|Synopsis||Rocket 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 access||via url-link or QR-Code|
|Equipment for child||tablet, phone or laptop, internet connection, perhaps headphones|
|Materials||dictionary (online or paper), craft materials|
|Language Skills||listening, vocabulary (verbs), speaking (read aloud)|
|Cross-curricular Links||science, art and design|
|Values||determination, family and sibling relationships|
|World Event Day||World Space Week|
- 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
|Look||Who do you see on the cover?|
|Look||What is the girl wearing? Describe the cat.|
|Look||What does she see when she looks up at the sky?|
|Solve||What device can you hold in your hands and look down at?|
|Research||Which instruments can you use to look up at the sky?|
|Research||Find out who Mae Jemison is.|
|Research||What is a meteor shower? Have you ever seen one? Would you like to see one?|
|Predict||What 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 A||Listen and watch for general understanding and enjoyment.|
|Part B||Listen 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 Notes||Listen to the story again and note down five facts about meteors and space.|
|Research||Find out five facts about Mae Jemison. Find out what astronauts eat.|
|Review & Move||Watch 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.
|Create||Design and draw your own astronaut suit.|
|Create||Write and illustrate your own flyer to invite neighbours to see a cosmic |
event (or another incredible event).
|Act out||Give your own press meeting to inform people about your incredible event!|
|Personal response||How would you describe Rocket, Jamal and their mother?|
|Observe||Look up into the sky at night. Describe what you see.|
|Think||What is the opposite of Look up? Why do you think Nathan Bryon chose|
Look Up! as the title?
|Your opinion||Which is Nathan Bryon’s favourite page? Which is your favourite page |
and illustration? Why?
Step 5: Share and Evaluate your work
|Share||Send your work to your teacher or share in your virtual classroom.|
|Evaluate||Complete the evaluation sheet to reflect on your learning.|
Part B: Think about how well you did. Choose and draw the smiley face that fits best.
|1||Draw along with Dapo Adeola and learn how to draw Rocket’s cat Luna (continue viewing video).|
If you enjoyed making the actions during the read aloud, why not learn some British Sign Language (BSL). Watch Leanne sign and learn how to sign: telescope, stars, astronaut, meteor and look.
©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