ART PROJECT (A)
Draw or paint your favourite scene from The Weird Adventures of Virgo Capella. You can also do a collage.
Before you start, here are a few helpful reminders.
1. If you make a mistake, don’t fret. Mistakes can help you learn. Can you erase it? Or colour or paint over it, or glue something to cover it up?
2. If you find it hard, keep in mind that it takes time and practice to train your brain and hands.
3. Colours can convey emotions. For eg. red can mean love or anger. Blue is a quiet colour. Green is calming. Yellow is bright like the sun and can mean happiness and joy.
4. Remember to ask yourself: Where is my eye level? Where am I standing in this scene? This will help in drawing perspective.
In a short artist’s statement tell us why the scene was important to the story. And why it was your favourite.
a) Include facts about your art materials (paint, coloured pencils etc.); how you made it.
b) Did you have any trouble creating this piece? If so, how did you overcome the challenge?
c) What did you do well? What could you have done better?
d) What did you learn?
You can also view this in the downloadable file. See below.
WHAT’S THE WORD? (A)
If you run into a new word try to figure out what it means by its context in the sentence. Study the following sentences from the book The Weird Adventures of Virgo Capella. ( See below)
See if you can guess what the words in bold mean. Then use them in a new sentence of your own.
The Vocabulary page can be downloaded from here to work on. It is called “Vocabulary.pdf”
WHO IS THIS? (E)
Kids must guess and write the character’s name in the blank space below the picture in the downloadable pdf file.
The quiz can be checked against the Answer file provided below.
ARE YOU A STAR GAZER?
Can you find all the words that relate to Space on the notepad? Print the page and see if you can spot them.
Draw around them as shown above:
DESIGN AN INCREDIBLE NEW SPACESHIP
At XYZ Corporation, you have just been selected to join a top notch team of astronautical engineers and spacecraft designers as a rookie. Design an incredible new spaceship to wow the other members of the team.
Look around before you plunge in. Download the “Design an Incredible Spaceship” page. Complete the spaceship you see on the page or doodle your own.
Mars Crossword puzzle
1. The name of one of Mars’ moons.
4. Name of the Roman god Mars was named after.
6. The other Mars’ moon.
8. Mars isn’t average in many things.
9. Planets revolve in the sky.
11. Mars is smaller than Earth, but it has more of this.
13. Name of a planet.
14. Venus is a hot planet. Mars is the opposite.
15. The curved path of a planet around the sun.
16. One of the twin rovers sent to Mars in 2003.
2. The largest volcano in the solar system found on Mars.
3. Some stars are bigger than others.
5. Vehicles for driving over extraterrestrial terrain.
6. Found in deserts on Earth and on Mars.
7. What Mars is compared to Earth.
10. The north and south poles of Mars.
12. Another name for Mars.
Don’t give up too soon.
WHAT’S MISSING IN THE BIG BEAR PUZZLE?
Are you a super sleuth? Can you pick the piece that solves the puzzle? Look carefully at the image on the left. You can also download the puzzle and circle the correct piece.
Download Big Bear puzzle
Give it your best shot, but if you really get stumped check the Answer below.
Totally Awesome Trivia
How much do you know about the Space Station? Take a look at the question and see if you can pick the correct answer from the choices below.
WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM SPEED THE SPACE STATION CAN TRAVEL AROUND THE EARTH?
(a) 17,500 m/h
(b) 14,320 m/h
(c) 28,000 km/h
d) 32,500 km/h
Give it your best shot, but if you really get stumped check the Answer below.
SALE ON MARS
You are planning to set up a new franchise on Mars, and are taking the following items with you from Earth for resale.
The unit of currency on Mars is the Yar and there are 100 Yargos in one Yar. Something that costs 10 Yars and 40 Yargos is written as Y10.40.
If one Mars Yar is equal to $0.75, how many Yars would you resell these items for if your markup is 20%?
a. The ketchup costs______
b. The cookies cost______
c. The macaroni costs______
d. The laptop costs______
e. The crayons cost______
f. The apple juice costs______
g. The playing cards cost______
h. The teddy bear costs_____
i. The notebook costs_____
j. The potato chips cost______
WONDERFUL WORD MAKER
What other four-letter words can you make from the word?
C O N S T E L L A T I O N S
It’s fun to think up new words. Try it on your own, or pair up with a buddy and turn it into a game by keeping a score and using a five-minute timer.
How many can you come up with?
When you’re done, see how many you missed by checking out the Answer file below.You can also download all the constellations in the night sky by asking your teacher or parent to visit:Education.com
and then search for the worksheet called “constellations-for-kids” and save as pdf.
TOTALLY AWESOME TRIVIA
How much do you know about the Curiosity Martian rover? What is its mission?
Choose the best answer.
The Curiosity rover’s mission is
(a) to send back pictures of Mars.
(b) to transmit scientific information back to Earth.
(c) to look for signs of past water activity on Mars.
(d) to explore the surface of Mars to gather information that
may help scientists.
Which Alien is from Mars?
“Can you tell which alien is from Mars and which one is from Venus
just by taking a quick look at this picture? Give it a good shot, but if you really can’t, and get frustrated, you can take a look at the Answer below.
MARTIAN SCHOOLHOUSE A school on Mars has a ratio of students to teachers of 32 to 3. If there are 160 students on a given day, how many teachers would you expect to be present?
Underline the spelling mistakes in this book report.
THE WEIRD ADVENTURES OF VIRGO CAPELLA
This book is about Virgo and his sister Lyra’s advantures when they accidentaly meet an odd pair in the park near their home. Biham who is an alian, and Scorpio, a scruffy streetkid, end up following them both home. When Biham is chased by a group of ET bounty hunters, Virgo realizes that Biham is telling the truth. Virgo knows what he must do. Save Biham from their clutche by using his wits and by working together as a team. Things get even more scarry when Biham finds himself close to starvetion, in desparete need of space food. Will Biham escape his enemies? Will Biham get home on time? I was on the edge of my seat. I liked the storry because I learned about the night sky and science in a fun way. I liked the charecters too. I espacially felt sorry for Biham and hoped he would be okay, and make it safelly back home.
Can you find the nine-letter word hiding in the grid?
Move from one letter to another, using each letter only once.
If you get stuck, you can check the hint below.
Hint: A device sent into space that moves around heavenly bodies.
Can you spot five differences in the features of these two pictures of Mars and name them?
CAN YOU CRACK THE CODE?
TEST YOUR BRAIN POWER
Mr. Parka is known for giving a lot of tough homework. He is also known for having a sense of humour. If you can crack his code and answer the question correctly, you will get an A on the assignment. (When cracking the code, copy the code on a piece of paper and leave some room between each line. When you figure out what a letter or a symbol represents, write it down above the letter in the code. Don’t rush through it, work slowly and it will get done quicker.)
Here is the question:
LPDJLQH 2RX DUH VWDQGLQJ RQ PDUV DW D WLPH RI 2RXU FKRRVLQJ, TKDW GRHV WKH HDUWK ORRN OLNH ZLWK 2RXU QDNHG H2H?
Hint: This is a substitution code. Skip a letter.
Don’t give up too soon, but if you totally get frustrated you can download the answer here.
Download Can you Crack the Code? — Answer
MEET MARS, THE FOURTH PLANET FROM THE SUN.
1. Mars is named after the Roman god of war.
2. Mars has one small moon named Phobos.
3. Mars is the brightest heavenly body in the night sky.
4. The surface of Mars has a lot of water, including lakes and rivers.
5. It has days and nights like our planet.
6. The Martian year, the time it takes to rotate the sun, is almost twice that of Earth.
7. Mars can be seen from Earth with the naked eye.
8. The Martian seasons are similar to Earth’s.Download True or False — Answers
You fly a spy spaceship. Your job is to send information back to base, via radio waves that travel at the speed of light. You have to fly by all eight planets as well as the dwarf planet Pluto, as quickly as possible. You don’t have to return to your starting point. Can you draw the route, using only five straight lines without taking your pen off the page? You can’t go back along any of the lines you’ve already made.
Reconn Mission Answer
Download Recon Mission Answer
SPACE TALK CROSSWORD PUZZLE
- 2. An instrument that helps people study distant objects.
- 3. Some stars are hotter than others in temperature.
- 5. When a planet weighs more compared to its size.
- 7. Name of a planet.
- 10. Name of a planet.
- 12. A system of millions of stars held together by gravity.
- 14. Name of a planet.
- 1. A force that pulls objects in space towards each other.
- 4. Space and everything in it as a whole.
- 6. A long, thin spacecraft.
- 8. A scientist who studies the sun, moon and stars.
- 9. Name of the star around which the earth orbits.
- 11. A large hole in the ground.
- 13. A deep valley with steep sides of rock.
FaFa Contest winners
Congratulations Alyssia and McKenna!
SUMMER FUN FOR KIDS!
ANNOUNCING A DRAWING CONTEST!
Win a cash prize of $65 dollars Cdn (money order). Plus prizes for second and third best. The winner will be announced on: www.sarahperrin.ca
To be able to enter the contest, also answer the following question:
What do you like the best on the Kids page/and WHY?
a) the Story of Orion, b) the Alien and Zombie jokes, c) the Magic Trick, or d) the Virgo Quiz.
You can use the form on the “Contact Me” page to send in your reply.
Hurry! Contest ends September 8, 2015. NO GROWN UPS ALLOWED!
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Orion was a tall and strong man who lived in ancient Greece. His hunting skills were famous throughout the world.On a visit to the island of Chios, he hunted all the wild animals until there were all gone. Nothing could stop him. He loved to boast. He boasted of his strength, he boasted of his hunting skills, and he boasted that he would kill all the animals on earth. This made the Greek mother goddess angry. She forced him to battle a deadly scorpion. Orion’s club was no match for its armour. The scorpion stung him and almost destroyed him.
Lost Secrets of the Greek Constellations . . .
The Curse of Orion
Evil Beasts Beware!
Click on the picture to find out
more about Orion the Hunter!
Watch out for more Stories to come!
Add this page to your bookmarks.
Visit the Ontario Science Centre.
See the Rainforest Room where Virgo
went head to head with Candyman to
Also see the turtle that helped Virgo,
and the black-and-yellow poison dart
frogs in the story!
Did you know?
The brightest star in the Orion Constellation is Betelgeuse, sounds like beetle juice. It is a red super giant in the constellation. The three stars in Orion’s belt are easy to spot in the night sky from Nov. to Feb. (north of the equator).
The Alien and the Zombie
What would you do if you bumped into an alien?
“em esucxE” yaS
What did the alien say to the zombie when he saw a kid passing by?
“krod a seog erehT”
Is it Magic or is it Science?
A cardboard paper towel tube works great for this trick. Or you can roll up a sheet of paper into the same shape.
Hold the tube in front of one eye, and with both eyes look at something in the distance (approx. 10 ft away). Hold your free hand up in front of the other eye.
Do you see a round hole in the palm of your hand? The object that you were looking at a few seconds before should now show through.
That’s right, it’s an optical trick.”
THE VIRGO CAPELLA ADVENTURE
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