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Moonwalk. Written by Ben Bova Illustrated by Peter Bollinger. Compiled by: Terry Sams PES Melissa Guinn PES. Study Skills. Genre: Science Fiction Comprehension Skill: Draw Conclusions Comprehension Strategy: Monitor and Fix Up Comprehension Review Skill: Theme

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Written by Ben Bova

Illustrated by Peter Bollinger

Compiled by:

Terry Sams PES

Melissa Guinn PES

study skills
Study Skills
  • Genre: Science Fiction
  • Comprehension Skill: Draw Conclusions
  • Comprehension Strategy: Monitor and Fix Up
  • Comprehension Review Skill: Theme
  • Vocabulary: Context Clues—Synonyms

While daring each other to jump over rilles, or narrow valleys on the Moon, Gerry and Vern get into trouble. Vern falls and hurts his knee while also knocking his battery loose, the one that gives him air to breathe in his spacesuit. Luckily, the boys are able to get to a nearby shelter where Vern is out of danger.

genre science fiction
Genre: Science Fiction

Science fiction is a story based on science. It often tells about life in the future. As you read this story about a walk on the moon, look for the scientific information on which it is based.

comprehension skill draw conclusions te 629b
Comprehension Skill Draw Conclusions TE 629b
  • A conclusion is a decision you reach after thinking about what you have read.
  • The small pieces of information in a piece of writing are called facts and details.
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Comprehension Skill Draw Conclusions TE 629b
  • When you put these facts and details together to form a logical, well thought-out opinion, you are drawing a conclusion.
  • Good conclusions can be supported with facts and details from the story.
comprehension strategy monitor and fix up te 608
Comprehension StrategyMonitor and Fix Up TE 608
  • Good readers think about how they’re doing as they read.
  • At times they realize they no longer understand what they are reading.
  • If this happens, reread slowly.
  • Another suggestion would be to read on to look for an explanation.
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1. Facts and Details

Martin created a realistic model of the solar system.

2. Facts and Details

Martin read books about planets and stars.

3. Facts and Details

Martin arranged plastic stars in his bedroom into constellations.

Practice Drawing ConclusionsPB 243
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4. Facts and Details

Martin wanted to be an astronaut when he grew up.


Martin is very interested in space and astronomy.

Practice Drawing ConclusionsPB 243
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What conclusion can you draw about the Apollo missions?

They have been very important to science.

2.What is one fact or detail that supports this conclusion?

Apollo astronauts brought back rocks for scientists to study.

3. What conclusion can you draw about the challenge of understanding the moon?

It will take a long time to understand the moon completely.

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4. What is one fact or detail that supports this conclusion?

Scientists still study the Apollo mission information.

5.Reread the passage slowly. Did you understand the passage or any of its details more fully after this second reading? Explain.

Practice Drawing ConclusionsPB 247
comprehension skill review theme te 621
Comprehension Skill Review Theme TE 621
  • The theme of a story is its bigidea, the idea that holds the story together.
  • The author usually doesn’t state the theme of the story, so readers have to figure it out.
  • Let’s practice by determining the theme of Moonwalk.
vocabulary strategy context clues synonyms pg 610
Vocabulary StrategyContext Clues: Synonyms Pg. 610
  • Sometimes when you are reading the author will give you a synonym for an unknown word.
  • A synonym is a word that has the same or almost the same meaning as another word.
  • The synonym may be in the samesentence as the unknown word or in a sentence around the word.
  • They to replace the unknown word with the synonym to see if it makes sense.

Let’s read Gone to the Moon paying attention to how vocabulary used on page 611.

fun stuff and practice
Fun Stuff and Practice
  • Drawing Conclusion Review
  • More Drawing Conclusions
  • Synonyms Practice
  • Finding a Theme Practice
  • Apollo 11
question of the week te 608m
Question of the WeekTE 608m
  • What are the risks when walking on the moon?
day 2 question of the day
Day 2 - Question of the Day
  • Why would the moon be an exciting place to explore?
day 3 question of the day
Day 3 – Question of the Day
  • What did Vern and Jerry learn about themselves when faced with danger?
day 4 question of the day
Day 4 – Question of the Day
  • What questions would you want to ask an astronaut who has walked on the moon?
review questions
Review Questions
  • What happened prior to the father leaving the shelter?
  • Why did Gerry try the jumps Vern did?
  • Why did Vern end up falling and getting hurt?
  • How did Gerry’s behavior change after Vern fell?
  • What was the main problem in the story?
  • What conclusion can you draw about the air on the moon and about the moon in general?
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Review Questions

7. When did the sun begin to rise?

8. What event in the story support the fact that people can do extraordinary things in an emergency?

9. Why was Vern safe once he was inside the shelter?

10. How did this adventure likely affect the brothers’ relationship?

11. How did Dad probably feel when he got back?

12. What is an important theme?

vocabulary say it
Vocabulary - Say It
  • loomed
  • rille
  • runt
  • staggered
  • summoning
  • taunted
  • trench
  • trudged
more words to know
More Words to Know
  • conscious
  • feebly
  • rift
  • astronomers
  • launch
  • probes
  • crater
  • appeared dimly or vaguely as a large, threatening shape
  • a long, narrow valley on the surface of the moon; wide crack
  • animal, person, or plant that is smaller than usual size. If used about a person, runt is sometimes considered offensive.
  • became unsteady; wavered; stumbled
  • stirring to action; rousing; calling upon
  • jeered at; mocked; reproached; teased
  • any ditch; deep furrow
  • walked wearily or with effort; slowly
  • aware of what you are doing; awake
  • weakly; without strength
  • a split; break; crack
  • spacecraft carrying scientific devices to record and report information
  • a bowl-shaped hole on the surface of Earth or the Moon
  • experts in the science that deals with the sun, moon, planets, stars, and so on
  • to send into the air or into outer space

It was easy to pick up moon rocks under whose weight they would have staggered and stumbled on Earth.


It was easy to pick up moon rocks under whose weight they would have staggered and stumbled on Earth.

writing assignment writing your opinion te 629k
Writing Assignment Writing Your Opinion TE 629k
  • When you write your opinion, you tell what you think about a topic.
  • Use persuasive words to persuade the reader to feel the way you do.
  • Persuasive words include: important, best, great, awful, worst, terrible, should, must, etc.

Respond to prompt

What kind of books do you most enjoy reading? Write your opinion in an essay. Support your opinion with reasons.

spelling words greek word parts
Spelling WordsGreek Word Parts
  • please
  • pleasant
  • breath
  • breathe
  • image
  • imagine
  • product
  • production
  • heal
  • health
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Spelling WordsGreek Word Parts
  • triple
  • triplet
  • relate
  • relative
  • meter
  • metric
  • compose
  • composition
  • crumb
  • crumble
  • origin
  • original
  • academy
  • academic
  • inspire
  • inspiration
academic vocabulary terms
Academic Vocabulary Terms
  • solar energy
  • moon phases
  • cell
  • lunar
  • renewable resources
  • nonrenewable resources
academic vocabulary definitions
Academic Vocabulary Definitions
  • Solar Energy – the energy given off by the sun
  • Moon Phases – a particular appearance or state in a repeating series of changes; to do with the moon
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Academic Vocabulary Definitions
  • Cell– the basic building block of life; carry on the basic functions of life either alone or in groups, and that include a nucleus and are surrounded by a membrane
  • Lunar– of, relating to, or resembling the moon
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Academic Vocabulary Definitions
  • Renewable Resources—capable of being replaced by natural ecological cycles or sound management procedures—example: water, wildlife, forests, grasslands
  • Nonrenewable Resources—NOT capable of being replaced—example: oil