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Straight from the heart
What do you think the earth looks like? Make a drawing of
the earth in your notebook. On your drawing show where you
are. Take a look at your friends’ drawings too.
Teacher’s Note : We know that scientists have also struggled to build an
understanding of the shape of the earth. It is difficult for young children to
understand the shape of the earth. Encourage children to express their
ideas freely.
What is our earth really like?
Uzaira and Shahmir are playing with the globe.
While they play they are talking to each other.
Uzaira: Do you know that Sunita
Williams is visiting our school tomorrow?
I have heard that she has spent more than
six months in space.
Shahmir: (looking at the globe) Hmm... look here is America,
Africa. Hey, where is space?
Uzaira: The sky, stars, sun and moon, they are all in space.
Shahmir: Yes, I know. Sunita Williams went in a spaceship. I
saw on TV that she could see the earth from there.
Uzaira: Yes, from there the earth looked like this globe.
Shahmir: If our earth looks like this globe, then where are we?
(Uzaira takes a pen and places it on the globe.)
Uzaira : Here we are. This is India.
Shahmir: If we were here like this, we would all fall off. I think
we must be inside the globe.
11. Sunita in Space
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Straight from the heart
What do you think the earth looks like? Make a drawing of
the earth in your notebook. On your drawing show where you
are. Take a look at your friends’ drawings too.
Teacher’s Note : We know that scientists have also struggled to build an
understanding of the shape of the earth. It is difficult for young children to
understand the shape of the earth. Encourage children to express their
ideas freely.
What is our earth really like?
Uzaira and Shahmir are playing with the globe.
While they play they are talking to each other.
Uzaira: Do you know that Sunita
Williams is visiting our school tomorrow?
I have heard that she has spent more than
six months in space.
Shahmir: (looking at the globe) Hmm... look here is America,
Africa. Hey, where is space?
Uzaira: The sky, stars, sun and moon, they are all in space.
Shahmir: Yes, I know. Sunita Williams went in a spaceship. I
saw on TV that she could see the earth from there.
Uzaira: Yes, from there the earth looked like this globe.
Shahmir: If our earth looks like this globe, then where are we?
(Uzaira takes a pen and places it on the globe.)
Uzaira : Here we are. This is India.
Shahmir: If we were here like this, we would all fall off. I think
we must be inside the globe.
11. Sunita in Space
99 100 Looking Around
What do you think?
 If the earth is round like a globe,
how is it that we do not fall off?
 Do the people in Argentina stand
upside down?
Talking with Sunita
When Sunita Williams came to India, thousands of children
like Uzaira and Shahmir got a chance to meet her. Sunita says
Teacher’s Note : Children can be told about Kalpana Chawla and her space
travel. An interesting book for teachers is – How We Found the Earth is Round
by Isaac Asimov (Longman). This book talks about the way people in different
cultures have been thinking about the concept of earth over centuries.
Interestingly, even today children’s ideas match many of those ideas and
thoughts. Even for adults it can be mind boggling to imagine that people in
Argentina and India are actually standing upside down in relation to each other.
There is actually no ‘up’ and ‘down’ on the earth, it is relative.
Uzaira: If we are inside, then
where is the sky, the sun, the
moon and the stars? We must be
on the globe. And all the seas and
oceans must also be on the globe.
Shahmir: (pointing towards the
lower part of the globe) You mean
to say that no one stays here?
Uzaira: People live here too.
Brazil and Argentina are here.
Shahmir: Are the people there standing upside down?  Why don't
these people fall off?
Uzaira: Yes, it looks strange, isn’t it? And this blue part
must be the sea. Why doesn’t the sea water fall off?
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Straight from the heart
What do you think the earth looks like? Make a drawing of
the earth in your notebook. On your drawing show where you
are. Take a look at your friends’ drawings too.
Teacher’s Note : We know that scientists have also struggled to build an
understanding of the shape of the earth. It is difficult for young children to
understand the shape of the earth. Encourage children to express their
ideas freely.
What is our earth really like?
Uzaira and Shahmir are playing with the globe.
While they play they are talking to each other.
Uzaira: Do you know that Sunita
Williams is visiting our school tomorrow?
I have heard that she has spent more than
six months in space.
Shahmir: (looking at the globe) Hmm... look here is America,
Africa. Hey, where is space?
Uzaira: The sky, stars, sun and moon, they are all in space.
Shahmir: Yes, I know. Sunita Williams went in a spaceship. I
saw on TV that she could see the earth from there.
Uzaira: Yes, from there the earth looked like this globe.
Shahmir: If our earth looks like this globe, then where are we?
(Uzaira takes a pen and places it on the globe.)
Uzaira : Here we are. This is India.
Shahmir: If we were here like this, we would all fall off. I think
we must be inside the globe.
11. Sunita in Space
99 100 Looking Around
What do you think?
 If the earth is round like a globe,
how is it that we do not fall off?
 Do the people in Argentina stand
upside down?
Talking with Sunita
When Sunita Williams came to India, thousands of children
like Uzaira and Shahmir got a chance to meet her. Sunita says
Teacher’s Note : Children can be told about Kalpana Chawla and her space
travel. An interesting book for teachers is – How We Found the Earth is Round
by Isaac Asimov (Longman). This book talks about the way people in different
cultures have been thinking about the concept of earth over centuries.
Interestingly, even today children’s ideas match many of those ideas and
thoughts. Even for adults it can be mind boggling to imagine that people in
Argentina and India are actually standing upside down in relation to each other.
There is actually no ‘up’ and ‘down’ on the earth, it is relative.
Uzaira: If we are inside, then
where is the sky, the sun, the
moon and the stars? We must be
on the globe. And all the seas and
oceans must also be on the globe.
Shahmir: (pointing towards the
lower part of the globe) You mean
to say that no one stays here?
Uzaira: People live here too.
Brazil and Argentina are here.
Shahmir: Are the people there standing upside down?  Why don't
these people fall off?
Uzaira: Yes, it looks strange, isn’t it? And this blue part
must be the sea. Why doesn’t the sea water fall off?
Sunita in Space 101
Sunita’s experiences of living in space!
? We could not sit at one
place. We kept floating in
the spaceship from one
end to another.
? Water too doesn’t stay at
one place. It floats around
as blobs. To wash our face
or hands we had to catch
these blobs and wet paper
with them.
? We ate very differently there. The real fun was when all of us
would float into the dining area of the spaceship and catch the
floating food packets!
? In space there was no need to use a comb. My hair kept standing
all the time!
? Not being able to walk, we had to get used to floating around.
We had to learn to do simple things differently. To stay at one
place, we had to strap ourselves there. Papers also had to be
stuck to the wall of the spaceship. It was a lot of fun living in
space but it was also difficult.
Look at the photographs and write
 Can you think why Sunita’s hair was standing?
 Look at Sunita’s photographs and the dates
written on each of them. Write what all is
happening and when?
that her friend Kalpana Chawla wanted to come to India and meet
children. She came to India to fulfil Kalpana’s dream.
NASA
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Straight from the heart
What do you think the earth looks like? Make a drawing of
the earth in your notebook. On your drawing show where you
are. Take a look at your friends’ drawings too.
Teacher’s Note : We know that scientists have also struggled to build an
understanding of the shape of the earth. It is difficult for young children to
understand the shape of the earth. Encourage children to express their
ideas freely.
What is our earth really like?
Uzaira and Shahmir are playing with the globe.
While they play they are talking to each other.
Uzaira: Do you know that Sunita
Williams is visiting our school tomorrow?
I have heard that she has spent more than
six months in space.
Shahmir: (looking at the globe) Hmm... look here is America,
Africa. Hey, where is space?
Uzaira: The sky, stars, sun and moon, they are all in space.
Shahmir: Yes, I know. Sunita Williams went in a spaceship. I
saw on TV that she could see the earth from there.
Uzaira: Yes, from there the earth looked like this globe.
Shahmir: If our earth looks like this globe, then where are we?
(Uzaira takes a pen and places it on the globe.)
Uzaira : Here we are. This is India.
Shahmir: If we were here like this, we would all fall off. I think
we must be inside the globe.
11. Sunita in Space
99 100 Looking Around
What do you think?
 If the earth is round like a globe,
how is it that we do not fall off?
 Do the people in Argentina stand
upside down?
Talking with Sunita
When Sunita Williams came to India, thousands of children
like Uzaira and Shahmir got a chance to meet her. Sunita says
Teacher’s Note : Children can be told about Kalpana Chawla and her space
travel. An interesting book for teachers is – How We Found the Earth is Round
by Isaac Asimov (Longman). This book talks about the way people in different
cultures have been thinking about the concept of earth over centuries.
Interestingly, even today children’s ideas match many of those ideas and
thoughts. Even for adults it can be mind boggling to imagine that people in
Argentina and India are actually standing upside down in relation to each other.
There is actually no ‘up’ and ‘down’ on the earth, it is relative.
Uzaira: If we are inside, then
where is the sky, the sun, the
moon and the stars? We must be
on the globe. And all the seas and
oceans must also be on the globe.
Shahmir: (pointing towards the
lower part of the globe) You mean
to say that no one stays here?
Uzaira: People live here too.
Brazil and Argentina are here.
Shahmir: Are the people there standing upside down?  Why don't
these people fall off?
Uzaira: Yes, it looks strange, isn’t it? And this blue part
must be the sea. Why doesn’t the sea water fall off?
Sunita in Space 101
Sunita’s experiences of living in space!
? We could not sit at one
place. We kept floating in
the spaceship from one
end to another.
? Water too doesn’t stay at
one place. It floats around
as blobs. To wash our face
or hands we had to catch
these blobs and wet paper
with them.
? We ate very differently there. The real fun was when all of us
would float into the dining area of the spaceship and catch the
floating food packets!
? In space there was no need to use a comb. My hair kept standing
all the time!
? Not being able to walk, we had to get used to floating around.
We had to learn to do simple things differently. To stay at one
place, we had to strap ourselves there. Papers also had to be
stuck to the wall of the spaceship. It was a lot of fun living in
space but it was also difficult.
Look at the photographs and write
 Can you think why Sunita’s hair was standing?
 Look at Sunita’s photographs and the dates
written on each of them. Write what all is
happening and when?
that her friend Kalpana Chawla wanted to come to India and meet
children. She came to India to fulfil Kalpana’s dream.
NASA
102 Looking Around
We take off (9-12-2006)
Where is this food flying away? (11-12-2006)
Look, my hair is standing, no problem while
working (13-12-06)
Sunita outside the spaceship, really in
space! (16-12-06)
Our feet don’t stay on the
floor! (11-12-2006)
Courtesy : NASA
Page 5


Straight from the heart
What do you think the earth looks like? Make a drawing of
the earth in your notebook. On your drawing show where you
are. Take a look at your friends’ drawings too.
Teacher’s Note : We know that scientists have also struggled to build an
understanding of the shape of the earth. It is difficult for young children to
understand the shape of the earth. Encourage children to express their
ideas freely.
What is our earth really like?
Uzaira and Shahmir are playing with the globe.
While they play they are talking to each other.
Uzaira: Do you know that Sunita
Williams is visiting our school tomorrow?
I have heard that she has spent more than
six months in space.
Shahmir: (looking at the globe) Hmm... look here is America,
Africa. Hey, where is space?
Uzaira: The sky, stars, sun and moon, they are all in space.
Shahmir: Yes, I know. Sunita Williams went in a spaceship. I
saw on TV that she could see the earth from there.
Uzaira: Yes, from there the earth looked like this globe.
Shahmir: If our earth looks like this globe, then where are we?
(Uzaira takes a pen and places it on the globe.)
Uzaira : Here we are. This is India.
Shahmir: If we were here like this, we would all fall off. I think
we must be inside the globe.
11. Sunita in Space
99 100 Looking Around
What do you think?
 If the earth is round like a globe,
how is it that we do not fall off?
 Do the people in Argentina stand
upside down?
Talking with Sunita
When Sunita Williams came to India, thousands of children
like Uzaira and Shahmir got a chance to meet her. Sunita says
Teacher’s Note : Children can be told about Kalpana Chawla and her space
travel. An interesting book for teachers is – How We Found the Earth is Round
by Isaac Asimov (Longman). This book talks about the way people in different
cultures have been thinking about the concept of earth over centuries.
Interestingly, even today children’s ideas match many of those ideas and
thoughts. Even for adults it can be mind boggling to imagine that people in
Argentina and India are actually standing upside down in relation to each other.
There is actually no ‘up’ and ‘down’ on the earth, it is relative.
Uzaira: If we are inside, then
where is the sky, the sun, the
moon and the stars? We must be
on the globe. And all the seas and
oceans must also be on the globe.
Shahmir: (pointing towards the
lower part of the globe) You mean
to say that no one stays here?
Uzaira: People live here too.
Brazil and Argentina are here.
Shahmir: Are the people there standing upside down?  Why don't
these people fall off?
Uzaira: Yes, it looks strange, isn’t it? And this blue part
must be the sea. Why doesn’t the sea water fall off?
Sunita in Space 101
Sunita’s experiences of living in space!
? We could not sit at one
place. We kept floating in
the spaceship from one
end to another.
? Water too doesn’t stay at
one place. It floats around
as blobs. To wash our face
or hands we had to catch
these blobs and wet paper
with them.
? We ate very differently there. The real fun was when all of us
would float into the dining area of the spaceship and catch the
floating food packets!
? In space there was no need to use a comb. My hair kept standing
all the time!
? Not being able to walk, we had to get used to floating around.
We had to learn to do simple things differently. To stay at one
place, we had to strap ourselves there. Papers also had to be
stuck to the wall of the spaceship. It was a lot of fun living in
space but it was also difficult.
Look at the photographs and write
 Can you think why Sunita’s hair was standing?
 Look at Sunita’s photographs and the dates
written on each of them. Write what all is
happening and when?
that her friend Kalpana Chawla wanted to come to India and meet
children. She came to India to fulfil Kalpana’s dream.
NASA
102 Looking Around
We take off (9-12-2006)
Where is this food flying away? (11-12-2006)
Look, my hair is standing, no problem while
working (13-12-06)
Sunita outside the spaceship, really in
space! (16-12-06)
Our feet don’t stay on the
floor! (11-12-2006)
Courtesy : NASA
Sunita in Space 103
Teacher’s Note : It is challenging even for adults to understand how things
behave in space. The photographs given can be used to initiate discussion. It is
important to help children to raise questions and imagine things in space. We
become so used to things being pulled by the earth’s gravity that we never give
it much thought. It becomes tough for us to imagine what would happen if there
was no gravitational pull.
Classroom becomes a spaceship
 Close your eyes. Imagine that your class is a spaceship.
Zooo...m – in 10 minutes you have entered in space. Your
spaceship is now going around the earth. Now say:
- Are you able to sit at one place?
- What about your hair?
- Oh, look … where are your bags and books going?
- And what is your teacher doing? Where is her chalk?
- How did you eat your food during the break? How did
you drink water? What happened to the ball that you
threw up?
 Act out or draw the scene.
Isn’t it amazing?
On the earth when we throw something up, it comes down.
When we throw a ball up in air, it falls back. We are able to
catch it. On the earth, we don’t keep floating around. When
we fill a glass or bucket with water , it stays there. It doesn’t
float around in blobs as Sunita Williams says. It is
something special about the earth that makes this happen!
The earth pulls everything towards itself.
Sunita Williams went 360 kilometres away from the earth,
in the spaceship. Think how far this would be! Find out which
town or city is located about 360 kilometres away from where
you live. This is how far Sunita Williams went away from the
earth.
- Can you now say why Sunita’s hair kept standing?
- Think why water flows downwards on any slope. On
mountains too water flows downwards, not upwards.
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FAQs on NCERT Textbook: Sunita in Space - EVS Class 5

1. What is the NCERT textbook "Sunita in Space" about?
Ans. "Sunita in Space" is an NCERT textbook that tells the story of Sunita Williams, an Indian-American astronaut, and her journey to space. It covers her training, experiences in space, and the challenges she faced during her mission.
2. How can reading "Sunita in Space" benefit students?
Ans. Reading "Sunita in Space" can benefit students in multiple ways. It can inspire them to pursue careers in space exploration and science. It can also provide insights into the life of an astronaut, promote scientific knowledge, and develop reading and comprehension skills.
3. What are some key themes discussed in "Sunita in Space"?
Ans. "Sunita in Space" explores various themes, including the importance of teamwork, perseverance, and determination. It also highlights the wonders of space exploration, the challenges astronauts face, and the impact of space travel on human life and understanding.
4. How does "Sunita in Space" contribute to STEM education?
Ans. "Sunita in Space" is a valuable resource for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education. It introduces students to the field of space science, provides scientific information about space and space travel, and encourages critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
5. Are there any real-life applications of the concepts discussed in "Sunita in Space"?
Ans. Yes, there are real-life applications of the concepts discussed in "Sunita in Space." The book covers topics such as gravity, space exploration, and the International Space Station, which have practical applications in areas such as physics, engineering, and astronautics. Understanding these concepts can contribute to advancements in space technology and exploration.
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