Literacy Activity: Thesaurus

A thesaurus is a dictionary of synonyms and antonyms.

Look up these words and write FOUR synonyms for each of the following words. For each of these words also find and list ONE antonym.

Complete in your English book.

pale, impossible, final, cheap, proper, get, select, sudden, behaviour, danger

BTN (Behind The News) – Mars Mission

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Mars Mission’. Once you have watched the film you can answer the following comprehension questions in your language book.

1. Which planet in our Solar System is the most like Earth?

2. What is Curiosity?
3. How much did it cost to get Curiosity on Mars?
4. What is Curiosity’s job?
5. Describe some of the challenges of landing a roving robot on Mars.
6. How long did it take to get from Earth to Mars?
7. Do you think there’s life on Mars? Explain your answer.
8. Do you think people will be living on Mars one day? Give reasons for your response.
9. Complete the one of the following sentences: I think it’s important to investigate other planets because…
I don’t think it’s important to investigate other planets because…
10. What do the letters N.A.S.A. stand for?

Homework: Weeks 3 & 4

Your Mathletics and Spellodrome tasks are being monitored by your teacher and activities will be assigned as required.

Additional Spellodrome lists are available to you each week as some students are working their way through additional lists each week. Well done.

Your INQUIRY task needs to be completed each week and be ready to share with the class each Friday.

We will be posting some quality work samples each week to show what can be achieved with some effort. Will yours be next?


Here is your Weird Space Investigation for week 3.

(Prior tasks have been ‘Animals in Space’ and  ‘The International Space Station’.)


Choose a person who has made an interesting contribution to Space.

Make a poster (digital or non-digital) of this person highlighting their contribution/s to SCIENCE, in particular SPACE

We have already done NEIL ARMSTRONG so you cannot choose him. Try and be unique. Can you be the ONLY ONE in all of the Grade 5s to choose your person?



Mars Rover Missions

Using the information from the link above write a paragraph about EACH rover and it’s specialty. You can choose the school app for this.

Using grid paper (you can take a piece out of your maths grid book or ask Miss O’Connell) and a pencil – draw a detailed sketch of what you think the 2020 rover will look like. Remember to include labels in your sketch!

Think about how it travels over the rough terrain, sends and receives messages, collects samples and how it is powered. Don’t forget to use a ruler!

When you have completed your sketch in pencil you can go over it in fineliner and make it look like a blueprint.

Literacy Task: Orbits

View each of the images, below, displaying information about ‘Orbits’. Read all of the information and answer the following comprehension questions.

Complete the following comprehension questions into your Language books.

  1. Explain, in your own words,  why objects in our solar system orbit the sun.
  2. Describe the Earth’s orbit.
  3. What is the name used to describe objects in space that orbit?
  4. What keeps the planets in their obit patterns?
  5. Draw a diagram that displays the orbit of Mercury, Venus and Earth. Make sure you label your diagram.

Literacy: Glossary

A glossary is an alphabetical list of terms about a particular topic that also provides the definitions for those terms. Traditionally, a glossary appears at the end of a book and includes terms within that book that are either newly introduced or uncommon.

Using these words, related to our Science unit, create your own glossary in your Language book.

planet, moon, star, orbit, energy, movement, space, solar, atmosphere, axis, scale, environment

Remember that our glossary definitions need to relate to our Science inquiry unit!

BTN (Behind The News) – Space Effects

Click on the link below to view the BtN film ‘Space Effects’.

Answer the following questions neatly and carefully using full sentences in your Language books.

1.What was the main point of the Space Effects story?
2.How long was Scott Kelly in space?
3.Where did he live while he was in space?
4.What interesting things did Scott take into space?
5.What did he like about being back on Earth?
6.Describe the NASA research project that he was part of.
7.How much taller was Scott when he returned from space? Why
was he taller?
8.Why do astronauts lose bone and muscle mass in space?
9.What do they do to strengthen bones and muscles while they
are in space?
10.Would you like to spend a year in space? Why or why not?
When you have answered the questions above then you can watch these BTN Space clips.
Find out more about Scott Kelly-click on the link below.
So how do you keep yourself busy in space?

BTN (Behind The News) – Visiting Pluto

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Visiting Pluto’. Once you’ve viewed the story you need to answer the following comprehension questions in your language book.

  1. What is the name of the spacecraft that took photos of Pluto?
  2. Pluto was first discovered in…
  3. What do scientists know about Pluto?
  4. Why is it called a dwarf planet?
  5. When was the spacecraft launched?
  6. New Horizons is about the size of a ____________.
  7. What interesting things are on board the spacecraft?
  8. Describe the images of Pluto.
  9. New Horizons is the fastest spacecraft NASA has ever built. True or false?
  10. Write a question you would like to know the answer to about Pluto.

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