Quizlet is a lightning fast way to learn vocabulary. You need to sign in to use, but others have created vocab quizlets per chapter.
Download free kid travel journal printables PDFs for your upcoming trip to create a DIY travel journal for kids. Children could create a travel journal that details places they would travel to if they had Aquila. I have attached this idea to this link, but the same activity could be done digitally, using Google Slides, for instance.
As the boys learn more about communicating with Aquila, they find out that it can recognise signals in several thousand languages and frequencies. They decide to use a dog whistle as a pre-arranged signal to communicate with Aquila because it would attract the least amount of attention. This YouTube clip explains how a dog whistle works.
Category: English Literature; Title: Aquila by Andrew Norris A basic book summary.
Remarkable advances made in aviation during WW1 are still at the core of air power today. During a history lesson at school, the boys begin to draw attention to themselves for the first time, by asking questions about early flight navigation.
The Romans came to Britain nearly 2000 years ago and changed the country. Children reading Aquila may become interested in the Roman Empire, so I have included this info about the Roman expansion into Britain.
The centurion, or centurio in Latin, has become the most famous officer in the Roman army. Tom and Geoff found Aquila alongside the remains of a Roman Centurion.
For the first time, scientists in Germany announced today they have been able to create a cloaking device that can render a 3D object invisible (at near optical frequencies). Michio Kaku speaks with Fox News (sorry about the sources, but the video is interesting and based on science).
From aqueducts to battlefield surgery, explore 10 inventions that epitomize the innovative spirit of ancient Rome. The Romans were great engineers and inventors. it is no coincidence that Aquila is powered by water. Here is some information about Roman technology that could spark some inquiry across the curriculum.
Dyslexia is a learning disability that makes it hard to learn to read and understand written language. Even kids with average or above-average intelligence can have dyslexia. Geoff is dyslexic. Towards the end of the novel, the teachers come up with a plan to give the boys extra special lessons. There is a lesson in that for teachers everywhere, but there is a valuable discussion point for children regarding diversity as learners within a classroom.
Latin Vocabulary Phrases and more information about the culture and language in general. Visit Transparent Language and learn a language today! Aquila communicates in Latin, so Geoff and Tom start teaching themselves Latin from library books. Remember that the book was written in 1997, when the internet would not have been the first port of call for young people. However, this site has some introductory phrases that your children may be able to work on as word study or handwriting.
It’s not all about giant dams—H2O is a surprisingly common and versatile tool for meeting the world’s energy needs. Aquila uses water to generate fuel. This article is a future-focused look at how we use water for energy today.
Make customizable worksheets about constant (or average) speed, time, and distance for pre-algebra and algebra 1 courses (grades 6-9). Both PDF and html formats are available. You can choose the types
Learn how to solve problems involving distance, speed, and time and how to read word problems in math. Learn how to use the distance rate time formula. When the invisible Aquila drifts away whilst the boys are at school, they have to use maths to calculate how far it has travelled.
Aquila has a blue button that emits a laser beam. In the story, the boys manage to start 11 fires in their neighbourhood when they press the button. An easy-to-understand explanation of how lasers work, with a simple diagram showing what's inside a laser.
Mrs Baxter, Tom's mother, suffers from agoraphobia. The decision to hide Aquila in Tom's garage was based on the knowledge that Mrs Baxter never left the house. Agoraphobia is an anxiety disorder characterized by symptoms of anxiety in situations where the person perceives the environment to be unsafe with no easy way to get away.
After the boys manage to fly Aquila home, newspaper reports announce sightings of a UFO in the area. This science fact sheet could prompt an inquiry into UFOs. Children researching UFOs should use KidRex (link below) to search so that the weirdest conspiracies are filtered out. UFO stands for “Unidentified Flying Object”. There have been many claims of UFO sightings since the 1940’s. Some say a UFO sightings occur somewhere on...
Tom and Geoff find Aquila after falling into a Roman mine shaft in a quarry. This may be useful background knowledge for teachers.
A PDF version of stories of Robin Hood. Just in case you want to follow this direction to supplement reading of Aquila and make a text to text connection.
Tom uses his mapping skills to help him navigate Aquila home. On the way, he passes over Sherwood Forest. There is a great opportunity to make a text to text connection to the legends of Robin Hood. It may also help children relate to the setting of the story, in England, last century. This is far removed from their personal experiences. You could also use Google Maps or Google Earth to view the area. Sherwood Forest Trust - Discover everything about historic Sherwood Forest and its surrounding areas. Its people, its history and its nature!
Tom and Geoff find Aquila in an underground cave. It is accompanied by the remains of a 3rd Century Roman. After the discovery, the cave becomes an archaeological dig site. Discover the very best videos about archaeology YouTube has to offer - brought to you by National Geographic Kids! ➡ Subscribe for more National Geographic K...
Hello! I'm the Ranger and I'm going to tell all about what geology actually is. Did you know that people who study rocks are called Geologists?
Discover the subject of geology for kids with our cool range of games, facts, experiments, science fair projects, quizzes, videos and more!
Name the rock. One of the main characters in Aquila, Tom, is a rock expert.
"The Eagle Has Landed" - 02.12.97 Relive the excitement! Marvel at the special effects!
"The Eagle Has Landed" - 02.12.97
Official Site. Fun and Safe Search for Kids, by Kids. Google Custom Search. When EPIC doesn't work for a topic, Kid Rex is a kid-safe Google search engine.
EPIC is a venture between New Zealand libraries and the Ministry of Education, giving schools free access to a worldwide range of electronic resources. Children could use EPIC to find information about events in the story, For instance, they could search "archaeoligical digs" in Kids InfoBits as an alternative to using Google Search.
Science lesson/resource for how a compass works.
Tom and Geoff use a compass and a map to help them navigate when flying Aquila. This links to a site to teach kids how to read and use a compass. Understanding how to use a compass is an invaluable skill for any outdoors enthusiast, but compass skills aren’t just good for adventurous adults. Teaching
Licet volare si in tergo aquilae volat: A man can fly if he wishes, if he rides on the back of an eagle. On pages 126 - 128 of the novel, the boys have a fascinating conversation with one of their teachers, Mr Urquart. He extends this proverb and quotes an Aesop fable about an eagle and a sparrow. I have been unable to find any such fable, but these pages lend themselves well to class discussions about growth mindsets.
Free Activity Sheets to Download & Print. Including: quiz questions, word searches and crosswords with answer sheets.
Small group activity. Guide lines for planning & drafting; persuasive language; explaining é reporting, presentation, evaluation é discussion. What words or phrases will you use for the most effect?
Solving a Maths problem posed in a narrative text. Connect the abstract ideas, language, and symbols of mathematics to a real life context that may engage even the most disinterested. Group discussion
Planning & drafting, presentation, evaluating and discussion.
Sentences selected from Aquila by Andrew Norriss. Underline the nouns and verbs.
This resource provides a scheme of work as an accompaniment for the class reader Aquila by Andrew Norriss. Throughout the series of lessons various aspects of reading, writing and speaking and listen
This piece was written (by Jane Norriss) at the request of Book Trust some years ago and is as true to how he writes now as it was then… Everybody Writes Redrafting and learning to edit your own work at Key St…
Organised in chapter sequence, with questions that encourage close reading as well as consideration of author purpose and techniques, language features etc etc etc.
The popular children's author, Andrew Norriss, has kindly helped us to create these fact cards about his life and his writing.
Use Aquila by Andrew Norriss with your class. We have lots of teaching ideas and activities to inspire you. Includes cross-curricular activities and an embedded video of the first episode in the TV series.
This page was written by the author's wife, Jane, and holds numerous links to teaching activities and supportive information. It includes printable chapters to download and distribute to your students for guided reading.
This author's website has plenty of information about the author, Andrew Norriss, his books and TV series. There are great pages that allow users to click on the book cover for more information, follow Norriss' blog, email the author (which is great for a follow-up activity all by itself!), and learning links.