Heatherhill PS in Space Doom!

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If you get up early enough in the next few days, you might just catch a glimpse of the Eta Aquarid meteor shower. But if you are more of an owl than a lark, drop in to 100 Story Building and check out the new planets exploding in to being courtesy of students from Heatherhill Primary School.

Over the next two terms, we’re working with teachers and students to help them create a rich writing environment for their classrooms and support student’s confidence and creative writing process. In today’s visit to the Building, we explored new planets in the galaxy system (handily kept in expanding map form on our wall), zoomed in on their inhabitants and came up with strategies for unexpected terrestrial landings of strange objects that interrupt the natural order of the planet’s ecosystems.

Sounds complicated? Well don’t worry. These instructions for spotting the Eta Aquarid work just as well for finding new story planets.

Tips for meteor watching

  • Give your eyes at least five minutes to adjust to the dark (especially if you have just come from watching a computer screen)
  • Be patient, although you should see an average of a meteor every three or more minutes, a whole stretch of time can go by without a meteor, then several can turn up one after the other
  • Have something comfortable to sit on, and rug up warmly
  • Don’t look directly at the radiant site, because the meteors will often start their “burn” some distance from it, but look up or to the side
  • Don’t stare fixedly; let your eye wander over the area

(courtesy of Dr Ian Musgrave, ABC Science)

And whatever you do, make sure you have enough room at the table for your planet to form.

100 Story Building works alongside teachers to embed creative approaches to literacy teaching in their practice, and support engagement of children and young people in their own learning. Contact Lachlann on 9044 8215 if you are interested in this for your school.