Lift Off to Literacy: to the ISS and Beyond

Happy International Literacy Day! 🙂

How do you plan on adding an extra minute of literacy today?

What about tweeting an astronaut?  You can connect with them here (astronauts in space now) and here (NASA astronauts).

Your students just might…

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  • or get one of their own questions answered!

Plus learning to communicate in 140 characters or less could lead to some lessons in creativity and clarity.

The sky really isn’t the limit with this as students read and send messages to the ISS and beyond. 😉

 

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Prepare for Launch: International Literacy Day is coming!

“Lift Off to Literacy” is the International Reading Association‘s theme for this year’s International Literacy Day, September 8, 2014.

Chosen to help inspire students to reach for the stars, this theme is also a challenge for teachers to help launch students’ literacy habits “by devoting an additional 60 seconds of literacy activities each day for 60 days. Celebrate ILD and share the message that developing a habit of reading, writing, listening, and speaking leads to lifelong literacy success.”

The IRA is offering free printables, an activity kit, and more. Check out the resources here and prepare for “Lift Off!”

How will you include an additional 60 seconds of literacy activities in your class each day?

Here are a few of my ideas:

  • See how fast your students can alphabetize the class list – on paper or by physically standing/sitting in alphabetical order.
  • Collect food labels and have students do a quick sort by brand, certain ingredients, or number of servings.
  • Share a poem.
  • Make lists of rhyming words.
  • Post a picture and have a “Caption this!” contest.
  • Try out some tongue twisters.

The World is So Full of a Number of Things

If you haven’t seen the “Earth As Art” ebook yet, take time to check it out. The pictures are amazing and offer unique perspectives of views both well-known and as yet undiscovered for many of us. You can learn more about this project here: “Earth as Art” info and resources.

Earth As Art

ideas for use in the classroom:

  • see if students can identify each place from its “artistic view”
  • locate each place on a map/globe
  • compare and contrast the “artistic view” with another photo of the place
  • identify elements and principles of art used in each photograph
  • discuss tone(s) and feelings associated with each photo

additional resources:

What have you helped your students see from a different perspective lately?

We Choose to Go to the… Moon!

Looking for an adventure a little more out of this world? Then check out these books and resources:

Destination: Moon, by James Irwin

Nasa Space Vehicles: Capsules, Shuttles, and Space Stations (Countdown to Space), by Michael D. Cole

The International Space Station: An Orbiting Laboratory, by Devi Nipaul

Exploring the Solar System: A History with 22 Activities, by Mary Kay Carson

Visit NASA Kids’ Club for games and activities; NASA’s student page for informational stories, pictures, news, and more; and NASA’s Cassini Solstice Mission: Kids Space site for information about Saturn and the mission.

Kidsastronomy.com and kids-and-space.com also have lots of games and activities and information about astronomy, our solar system, and more.

And don’t miss this… amazing science videos for kids at Science Kids.