Genre – Science Fiction Science Fiction is a story based on science. It often tells about life in the future.
Vocabulary Strategy - Synonyms A synonym is a word that has the same or almost the same meaning as another word. Examples: staggered, stumbled
Comprehension Skill – Draw Conclusions The small pieces of information in a piece of writing are called the facts and details. Facts and Details Conclusion
Comprehension Strategy – Monitor and Fix-up Good readers think about how theyre doing as they read. Sometimes they realize they no longer understand what they are reading and cant draw logical conclusions. It is a good idea to go back and reread slowly, or look ahead to try to find an explanation.
Vocabulary Loomed Rille Runt Staggered Summoning Taunted Trench Trudged
Loomed Appeared dimly or vaguely as a large, threatening shape
Rille A wide crack in the ground; a long, narrow valley on the surface of the moon
Runt Smallest; animal, person, or plant that is smaller than the usual size
Why did Gerry attempt the jump his brother made? He knew he could jump farther than Vern. He wanted to do a gravity experiment. He did not want Vern to know he was scared.
What was the main problem in this story? Vern got hurt and his suit was damaged. Vern and Gerry went out of the shelter. Vern always called his brother Runt.
What conclusion can you draw about the moon from information in the story? The moon stays the same temperature throughout the day. The moon does not have air that the people could breathe. There are a few rocks and boulders on the moons surface.
Vern got hurt because he was -- Foolish Jealous Unfriendly
Which of the following is an important theme? Electricity is needed to run a circulation pump Children have fun competing against each other Parents make rules to help keep their children safe
Vern was safe once he was back inside the shelter because it had -- Its own air supply and temperature control A spare moonsuit with a working battery A medical station with first-aid equipment
Which of the following generalizations can be made from information in the story? Parents should keep track of their children. The moon is a dangerous place to live. Earth is far away from other planets.
How did Gerrys behavior change after the accident? After the accident, Gerry went from pretending to be tough to really being tough in order to save his brothers life.
How did Dad probably feel when he returned to the shelter and saw the boys? He was probably angry that they did not follow his directions. However, I think he would also feel relieved that they were able to get back to the shelter.