Reply To: Module 3 – Stars, Space and Aliens

Laura Ryan

    I think children in Junior Infants would really enjoy the Design a Martian activity from the Space and Aliens activity set.

    I’d begin by reading the story ‘The Way Back Home’ by Oliver Jeffers. Engage the children in a discussion about the Martian in the story. Have the children think about the following: I wonder what it’s like to live on Mars? Is it hot or cold?

    Show the children the video ‘Meet the Mars Rovers’ to give the children the opportunity to see the Martian landscape. What would a Martian need to survive in this landscape? What would this Martian look like?

    From here the children will be challenged to design a Martian on their own or in pairs using 3D materials.

    The children could record their model Martians in front of a green screen and we could add a suitable Martian landscape background to their videos.

    As an extension the children could construct a vehicle that would bring their Martians back home.

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