Space is a fascinating topic to teach in the classroom. On this post I put together my own resources and other resources I found on line. To set the scene I open the lesson with this video and song by Bobby Mc Ferrin entitled “Ladeo” to get in the mood.
Lets focus on the moon. Use the video to start a conversation in your group by asking, “What do you see?” A man singing, the moon, trees, planets, stars. Ask your group “Who wants to live on the moon?”. Then play them this short video from NASA for kids. Tell the the group that after they watch the video they are going to play a domino cards game and so they need to listen carefully to the video in order to play the game.
Please download this free domino card game I made to go with the video here. Space moon Q&A card game. Print it on A4 card or heavy paper and then cut out the boxes. The students need to match a question to an answer. You can edit this template to suit your own questions or you can use the template for an entirely different subject and create endless domino games. Print enough sets for the group to work in pairs or small groups. After you finish this game you might want to try my rocket launcher and moon grammar activity to go with a song about the moon. I chose Simon and Garfunkel’s “Song about the moon”. First listen to the song.
Get your group singing the intro humming, and clicking their fingers to the beat. Here are the lyrics and the video.
If you want to write a song about the moon
Walk along the craters in the afternoon
When the shadows are deep And the light is alien
And gravity leaps like a knife off the pavement
And you want to write a song about the moon.
You want to write a spiritual tune
Then nah nah nah Hey presto! A song about the moon
So where do the rockets come in? Here is a fun activity I created to teach grammar. The focus here is nouns and adjectives but you can change this to whatever grammar you like. Listen again to the song and try to learn it and then when you sing it or read the words the nouns should hold up their moon when they hear a verb and the rockets should hold up their rockets when they hear an adjective. I used this activity with primary school, secondary school and even groups of adults and teachers. It is fun and interactive.
You can find these images I used on Google free clip art search.Print them on thick paper and attach a lollipop stick to the back.
Moving on now to the solar system and the planets. Great free resources at Lanternfish ESL www.bogglesworldesl.com and you can also download them here. 1: SolarSystemFlashcards 2: thesolarsystem, 3: thesolarsystem, 4: solarsystem2, PlanetsWordsearch, 5: solar system-scav-hunt_, 6: Space_Rhymes, 7: From the British council stories-our-colourful-world-worksheet-final-2012-11-04_0 8: stories-our-colourful-world-transcript-final-2012-07-13 9: https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/songs/flying-the-sun-the-stars, 10: https://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/category/topics/planets, 11: SolarSystemSuperlatives 12: Coloring pages solarsystem01 planets01 Check out the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for activities and resources http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/education/students/