Do or Die – Meteor

Level: Intermediate B1+

Age: Teens & Adults

Language aim: Conditionals

Themes: Survival

My teenage classes love the Do or Die episodes.  You can play them without a worksheet and ask questions – I’ve prepared some activities to go with this episode.  I normally stop the video after the options and get the students to discuss then write their final decision (A, B or C) on mini white boards to find out who would survive.

meteorite

A meteor or meteorite is a fragment of rock or iron from outer space, usually a meteoroid or asteroid, which survives passage through the atmosphere as a meteor to impact the surface of the Earth. Meteorites are believed to originate in the asteroid belt between the planets of Mars and Jupiter. A meteorite may range in size from less than a gram to more than 60 tons.

When the path of these space rocks intersects with Earth’s orbit, the meteoroid enters the atmosphere at high velocity causing the luminous phenomena we call a meteor or shooting star.

What would you do in the event of a meteorite hitting your home town?

Questions:

  1. How many tons of rock hit earth every day? (1 ton = 907kg)
  1. In which country does the morning begin?
  1. What do scientists call the explosion? And whatdoes it generate?
  1. What is the speed of the meteor?
  1. How much glass is shattered?
  1. When did the giant meteor air-burst hit the Siberian forest in Russia?
  1. How many building were damaged in this particular case?
  1. How many people were injured?

Did you make the right choice!?

Glossary                                                       

Guillotine              Hurtle             Gutter            Detonate         Kerb

  1.  = move or cause to move at a great speed, typically in a wildly

uncontrolled manner.

  1.  = explode or cause to explode.
  2.  = an apparatus designed for carrying out executions by beheading.
  3.                           = a stone or concrete edging to a street or path.
  4.  = a shallow trough | trɒf | typically fixed beneath the edge of a

roof for carrying off rainwater.

Complete the sentences with words from the glossary:

  1. Two other bombs failed to                                                    .
  2. A runaway car                                       towards them.
  3. We have to unblock the  , it’s full of leaves.
  4. The French                                   dates back to 1789.
  5. I tripped over the                                walking to school.

Expressions

  Cut someone/something to ribbons

  1. Lit. to cut or slice someone severely.

He broke a mirror and the glass cut his hand to ribbons.

  1. Fig. to criticize someone severely.

The critics just cut her acting to ribbons!

   Dodge a bullet 

If someone has dodged a bullet, they have successfully avoided a very serious problem.

The people in this city are lucky; they dodged a 12,000 ton bullet shot from outer space.

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