Space Worksheets and ESL Activities

What to See in the Solar System

ESL Space Board Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this space board game, students answer quiz questions about the Solar System in order to practice space vocabulary. Give each group of three or four a copy of the game board, counters, and a questions sheet with the answers folded so they are hidden. To begin, students write their names on the checklist nearest them on the game board and place their counters on the Earth square. The aim of the game is to be the first player to cross off all the space related words on their checklist. In order to do this, players move around the board answering questions with the space vocabulary on their list. Players then take it in turns to move their counter to a new location on the game board. Players must move one square at a time and may only move to the locations connected by arrows. The player then chooses a number 1 to 4. The student on the player's right then reads the quiz question corresponding to the player's location and chosen number, e.g. The Sun is the only 'blank' in our Solar System'. The player answers with one of the space words shown on their checklist using the word's singular or plural form as appropriate, and the reader checks their answer in the answer key, e.g. 'The Sun is the only star in our Solar System'. If the player answers correctly, they check off the word on their checklist. It's then the next students turn to play. The first player to complete their checklist is the winner.
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A Journey into Space

ESL Space Vocabulary Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

In this space worksheet, students learn and practice vocabulary associated with space and space travel. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. The students begin by naming the star and planets in our solar system. Next, students match other space-related words with their correct definitions. Students then move on to complete sentences with the space vocabulary from Exercise B. After that, the students circle the correct space-related word to complete each sentence. Next, students read space trivia questions and choose the correct answers. In the last exercise, students draw a space scene using as many words from the worksheet as possible. The students then describe their space picture to a partner for them to draw. Afterwards, students compare their pictures to spot the similarities and differences.
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Solar System Superlatives

ESL Planets Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this fun planets activity, students complete facts about the solar system with superlatives and then used the sentences in a quiz. Divide the students into two groups (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Working alone or with another member of the group, students complete each solar system fact with one of the adjectives shown on the worksheet in its superlative form. After the answers have been checked, the students pair up with someone from the other group. The students then take it in turns to read their solar system facts to their partner who tries to guess the correct answer. For each correct guess, students score a point. The student with the most points at the end of the activity is the winner.
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The Universe

ESL The Universe Worksheet - Reading, Matching, Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

This space vocabulary worksheet helps students to learn and practice words associated with the Universe. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. The students begin by reading a text that contains vocabulary related to the Universe and matching the words with their correct definitions. Next, the students do a gap-fill exercise where they complete sentences using the Universe vocabulary. After that, students pair up. Then, working alone, the students read statements and guess whether they are true or not for their partner by writing true or false. The students then ask their partner whether the statements are true or not and write down their answers to see how many of their guesses were correct. The students also ask follow-up questions to gain more information and discuss each item. When the students have finished, have them share what they found out about their partner with the class. Any interesting answers can then be discussed in more detail.
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