by Teachit
8th May 2014

Planet Earth has a twin exoplanet, known as Kepler-186f, orbiting in another solar system. Use this article from the Guardian as a jumping off point for a range of KS3 activities.

Teaching ideas

Speaking and Listening:

  • After reading or summarising key information from the article, have a general discussion with students about the possibility of other life forms existing in other solar systems. What might they be like? Where do they live? What food could they eat?
  • Ask students to undertake further research in an area they are particularly interested (exoplanets, other solar systems, extraterrestials, UFOs etc.) and prepare for a Speaking and Listening presentation.

Reading and writing:

  • Analyse the structural and discourse features of webpages/informational writing, and make a list of key features.
  • Ask students to repurpose the text for a different audience (children's encyclopedia / GCSE science textbook / feature article etc.).

Creative writing:

  • As an alternative, use the planet's brilliantly sci-fi name, 'Kepler-186f', to inspire some genre writing experiments. Ask students to write the opening paragraph to a story with this title, or write a story in 150 words.

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