Mars – Our New Home? – Response to Text

Mars –

Our New Home?


Think carefully about each question, and use evidence from the texts to support your conclusions. Write your answers in full sentences, and use explanations and examples where needed.


Surface Level: Find the Answer in the Text

  1. What are some similarities between Earth and Mars?


It also has a night and day cycle.


  1. Humans would find it challenging to live on Mars without what?


Water, food, Shelter, Air.


  1. What are the 3 things that the article says are making our planet Earth unlivable?


Pollution,climate change,and the overuse of natural resources are making earth less livable.


Inference: Use Clues from the Text to Think of an Answer

  1. Explain in your own words why scientists are exploring the possibility of a move to Mars?


Because our resources are being thrown away, and rubbish has been thrown into the ocean. Because our earth has been changing because of global warming, greenhouse gases.


  1. What are some challenges that humans would face if there was a move to Mars?


That they had to wait 7 months to get there. It would be hard to survive because if the ship breaks we would have to look for the suits or we would run out of air.


  1. Why do you think plants will be so important to the terraforming of Mars?


Because some plants can produce air for us to survive and they produce fruits,vegetables.


Unfamiliar Words: Clarifying Language that may cause Misunderstanding


Word Sentence from the text Definition 
Enthusiast A planet called Mars, located 342 million kilometres away from Earth, has captured the imagination of scientists and space enthusiasts alike. While Earth is our home Fan
Potential Mars holds the potential for us to explore and perhaps even call it our new home someday. Possible 
Abundant While Earth is beautiful and abundant, generous
Generate create sustainable habitats, and generate the resources necessary for survival. Cause


Global Inferencing: Making Connections between the Text and the Wider World


Would you want to be one of the first people living on Mars?

Come up with solid reasons for your choice, and provide evidence, and examples to support your reasons.


I would only live on mars if it has enough oxygen. But when I go on google and when i start to read the articles and says that a human is not nearly enough for humans to survive. How are we going to survive on planet mars if there’s not enough air for a human but if there was enough oxygen for us i would go to live on planet mars. Are there any animals or living plants there? There is no sign of any living thing on the planet, then how are we going to survive with no meat or fruits? Is there any water on mars and on google it says there is.

Understanding Pollution – Response to Text

Understanding Pollution: Protecting Our Environment for a Better Future


Answer each question to the best of your ability, using full sentences and make sure to include detail in your responses. Ensure you are using the text to locate important information that will help you provide accurate, and informative answers.


Level One: Retrieval (Locate the information in the article)


  1. Find a sentence from the article that explains what pollution is.


Water pollution happens when contaminants such as chemicals, sewage, or plastics enter our rivers, lakes, and oceans.


  1. What are the 5 different types of pollution that are talked about in the article?


Air Water Land Light Noise


  1. What are the three R’s  humans can do to reduce pollution? Provide 2 examples of how humans can do these..


R… R… R…
Reduce Reuse Recycle
Buy in bulk to reduce packaging. Reusing something. Recycling your rubbish.


Level Two: Vocabulary (Understanding unfamiliar words)


Word Definition What sentence did you find it in? Use it in your own sentence
deterioration worsening It can also lead to the deterioration of ecosystems and contribute to climate change. My plants are worsening
emissions Release Common sources include car emissions, factories, and burning fossil fuels.  The furnace has released a gas.
contaminants poisonous Water pollution happens when contaminants such as chemicals, sewage, or plastics enter our rivers, lakes, and oceans.  Hurry before the water contaminants
Environment The earth Noise pollution is excessive or unwanted sounds that disrupt the environment and can lead to health issues, such as stress and hearing problems.  The environment looks so bad.
Pollution Contaminating Instead of relying on cars, we can choose more sustainable modes of transportation that reduce air pollution and promote physical activity. Pollution is so bad.


Level Three: Inference (Use information and clues from the article to form conclusions)


  1. Explain why humans are primarily responsible for pollution? 


Because we drop trash/rubbish,plastic. We drive cars and it releases gas. We drop our rubbish into the water.


  1. What are some impacts that water pollution could have on marine animals?


That it can destroy their environment and they could suffer because there is so much rubbish that they can get trapped into the water.


  1. Why is light pollution harmful to wildlife?


It disrupts the natural patterns of wildlife, contributes to the increase in carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere, disrupts human sleep, and obscures the stars in the night sky.


Level Four: Beyond the Text (Using what we know, and what we have learned to express an idea or an opinion)


  1. How do you think pollution affects the quality of life for people living in heavily polluted areas? Explain, and give examples of how they are affected.


Pollution can hurt the environment by releasing bacteria. It can release a gas and it can trap small animals in the rubbish and animals might mistake rubbish as food. If the water was polluted we could not drink any water from any of the taps. If the land is polluted we would have to hold our animals while we are walking them.