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Theme Packs for Lower Primary Foreword Author: Helen Hall Illustrated by: Leslea Carter This series of books has been published for use in lower primary Years and is based on a series of themes that students of this age level have shown empathy with. The books present a range of activities that can be integrated into the teaching program as a complete theme or as individual activities. Activities cover the language, mathematics, creative and problem-solving aspects of the school program. To supplement the activities a further selection of ideas is provided to develop the theme and to allow for integration into the class program. The author has written the activities to be used mainly in the first and second years of a student's schooling; however, they can also be applied as high-interest remedial activities for other Year levels.

Titles available in this series:

Š R. I . C . Publ i c at i ons Shopping Butterflies and Caterpillars Bears The Zoo •f orr evi e w p u r p o s e sonl y• Space Dinosaurs -

Giants Pirates Witches Dragons Frogs

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Bikes Clowns

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Snails Spiders

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DEVELOPING THE SPACE THEME As well as the activities contained in this theme on 'Space', the following activitiies can further develop the theme within the class teaching program.

Language Activities Brainstorm:

Words and ideas about space.

Classify:

Classify words from brainstorm under headings such as planets, people, needs, vehicles etc.

Label:

Make papier mâché planets in art and write labels for each.

List:

Make a list of things which can fly - planes, rockets, spaceships, balloons, birds, kites . . .

Writing:

Write on shaped paper about flight.

Shared Book: Share the big book The Jigaree (Story Box). Discuss the possibility of life on another planet, what the life forms may be etc. Story Map:

Make a story map of The Jigaree.

© R. I . C.Publ i cat i ons Text Innov.: Rewrite the story The Jigaree, changing the characters. •f or r evi ew pur posesonl y• Writing: Write a letter to another planet telling the inhabitants of life on Drama:

Act out the story, The Jigaree.

earth. Poem:

Write an acrostic poem using the words space, Earth, Mars etc.

Art/Craft Activities Papier Mâché: Make papier mâché planets. Blow up balloons, cover with strips of torn newsprint and glue. Cover with final layer of white paper. When dry, gently sandpaper the rough edges. Paint with bright colours. Display in correct order. Label with planet names.

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Art/Craft Activities (cont.) 3-D Modelling:Using a variety of boxes, cardboard tubes, milk cartons, foil pie trays etc., construct rockets and space ships. Paint the finished models and hang them around the planets from the previous activity. Kites:

Decorate large brown bags with paper and paint. Attach strings, streamers. Fly.

Blob Painting: Fold a large sheet of white paper. Blob paint along the fold. Fold the paper and press out the paint. Open and dry. Cut out the dried 'Blob Martian'. Write a story about him/her. Exploded Planets:

Trace a round template onto coloured paper. Cut out the circle. Cut up the circle into a variety of shapes. Paste onto white card/ paper leaving a space between each piece to form an 'exploded planet'.

Paper Plane: Fold plane, decorate with signs, numbers and colours.

Mathematics Activities Measuring:

Use folded planes to measure distances flown and time taken to fly. Graph results and discuss. This activity can be repeated by using blown-up balloons which are then released.

© R. I . C.Publ i cat i ons Geoboards: Construct stars, rockets on the •f or r ev i ew petc. ur p ogeoboard. sesonl y•

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Space We live on the planet Earth. It looks like a huge ball in space. There are nine planets in our solar system. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are the planets. We have one sun. Each planet orbits the sun. Earth takes one year to orbit the sun. To travel in space you need a rocket and a spacesuit. An astronaut travels in space. He or she can walk on the moon. Astronauts must food, water and ©R . I . Ctake .Pu bl i c at i on s oxygen. Here they go now!

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Blast Off!!!

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Answer these questions. 1. What is the name of our planet?

2. How long does the earth take to travel around the sun?

3. List the nine planets in our solar system.

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4. How does an astronaut travel in space?

5. Why does an astronaut need oxygen in space?

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Cloze We live on the planet _________. It looks like a huge ________ in space. There are ___________ planets in our solar system. Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are the planets. We have one _______ . Each planet orbits the sun. Earth takes one __________ to orbit the sun.

© R. I . C.Publ i cat i ons To travel in __________ you need a •f orr evi ew pur posesonl y• rocket and a spacesuit. An ___________________ travels in space. He or she can walk on the _____________ . Astronauts must take food, water and oxygen. Here they go now!

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Space Sleuth Colour each word as you find it in the sleuth. rocket planet moon orbit sun

space Earth oxygen astronaut travel

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Opposites live huge

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Suffixes Add 'ed' and 'ing' ed

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Copy these words. planet

solar

Earth

orbit

Sun

star

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Write new words with these digraphs. all ball

ea each

ou around

Yes or No 1. We live on Mars. 2. Earth takes ten years to orbit the sun.

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3. There are 9 planets in our solar system.

4. You need a spacesuit to travel in space. 5. Astronauts can walk on the sun. 6. The sun is a star.

Find a little word. planet

rocket

year

moon

suit

orbit

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Making New Words Cut out the circles and join them with a split pin. Spin the wheel to make new words. Write the new words in your pad.

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Write a story Write a story about your trip to outer space.

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Cut and paste the labels.

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sun

moon

Earth

astronaut

flag

rocket

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Space Dictionary A planet is a heavenly body which moves around the sun.

The sun is a star. It is the centre of our solar system.

A solar system is the sun with planets travelling around it.

© R. I . C.Publ i cat i ons •f orr evi ew pur posesonl y• An orbit is the path a planet or moon follows as it travels through space.

An astronaut is a traveller in space.

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Cut and paste in the missing words. 1. We live on the planet

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2. Planets move around the

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3. The curved path of a planet is called its

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4. There are nine

in our solar system.

AI person travels ins space is an © 5. R. . C.Puwho bl i c at i on •f orr evi ew pur posesonl y• . 6. The sun is really a

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Space Crosspatch 1 3

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4. It revolves around the earth. 7. It takes this long for the earth to revolve around the sun. 9. Astronauts in space. 12. The planets and the sun move in

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3. A shining star. 5. The curved path of a planet. 6. An astronaut needs in space. 8. The planet on which we live. 10. A vehicle for travelling in space. 11. off! R.I.C. Publications

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What am I?

Draw me

I am a planet. I orbit the sun. My name starts with 'E'. I am the

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Measure the Length Use unifix cubes to measure the length of each picture.

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The rocket is

The helicopter is

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cubes long.

cubes The spaceship is

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Build a Rocket This rocket is made up of squares and triangles. Use the grid to build a rocket the same.

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Colour the Picture

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Find Your Way to Saturn Colour the correct path.

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Star Search 6+3=

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Rocket Blast 11 - 4 = 9-6= 15 - 2 =

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Measuring Orbits Use a piece of string to measure each planet's orbit. Glue your string to a large piece of paper. Guess which is the longest/shortest before you start. A

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Count How Many Circle lots of 3.

How many stars?

How many lots of 3?

Circle lots of 4.

How many rockets?

How many lots of 4?

Circle lots of 5.

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How many flags?

How many lots of 5?

Circle lots of 2.

How many planets?

How many lots of 2?

Circle lots of 4.

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Engine failure. Go back 3 spaces.

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Booster rocket. Go ahead 3 spaces.

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Moon in sight. Go ahead 4 spaces.

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Rocket to the Moon

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Space walk. Throw a 6 to continue.

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Meteor shower. Miss a turn.

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Throw a 6 to land safely.


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