You can purchase the new 14-page activity guide for Zita the Spacegirl together with two classic space fantasies including Alien Secrets (15 pages) and Shape Changer (9 pages)! Download the 38-pages of fun and challenge NOW for immediate download for only $12.95! Includes a Jeopardy-type game. Click Here to Purchase and Download

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Zita the Spacegirl
A Graphic Novel
by Ben Hatke

A Texas Bluebonnet Award NomineeSM

Zita didn't start out as a Spacegirl. She didn't choose to become a heroine. The little red button just dropped out of the sky, right in front of her and her friend Joseph. All she did was to tap the red button and Boom! A portal in space opened up in front of them! Out of the portal came tentacles that scooped up Joseph and whisked him into the portal and away. Determined to save her friend, Zita courageously pushed the button again, triggering a repeat portal appearance. Zita took the plunge and landed light years away on another planed, a doomed planet, where a speeding asteroid would surely destroy everything.

In true high fantasy form, Zita begins her quest to find Joseph, attracting various uniquely alien companions, each of whom contributes strength and encouragement, and one of whom may not be a loyal follower. The clues point to Joseph being held captive as a prisoner in a heavily guarded castle.

What do you suppose they want to do with Joseph? When the jumpgate button is smashed by an enormous alien, what hope does she have to find the portal to return home to Earth? How will the intrepid rescuers get into the castle? What can they possibly do to free Zita's friend? As the battles rage around her and her companions fall, where will Zita find the courage to persevere in her mission?

Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke will delight comic-loving kids of all ages. The loosely logical plot with unexplained mysterious events, ancient prophecies, aliens (giant blobs, hairy things, Pied Piper inventor, weird robots, huge mouse), laugh-out-loud situations, a brave girl in lots of trouble offer fun and discussion. Surprisingly, the sparse vocabulary grows exponentially from chapter to chapter and offers a challenge to the reading ability of those who came just for the pictures! (Keep that a secret!)

The Kids Wings literature activity guide and lesson plans will provide fun and interaction through group drama projects, including an original readers theater script for chapter 1, a vocabulary game, and problem solving that builds skills.

Research Links
for Zita the Spacegirl
by Ben H
atke

NASA Science: Life in a Bottle
ESA Kids: Life in Space
Astronomy for Kids
Planets Around Other Stars?

A Search for Habitable Planets, NASA's Kepler Mission

Gravity
Gravity for Kids, A YouTube Video
PowerPoint Presentations and Games About Gravity

Kids Wings Great Science Sites
Instructional Strategies

With a special thanks to the talented musician, Tim Brechbill, for his generous permission to use
his original composition, Space Adventure as our background music!

Space and Science Fiction Literature

Aliens on Vacation, The Intergalactic Bed and Breakfast by Clete Barrett Smith
Alien Secrets by Annette Curtis Klause
Shape Changer
by Bill Brittain
Atherton, The House of Power by Patrick Carman
My Light by Molly Bang

Comets, Stars, The Moon and Mars by Douglas Florian
Team Moon by Catherine Thimmesh
You can purchase the new 14-page activity guide for Zita the Spacegirl together with two classic space fantasies including Alien Secrets (15 pages) and Shape Changer (9 pages)! Download the 38-pages of fun and challenge NOW for immediate download for only $12.95! Includes a Jeopardy-type game. Click Here to Purchase and Download

A Kids Wings unit, perfect for lesson planning and handouts or projection on your SmartBoard for Zita the Spacegirl by Ben Hatke is now available for instant download!

The Unit Contains:
Discussion Cards
2-Page Readers’ Theater Introduction for Chapter 1
Super Spacegirl Words
Five-In-A-Row Vocabulary Game
Where in the Universe Do I Live? Where Is Your Planet?
Multiple Choice Comprehension Activities for Chapter 2
Activities for Visualizing Chapter 3
The Battles for the Castle, A 2-page Cloze Activity for Chapter 4
Writing and Performing a Readers Theater Script for Chapter 5
and Answers

Thumbnails of the Activity Guide for Zita the Spacegirl

Activities for Alien Secrets include:
Logic Puzzle;
Three-Part Reading Log;
The Line Up;
Photograph Album;
Writing Chapter Titles;
Figurative Language;
Alien Vocabulary;
Absolute Zero Vocabulary;
Milky Way Travel Agency and Brochure;
Matching: Final Curtain Call;
Writing Prompts;
Answers
Bibliography

Activities for Shape Changers include:
Illustrating Important Events;
Chapter 1 Crossword Puzzle;
Keeping a Reading Journal;
Vocabulary Search;
Science Fact or Fiction;
Get the Picture--Figurative Language;
Math Challenges;
Writing Prompts;
Answers

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With special thanks to the gifted
TIM BRECHBILL
for allowing us to use his original composition, SPACE ADVENTURE, as our background music! Kids' Wings is grateful for his generosity in sharing his awesome talent with the world through our web pages!

 

 

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