Saturday, September 12, 2015

Teaching With Text Sets in Grade 4: Space the Final Frontier

Text Set 1: Exploring the Universe - From Stardust

from How to Make a Planet: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building the Earth.
Shared Reading

1. Forbes, Scott. (2014). How to Make a Planet: A Step-by-Step Guide to Building the Earth. Illustrated by Jean Camden. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can Press. (1070L)



2. Hodgkins, Fran. (2014). The Secret Galaxy. Photographs by Mike Taylor. Thomaston, ME: Tilbury House.

3. Katrien. (4.49.4009).  Learn’d Astronomer. Video. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=namVUer-bk8.  


from You Are Stardust

4. Kelsey, Elin. (2012). You Are Stardust. Illustrated by Soyeon Kim.  Toronto, ON: Owl Kids Books. (770L)



6. Schlickenmeyer, Max. (3.2.2012). The Most Astounding Fact - Neil deGrasse Tyson. Video. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9D05ej8u-gU 




from Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space.
7. Walliman, Dominic. (2013). Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space. Illustrated by Ben Newman. London UK: Flying Eye Books.

Exploring the Universe: From Stardust - Independent and Small Group Reading Texts:

  1. Arguilar, David. (2011). 13 Planets: The Latest View of the Solar System. Washington, D.C.: National Geographic. (1120L)
  2. Aldrin, Buzz. (2009). Look to the Stars. Paintings by Wendell Minor. New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons.
  3. Bailey, Jacqui. (2004). Sun Up, Sun Down: The Story of Day and Night. North Mankato, MN: Picture Window Books. (800L)
  4. Branley, Franklyn Mansfield.  (1987). The Moon Seems to Change.  New York: HarperCollins.  (470L)
  5. Branley, Franklyn Mansfield. (1998). Floating in Space. New York: HarperCollins. (690L)
  6. Branley, Franklyn Mansfield. (1999). The Moon Seems to Change. New York: HarperCollins. (470L)
  7. Branley, Franklyn Mansfield. (2000). The International Space Station. New York: HarperCollins. (720L)
  8. Branley, Franklyn Mansfield. (2002). Mission to Mars. New York: HarperCollins. (720L)
  9. Branley, Franklyn Mansfield. (2000). The Sun Our Nearest Neighbor. New York: HarperCollins. (570L)
  10. Carney, Elizabeth. (2012). National Geographic Readers: Planets. Washington, D.C. National Geographic Children's Books. (660L)
  11. Carney, Elizabeth. (2014). National Geographic Readers: Mars. Washington, D.C. National Geographic Children's Books. (840L)
  12. Crelin, Bob. (2009). Faces of the Moon. Watertown, MA: Charlesbridge. (950L)
  13. Gibbons, Gail. (1998). The Moon Book. New York: Holiday House. (740L)
  14. Gibbons, Gail. (1999). Stargazers. New York: Holiday House
  15. Gibbons, Gail.  (2008). Galaxies, Galaxies! New York: Holiday House. (880L)
  16. Gibbons, Gail. (2008). The Planets.  New York: Holiday House. (6600L)
  17. Harrison, James. (2012 ). Kingfisher Readers L5: Space.  Kingfisher. (910L)
  18. Simon, Seymour. (1991). Galaxies. New York: HarperCollins. (1010L)
  19. Simon, Seymour. (2003). The Moon. New York: HarperCollins. (730L)
  20. Simon, Seymour. (2006).  Destination: Space. New York: HarperCollins.
  21. Simon, Seymour. (2006).  Stars. New York: HarperCollins.
  22. Simon, Seymour. (2007). Our Solar System (revised edition). New York: HarperCollins. (1020L)
  23. Stewart, Melissa. (2015).  National Geographic Readers: Meteors. Washington, D.C. National Geographic Children's Books. 
  24. Stone, Tanya Lee. (2009). Almost Astronauts: 13 Women Who Dared to Dream. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press. (980L)
  25. Tomacek, Steve. (2006). Jump Into Science: Stars. Washington D.C.:  National Geographic Children's Books. (700L)
  26. Tomacek, Steve. (2006). Jump Into Science: Sun. Washington D.C.:  National Geographic Children's Books. (770L)
  27. Tomacek, Steve. (2008). Jump Into Science: Moon. Washington D.C.:  National Geographic Children's Books. (810L)
  28. Wittenstein,  Vicki Oransky. (2010). Planet Hunter: Geoff Marcy and the Search for Other Earths. Honesdale, PA: Bods Mills Press.  (1080L)

Text Set 2: Moon Landing, July 1969 

From Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space.
Shared Reading

1. Aldrin, Buzz. (2008). Reaching for the Moon. Paintings by Wendell Minor. New York: HarperCollins. (860L)

2. Armstrong, Neil.  (1969). Video: First Steps on the Moon. Retrieved 6.24.15 from 



3. 60 Minutes Interview. (2002). Interview with Neil Armstrong. Retrieved 6.27.15 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O3h1V3nzn0A




4. Collins, Michael. (1994). Flying to the Moon: An Astronaut’s Story.  New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux. (1170L)

5. Floca, Brian. (2009). Moonshot: The Flight of Apollo 11. New York: Richard Jackson Books. (990L)

6. Granath, Bob. (2015). “Former Astronauts Recall Historic First Moon Landing. ” NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida. Retrieved from http://www.nasa.gov/content/former-astronauts-recall-historic-first-moon-landing 

7. Kennedy, John F. (1962). We Chose to Go to the Moon. Video. “Retrieved 7.1.15 from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g25G1M4EXrQ


8. Walliman, Dominic. (2013). Professor Astro Cat's Frontiers of Space. Illustrated by Ben Newman. London UK: Flying Eye Books.


Moon Landing, July 1969: Independent and Small Group Reading Texts:

  1. Brown, Don. (2001). One Giant Leap. New York: HMH Books for Young Readers . 
  2. Burleigh, Robert. (2014). One Giant Leap. Illustrated by Mike Wimmer. New York: Philomel. (470L)
  3. Chaikin, Andrew. (2009). Mission  Control, This is Apollo: The Story of the First Voyages to the Moon. New York: Viking Press. (1150). 
  4. Chaikin, Andrew. (2009). Voices from the Moon: Apollo Astronauts Describe Their Lunar Experiences. New York: Studio.
  5. Donnelly, Judy. (1989). Moonwalk: The First Trip to the Moon. New York: Random House. (550L)
  6. Hollingsworth, Tamara. (2010). Neil Armstrong: Man on the Moon. Huntington Beach, CA: Teacher Created Materials. (430L)
  7. McNulty, Faith. (2005). If You Decide To Go To The Moon. Illustrated by Steven Kellogg. New York: Scholastic. (690L)
  8. Schyffert, Bea Uusma. (2003). The Man Who Went to the Far Side of the Moon: The Story of Apollo 11 Astronaut Michael Collins. San Francisco, CA: Chronicle Books. (850L)
  9. Siy, Alexandra. (2001). Footprints on the Moon. Waterbury, MA: Charlesbridge. (920L)
  10. Thimmesh, Catherine. (2006). Team Moon: How 400,000 People Landed Apollo 11 on the Moon. New York: Houghton Mifflin. (1060L)
  11. Wikinson, Philip. (2012). DK Readers L3: Spacebusters: The Race to the Moon. New York: DK Readers. 
  12. Yomtov, Nel. (2014). The Apollo 11 Moon Landing: July 20, 1969.  Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann. (840L)

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