First Family on Mars & Space Station Level 25-26

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This book contains the fiction title The First Family on Mars and the non-fiction title Space Station.

The First Family on Mars is about a family who are hoping to be selected as the first family to live on Mars. When their house at the Mars training base burns down they have to be resourceful in order to live in an unusual and tiny place. Features of The First Family on Mars – First-person narrative – Problem-solving focus – Interaction between the characters – Factual information about space travel Purpose The First Family on Mars can be used for the following purposes: – introducing the ideas and vocabulary in the associated non-fiction title – exploring the factual information in a fiction text – exploring dialogue – making inferences – identifying the problems and solutions in a text

Space Station is about the International Space Station which is a base for astronauts who live and work in space for up to six months. This book examines the challenges of living in this unusual environment. Features of Space Station – Explanation – Captioned photographs – Contents page, glossary, index – Labelled diagrams Purpose Space Station can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills: – asking questions to deepen understanding – finding information in photographs – identifying the problems and solutions in a text.

Themes covered in this book are: Relationships, Space Exploration, Challenge, Science and Technology

Reading Level:25-26 (Emerald)

AuthorJanice Marriott/Murray Reece

SeriesSkyrider Double Takes

Year Level4


Guided Reading Level26

GenreExplanation | Science Fiction

Theme/TopicChallenge | Exploration | Family | Relationships | Science and Technology | Space

Strategy/SkillsAsking questions | Dialogue | Information skills | Making inferences | Text structure | Using graphic sources

Page Count32