Must Read Mentor Text: How Do You Burp In Space? - Ideas By Jivey: For the Classroom

Must Read Mentor Text: How Do You Burp In Space?

Sunday already? Eek! This week flew by, and so did the weekend. This is upcoming week is actually my last week of school! To keep the kids entertained while still teaching "bell to bell," we'll be doing some fun review of our year. One of the units I always wish I had more time to teach is the solar system... I picked up this book from Scholastic a while back and my kids actually fought over who got to read it first!
Scholastic says... This handy book contains all the info necessary for planning a space vacation, including:
  • What to pack (hint: no bubble bath or juggling balls!)
  • What to expect from accommodations (a sleeping bag attached to the wall)
  • What to do for fun (leapfrog on the moon!)
Which got me thinking... how fun would it be for the kids to create a travel brochure to go visit another planet? Which then got the ol' wheels turning, and I decided to have a whole day devoted to outer space!
We'll start off the day with the solar system passage- do a bit of close reading/interactive note-taking. Then, I am going to set up stations that the students will rotate through for almost the rest of the day. I have printed in color and laminated three sets of the fact cards. The comprehension questions that go with the passage will be a station, the Venn Diagrams with a set of fact cards will be a station, the Planetary Problems with a set of fact cards will be a station, the weight activity will be a station, and the brainstorm for the brochure will be a station (I will have a set of the fact cards there and the How Do You Burp In Space? book as well so students can use them to brainstorm). Then the last hour or so of the day, the students will create their travel brochure! You can grab the unit if you'd like from my TPT store!

If you want to create this travel brochure in your room, you can grab the brainstorm page for free here!
Have a great week next week! :o)


  1. LOL! This book looks really fun and so does your project!! Thanks for linking it up! I've never seen this book! I know the kids will love it!! :O)
    Happy Last Week of School!!!! Whoop whoop!
    Collaboration Cuties

  2. I just ordered this book from Scholastic on Friday! And now, I've put your packet in my wish list - pretty sure I'll be doing this with my students in the fall.

    Math is Elementary

  3. What a cute book! Totally sending this idea to my teaching partner! :) Thanks for sharing!



  5. Hi,

    I wrote How Do You Burp in Space? and the fact that your kids liked it so much made my day. Your unit is great too. I'm lucky you picked up the book. Thanks! Susan

  6. What a fun idea! I remember when I was in 4th grade and our teacher turned our classroom into the inside of an airplane for a trip to Hawaii. I can't remember what we were supposed to learn from that experience, but it sure was fun! :) Have a great last week!!

    Mrs. Laffin's Laughings

  7. Oh man...I SO wish I had more time than I do. I WANT to do this. Pinned for next year for sure!!! cool that the author wrote to you. I'm jumping up and down for you! SO COOL!
    Rockin' and Lovin' Learnin'

  8. I purchased this book a few years ago when teaching firsties. Now that I'm teaching 4th I'll be using it with your Outer Space Day of Fun that I also bought. Love the travel brochure idea! Thanks!!!


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