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EDUcullen: Play-Watch-Read: Jump with “Jade Rabbit” onto the Moon and into Space

With China’s “Jade Rabbit” lunar rover making tracks on the moon (and in history), is your child asking about space? Do you want them to? Help them Play-Watch-Read to connect your youth to this significant event.

PLAY

Amazing Match | Joy Preschool Game | Free / $1.99

My daughter and I love this matching game after several months of use. It contains a space theme that focuses on planets and other space objects (playable in the free version). It wins for its simplicity, clean look, clear vocals (North American accent), displayed spellings and customizable game settings (i.e., number of cards to match). I endorse Amazing Match for ESL/EAL learners, too.

amazing match

WATCH

Chris Hadfield series | Canadian Space Agency

Astronaut Chris Hadfield turned heads this year – upwards – toward the International Space Station. His out-of-this-earth videos examine elementary topics such as the five senses in space but he also demonstrates what happens when you cry without gravity and he conducts an amazing surface tension experiment (designed by Grade 10 students from Nova Scotia).

My daughter loved these videos even as she was turning three.

READ

If You Decide to Go to the Moon | Written by Faith McNulty & Illustrated by Steven Kellogg

A young boy blasts off for a fictional trip while learning non-fictional info. There are many moon facts (distance, weather, craters, how you drink and walk with less gravity) and the illustrations bring shape and colour to your child’s imagination.

If You Decide to Go to the Moon

(You might know McNulty from early Scholastic readers and Kellogg from one of my favourite books, The Day Jimmy’s Boa Ate the Wash.)

I also recommend Find the Constellations by H. A. Rey (the Curious George creator) and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle.

space books

Remember: Reach for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars. Which aren’t anywhere near the moon. Nice going, moon reacher; Houston has enough problems as it is.

Enjoy your space adventures!

5 comments on “EDUcullen: Play-Watch-Read: Jump with “Jade Rabbit” onto the Moon and into Space

  1. Claudia
    December 20, 2013

    Loving the Play-Watch-Read connection to the moon/space theme!

    • MrPeterCullen
      December 21, 2013

      Thanks, Claudia. I figured HK parents would have children asking about Jade Rabbit. The Shenzhou 5 was massively popular with Hong Kong students in 2003.

  2. Mr.j
    December 20, 2013

    Our little one sends you a big, “thanks Pete!”
    She’s really enjoying the app!

    • MrPeterCullen
      December 21, 2013

      Nice, Mr. J! That app surpasses so many other memory ones since it displays text and pronounces words very clearly. Hard to get bored of it with so many themes, too.

  3. MrPeterCullen
    December 21, 2013

    Thanks, Claudia. I figured HK parents would have children asking about Jade Rabbit. The Shenzhou 5 was massively popular with Hong Kong students in 2003.

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