Riddles of the Universe (SE)

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Riddles of the Universe tells the story of Commander Eileen Collins. On 23 July 1999, Commander Eileen Collins took the space shuttle Columbia into orbit. Her mission: to launch the Chandra X-ray Observatory, which will help scientists find answers to some of the riddles of the universe.

The features of this book are:

  • Fact files
  • Technical language: dark matter, payload, sonic boom, supernova
  • Dramatic NASA photographs
  • Labelled diagrams
  • Captioned photographs
  • Website references for further research
  • Procedural text
  • The format of the countdown sequence.

Riddles of the Universe can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills:

  • Drawing on students’ background knowledge
  • Exploring technical vocabulary
  • Locating relevant information to support claims
  • Writing questions that encourage further research
  • Presenting information in different formats
  • Rewriting text from a different point of view.

Themes covered in this book are: Exploration, Space, Maths, Earth Science

Reading Level: 31++ (Black)


AuthorJohn Bonallack

SeriesSkyrider Chapters

Year Level6


Guided Reading Level30

Genreand log | Diary | Explanation | journal | Report

Theme/TopicEarth Science | Exploration | Maths | Space

Strategy/SkillsAsking questions | Information skills | Prior knowledge

Page Count32