Gastronauts – teacher resources

Teaching Notes

Heaps of ideas for discussion and links to curriculum.
Download the teaching notes (pdf).

Behind-the-Scenes blog posts

My blog has some posts about the making of the book – each post is tagged with ‘Gastronauts’.

Read a free sample

Read the first 16 pages before you buy the book.
Also great for using to read the start of the book to a class.
Download the free sample (pdf).

High-resolution cover image

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‘Make Your Own see-through body’ activity

This is a super fun activity. You need scissors, glue, string and a piece of A3 coloured card – and a print out of the worksheet for each student. (And don’t forget to print the teacher cheat-sheet for you.)
You’ll end up with something that looks like this:

Download worksheet (3 pages, pdf)
Download teacher cheat-sheet (pdf)

More free worksheets

-Gastronauts: Inside the Human Body activity sheet –
Download now (pdf)

 

– Gastronauts colouring in (cover) –
Download now (pdf)

– Gastronauts colouring in (internal illustration) –
Download now (pdf)

S.Tinker Tube

A tongue-in-cheek look at the creative process, hosted by James Foley and Sally Tinker.

Gastronauts-related videos

A kid-friendly collection of YouTube clips related to the concepts in Gastronauts.

Useful Articles

The Sizes of Living Things
by Elizabeth Viau
This page investigates surface area to volume ratio in geometric shapes, and applies this to living creatures. How are single-celled organisms adapted to live at their size, as opposed to small animals or very large creatures? Suitable for upper primary/lower secondary.

The Biology of B-Movie Monsters
by Michael C LaBarbera
An in-depth scientific explanation of why size-changing in science fiction is physically impossible. Fascinating read. Suitable for teachers and upper high-school.