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Module: The Magic of Nature

Unit: Out in space

Level: KS2

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1. NASA Space Place

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Source: National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Media: Web page 
Resources Types: Interactive Teaching Materials , Project-based Learning , Learning and Teaching Materials 

Learning Objectives

Resources

Remarks

Language Forms and Communicative Functions

Language Skills

   
  • Use the simple present tense to express simple truths, e.g. I am the second planet from the Sun, and I am about the same size as Earth.
  • Use the auxiliary verb 'do' to seek information, e.g. Do you have any moon?
  • Use the interrogative pronoun 'what' to find out specific information about a person, object or event, e.g. What makes you special?
  • Use the relative pronouns 'whose' to link ideas or add information to a noun or noun phrases, e.g. I am a rocky planet whose surface is covered mostly by water.
  • Use the superlative adjectives to make comparisons, e.g. fastest, hottest

Reading:

  • Understand the information provided on the book cover, index and glossary
  • Read written language in meaningful chunks
  • Scan a text to locate specific information by using strategies such as looking at headings and repeated words
  • Identify details that support the gist or main ideas
The First Annual Planet Awards
 

Brief Description:
Stories and games developed by NASA

User Tips:

  • Click 'The First Annual Planet Awards!' to read a story about the nine planets.
    Click 'What's in Space' to read a story about the space.
  • Read the book cover to predict the content before reading.
  • After reading, students can act out the story.
  • For more able students, click other stories to learn more about the space and astronomy.
  • Click on the right menu to 'Play', 'Do' and 'Explore' to do some handcraft, play games or read more information about the space.

2. E-Learning for kids - planets

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Source: e-Learning for Kids Foundation
Media: Web page 
Resources Types: Interactive Teaching Materials 

Learning Objectives

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Language Forms and Communicative Functions

Language Skills

   
  • Vocabulary:
    • Planets, e.g. Venus, Mercury
  • Use the simple present tense to express simple truths, e.g. Mercury is 36 million miles from the Sun.

Reading:

  • Read written language in meaningful chunks
  • Locate specific information in a short text in response to questions

http://e-learningforkids.org/Courses/EN/Planets/index.html

Brief Description:
An e-Learning pack about planets

User Tips:

  • This pack can be used as self-learning package.
  • Students can type in the name and follow the instructions to complete the mission.
  • After reading, students can create quizzes about planets or write a story about life on the planet, e.g. Life on Mars.

3. E-Learning for kids - solar system

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Source: e_Learning for Kids Foundation
Media: Web page 
Resources Types: Interactive Teaching Materials , Learning and Teaching Materials 

Learning Objectives

Resources

Remarks

Language Forms and Communicative Functions

Language Skills

   
  • Vocabulary:
    • Planets, e.g. Venus, mercury
  • Use the simple present tense to express simple truths, e.g. Mercury is 36 million miles from the Sun.
  • Use the comparative adjectives to make comparisons, e.g. Mars has higher mountains and deeper canyons than any other planets.
  • Use the superlative adjectives to make comparisons, e.g. Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun.

Listening:

  • Locate and provide specific information in response to simple instructions or questions

Reading:

  • Read written language in meaningful chunks
  • Locate specific information in a short text in response to questions
  • Re-read to establish and confirm meaning

http://e-learningforkids.org/Courses/EN/S1001/index.htm

Brief Description:
An e-Learning pack with simple notes about the solar system

User Tips:

  • 'Flash' is required to play the animation.
  • Listen to the instructions before starting the tutorial.
  • After reading the information about the inner solar system, students need to do the quiz before proceeding to the next part.
  • Students can click 'backward' to re-read the information any time.
  • This pack can be used as self-learning package.
  • After reading, students can write an information report about the solar system.

4. Space

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Source: www.britishcouncil.org
Media: Web page 
Resources Types: Classroom Activities , Interactive Teaching Materials , Stories 

Learning Objectives

Resources

Remarks

Language Forms and Communicative Functions

Language Skills

   
  • Vocabulary:
    • Planets, e.g. Venus, mercury
  • Use the simple present tense to express simple truths, e.g. Mercury is the closest planet to the Sun.
  • Use adjectives to describe people, animals, objects and conditions, e.g. The trees are red, the leaves are red.

Reading:

  • Guess the meaning of unfamiliar words by using contextual or pictorial clues
  • Locate specific information in a short text in response to questions

Writing:

  • Use story structure that comprises setting, characters, problems, events and solutions or pictorial clues
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/category/topics/space

Brief Description:
A website with a song, stories, and activities about space

User Tips:

5. Interactive Solar System Facts

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Source: www.apple4theteacher.com
Media: Web page 
Resources Types: Interactive Teaching Materials , Project-based Learning 

Learning Objectives

Resources

Remarks

Language Forms and Communicative Functions

Language Skills

   
  • Vocabulary:
    • Planets, e.g. Mars, Earth
    • Astronomy, e.g. orbits, meteor
  • Use the simple present tense to express simple truths, e.g. Saturn is the 6th planet from the Sun.

Reading:

  • Recognize the presentation of ideas through headings and bold print
  • Read written language in meaningful chunks
  • Understand the connection between ideas by identifying cohesive devices, e.g. so, but, if

http://www.apples4theteacher.com/starwarp2.html

Brief Description:
Interactive games about the solar system

User Tips:

  • Click on the rockets to go through the interactive tutorial to learn facts about the solar system.
  • Before reading, students can go through the names of planets.
  • After reading, click on 'Space vocabulary concentration game' to play a game about the vocabulary.
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