Deep Impact: A lesson looking at the environmental cost of space tourism

The space race has gone commercial! With the boom in recent space tourism, there is one cost that even the wealthiest of billionaires can’t cover: the environmental cost. The recent antics of the world’s richest at a time where many people are worried about their own futures seems, at best, crass, but discovering what happens to decommissioned rockets, satellites, and other space junk inspired me to write this lesson plan. Aimed at B2 students, the lesson explores the ethics around space tourism concerning its environmental impact.

Lesson Overview

This 60+ minute B2 lesson starts with some word formation discussion questions based around the topic of space exploration. Students then work on different reading sub-skills, react to the thought-provoking topic, handle some tricky synonyms and sharpen their debating skills.

Download the students worksheet here.

The Teachers’ notes with answer key can be found here.

If you use it, let me know what you think.

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