Literature: "Life As We Knew It" by Susan Beth Pfeffer
These resources are for use with the novel “Life As We Knew It” by Susan Beth Pfeffer. There are several study guides, activity ideas, vocabulary lists, and a quiz. Included are several related eThemes resources on survival, the moon, asteroids, and more.
Here is a printable excerpt from the first chapter of the book.
Scholastic: "Life As We Knew It" Study Guide
Here are pre-reading discussion questions, review questions, and activity lesson plan ideas for the novel. This is a three-page PDF file.
This study guide contains chapter summaries, vocabulary words, pre-reading activities, and discussion questions. This is a 16-page PDF file.
"Life As We Knew It" Disscussion Guide
This printable guide contains a synopsis of the novel, pre-reading and follow up activities, discussion questions, and a short biography of the author. This is a four-page PDF file.
Harcourt Books: Discussion Guide
This discussion guide contains a synopsis, questions, and follow up activities. This is a three-page PDF file.
Quia: "Life As We Knew It" Quiz
Test your knowledge of the plot with this interactive quiz.
Why Doesn't the Moon Fall Down?
Here is a short video that explains how orbits work.
National Geographic: Asteroids and Comets
This site explains the difference between asteroids and comets and discusses what can happen when one of these bodies colloids with the Earth. Explore the interactive feature at the top to learn more.
National Geographic: Target Earth
Learn where asteroids have crashed into the Earth and the damage they have caused. Includes a photo gallery and interactive map.
eThemes Resouce: Literature Theme: Survival
These sites are about survival during natural disasters and in other dangerous situations. Find out which books for teenagers deal with a survival theme. There are links to eTheme resources on other survival literature and natural disasters.
eThemes Resouce: Solar System: Earth's Moon for Secondary
Learn about the Moon. Find out about its geological and chemical structure. Includes the Moon’s phases, theories of formation, and sidereal and Synodic periods of rotation. Learn about the Apollo missions from earth to the Moon. Includes images of the Moon, simulations, and videos. eThemes Resources on the earth’s moon, phases of the moon, eclipses, planets, rotation and revolution are also included.
eThemes Resource: Space: Asteroids
Learn about bodies in the asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt. Learn about the history of their discoveries, their composition, and orbits. Find out what materials can be mined in the future on asteroids’ surfaces. These sites contain photographs, diagrams, coloring pages, a movie, and worksheet.
eThemes Resouce: Natural Disasters: Tsunamis
These sites have information about tsunamis and what causes them. See photographs, animations, and videos that show their destructive power when they reach land. Includes coloring sheets to print out, quizzes, puzzles, simulation models, and an online picture book. There is also a link to an eThemes Resource on earthquakes.
eThemes Resource: Natural Disasters: Volcanoes
These sites have information and facts about volcanoes. Also learn about volcanoes throughout history and how to construct volcano models. Many sites are interactive and include video clips or live Webcams.
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