Issue 7

Countdown cover issue 7 2017Countdown: Get ready for a whole bunch of dogs. These playful canines have made their way into a play, a lovely story, a puzzle and even this month's bookshelf! Love pizza? Then find out how this popular dish came to be eaten in countries all around the world. You'll even get a chance to make your own! Take a sneak peek at some very creepy trees and perform a great new play.

Teaching Guide includes exploring the English concept of connotation, imagery and symbol; using independent reading strategies to comprehend a poem; spelling common homophones; reading through a play; researching rainbows and preparing an information poster; story writing; peer editing; identifying pros and cons; and identifying tense.

Contents page (pdf 430 KB)


Blast Off cover issue 7 2017Blast Off: Calling all scientists! Get ready to read an exciting article about robots, conduct a clever experiment using water and try to find a scientific word in a great new activity. There's a hilarious play about a jungle expedition and a story that will take you all the way across the Milky Way. And the poetry is out of this world.

Teaching Guide includes exploring the English concept of connotation, imagery and symbol; identifying action verbs and using them in a procedure; identifying rhetorical questions; writing plot twists; creating a multimedia presentation; using technical terms; selecting subheadings; highlighting facts and opinions and exploring visual literacy.

Contents page (pdf 692 KB)


Orbit cover issue 7 2017

Orbit: It's Science Week! Launch into an article about the physical effects of space travel, find out what bits and pieces have been left on the Moon, experiment with travelling water and delve into a wonderful sci-fi story. Take a glimpse at a very ‘different' type of Bookshelf offering and settle in for some fabulous poetry.

Teaching Guide includes exploring the English concept of connotation, imagery and symbol; understanding how literary devices can promote strong images in poetry; identifying plot elements in fairytales; exploring structure and subheadings; compiling a multimodal presentation; writing a space diary; creating a story ending with a twist; and exposition writing.

Contents page (pdf 915 KB)


Touchdown cover issue 7 2017

Touchdown: Welcome to an issue that's teeming with werewolves, aliens, trolls and monstrous things. Read a great article about the night aliens invaded Earth—almost! There's a radio play to perform, stories to make you shudder and poetry that practically dances off the page. Get ready for the conclusion to ‘Amil's Secret' and meet some stony faces that actually spit water.

Teaching Guide includes exploring the English concept of connotation, imagery and symbol; exploring an author's tone; planning the next instalment of a story; information report writing; creating descriptive noun groups; writing hieroglyphic codes; advertising a haunted house; creating a backstory; and exploring salience in visual texts.

Contents page (pdf 543 KB)