7. What did the astronauts eat and drink whilst travelling on their journey to the Moon and back?
Veggie Monster – teacher notes –
Activity – Class debate on “Advertising and Prime Time TV, Their Role in Demonising Vegetables”
Activity – Make up an advertising campaign to popularise vegetables. Research TV advertisements and prime time TV shows to see what sort of food is promoted and how. I can think of one popular TV soapie, which has its cast eating pizza and drinking beer in most episodes. What does this say to young viewers.
Note what sort of advertisements come on between 4.00pm and 8.00pm, the time many children, families and young folk would be watching TV. How might you use your campaign to change this?
Activity – Make up recipes with vegetables as the main ingredients – they must be delicious enough that YOU would want to eat them! If there are any vegetarians in the class, ask them to be a consultative panel and to judge the result of the class cooking attempts to make veggies into taste tempting foods!
Activity: Australians have ‘adopted’ vegetables from all over the world.
Create a world map and paste labels bearing the names of common vegetables used in Australia on their countries of origin.
Activity: Are there vegetables that are native to Australia? Study the foods grown and gathered by various Aboriginal groups. If possible, invite a local indigenous leader to discuss with the class the native foods they used and how they prepared them.
Winter in Australia is very variable.
Activity: Watch the weather report for mid winter and compare the weather report that night for Darwin and for Hobart.
List five reasons for the big difference in temperatures.
Activity: How do you know winter has arrived?
List five things that tell you the season has changed.
Activity: What images in the poem suggest to you that the scene depicted in the poem is set in winter?
Leaves choose mostly orange-red
then bands of blue
Using light to make a meal
their chloroplasts feed on the Sun.
But only parts of
Leaves don’t use all sunshine’s beams.
It seems they rarely
eat their greens!
First published in Double Helix (October 2015)
Reproduced with permission of CSIRO
Notes by Jeanie Axton
Below is a template for an Australian Eucalyptus leaf. Print and get the students, after brainstorming, to write a shape poem around the shape of the leaf. They could all be cut out and attached to a Eucalyptus Poem Tree.