Posts Tagged ‘Inquiry’

BTN (Behind The News) – Spacesuit History

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Spacesuit History’. After viewing the story you need to answer the following comprehension questions into your language book. Remember to write both the question and the answer and answer in full sentences.

1. What was the main point of the Spacesuit History story.
2. Why do astronauts wear spacesuits?
3. What keeps astronauts cool?
4. Spacesuits are made of about how many different layers?
5. When was the first spacesuit worn by an astronaut in space?
6. What design features did the spacesuit worn by Neil Armstrong for the Apollo mission have?
7. Describe in detail the spacesuit created by Elon Musk.
8. What do people think about the design?
9. Create a timeline showing important moments in spacesuit development.
10. Name three things you learnt watching the BTN story.

Mars Rovers

Using the grid paper provided 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.

CHALLENGE: Once you have completed your design for your Mars Rover you can then design a different rover for a different planet of your choosing.

I Wish I’d Gone to the Moon with Neil Armstrong…

I Wish I’d Gone to the Moon with Neil Armstrong…

Dedicate a double page spread to people connected to space and space discoveries.

Your first mini ‘bio’ (biography) will be dedicated to Neil Armstrong. Use a template of a person and trace around the shape and turn it into an image of Neil Armstrong.

After the teacher has read the picture story book ‘I Wish I’d Gone to the Moon with Neil Armstrong’ you have some idea who Neil is.

Continue your investigation into Neil Armstrong to see what else you can discover about this amazing man. Write his ‘bio’  beside his template picture.

Visit more than one site to collect your information.

Mars One


During your excursion to the Victorian Space Centre you will be a part of the MARS EXPERIENCE. You will communicate with Mars from Mission Control.

Before you head off on your excursion you need to do some research into MARS.


SLIDE 1 – Add an image of MARS


(On your Keynote screen capture each poster showing the different jobs you may apply for on the Mars Mission). Once you have selected a job write a brief job description of your role.

SLIDE 3 – Follow the Mars Rover- screen capture an image showing as many components as possible- label them

SLIDE 4- 10 Facts about Mars


Screen capture your postcard for your Keynote

SLIDE 6- PACK YOUR BACKPACK- what personal items would you take with you – remembering you will not  be returning!!!!!

SLIDE 7- You will be a part of a team of 4. Make a list of the scientists needed on Mars. Which ‘ists’ will you take with you?   E.G. biologist – study……

SLIDE 8- Compare Mars with other planets- screen capture each comparison.

SLIDE 9 – Mars Rovers –

Using the information from the link above write a paragraph about each rover and it’s specialty.

SLIDE 10 – Final Slide – What other information do you believe you need to include? Weather? Atmosphere? Distance from other planets? Date discovered? Any other important information?

SLIDE 11 – Write a reflection of your experience on our recent excursion to the VSSEC. What did you enjoy? Write about each task that you did to explain it to someone who hasn’t been there.

The link below answers many questions about the MARS ONE PROJECT



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.How much taller was Scott when he returned from space? Why
was he taller?
6.Why do astronauts lose bone and muscle mass in space?
7.What do they do to strengthen bones and muscles while they
are in space?
8.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) – Moon Landing

Click on the link above to view the BtN story ‘Moon Landing’. Once you have watched the clip you need to answer the following comprehension questions in your language book.

  1. How many people watched the moon landing on television?
  2. What do you think is meant by the statement “It’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind”?
  3. What promise did US President John F. Kennedy make?
  4. Why was going to the moon more complicated than going into orbit?
  5. What role did Australia play in the mission?
  6. Why is the United States planning to send people back to the moon?
  7. Do you think it is money well spent? Explain your answer.
  8. Why do you think the moon landing will be remembered as one of the biggest achievements of all time?

NASA Sun Announcement Activity

Read the story and answer these questions in your language book.

i. Where is the Parker Solar Probe traveling to?

ii. Why has it taken so long to send this mission?

iii. How close to the sun will the probe travel?

iv. How hot will it get?

v. What will protect the probe?

vi. What do the scientists want to learn from the mission?

Literacy Task: Jupiter

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. Why do you think no humans have visited Jupiter?
  2. Why do you think the Galilean moons were the first to be discovered?
  3. True or False – Jupiter, like Saturn, also has rings? Give an explanation for your answer.
  4. Which two gases make up Jupiter? As a result of these two gases, what is Jupiter called?
  5. Explain why you believe that Jupiter is colder than Earth.

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