“Aliens love underpants, in every shape and size, But there are no underpants in space, so here’s a big surprise-” You probably thought aliens came down to Earth with a view to taking over the planet – but, no, they simply want to steal your pants!
Teaching Ideas and Resources:
- Investigate the rhyming in the story. look at the spelling patterns for each pair of rhyming words.
- Do other things go missing in your house? Could you write a story which explains how they get lost?
- Add speech bubbles to the illustrations in the book to explain what the aliens are saying to each other.
- Make your own symmetrical underpants!
- Can you draw a picture of underpants which have right angles or repeating patterns on them?
- Learn about the solar system. Which planet might the aliens have come from?
- Think about the materials that underpants are made from. Which materials would be the most comfortable?
- The aliens like stretching the elastic in the pants. Can you think of other materials that stretch? Why do pants need stretchy elastic in them?
- People hang their underwear on washing lines to dry. Why do clothes dry when they are hung outside? Use this to think about evaporation and the water cycle.
- Use art software to decorate a pair of pants (see Resources below).
- Design and make a new spacecraft for the aliens to travel to Earth.
- Design a security device to protect your pants from pesky aliens!
- Design an amazing set of underpants that the aliens would love (see Resources below).
- Design a new sticker to go on the aliens’ spacecraft.
- The aliens have Upside-Down-Pant Races. Could you plan another sporting competition for them?
- The aliens like to take people’s underpants. Can you think of a way of explaining to them that taking other people’s property isn’t right? Could you make a sign to stop them from doing this any more?