Mini Picturebook Lesson 14: Look Up! by Nathan Bryon & Dapo Adeola

Notes

SynopsisRocket wants to become an astronaut, star-catcher and space-traveller. Can she convince her older brother to stop looking down at his phone and look up at the stars and watch a meteor shower?
Lesson accessvia url-link or QR-Code
Equipment for childtablet, phone or laptop, internet connection, perhaps headphones
Materials dictionary (online or paper), craft materials
Language Skillslistening, vocabulary (verbs), speaking (read aloud)
Cross-curricular Linksscience, art and design
Valuesdetermination, family and sibling relationships
World Event DayWorld Space Week

LET’S START

  • Equipment: dictionary (online or paper), tablet or laptop & internet connection and perhaps headphones
  • Materials for your Spacesuit & Flyer: coloured pens and pencils
  • Time: 20-30 minutes

Step 1: Look at the Cover

LookWho do you see on the cover?  
LookWhat is the girl wearing? Describe the cat. 
LookWhat does she see when she looks up at the sky?
SolveWhat device can you hold in your hands and look down at?
ResearchWhich instruments can you use to look up at the sky?
ResearchFind out who Mae Jemison is.
ResearchWhat is a meteor shower?  Have you ever seen one? Would you like to see one?
PredictWhat do you think the girl wants to be when she grows up?
Check Look up the meaning of these words: orbit, space shuttle, gravity, mission,
comet, atmosphere. Do you know any other space-related words in English or your own language?

Step 2 and Step 3: Listen and Watch

Part AListen and watch for general understanding and enjoyment.
Part BListen and watch again and answer the questions, pause and replay when you need to.
What are the names of the girl and her big brother?  
What is her brother always looking down at?
 Why was the girl given her name?
 What is the girl going to be when she grows up?
 How does she prepare herself?
 What is her mission?  What does she want to see?
 What does she do when she is in the supermarket?
 What happens to her brother when they leave the supermarket? 
Look at their facial expressions. How did they feel?
Who saves the day? 
 Why is Rocket so excited?
 Why do the people start to go home?
 What suddenly happens?
 How do sister and brother now feel?

STEP 4: Add your Voice

Review & Make NotesListen to the story again and note down five facts about meteors and space. 
ResearchFind out five facts about Mae Jemison. Find out what astronauts eat.
Review & MoveWatch the story again and join in the victory dance with Rocket or create
your own victory dance and perform to your family members or classmates.
CreateDesign and draw your own astronaut suit.
CreateWrite and illustrate your own flyer to invite neighbours to see a cosmic
event (or another incredible event).
Act outGive your own press meeting to inform people about your incredible event!
Personal response How would you describe Rocket, Jamal and their mother?
ObserveLook up into the sky at night. Describe what you see. 
ThinkWhat is the opposite of Look up? Why do you think Nathan Bryon chose
Look Up! as the title? 
Your opinionWhich is Nathan Bryon’s favourite page? Which is your favourite page 
and illustration? Why? 

Step 5: Share and Evaluate your work

ShareSend your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.
EvaluateComplete the evaluation sheet to reflect on your learning.
Need Help ? Part A: Read and complete. You can write or say your answers. You can do this on your own, in pairs or in a class discussion.
Part B: Think about how well you did. Choose and draw the smiley face that fits best.

Teacher Notes

Want more?

1Draw along with Dapo Adeola and learn how to draw Rocket’s cat Luna (continue viewing video).

THE END

©Ellis, G. & Gruenbaum, T. for PEPELT 2020

Look Up!  By Nathan Bryon and illustrated by Dapo Adeola published by Puffin 2019

Video © Puffin Time for Stories

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