotherplanetsifyouwereonanyoftheTRAPPIST-1planets.Theywo
uldnotbelikedotsoflight.TheywouldlookbiggerthanourMoon.Youwou
ldseethingsonthem.Anotherscientistsaidlifecanliveincavesthatare1
30-degreescentigradeandatthebottomoftheoceanwherethereisnol
ight.ShesaiditispossiblethatlifeisonsomeoftheTRAPPIST-1planets.

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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Free writing

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Answers

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