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Topical Tuesdays: Alien Life – KS2 News Story and Reading and Writing Activity Sheet from The Week Junior

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This resource takes children on a trip to K2-18b in search of aliens.

Known as ‘Super-Earth’, K2-18b was recently discovered by scientists at University College London to contain water in its atmosphere.

This means that it’s the likeliest place we know of to contain life.

This PDF resource includes this article, as well as accompanying activity ideas:

  • Imagine we had the ability to travel to K2-18b in a very short time. Debate whether or not we should we go there? Is it important for humans to keep exploring or should we just leave other planets alone?
  • Write a short travel review from the perspective of an alien from K2-18b who had visited Earth for a holiday
  • Write a short, humorous poem about an imagined conversation with an alien from K2-18b
  • The article states that water is essential to all life on Earth. What else does all life have in common? List the seven characteristics of living things. For each one, give an example for both a plant and an animal.

Find the entire series of Topical Tuesday resources to download here.

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The Week Junior magazine looks at current affairs and helps children make sense of the world, provides context and clarity to complex issues, improves general knowledge and encourages discussion and debate.

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