Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Wonder - Part Two: Via

Space Oddity by David Bowie

Ground control to Major Tom.
Ground control to Major Tom.
Take your protein pills and put your helmet on.

Ground control to Major Tom. (10, 9, 8, 7)
Commencing countdown, engines on. (6, 5, 4, 3)
Check ignition, and may God's love be with you (2, 1, liftoff)

This is ground control to Major Tom.
You've really made the grade,
And the papers want to know whose shirts you wear.
Now it's time to leave the capsule if you dare.

This is Major Tom to ground control.
I'm stepping through the door,
And I'm floating in a most peculiar way,
And the stars look very different today.

For here am I sitting in a tin can.
Far above the world
Planet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can do.

Though I'm past 100,000 miles,
I'm feeling very still,
And I think my spaceship knows which way to go.
Tell my wife I love her very much.
She knows.

Ground control to Major Tom
Your circuit's dead, there's something wrong.
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you hear me, Major Tom?
Can you...

Here am I floating round my tin can
Far above the moon
Planet Earth is blue, and there's nothing I can do.

Thanks to Anonymous in the comments below for reminding me of this version of Space Oddity. Chris Hadfield recorded many videos during his time in space aboard the International Space Station, but this is one of the coolest. And with over 17,000,000 views at the time of this post's update (September 24, 2013), who can argue? 

Continue to pages 81-117.


  1. This is amazing! Are you planning on creating resources for the entire book?

  2. It's already done. Here are two links to all the resources, one on Mr. W's Updates ( and one on Help Readers Love Reading (

  3. Awesome song. How did you find it? Via's part is sad because the song says that the earth is blue and there's nothing I can do, right? Well to her perspective the planet earth is auggie, and she can't change his face. That's what I get out of it. I'm 9 years old and I love Wonder. R. J. Palico did a really good job on this book

  4. You certainly have been thinking about the book to make the earth is blue comparison to Auggie and the way he looks. Now, how did I find this song? Well, when you are as old as I am, which is juuuuuuust a bit older than nine, you remember more music. I knew what to look for, I guess. :-)

  5. Thanks for making this website its awesome!!!!

  6. Thanks for the resources man.... I love to teach this book to my 5th grade students and the text to focus on the 5 levels of moral development (Rafe Esquith style but modified)... Also, I like this version of Space Odditiy

  7. That's a great version of Space Oddity, and I never thought to put it on the website. I think I just might...

  8. Mr. Wilhorn: My 4th/5th grade group of gifted students are doing a novel study on Wonder. We have been discussing the allusions/references in each section of the book, and I am SO thrilled to find this resource! I had been wishing that I had the time to create something just like this. THANK YOU for sharing this with us!!!!!!

  9. I just found this site, and am super excited to uses your resources with the book!! Thank you!!!

  10. cool thanks

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    1. Smart, this one is. Much wisdom, he shows.

  12. Very cool and fun book 10/10


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